Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Katie comes from a family founded on hard work, perseverance and service to others. Both of her grandfathers served in WWII, one in the United States Navy, and the other in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper, who liberated concentration camps and participated in the D-Day Invasion. Katie’s grandmother also served as a cadet nurse during WWII. Her father, Scott, has worked for over 44 years in the industrial machine industry. Katie’s mother, Jennifer, was a nutritionist and worked for WIC (Women, Infants and Children), a special supplemental nutrition program which provided federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. Katie and her mother were very active with the Girl Scouts, with her mother being a troop leader for several years. Both Katie and her brother, Matt, attended public school. At age 11, Katie’s mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. While growing up without a mother was challenging, Katie is grateful for her father and other family members, especially her grandmothers, for providing her with endless love and support. Katie’s father, and step-mother, Yvonne, live in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and are very excited to support Katie and her campaign.
Katie is an alumnus of Penn State University, earning her undergraduate degree in athletic training, an allied healthcare profession. She was the first female athletic training student from the school’s program to work as an intern for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the only NFL teams that hires female interns. After graduation, she attended graduate school at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences, in Mesa, Arizona. She earned her post-graduate degree in athletic training while working as a graduate assistant with the Arizona State University football team. While completing her thesis research, she worked at a Phoenix area public high school, providing healthcare services for student athletes participating in sports programs and worked with school administration to develop concussion policies and protections.
Katie and her husband moved to Royersford after completing her thesis research. Both she and her husband, Trevor, work as athletic trainers for local universities. Katie is also an adjunct professor, teaching in the department of Kinesiology. In 2016, Katie became active as a fellow for the Hillary Clinton campaign, where she helped coordinate election trainings for volunteers and events to engage the local community. Shortly after the election, she met with local community members to organize a grassroots effort to give a voice to people who wanted to protect democracy and encourage positive social change. Indivisible Mid Montco was born from that effort, and serves as a channel to drive change by giving people opportunities and resources to get involved in various social causes and issues. Katie serves as the Chair of this group that has blossomed to over 400 members, with several group members running for various positions in both the 2017 and 2018 elections. The energy and passion of this group inspired Katie to run for state senate.
Learning that women account for only 18.2% of the state’s legislation also motivated her to start this campaign. Katie believes that more women need to involved in legislative decision-making processes: “Women are fighting for a seat at the table. Our input is vital to democracy. Women look at problems and issues through a multi-perspective lens, we are more aware of and confronted with certain things that lack equity and fairness.” From her background in athletic training, which involves making daily decisions regarding people’s health and well-being using an evidence-based approach, and her experience with social justice advocacy, Katie is ready to bring logic, compassion, and reason to Harrisburg.
Katie will fight to ensure that freedom, fairness and family are the centered values of the decision-making process for all legislation. As a product of Pennsylvania’s public schools and a millennial still working to pay off student loans, Katie is an outspoken critic of skyrocketing student loan interest rates and defunding of public educational institutions. She has stated that,
“Everyone deserves affordable educational opportunities regardless of where you live or financial status.” She is also committed to creating protections for women and families: “Equal pay, affordable child care, livable wage and paid family leave are freedoms being denied to women and families in this country. If federal protections cannot be implemented, state legislators should be working tirelessly to ensure these freedoms are available to everyone.”
Katie believes that Pennsylvania can be a place where everyone has opportunities to succeed, a place where equality advances prosperity, and a place where no one is left out or left behind. This is why she is running for State Senate. Katie’s dedication to service, advocacy for positive social change, and protecting our freedom is why she will BE THE CHANGE that State Senate District 44 needs and that Pennsylvania deserves.