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.
Profile: Norm Long
When I asked Treasurer Norm Long what inspired him to step up to a leadership position on the No More Stolen Childhoods executive board, he replied with a chuckle, “I was asked.” And while this answer seems self-evident or perhaps even residual from his time answering to superiors in the Air Force, beneath it lays a great sense of moral duty that is sometimes hard to come by in a world that functions on reciprocity and self-benefit.
The Ellicott City-local first learned about No More Stolen Childhoods when he was approached by Wayne Coffey, who served as the commercial insurance broker of Norm’s commercial heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning company, Havtech. Over lunch, Norm learned more about Wayne’s history of childhood sexual abuse and felt compelled to help him make a difference in the lives of other victims.
In addition to being CEO of this company, Norm also supports his church, as well as the nonprofit organizations Fischer House, Heifer International, House of Ruth, and Salvation Army. His philanthropic endeavors prove that he is working to combat the numerous evils in this world, whether that be poverty, domestic violence, or childhood sexual abuse.
This devotion to morality and staying true to what he believes is right is a core value that Norm sees exemplified in the work that No More Stolen Childhoods does.
“There is good and there is evil in the world,” Norm says, “and No More Stolen Childhoods shows the most good in the spaces where there is most adversity.” He hopes that in the coming years, this goodness that NMSC aims to spread will be able to make global impact on an issue that taints the lives of individuals all around the world.
Overall, the ventures that Norm chooses to undertake echo a quote that motivates him both professionally and personally. In the words of General MacArthur, “There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.”
As Norm so clearly demonstrates, sometimes all you really have to do in times of need is to ask, and from a mixture of generosity, morality, and a deep desire to make a change, the right person will step up and seize that opportunity to help.