Katie is a native Texan, born and raised in the Dallas area. She graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in marine biology and vertebrate zoology, and was selected by faculty as the Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges for her graduating class.
While working on her M.S. in biology, Katie did scientific research on invasive species around North and South America, and helped open a nature center here in North Texas. Katie spent nine years in public education administration over S.T.E.M. and workforce readiness programs, where she gained a passion for hands-on learning, equity and inclusion. Katie’s work has been supported by grants through the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Texas Sea Grant, U.S. Department of Education, Texas Education Agency and more, along with corporate partnerships with Toyota, Raytheon and Frito-Lay/PepsiCo.
Katie has two children and loves coffee, art, music, hiking, kayaking, photography, and spending time in the great outdoors with her kids.