Originally from Athens, Alabama, Katie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and minors in Chemistry and STEM Education. As an undergraduate, Katie participated in research through the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy and served as an after-school science teacher with a local non-profit in Fairfield, Alabama. Katie was also the recipient of the UAB Ever Faithful 50 Award in 2020. After serving with Impact America, Katie plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician in underserved communities.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

In my time as a science teacher, I worked with a lot of students who struggled in school only because they didn’t have proper vision care. Many of them were some of the brightest kids I’ve ever met, and it was hard for me to see them struggle to read and write, knowing their amazing potential. These experiences are what led me to join Impact America as a Service Member. I am thrilled to be supporting the health and wellbeing of children in underserved communities across Alabama.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy gardening, kayaking, and cooking for my friends and family. My signature dish is chicken pot pie, which was inspired by my grandmother’s family recipe. On the weekends, I can normally be found perusing one of Birmingham’s many wonderful thrift stores or secondhand shops.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

Most people don’t know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I own all of the books and movies on DVD, and I’ve seen them so many times that I can quote most of the lines by heart.