My name is Stacey Long-Kuhn. Today, I am a business owner, and behavior analyst/school psychologist who works to help families impacted by Autism find ways to learn skills and to grow and prosper as a family. In addition, I facilitate the training of other clinicians through one-on-one coaching and team building to support families in reaching these goals.
But before this chapter of my life, I was Sugar Pop — part of the clown duo “The Comedic Engineers”. My partner in this endeavor was my father, Peachey Keene. (You may have heard of him…he was head and shoulders above many in the clown world — literally) From the time I was 8 years old until my 30’s, we performed in our home town and across the country impacting the lives of children, families and others who loved our chosen profession.
While dad stayed involved in the world of clowning, I stepped away from that life to follow a different path; but without a doubt, clowning made me who I am today. It taught me skills that I still use day in and day out in my current profession: poise, creative thinking, humor as medicine, and so much more.
I am choosing to take part in the Clown Summit at Mooseburger Camp because I know that this profession needs to continue: free from stereotypes, stigma, and ridicule. I am passionate about helping because although I am no longer living the life day-to-day, I know the passion for the art must be rekindled, so that young and old alike can be reminded of what a #realclown is all about!