Katie was born just outside of Richmond, Virginia. She likes to spend her time hiking, working out, doing jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her family and friends.Shemoved to Asheville in 2014 after working six months with AmeriCorps in Denver, Colorado after graduating from Western Carolina University. At Western, she received a Bachelors in Science for Psychology with a minor in Health and Physical Education, while playing D1 soccer. Since moving to Asheville, Katie has worked in psychiatric residential treatment facilities and level III group homes with students ages 12 to 17 with various mental health and substance use diagnosis. This work inspired her to pursue her master’s in social work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While working towards her MSW, she gained her personal training certification to add another dynamic to her work with others, interned at an alternative high school, sat as an advocate in Drug Treatment court, led substance abuse intensive outpatient, and joined the substance free youth coalition for Buncombe County. Upon finishing her masters in social work, she has received two licenses (Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist), and a certification in school social work.With both the education and experience, Katie is excited to work at the Asheville Academy to expand on her career and continue her passion.