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Our Mission

To help those affected by sexual abuse and assault move forward to live great lives.

Our Story

We were founded in 2012 by Matt Pipkin, who was sexually abused by a trusted family friend at age 6. Believing he was at fault and fearing he'd devastate his family, Matt carried his secret burden for twenty years. In his mid-twenties, he finally shared his story, was overwhelmingly loved by his family, and sought counseling. Matt's counselor helped him realize and truly believe in his innate, unchangeable value and worth, which changed his life.

At Speak Your Silence, we’re focused on helping others realize their innate value and worth so that they can take the necessary steps to move forward and live the great lives they were created to live.

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Bridget Wiefels

OUTREACH MANAGER (& BUS DRIVER)

Bridget Wiefels is the Outreach Manager at Speak Your Silence. She creates partnerships, gets to know donors, and creates space in the community for Speak Your Silence to make new friends!

She jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Speak Your Silence team, but jokes she was only hired because she can drive stick (which is rare nowadays!)!

One of her biggest strengths? Bridget champions people. She is super passionate about empowering people to share their stories!

In her spare time, she’s grabbing coffee at her favorite local spots with her golden retriever, Mac, and a good book! When she’s not reading, there is a good chance that you can find her snowboarding, hiking, camping, playing volleyball, or shopping for new succulents!

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Savannah Esquivel

Communications Director

Savannah is the Communications Director at Speak Your Silence.  Her love for connecting people with stories drives her to find the best stories in an organization and to tell them well. She strongly believes in the potential of people and wants to empower them to live their best life, no matter their circumstances.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Savannah attended Biola University and graduated with a degree in Business Marketing. She would like to clarify that yes, her weekends really were filled with beaches, sunshine, and Disneyland pretty much all the time.

You can usually find her with an iced coffee at any hour of the day while also trying to book her next plane ticket. Taco Tuesday might be her favorite day of the week and she’s pretty obsessed with her little 6-pound Yorkshire Terrier, Lucy, who is the queen of the house.

Savannah and Matt are currently competing on who really is the best ever. This week, Matt claims he’s the best ever, but we’ll see who wins next week.

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Matt Pipkin

FOUNDER / CEO

Matt Pipkin is the founder and CEO of Speak Your Silence. He is also founder and CEO of WeVow. His belief in the innate value and worth of each life is what drives his entrepreneurial and day-to-day life.

He attended Purdue University, and additionally spent two terms studying abroad in London, England (his fav) and Dublin, Ireland.

Matt has big vision, thrives on challenge, and has never met a stranger. He’s very determined, loves the process of creating, and demands excellence in the finest of details.

When he’s not working, you might find Matt reading a business book; hiking the foothills of Boise; flying with his dad in Hotdog Express (his dad’s red, yellow, and white 1957 Cessna); playing cards with his (fun and supportive) wife, Ashley; or begging for attention from their two snobby kitties, named Winnie Cooper and “the kitty” (because her official name – Betty White – just didn’t quite stick).

I mean, really, he’s just the best ever*. (*That’s a tease, because everyone knows Matt wrote this bio.)

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Juli Reed

MEMBER

Juli is a dynamic, creative, and purpose driven “Jackie of all trades.”

After graduating from Pepperdine University, Juli’s career led her down an unconventional path. From the fashion industry, working in both visual merchandising and accessories design for Levi Strauss, to helping her then mentor launch an accessories and leather goods line in Los Angeles, to leaving the industry entirely to pursue her sense of purpose, empowering women and girls, through her role as Director of Partnerships for the non-profit I AM THAT GIRL. From there, Juli left the non-profit world to submit herself as a candidate to partner with the entrepreneur and well known businessman on CNBC’s The Profit, Marcus Lemonis, through a series called The Partner. Juli won the title of The Partner and a three year contract to work with Marcus to help manage his ever-growing portfolio of small businesses.

She uses her unique skills, knowledge of various industries, strong sense of people, abundant empathy and creative eye as VP of Development to manage numerous projects for the organization.

Juli wholeheartedly believes that one’s passion can become their career and she wakes up thankful every day.

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Dan Harrington

CHAIR

Dan Harrington has been providing the marketplace payment technology for over 20 years with a group of closely knit and collaborative companies and partnerships.

Dan has built websites, networks, systems, shopping carts, and payment technology from the ground up as a developer and systems integrator.

Through strategic partnerships and collaboration, Dan Harrington and NLP Secure deliver electronic payment technology with a value-added outlook, constantly looking for better ways to serve clients and be a “good neighbor” in a complex and ever changing industry.

Most recently serving as chairman of the Elavon MSP Advisory Board, he especially enjoys hearing customer and marketplace feedback so he can champion those challenges and elevate the electronic payments world on an international scale.

