Director of Strategy
Raised in a fatherless home with her only consistent mentors the harsh trio of trauma, trial, and error, Katie Phipps personifies the power to overcome. As her mother strove through severe addiction and alcoholism, Katie endured unrelenting trauma. As a teen, while her peers prepared for college, Katie prepared to raise her second child. In her twenties life went for the jugular as Katie was wrongfully charged with a significant crime. She spent 15 months in jail insistent of her innocence until evidence the prosecution was sure would lead to her conviction, instead affirmed her insistence. Destiny would not be denied. Katie was released.
This chapter of life, though excruciating, led Katie to an intersection with purpose and birthed a new future. Just over four years removed from that jail cell, though having dropped out of school in junior high, Katie broke a generational barrier as the first person in her family line to earn a college diploma. She holds a degree in Legal Studies and aspires toward law school and a career in criminal defense. The prosecutor who charged Katie has not only emphatically and very publicly apologized, but has also offered compelling support toward her aspirations. Katie's case has been featured by Dateline NBC and Killer Affair - Oxygen Network.
The epitome of a life redeemed, Katie is the inspiration behind Ignite You First. Her experiences offer relevance. Her professional expertise provides strategic leadership. Her authenticity leaves an undeniable impact, and her compassion a residue of hope. Katie is a captivating communicator cased within the beauty of gracious strength. She is the evidence of the paradox, choosing resurrection rather than accepting fate as a statistic.
"Katie's story is not a black or white story nor a male or female story. It is a human story."
Noble Crawford, Jr., Co-Founder of HOPE Farm
President and Founder, Ignite International
A former NCAA Division I volleyball coach, Judy Fox's 30-year impact through sport is evidenced by her induction into four halls of fame, including: East Stroudsburg Area School District Meritorious Hall of Fame, ESASD Athletic Hall of Fame (Team), Houghton College Hall of Honor, and the National Christian College Athletic Association Hall of Fame. She is a visionary partner to the Nicaragua Volleyball Federation, Nicaragua Olympic Committee, Jamaica Basketball Federation, and youth sport organizations in the Holy Land. She is a personal mentor to hundreds of athletes, coaches and youth.
A personal mentor of many athletes, coaches and youth, Judy's fingerprint extends across generations, cultures, beliefs and nationalities. She has trained sport, youth and community leaders to create and implement programs and events that utilize sport as the tool through which to teach life principles in Nicaragua, Cuba, Liberia, the Holy Land, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Beslan, Sochi and the USA.
Judy is the face of Ignite International and the organizational voice for Ignite U1. Never shy of monumental vision or the work to achieve it, Judy's life reflects a non-negotiable dedication to purpose. Her decades of excellence set the stage upon which she empowers others to become their best.
"In a world of compromise and decaying moral standards, it is refreshing when you come across an individual who has dedicated her life to living at a standard that is high enough for others to look up to, but close enough for them to reach."
Keith and Sara Davis
Former NFL Athlete | 4th Runner-Up Mrs. Texas 2019
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