Traditional Therapy Funding Sources
Meet our wonderful board members
President and Executive Director
Rachel Troccoli is a Speech and Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the state of California. She has experience working at small and large clinics with children of all ages with Autism Spectrum Disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Down syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Cerebral Palsy, voice disorders, fluency disorders, developmental delay, and others.
After starting her own practice and learning more about the funding sources that are available for pediatric therapy, she was frustrated at the amount of children who are not receiving the early and frequent services that research has shown to be most effective. Many children are not receiving services AT ALL or have to wait until they are old enough to attend public school. Many families do not know where to start if they have concerns about their children and do not know where to go for support. Rachel started Skyrocket Pediatric Therapy Foundation to help families and children receive services that will make a positive impact on their daily functioning, community participation, and academic success.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband, two young sons, and dog.
Director, Credit Decision Engines at PayPal
Chris Chisom is an analytics and business professional leading risk intelligence and software development teams at PayPal. Formerly, Chris served as a logistics officer and investment analyst in the United States Marine Corps and deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom ('11) and Operation Iraqi Freedom ('09). Following his time in the service, Chris consulted for multiple federal agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Energy. He is a proud graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Chris currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and three wonderful little girls. As the father of three young kids, the majority of his waking hours are spent with his kids, feeding his kids, cleaning up after his kids, or trying to get his kids out the door because they were supposed to be somewhere fifteen minutes ago.
Through his work at PayPal and with non-profit organizations in the past, Chris understands the power of ensuring equal access to care for families. Removing financial barriers for families in need of specialized care is one of the most important steps we can take to ensure all members of our communities have the chance to show up happy and healthy each and every day.
Co-Founder & Secretary
Occupational Therapist at California Children's Services
Katie Oien is an occupational therapist certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and the state of California, and she holds a Board Certification in Pediatrics (BCP). She specializes in working with children with various neurodevelopmental and physical disorders and has experience in settings including early intervention, private practice, school-based settings, and medical therapy units. She is SIPT certified and has advanced training in sensory integration, reflex integration, neurodevelopmental treatment, feeding, and physical agent modalities. She earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Loma Linda University and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy with a specialty in neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University.
Katie has extensive experience working with children and their families as part of a multidisciplinary team. Through her years of practice in various settings, she has seen first-hand how difficult it can be to advocate for needed services and how confusing the therapy process can be for parents. Many families do not receive clarity and consistency when seeking answers to their therapy concerns, oftentimes leaving them feeling defeated and without proper care for their child. Katie happily joined Skyrocket Pediatric Therapy Foundation to be an advocate for children and families in need to assist them in providing the exceptional care that they deserve.
Outside of work, Katie enjoys playing volleyball, surfing, and camping with her husband.
Head of Global Third Party & CXO Events at Palo Alto Network
Liz is a marketing and events leader with over 14 years of building brands, launching products and creating memorable customer experiences, both face-to-face and virtually. Liz is currently Head of Global Third Party & CXO Events at Palo Alto Networks, a cybersecurity software company, where she manages a team of event marketers to drive pipeline, build brand awareness and drive thought leadership. Prior to joining PANW, Liz led the Global Industry Events team at Splunk for 5-years, a tech company focused on big data analytics for IT, Security and DevOps professionals. Liz graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Communications and Minor in Marketing and then began her career in the B2B space for the advanced manufacturing and medical device industry, working for one of the largest events and media companies in the world, UBM (now Informa).
As a mother to three young boys, Liz has had her share of anxiety around her son's development, identifying if they're on track to reach their milestones, and trying to ensure they have all the support they need to thrive in this crazy, wonderful world. The stress and emotion of having a child with a special need can weigh a family down. Navigating resources and getting access to support should not be as difficult as it is today, regardless of income level. Liz is excited to be a part of Skyrocket Therapy so that families with children of developmental differences have a community to lean on, learn from, and call their own.
When not working or chasing after her children, Liz likes to travel, hike, ski and binge the latest Netflix series.