My husband, Steve and I became involved with Make Way Partners in September 2005, when we met Kimberly Smith Highland, founder and president, through Millard and Linda Fuller, founders of Habitat for Humanity and The Fuller Center for Housing.
As a psychotherapist for 33 years, I spent my professional life combating the trauma of sexual and physical abuse, rape, incest, pornography and the sexualization of women and children in our society. Steve, an attorney, also worked on human rights and social justice issues throughout his career. As we learned more from Make Way Partners about the massive problem of human trafficking worldwide, we both knew we had found the cause of our lifetime—fighting the greatest evil of the 21st century through helping the “least of these” in the most forsaken countries of Sudan and Eastern Europe.
I have served on many nonprofit boards, and Make Way Partners is the most compelling and rewarding work I have ever had the privilege of doing. We have seen God use this ministry to bless helpless victims who had no hope before Make Way Partners became their advocate and protector. I urge everyone who is interested to come partner with this dedicated group of life-saving volunteers and staff.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Vice-Chair of the Board
Louise Coggins is a Carolina alumna, earning both her BA in Psychology and Masters in Social Work there. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Wilmington and a Board Certified Diplomat in Clinical Social Work. She has practiced psychotherapy for 39 years, seeing individuals, couples, families and groups.
Louise is Chair of the Board at the School of Social Work; Chair of the Board of VISIONS, a non-profit international multi-cultural training organization; Chair of the Board of Directors for the Wright’s Center, an adult day health care center; and Vice-Chair of Make Way Partners, an international organization combating human trafficking and sex slavery. She has been active on issues related to the status of women, domestic violence and child abuse, and has raised funds for many worthy groups and organizations, including The Fuller Center for Housing, the American Cancer Society and the AIDS Service Agency of Wake County. She was honored with the YMCA Academy of Women Human Services Award in 1999, and the School of Social Work Outstanding Alumna of the Year 2006. She is a lifelong Episcopalian and has been married 39 years to Steve Coggins, an attorney.