Emma Faye Rudkin
Founder | CEO
Emma Faye lost her hearing at three years old to a profound level as a result of a high fever. Doctors advised her parents to enroll her in a deaf school and learn sign language. However, they lived in a hearing world so the Rudkins had Emma fitted for her first pair of hearing aids, signed her up for intensive speech therapy and enrolled her in a main stream private school where, as a teen, she would learn sign language to help bridge any communication barriers that would come up with her continued loss.
Today, Emma Faye travels all around the country speaking at business conventions, ministries, churches and deaf conferences sharing her story and letting others know about the programs Aid the Silent offers to the deaf/hard-of-hearing community. It is because of her ability to communicate via sign language and orally that she is able to unify the Deaf community with the hearing world. Emma Faye is the primary fundraiser and spokesperson for Aid the Silent as well as a staff member for San Antonio’s pilot program Deaf Young Life.
Co-Founder | CFO
Kathy graduated with a BA in Advertising and a minor in marketing from University of Central Oklahoma. With a degree in hand, Kathy started Rudkin Productions, an advertising agency in Boerne, Texas. For the last 22 years, Rudkin Productions has been the exclusive design and production firm for some of the nation’s most well renowned ministries, churches and businesses giving veteran insight to marketing strategies for nonprofits. One in particular, Aid the Silent, which she would cofound with her profoundly deaf daughter, Emma Faye Rudkin.
Kathy is the lead marketing and advertising director for the nonprofit overseeing all design, strategies and general advertising of the organization. Kathy works with the executive director and development director to develop and implement plans for Aid the Silent’s short and long-term goals. She oversees the nonprofit’s large fundraisers and acts as a spokesperson between the community and Aid the Silent.
Denise R. Marcos
Denise graduated with a BA in Mass Communications/Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations/Marketing from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Prior to coming to Aid the Silent, Denise was the editor in chief for seven years for a large South Texas wedding publication. Looking for a change and seeking to give back to the community, Denise came on board with the Aid the Silent team in 2015.
Denise develops, oversees, and executes the nonprofit’s four program areas: Deaf Resources, Deaf Education, Deaf Ministry and Deaf Research. In addition, she works with the president and development director to secure annual budgets and fundraising plans to further advance the programs’ reach. Using her journalism background, Denise also writes grants and sponsorship letters for Aid the Silent.
Events | Development Director
Jennie graduated with her bachelor’s in Psychology from Liberty University. Over the past six years, she worked for a local church and within summer camp ministry, managing retreats, organizing mission trips and cultivating community involvement through ways of giving back. Knowing her heart is set on making an impact within her local community, she joined the Aid the Silent Team to take on a new passion, deaf accessibility.
Jennie organizes, coordinates and handles the logistics of all Aid the Silent’s large fundraising events including planning, day-of execution and post-event operations. She recruits, trains and manages volunteers. Jennie works with the Aid the Silent team on event fundraising and marketing strategies and goals. She works with community business partners in fundraisers and volunteer opportunities.