Board of Directors
Troy is the founder and International Director of Speak Up and splits time between Bangladesh, Thailand and the USA. Prior to founding Speak Up, Troy graduated from the UCLA School of Law and worked as a Deputy District Attorney with the Los Angeles County DA. He has spent the past seven years living and working in Thailand and Bangladesh with Speak Up. Before law school, Troy graduated from the University of Puget Sound and worked for 7 years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Washington. Troy grew up in four countries outside of the United States, has visited nearly 50 countries, and is the biggest Seattle Sonics fan living outside of the USA.
Bradley Bursch, MD, FAAP is a practicing pediatrician and owner of Glendale Pediatrics. Brad trained at New York Medical College for medical school and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for residency. Named one of the top pediatric doctors in the greater San Gabriel valley the last seven years by Pasadena magazine, Brad is also active in the greater medical community serving on the board of the Los Angeles Pediatric Society and teaching the next generation of physicians as a volunteer instructor for the University of Southern California medical school. Committed to bringing care to those in need Brad has taken part in humanitarian medical trips to Haiti and Mexico. Brad has been married to his wife for over ten years, is a father of two, and lives in Montrose California.
Kathy Christie is a freelance website designer who also does marketing and social media consulting. She has a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Her career has included stints at Price Waterhouse, Robinson’s, The Disney Stores, eToys.com and USC’s Rossier School of Education. She has been an active volunteer, including serving as a PTA president for five years, President of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, small group leader at La Cañada Presbyterian Church and member of the Governing Board of the Stanford Associates. She is currently a Stanford Class Correspondent, is President of the Stanford Club of Palos Verdes/South Bay and is on the board of the South Bay Auxiliary of Harbor Interfaith Services.
Paula Kendrick has been a claims and loss control professional for over twenty years providing consulting services to both middle and large market clients. After beginning her career as a claim professional for a large national market insurance carrier, Paula was recruited by a consulting firm where she served as a risk management consultant for five years before forming Claims Management Plus. Paula also serves on the board of SOS Mentor – providing underserved students the education and experience they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. Paula is a graduate of California Polytechnic University Pomona.
Debbie serves on the Board of Directors and as Chief Financial Officer for Speak Up. Debbie began her career in the audit department at KPMG where she was active in the firm’s training program and on national peer review teams. In 1998, she joined her client, PAULA Financial, initially working on SEC compliance and reporting issues and investor relations, eventually becoming Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In early 2010, Debbie leveraged these 22 years of financial and operating experience and her extensive business network to found Green Rhino Consulting, a strategic and financial consulting firm. Debbie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Finance Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Allison Hoekstra Weber
After supporting the work of Speak Up for a few years, Allison Hoekstra Weber is pleased to serve on the Board of Directors. Professionally, Allison teaches Business Communication at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Prior to her current role, she has worked in fundraising/development roles for nonprofits. Additionally, she has lived internationally in both India and Thailand, working for an international school and an NGO providing care for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation.