Community Engagement Advocate
pronouns: she, her, hers
Katie is a Community Engagement Advocate who works with the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and other individuals that self identify as part of the D/HH community to obtain equitable access and resources towards independence, safety, and self-growth.
Katie believes that knowledge is power, and that education and literacy is the key to leaving one’s mark on the world. Katie also believes that staying connected to your community strengthens the bonds that will withstand the test of time.
Katie has studied a variety of interests, from Graphic Design and Real Estate to the Culinary Arts. Recently, Katie worked at an interpreting agency, providing access for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing members of Minnesota.
In her free time, Katie enjoys cooking and baking unique recipes and spending time with her three dogs – Archie, Luna, and Bama. She feels cooking and baking helps her provide better services because a hungry person cannot fire on all cylinders, and her beloved pets provide respite and healing from the challenging aspects of life.
Katie: “I was identified as deaf at 14 months old. My family immediately began learning ASL and exposing me to the local deaf community. I was enrolled in an oral school prior to transferring to Iowa School for the Deaf, where I graduated in 2004 with honors. I credit my interest in multiple languages with being exposed to ASL first and foremost – as there cannot be language without comprehension.”
Photo is of Katie the day she got her first pair of hearing aids; she is grinning joyfully at the camera, holding both of her ears, wearing a cardigan sweater.