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Ellen was born in Evanston, Illinois in 1952. Ellen and Steve have been married for 26 years. They have three children, ages 24, 22, and 19. When their youngest son was diagnosed with Legg-Perthes disease, Ellen found her calling.

While their son was undergoing surgery for a degenerated hip, Ellen met a healing touch professional who urged her to train with animals. So in 2001, Ellen entered the Healing Touch for Animals™ program. She completed all four levels in addition to the Certification Program. During this time, she worked with hundreds of animals, practicing her skills and learning how to assess and move energy.

Over the last several years, Ellen added Reiki, Meridian, Aromatherapy, Crystal Therapy and Bach Flower Essence training to her toolkit. The Interspecies Communication piece arrived on its own when Ellen discovered she could understand her animal client’s feelings and even hear their thoughts as she worked on them. That led Ellen to apprentice with established animal communicators. With the circuit complete, Ellen feels she has found her life’s calling.

Another mission spoke to Ellen in 2002. A frequent visitor to Grand Bahama Island in The Bahamas, Ellen was concerned about the children and animals of a small, poor fishing village called West End. Determination led her to create a Colorado non-profit, The Kohn Foundation (www.TheKohnFoundation.org). TKF received its 501(c)(3) status in 2004, when Hurricanes Jeanne and Frances struck West End, causing long-term suffering and damage to the settlement. Soon thereafter the Bahamian Animal Rescue Committee (BARC) was formed to help the Humane Society of Grand Bahama with the starving, sick and overpopulated animals. Today, TKF is a thriving organization which is making a significant difference on Grand Bahama. Ellen donates more than 50% of her earnings to TKF.

The presence of animals is felt throughout the Kohn home: the songs of Mali, the African Gray; the barks of canines Tucker, Simon and Sam; and the meow of feline Kiki, the barn cat, who never spent one night in the barn. Equines Monty and Sky reside at the barn, along with many mice families and seasonal barn swallows that nest in the rafters.