Originally from the Boston area, Kate learned the importance of helping others by watching her mom manage a nonprofit community thrift shop to help under-resourced households obtain clothing and other basic necessities. These lessons of giving back to others have shaped Kate’s life as a community volunteer.
As a first-gen college student, Kate attended college as a non-traditional student earning both her doctorate of education and masters of business administration at the University of Hartford. Kate’s doctoral dissertation focused on a 360° perspective of students’ perceptions of their experiential learning opportunities. She was recognized for her service to others with the debut doctoral program award for interorganizational effectiveness for leadership in developing The Birthday Club, which is a no-fee program to bring food into food pantries across the country.
Kate joined ReadyCT in spring 2023 bringing seven years in higher education and 15 years of industry experience in human resources and project management. As a career pathway program manager, she prepares students for career-connected learning opportunities, including internships. Kate teaches ethics in the professions and academic strategies courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of Hartford.
She lives in Manchester with her husband; her daughter and son are recent college graduates.
“I know personally and professionally that meaningful experiential education opportunities can make a difference and change the trajectory of a student’s life.”