Kelly Thomas-Boyers, MBA – President and Co-Founder
Adam’s Place, a Grief Center for Children and Families was established in memory of Adam Gregory Thomas. Adam was a 21-year-old college senior at the University of Nevada, Reno when he sustained life-ending injuries from a car crash in Reno, Nevada in March of 2007. Adam left behind his father, George Thomas, mother, Kelly Thomas-Boyers, and younger brother, Alec Thomas.
Kelly returned to the University of Nevada, Reno in May 2007 in support of memorial activities and the Adam Thomas Legislative Intern Scholarship. It was there that she found a brochure for the Solace Tree Program, a grieving support center for children, teens and adults in Reno. The idea of a place for her younger son, Alec, to go and work through his grief made a great impact on her. Kelly set out to find a similar program in Las Vegas upon her return, but couldn’t find one.
After intensive research, guidance from the executive director, Emilio Parga, of Solace Tree in Reno, and many talks with social workers, doctors, nurses and school counselors, Kelly launched Adam’s Place in Southern Nevada with the help of a grant that Emilio applied for. Adam’s Place opened its doors in 2010 and has been serving the Southern Nevada community ever since.