2024 Tillman Scholar

Virginia Keller

Military Spouse
Capella University
MS, Marriage and Family Therapy

“Cultivating a supportive community is essential for our growth and success. As a therapist, I am passionate about collaborating with families to help them truly thrive!”

Through the unique combination of volunteering within the child welfare system as a foster parent and serving as a military spouse to a Green Beret for over twenty years, Virginia realized her calling: helping families thrive. 

At the age of 40, Virginia began – what she calls – her ‘second act.’ After being a stay-at-home mom for a decade, then earning her undergrad in healthcare management, and currently holding a corporate job in the government contracting sector, Virginia is now dedicating herself to furthering her education by pursuing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, which is her true passion. 

Virginia is a full-time graduate student at Capella University. Upon graduation, she not only aims to help families of all types through the many marital, lifespan, and social transitions that life brings, but would also like to pursue child welfare advocacy and reform in the state of Florida where she resides. Her years of serving as a foster parent to countless children in the state of Colorado opened her eyes and heart to the current needs of the system, and much like military families, the foster families, foster children, and biological families need more emotional support than is readily available. 

Virginia hopes to be a pillar of change in Pinellas County (her home) which has more children in foster care than any other county in the state of Florida. She is excited to bring her passion, life-experience, and education to families of all kinds in the Tampa Bay area!