His true passion and greatest reward professionally is serving nonprofit organizations with fundraising technology, helping them with efficiency, cost savings, strategic partnership, and networking in their communities and nationally.

MaxGiving and GiveStorm are two companies that collectively have served tens of thousands of locations and fundraising events over the years, and have collected billions of dollars for fundraisers in every USA state and Canadian province.

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Shannon Austin, MD

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Shannon Austin, M.D. FAAP, is a board certified pediatrician passionate about helping her patients and their families achieve strong foundations for their overall health and wellness. She has been practicing at Southwest Children’s Center in San Antonio, Texas since 2009. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at Trinity University and attended both medical school and residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Austin serves on the San Antonio Christian Medical and Dental Association Advisory Council. She is active in mentoring and supporting young doctors and dentists in training and organizing medical mission trips to underserved areas in South Texas.

Dr. Austin wears “The Stitch” every day on her stethoscope.

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RV Brinkerhoff

MEMBER

RV is the owner and operator of Brinkerhoff Foundation Drilling, specializing in brokering the sales of heavy equipment, serving the foundation drilling and earth retention industry. He is a seasoned businessman, with years of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial development.

Speak Your Silence’s mission hits extremely close to the heart for RV and his wife, Amy. Their son, Cody, was sexually abused as a child, suffered in silence for twenty years, and in 2012, took his life.

Since losing Cody, RV and Amy have been major supporters of Speak Your Silence. To pay tribute to their son’s life and his powerful role in Speak Your Silence’s story, Cody Allyn Brinkerhoff will forever be recognized as the Honorary First Founding Member of The Loudspeaker.

RV and Amy live in Spring Branch, Texas. They have a whiffle-ball golf course on their property in the shape of The Stitch – a zigzag.

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Scott Lamm

MEMBER

Scott Lamm is President of SC Lamm & Associates, Inc., a private investment and consulting firm. Formerly with Morgan Stanley & upscale retailer Nordstrom, Scott’s real estate and business investment portfolio allowed him to retire from the traditional workforce in 2000. Since 2003 Scott has moved, motivated & informed audiences around the globe, including North America, Europe, Asia & the Middle East, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Scott is a multi-disciplined professional, with broad expertise in nearly all aspects of real estate, management, mass audience communication, global financial markets, as well as internal and external training and coaching programs delivered across multiple direct to consumer channels. While Scott continues to lecture extensively, his personal passions are deeply rooted in moving individuals & businesses towards dynamic and lasting change, both personally & professionally.

Additionally, Scott serves as an equity partner & Advisory Board Member at Breathe Global & it’s Breathe Life Healing Center treatment facilities, one of the nation’s premier drug and alcohol addiction treatment providers, located in West Hollywood, California.

Scott has been married for 35 years, has 3 adult children & 3 grandchildren.

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Matt Pipkin

EX OFFICIO MEMBER

Matt Pipkin is the founder and CEO of Speak Your Silence. He is also founder and CEO of WeVow. His belief in the innate value and worth of each life is what drives his entrepreneurial and day-to-day life.

He attended Purdue University, and additionally spent two terms studying abroad in London, England (his fav) and Dublin, Ireland.

Matt has big vision, thrives on challenge, and has never met a stranger. He’s very determines, loves the process of creating, and demands excellence in the finest of details.

When he’s not working, you might find Matt reading a business book; hiking the foothills of Boise; flying with his dad in Hotdog Express (his dad’s red, yellow, and white 1957 Cessna); playing cards with his (fun and supportive) wife, Ashley; or begging for attention from their two snobby kitties, named Winnie Cooper and “the kitty” (because her official name – Betty White – just didn’t quite stick).

I mean, really, he’s just the best ever*. (*That’s a tease, because everyone knows Matt wrote this bio.)

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Michelle Crosby

Michelle Crosby is an accomplished mediator, attorney and founder of Wevorce, a company that brings a high tech + high touch approach to divorce. Wevorce’s proven methodology and technology work together seamlessly to provide a civilized approach to transitioning from one household to two while helping couples maintain their roles as parents.

Wevorce has been featured by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of 2014’s Top 100 Brilliant Companies. Additionally, the American Bar Association has recognized Michelle as a Legal Rebel and featured her as one of its Top 25 Innovative Lawyers. Michelle has also been named as an “Up and Coming Entrepreneur” by Forbes Magazine as well as being featured in the New York Times, BBC News, Fox Business as well as a regularly featured writer for Huffington Post.

