Judy's personal mantra "it's all about relationship" has positioned Ignite International as a trusted visionary partner to leadership and youth development agencies across the globe even as she has personally mentored hundreds of athletes and coaches. Judy is a sought-after speaker for athletic, leadership, and empowerment events. Her ability to connect with audiences of all contexts ignites hope that is relevant, reachable, and real.
Judy is a native of East Stroudsburg, PA, and resides in Dallas, TX. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Houghton College (NY) and a Master of Sports Science from the US Sports Academy (AL).
"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
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 U1 (a.k.a. Ignite You First). Her personal experiences offer strategic relevance. But it is her authenticity that 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.
On June 1, 2021, Ignite International proudly announced Katie as the 2021 Wynner of the Year. Katie is the inaugural honoree for this highest annual signature award, a component of Ignite's Lori Wynn Legacy Plan.
"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, HOPE Farm