About

Speak Your Silence is a nonprofit on a mission to conquer the stigma of child sexual abuse.

We accomplish this via a zigzag stitch to symbolize your voice frequency.

 

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. A few years back, he finally shared his story, was overwhelmingly loved by his family, and sought counseling. This process changed Matt's life, as he realized his innate value and worth.

Recognizing the magnitude of the problem and it's deep role in so many other social issues, Matt became frustrated that so few innovative and scalable solutions existed.  He believed that creative ideas and a warm approach were needed in order to shift the cultural dialogue. When people feel safe and at ease, they share their stories and come together to solve big problems.

The stitch zigzag has proven to be a powerful, memorable symbol, giving each person – whether personally effected by child sexual abuse or not – the opportunity to be a voice.

At Speak Your Silence, we challenge popular thought and do things atypical in the nonprofit world. We’re focused on being the very best, while also injecting as much fun as possible into everything we do. And, above all, we love people.

Meet the crew

Matt Pipkin

FOUNDER / CEO

Matt Pipkin is the Founder and CEO of Speak Your Silence. His belief in the innate value and worth of each life is what drives his work 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 enormous 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 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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Alanna Love

COMMUNICATION MANAGER

Alanna Love is the Communication Manager at Speak Your Silence.

She has great compassion for all people, is particularly passionate about providing support for those who have survived abuse, and is always delighted to have an opportunity to make any difference she can in the lives of others.  She had admired and appreciated the work done by Speak Your Silence before becoming part of the organization and continues to express that enthusiasm through the hard and thoughtful work she contributes.

She has read 1,050 books (and counting) and has a voracious love of learning with a particular emphasis on classic literature. She is at times more contemplative than outspoken, striving to bring excellence and a vibrant personality to everything she does. She enjoys rock climbing, exploring nature, creating experimental dishes in the kitchen, nerding out about Star Wars, and using fashion as a method of story telling.

She lives in Boise, Idaho and can normally be found with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

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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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Matt Pipkin

EX OFFICIO MEMBER

Matt Pipkin is the Founder and CEO of Speak Your Silence. His belief in the innate value and worth of each life is what drives his work 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 enormous 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 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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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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Scott Lamm

Scott Lamm is the President of SC Lamm & Associates, Inc., a private investment and consulting firm. Formerly with Morgan Stanley, Scott has lectured globally since 2003 throughout North America, Europe, Asia & the Middle East, as well as Australia and New Zealand on both Real Estate and Global securities investment & risk management strategies.

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 outside the USA nearly 30 weeks a year, his personal passions are deeply rooted in mentoring families, individuals & businesses through the process of identifying and implementing best practice methods to achieving dynamic and lasting Change, both personally & financially.

Scott also serves as an Advisory Board Member at Breathe Global & it’s Breathe LHC treatment facilities, one of the nations premier treatment providers. Breathe LHC treatment teams deliver 21st Century solutions to treat Drug + Alcohol Addiction, Binge Eating Disorders & Co-Occurring issues at their campuses in Gramercy Park (NYC), Laurel Canyon (LA) and Palmer Park (Detroit).

Scott has been married for 30+ years, has 3 adult children, 2 granddaughters & since 2007 has split his time between the USA and Australia.

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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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