Lisa Louden is the founder and Board Chair of the Missing Alexis Foundation. Lisa is a teacher in the Boone County School system in Northern Kentucky and a proud member of the National Education Association, the Kentucky Education Association, the Boone County Education Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. Lisa received her Bachelor's Degree in Middle Grades Education from Northern Kentucky University, and a Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. Lisa is also an active member of the National Share Office, S.A.D.S (Sudden Antenatal Death Syndrome) group, the ISA (International Stillbirth Alliance), and the M.I.S.S. Foundation (Mothers in Sympathy and Support).
In November, 2003, Lisa and her husband, Glenn, discovered that they were expecting a second child. Their first son, Andrew, was just five years old. After struggling for more than a year and a half with infertility, the joy of a new pregnancy was indescribable. Sadly, after what can only be described as a picture-perfect pregnancy, Alexis MacKenzie Louden was stillborn on her due date of July 7, 2004. To this date, the cause of Alexis's death has yet to be determined.
In 2005, Glenn and Lisa were blessed with the healthy and safe delivery of their boy/girl twins, Brady Quinn and Payton MacKenzie Louden. In 2007, they welcomed their son, Grant Alexander Louden, and in 2011, their youngest son, Griffin Kelly Louden was added to the mix! Life in the Louden household was blissfully hectic and blessedly full. Tragically, in December, 2019 the Louden Family suffered the devastating loss of their first granddaughter, 20-day-old, MacKenzie Grace Louden due to complications of extreme pre-maturity. MacKenzie's mom and dad, Andrew and Caitlin are bravely carrying on the legacy of their precious daughter having begun a NICU outreach program, "MacKenzie's Marvelous Adventures." which provides care packages to families whose newborn preemies are facing extended stays in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. While faced with both sadness and joy, the Loudens are choosing to carry on the legacies of their daughter and granddaughter by helping others in need.
In the years since Alexis's death, the Louden family has worked to pursue providing comfort, compassion and support to grieving families within the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati area by providing community outreach to families who have experienced the loss of a baby, and those who support them. Should a family experience a loss at delivery, the Missing Alexis Foundation provides memory boxes for families to delicately record and preserve the preciously short moments spent with their baby, These memory boxes contain a receiving blanket, memory journal, the book, “Mommy Please Don’t Cry, There are No Tears in Heaven,” washcloth and bath accessories, sleeper and hat, photo album, ornament, bracelet, candle, hand/footprint kit and so many other carefully handpicked items. meant to assist parents in capturing and delicately preserving these memories. In addition, we sponsor the Annual Northern Kentucky Walk to Remember for Pregnancy and Infant loss each October, and fund the monthly HEARTS Support Group of Northern Kentucky, a peer to peer support group serving families who have been touched by the loss of a baby, during pregnancy and the first year(s) of life. In January, 2020, we hosted the first Annual Angel Gala - an evening of dinner, dancing, raffles and silent auctions open to the public - and benefiting our outreach programs!
The Louden Family deeply believes that the work of the Missing Alexis Foundation is critical to this community and greatly appreciates your support.