Kate Wedell, Founder & President

Kate Wedell, Founder & President

Kate Wedell is the founder and Executive Director of Cherished LA.  Kate’s inspiration for Cherished came from her own broken past. Kate Wedell’s story is one from Survivor to Liberator. Kate is grateful for her supportive husband of 25 years and her 3 children, who have walked this journey alongside her. 

Kathe Simons, Vice President    Kathe Simons joined Cherished LA at its inception. God put Kate and Kathe together in a way only God can. Kathe attended the original training with Kate, and knew God wanted her to support Kate and other survivors.  In prior years, God healed Kathe's own hurts through different areas of service. She joined S.A.R.S (Sexual Assault Response Service) in the Antelope Valley and served as a Certified Sexual Assault Court/Survivor Advocate and Counselor for 5 years. This led to the start-up of the Domestic Violence/Abuse Life Skills Center, a certified court-ordered 52 week program for both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. Her heart’s desire is to walk with survivors, and help them realize their value is “far above rubies.” She wants each survivor to know God loves them and has a purpose for their lives.

Kathe Simons, Vice President

Kathe Simons joined Cherished LA at its inception. God put Kate and Kathe together in a way only God can. Kathe attended the original training with Kate, and knew God wanted her to support Kate and other survivors.

In prior years, God healed Kathe's own hurts through different areas of service. She joined S.A.R.S (Sexual Assault Response Service) in the Antelope Valley and served as a Certified Sexual Assault Court/Survivor Advocate and Counselor for 5 years. This led to the start-up of the Domestic Violence/Abuse Life Skills Center, a certified court-ordered 52 week program for both survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence. Her heart’s desire is to walk with survivors, and help them realize their value is “far above rubies.” She wants each survivor to know God loves them and has a purpose for their lives.

Robyn Stroup

Robyn Stroup

Robyn Stroup has been in full time ministry for 32 years along with her husband Tim.  They moved to California from the midwest in January 1987.  They have pastored and helped lead many churches in Southern California, from Sacramento to San Diego.  In June of 2005, God brought them to Palmdale, CA to be the Pastors of Crosswind Church in the Antelope Valley. 

In recent years Robyn has come to know the importance of her own story, and where God has been with her on her journey. This knowledge fueled her passion to help other women see their own stories, and understand who God has created them to be.  Robyn joined Cherished LA in March of 2016 as a mentor, and began leading a support group at Cherished once a month. Through her time and commitment walking alongside the women, she has helped many survivors see that they are indeed loved, valued and cherished.   One thing Robyn likes to remind every person she encounters is that God loves them, and his mercies are new every day.

Robyn and Tim are the proud parents of four daughters and six grandchildren.