Born and raised in Michigan about 90 miles from Chicago, Kate grew up paddling, swimming and fishing the Dowagiac River and Lake Michigan. Between that and running around the woods for most of her childhood, she developed a solid love and appreciation for public lands and waters. That lead her to study parks and recreation for two years at Lake Superior State University in Michigan's upper peninsula, though she ended up with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She and her fiance (now husband) then moved to Colorado Springs to serve as AmeriCorps VISTA members - civil service that eventually lead them to full-time employment in Denver. While living on the Front Range, Kate did marketing, outreach, graphic design, and public and media relations work for a youth conservation corps nonprofit, the Colorado Bureau of Land Management, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. In their spare time, they hiked, skied, learned to fly fish, and managed to summit four 14,000-foot peaks. Upon her husband snagging an excellent job opportunity in early 2014, they moved 1,500 miles to Central Pennsylvania.
Kate has worked in grant development at Penn State since 2014 as a graphics specialist for the Strategic Interdisciplinary Research Office. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, fly fishing, paddling, both downhill and cross-country skiing, and exploring the local craft beer scene with her husband Jake and their big, goofy German shepherd, Indy. (And their son will join the fun in Spring 2017!)