Katie was born in St. Paul, Minnesota but grew up in the northwest portion of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
She received her Bachelors of Science in Social work from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. While attending Oshkosh, Katie volunteered for Reach Counseling Services as an on call advocacy providing support and assistance to callers and hospital patients who were survivors of sexual abuse. She continues to be an on-call advocate as well as the campus advocate. As part of Katie’s schooling, she was an intern at Reach Counseling Services as a school educator. She provided information on sexual assault, prevention, bullying, stalking, harassment and internet safety to students in grades k-12.
Katie is currently a member of the Wisconsin coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for Winnebago County, Community Crisis Response Team (CCRT) for Winnebago County, Victim Services Committee at UW Oshkosh, and is co-chair of the annual Take Back the Night ending violence against women. Katie will complete the WCASA Sexual Assault Victim Advocacy School and legal training in May of 2013 and has completed the Students, Staff, and Faculty for Equality Training (S.A.F.E) and LGBTQ ally.
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