Staff

Emma Faye Rudkin
Founder | Executive Director (deaf)
Emma Faye went profoundly deaf at the age of three and has spent her life turning a disability into an ability. Emma Faye is an internationally-known role mode and public speaker for the (D)deaf and hard-of-hearing (HOH) community and founder of Aid the Silent. She was crowned Miss San Antonio 2015 & 2017 and placed Top 4 in Miss Texas 2017. She was named 2018 San Antonio’s Woman of the Year by the San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ), and appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Governor’s Committee on people with Disabilities until 2020. Aid the Silent and Emma Faye were honored by the SABJ and The Najim Family Foundation Corporate Philanthropy & Nonprofit Awards for Nonprofit CEO & Senior Manager two years in row as well as Nonprofit of the Year for small to midsize. Aid the Silent’s Good Vibrations Music & Arts Festival, a completely deaf accessible festival, won Best of Fest for Charity Music Festival in Santa Barbara, CA presented by Jeff Bridges, Kenny Loggins, TBone Burnett and the Coen Brothers. Morgan’s Wonderland placed Emma Faye on their Wall of Fame as an individual who has gone above and beyond to do great things for people with special needs.

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 Executive Director. She also serves as Mission Staff for Deaf Young Life. Emma Faye graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio Honors College with Highest Honors (1 of 5) and Cum Laude with a BA in Communications and a minor in Non-profit Management.


Kathy Rudkin
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.


Jennie Wojctzak
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.

 


Melissa Sullivan
Awareness Manager | Administrative Assistant

Growing up in a military family Melissa had the opportunity to travel the world and experience many different cultures and lifestyles.  She attended Southwest Texas State University for a degree in Theater Arts with an emphasis in Acting and Directing. Melissa has been involved in theater in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Germany and Italy.  She pursued a career in the hospitality industry, specifically event planning and food and beverage.  In addition, Melissa has spent over 30 years working in the non-profit arena globally with extensive volunteering including the Miss Texas Organization, Wounded Warriors, Susan G Komen, Any Baby Can, March of Dimes,  Military/Civilian Organization, Fort Riley Historical Society, PTO, Girl Scouts of America,  Boy Scouts of America and Youth Sports Recreation Organization.

Melissa coordinates and manages all the contracts, travel and logistics of all speaking engagements and news programming for Aid the Silent. In 2018 – Aid the Silent reached 17,000 people in their awareness events and over 500,000 with news interviews,  national programming, PSA announcements and podcasts.  She assists in supporting the implementation and execution of Aid the Silent’s fundraising events as well as serves to facilitate engagement and donors retention through tracking and follow up.