Katherine is thrilled to join the Ampersand Team and to work with and support youth and families in their lifelong journey for permanency – though the highest highs and the lowest lows. Her favorite parts about older youth and teens is witnessing and supporting each individual’s unique personality, resiliency, and growth during a formative period of their life. She is passionate about working directly with youth and families and believes that regardless of age everyone deserves a family. She is amazed by Ampersand’s steadfast dedication to empowering older youth to participate in the decisions being made about their lives and providing unconditional support, before, during, and after their families adopt.
Katherine graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work with concentrations in Family Studies, Race & Ethnic Studies, and Women & Gender Studies. During her time at St. Olaf she had the opportunity to engage with youth, families, and their support systems as the Children’s Mental Health Intern at the county level. She also has experience working in the post adoption field creating culturally competent curriculum on adoption topics for parent and youth support groups. She has also worked with members of the Minnesota House of Representatives where she expanded her knowledge of policy creation and impact on specific populations.
When Katherine is not working she enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking (specifically scones and cakes), hammocking by the various MN lakes, exploring different restaurants, and watching excessive amounts of Netflix.
Katherine’s favorite parts about older youth and teens is witnessing and supporting each individual’s unique personality, resiliency, and growth during a formative period of their life.