Profile: Kenneth Mallick
Though he says that he isn’t much of a reader, when I asked No More Stolen Childhoods board member Kenny Mallick about his most recent “good read,” he told me that his recent revisitation of the Book of John really resonated with him. This gospel recounts Jesus’ public ministry with his disciplines as they engage with different communities and serve as influences to those around them.
In both the professional and personal spheres of his life, Kenny is devoted to serving and influencing others. He is the founder of two businesses, Mallick Plumbing & Heating and Mallick Mechanical, both of which will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this October. During the time of our conversation, he and his team had just wrapped up the construction of a swimming pool right in time for the Fourth of July—a perfect opportunity to foster a sense of community-based fun for those who choose to attend.
Kenny first became affiliated with NMSC two years ago through a personal connection with its founder, Wayne Coffey. Wayne and Kenny are both members of the business organization Vistage. It was through this group that Wayne recognized Kenny’s potential as a board member and asked him to be a part of the team.
Kenny has also previously been involved in a Cub Scouts organization where he served as a staff trainer and events planner. During his time with the WaterBoyz for Jesus, Kenny worked in events planning and project management.
Though he hasn’t quite found a way to have conversations around childhood sexual abuse in his workplace, Kenny’s vision for No More Stolen Childhoods is one of openness and integration. He hopes that both increased awareness and resource availability will help more survivors to begin processing the trauma they have endured in order to move forward with their lives. He imagines that spaces of faith could be a good setting for these kinds of conversations, as the spiritual bond between church-members and other faith-based groups allows for vulnerability, trust, and safe confiding.
In all parts of his life, it is evident that Kenny is someone who is invested in the safety and wellbeing of his various communities, whether it be the entire tri-state area, his neighborhood in Damascus, MD, or the one that forms around a new public pool. Yet in the midst of all of this, Kenny knows that when he looks back on it years from now, his biggest accomplishment will have been influencing his four kids (ages 5, 11, 13, and 15) throughout their lives, that, if NMSC’s mission is upheld, will never know the horrors and long-lasting impacts of childhood sexual abuse.