Dr. Kathy Koch (cook) is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth,
TX, and a cofounder of Ignite the Family, based in Alpharetta, GA. She has influenced thousands
of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels,
and other events. She is proud to be represented by the Ambassador Speakers Bureau of
Nashville, TN. She is a featured speaker for the Great Homeschool Conventions and a regular
presenter for Care Net, Summit Ministries, Axis, and other organizations. She speaks regularly
at schools, churches, and pregnancy resource centers.
She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. Because of
listeners’ reactions and feedback, her broadcasts made the top ten shows of the year on Focus
on the Family in 2014, 2016, and 2019. Kirk Cameron chose her as the technology expert to
interview in his 2018 movie, Connect: Real Help for Parenting Kids in a Social Media World. She
has authored six books including Screens and Teens, 8 Great Smarts, and Start with the Heart. Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant, and results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and
humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators.
They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to
build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.
Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She
was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a
teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member before
becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years
and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.