The Founders

Kimberly Darpel

kims-profile-picA lifelong learner, lover of adventures and life! Kimberly is married to her soulmate, Jeff, and shares a life with him and her two bonus-daughters: Kaitlin and Courtney.

Kimberly started on her journey to “Now” early in life.  She suffered Child Sexual Abuse at a young age by an uncle.  She healed from this abuse, over many years, with the love and support of her parents, sister, family and friends. This healing process cultivated great self-discovery and life lessons including: forgiveness, compassion and self-love.  She never allowed this experience to define her, rather, she used it as a platform to help others.  Kimberly volunteers for a rape and abuse crisis organization and speaks publicly on her experience to bring awareness and education to the public.

While this experience started Kimberly’s journey to self-discovery, it’s certainly not what has defined her.  She has a successful career in the financial services industry, is a soon-to-be graduate from Thomas More College and is certified in Level 1 Kundalini Yoga. Kimberly is also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society’s PAN Ohio Hope Ride.  A bicycle ride her husband participates in annually to raise money for cancer research.

While Kimberly is involved in many things, she still feels a calling to help women in a bigger way.  She knows that so many of us push down our pain to protect those around us and to avoid life disappointments.  She understands that many of us sacrifice our “true self” in order to avoid disruption in our lives.  Kimberly’s desire is to stimulate a higher consciousness in those around her that ultimately creates happier and healthier lives.  She knows that Uplift and Ignite will give her the platform to reach as many women as possible.  Ultimately, her philosophy is we are all on a path of Mastership towards Self.  It takes a village of love and support to get to the top of the mountain.

Joy Leonard

2018An adventurer like her co-founder, Joy hits the trail for long-distance backpacking adventures and, whenever possible, go on an urban adventure. In October of 2017 she completed her first solo, multi-day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail across the beautiful state of Maryland and to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Joy finds that being on the trail builds not just physical strength but mental resilience, too, of which serves her well in this journey called life.

Joy’s background began with a broken family but is currently about thriving through self-discipline, soul-deep connections, and lots of fun with those she loves! Her passion for cooking to mindfully feed her body and brain has led to a significant change in her overall health, including the loss of almost 60 lbs in less than 2 years. Her dedication to her health was spurred by her desire to celebrate a milestone birthday in January of 2018 in good health and to continue that good health for the rest of her life. Joy works in healthcare and will be pursing a Master’s Degree beginning in 2019. She also plans to hike the “100 Mile Wilderness” stretch of the AT in Maine in late summer/early fall of 2019.

Joy’s wish is to see Uplift & Ignite provide developmental opportunities to those women who are seeking to broaden their horizons, meet new friends in the process, and just have some fun!

Joy’s deepest desire – to live well to the age of 100+, because she not only believes that this is possible, but that life is just too great not to stick around for a long while.