Katie lives in Nacogdoches, TX with her husband of thirteen years, Preston, and two children Charlie, 5, and Emilie, 2. She is a two time Lumberjack, graduating from Stephen F. Austin State University (Axe’em!) first in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Management, and again in 2007 with a Masters of Business Administration in General Business. During that time, she was a graduate assistant for the Office of the Graduate School, staff writer for The Pine Log student newspaper, founder of the Graduate Student Association, an active member of the Chi Omega Fraternity, and a recipient of a study abroad scholarship.
Katie joined the Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful team in June of 2016 and enhances the Nacogdoches community through her role as Executive Director. As the sole employee of a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization focused on environmental sustainability, Katie wears many hats. She manages community volunteer events, guides a working board of directors through proper governance and administration, markets all programs through social media and self designed printed materials, developed and maintains a website that has attracted substantial donations, and acts as a project manager for community projects, bringing together volunteers, funding, and decision makers.
Statewide & National Volunteer
Katie also regularly volunteers with statewide and national affiliate organizations Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) and Keep America Beautiful (KAB). She hosted a regional training for KTB in Nacogdoches at which she led two presentations over data evaluation and best practices. Katie has filmed, edited and “starred in” a video webinar for the KAB Youth Advisory Council, aimed at teaching a national group of high school students how to reach their market through social media. She will lead sessions for the Youth Advisory Council in January of 2018 and serve as a moderator during the National KAB conference in Dallas, TX. Katie also judged national KAB volunteer recognition awards and awards for programs focused on ending litter throughout the United States.
While Katie regularly drafts and distributes press releases for Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful, creative and recreational writing is her passion. Her creative nonfiction story, A Rich Coast – about her study abroad travels through Costa Rica – was published in New Texas, A Journal of Literature and Culture at Sul Ross State University in 2012. She shares humorous stories and personal anecdotes as a writer for East Texas Moms Blog and has also published articles in Tyler Today Magazine, The Daily Sentinel Newspaper in Nacogdoches, and The Pine Log Student Newspaper at SFA.
Design & Publishing
She spent six years as the Coordinator of Student Publications at SFA. During that time, Katie managed a thirty person student staff and oversaw publication and marketing for six award winning collegiate yearbooks and an award winning, annual 30+ page special edition of The Pine Log Newspaper. Katie was honored to serve as a judge for statewide layout and design competitions for yearbook and magazine categories during the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Conference for all six years of her tenure with the University.
Katie has completed her first year of the Institute of Organization Management (IOM) certification through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and will complete the Certified Environmental Professional Program through Keep America Beautiful. She is committed to volunteering at least ten hours a month throughout the local community and has developed a local self advocacy group focused on public speaking development.
But first, Coffee!
She is also a coffee lover, triathloner, amateur photographer, reader, and an avid traveler. Katie’s dream? Writing a novel – even if it doesn’t top the best seller list.
There’s still more to tell, but I’d love to learn about you. If you’re interested in professional networking, consulting services, funding Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful or participating in the free public speaking development group, Speak Easy, please reach out. Let’s grab coffee. If it’s outside Nacogdoches, TX, well, I’m always in for coffee but you have to cover travel expenses!