US Army Reserve, Staff Sergeant
Marla Keown is an international photographer based out of Denver and specializes in photography for weddings, families, children, seniors, and boudoir. Following a tour in Iraq in 2004, Keown traveled around the globe as an official Army Reserve photojournalist. From Romania-to-Hawaii and Alaska, Keown spent her travels studying the art of photojournalism and constantly improving her skill set. After returning home, she worked for 10 years as the primary photojournalist and photo editor at the Aurora Sentinel and The Aurora Magazine.
Keown has personal experience using photography to heal. Operation: LUX SANITATEM students are often paired with Keown who instructs how to use the camera as art therapy in times of darkness.
Chairman (US Army, Sep.)
Army combat veteran, Josh Kuehl, served his country for 11 years. Initially, he enlisted in the Army as a Light Infantryman after high school but was compelled to do more and graduated from West Point in 2001. Kuehl accepted a commission into the Cavalry and went on to serve proudly on the South Korean border, Iraq and Kuwait. It wasn’t until after Kuehl had resigned from his commission that he discovered photography while earning his MBA and Masters in Finance at the University of Denver. Photography evolved into a passion and creative outlet. He also saw the potential for the camera to be a tool for therapy. Kuehl has now combined his passion for photography, business sense and his compassion for this fellow veterans and established Task Force: ISO.