Board of Directors

Tracy G. Hirrel


Tracy serves as a member of the Board of Overseers of The Gamble House and a member of the Board of Trustees for Hollenbeck Palms, a senior living facility in Los Angeles. She has served as a board member of Kidspace Childrens Museum in Pasadena where she chaired the Exhibits and Education commitee, and has served on the Scholarship Committee of Five Acres. She was a member of The Junior League of Pasadena for 10 years, was on the board of trustees of the San Marino Schools Foundation, the PTA, the Sacred Heart Mothers’ Guild, and the Westridge Alumni Association. “Being a board member of the Ayrshire Foundation is so gratifying, because it enables me to participate in the communities I lives in and am passionate about. It is, also, a great way for the family to get together and learn about each others’ interests and informed giving.”

Richard J. Hirrel

Vice President

Richard is a lawyer by profession, practicing in the Pasadena area from 1980 to 1998. He now acts as a private mediator/arbitrator. He has previously served on the boards of the Pasadena Senior Center, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, Hillsides Home for Children, the Northern Michigan Hospital Foundation, Villa Esperanza Services, and other private organizations.

Kathleen M. Hirrel


Growing up in Southern California and spending a lot of time near the shore, Kate has a passion for the environment, the care of the ocean and all the sea life it encompasses. She is also a big proponent for the strength and success of the Human Rights Campaign. Kate’s caring nature spills over in to her work life as she has her paramedics license from UCLA’s esteemed Paramedic Education Program, has worked for a number of years on an ambulance, and has completed two years of nursing school at Westcoast University. When taking a break from taking care of others, she enjoys a diverse array of activities in the forms of scuba diving, cooking, running, music, and playing sports. She is a member of the Big Orange Cycling club and is currently training for an Ironman triathalon.

Brian G. Hirrel


Brian graduated from USC’s School of Theatre, has a background in film production, and is currently marketing a soon to be released surf documentary. He is multi-talented in that he also graduated from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, is an avid golfer, surfer and mountain bike rider. Brian’s first love is family but he also gives back to the community as President of Animal Tracks Inc., an organization dedicated to caring for wildlife and exotic animals that cannot be returned to their natural habitat, and as a Friend of the Gamble House, which serves to support and protect the historic landmark.

Kristen Collins-Hirrel

Board Member

Kristen is a certified therapeutic massage therapist who enjoys working not only in the clinical sense but also uses her skillset to help non-profits such as the Heart Touch Project to achieve their mission. The Heart Touch Project is an educational organization dedicated to the training and delivery of compassionate and healing touch to homebound or hospitalized men, woman, and children and she travels internationally to support the cause. A graduate from the National Holistic Institute, Kristen is also a reiki practitioner and has a strong affinity for yoga and meditation. On the home front, she is a dedicated wife and loving mother, and adores all animals.

Denise R. Lopez

Executive Director

With 20+ years in marketing and sponsorship experience, Denise’s background includes directorial positions at the Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California. At the Times she worked on marketing initiatives that had the constant core of giving back to the community. She ran corporate sponsorship and sales for their Events department, with their signature event being the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to help promote reading and literacy with sponsors that included Target, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, United Airlines, and the like. She then moved on to run their Los Angeles Times in Education program which delivered newspapers to Southern California schools sponsored by local supporters including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Anthem Blue Cross, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Metrolink, etc. While at the Times she also helped the McCormack Foundation in vetting prospective grantees for funding.

After 11 years at the Times she moved over to USC as the Senior Director of Alumni Relations, overseeing their corporate sponsorship and marketing program. In addition, her responsibilities also included running their Signature Events department which ran the 9 city Presidential Tour, their Annual Alumni Awards and their storied out-of-town Football Weekenders. Her position also managed their Trojan Travel program which took their alums to exciting places like Antarctica and Polynesia. She personally took a group of alums to Cuba when the U.S reinstated relations.

Denise is married to Louis Lopez and resides in Azusa, CA.