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Tara Russell

Tara Russell is the President & Founder of Fathom and Global Impact Lead of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest travel and leisure company. Fathom believes that travel has the unique ability to bring people closer together and by doing so, solve many of the global human challenges we face today. Fathom is a creative experience design engine that brings humanity closer together and offers experiences to travelers hungry for meaningful opportunities to connect deeply to those around them, grow themselves, and to become part of a bigger story.

Prior to Fathom, Tara was founder and CEO of Create Common Good, a food production social enterprise that provides training and employment to marginalized populations. She has been fortunate to be part of co-founding various social enterprises globally, including NightLight in Bangkok, Thailand that addresses the complex issues surrounding human trafficking through a creative social enterprise model. Her passion lies in empowering and equipping others to live their best story. The Speak Your Silence Mission and story is very personal to Tara, and she is grateful to be a supportive partner to the SYS team.

Tara is an engineer that started her career in consumer products, including roles in product development with Nike; technical sales and marketing at Intel; and manufacturing with General Motors. Fast Company magazine named Russell one of its Most Creative People in Business. Tara sits on a number of mission-driven boards. She is married to Jeff with two children and comes alive with her family and when running, biking or playing outside in the mountains.

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Sarah Woodley

Sarah Woodley is CEO of BPA Health, a Boise, Idaho company offering behavioral healthcare services and employee assistance programs. For more than 40 years, BPA has combined expert healthcare practices along with real world solutions that have made organizations more effective, lives better, and communities stronger. Sarah joined BPA in 1996 and has worked in quality assurance, finance, contract services and clinical office management functions for the organization. Sarah received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara (California) University in Spanish and Anthropology and studied at Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Through its nationwide professional counselor network, BPA currently provides the counseling services offered by Speak Your Silence. Sarah believes deeply in the mission of Speak Your Silence and has tremendous respect for Matt and gratitude for his willingness to share his hope with the world.

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Jane Mosbacher Morris

Jane Mosbacher Morris is the Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, a social enterprise focused on the promotion of goods made by and stories told by survivors of conflict, abuse, and disease. She previously served as the Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute for International Leadership, where she managed the Institute’s anti-human trafficking program. She currently serves on the Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

She has also worked at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and has served as an investment consultant to Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s Shark Tank. She has traveled, spoken, and written broadly on peace and security. She regularly blogs for the Huffington Post.

Mosbacher Morris has received numerous awards from the Department of State, as well as has been named one of the “Top 99 Under 33 Most Influential Young Professionals” by The Diplomatic Courier in 2011. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Afghanistan’s ARZU: Studio of Hope, Texas-based 360 DEGREES Vanishing, and wH20: The Journal on Gender and Water. She also serves on the Boards of Women LEAD and USA Cares. She is a proud mentor at the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School of Business’s Women Business Leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a MBA from Columbia Business School. She is thrilled to be married to fellow entrepreneur, Nate Morris of Kentucky.

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Justin Foster

Based in Austin, Texas, Justin (@fosterthinking) believes inside every organization and person is a truth waiting to be amplified. Along a journey that started on a cattle ranch in eastern Oregon to 49 states and 6 countries, Justin has worked with leaders of every sector and industry to discover their truth and convert it into vibrant, relevant brands. Co-founder of the branding firm root + river, Justin is a relentless and optimistic advocate for unleashing the power of truth and authenticity – and the systematic elimination of all that is boring and stale in organizations.

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Reid Young

Reid is the CEO of Fangamer, a gaming merchandise company based in Tucson, AZ. He dropped out of Purdue University’s engineering program and switched to Graphic Design partly to justify spending even more time making video game websites. In 2008 he co-founded Fangamer, selling shirts online and shipping them from his bedroom as the global economy crumbled.

Reid is an optimist who loves steady, small doses of chaos. He fears confrontation and tends to procrastinate, but he’s getting better.

Reid proposed to his wife Camille, an accomplished artist and sculptor, with a piece of copper wire. His newborn daughter refuses to laugh at his jokes, but his toddler has learned to occasionally offer a meager laugh in order to build the social capital necessary for extracting favors and sweets.

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Liz Thompson

Liz Thompson serves as the President and CEO for C-Change in Washington, D.C. and is passionate about working with the cancer community to increase funding for research, to create advocacy programs that will support quality care and to drive new models for innovative treatments.

Thompson’s career spans 29 years in health and medicine, in the for profit and nonprofit arenas where she has earned a reputation as a progressive advocate within the global cancer research community. Prior to joining C-Change, Thompson served as CEO of the Lymphoma Research Foundation. She also previously served as President of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, responsible for setting strategy and execution of the organization’s $450 million investment in global mission programs, spanning research, advocacy and policy, community health and education and global health. Thompson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota where she attended the Tom Brokaw School of Communications.

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