Katherine (she/her) has been a Permanency Specialist since 2018. Katherine is a licensed social worker in the state of MN, and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work with Family Studies, Race & Ethnic Studies, and Women & Gender Studies concentrations. Before coming to Ampersand, she gained experience in different settings working with youth and families. While at St. Olaf college as a BSW student she had the opportunity to engage in direct practice at the county level in the children’s mental health unit. She has also created culturally competent curriculum for post adoption support groups as well as spent time with members of the Minnesota House of Representatives where she expanded her knowledge of policy creation and policy impact on the constituent populations.
Katherine enjoys being a part of the Ampersand Team, working with and supporting teens and families in their lifelong journey for permanency. Her favorite parts about working with older youth and teens is witnessing and supporting the unique personalities, interests, and growth during a formative period of their lives. As a transracial adoptee herself, Katherine values belonging, connection, & community. She believes everyone deserves a family regardless of age. She is committed to anti-racist practices & uplifting LGBTQIA+ youth and families. She is proud to work at an organization that has a steadfast dedication in supporting young people in participating in the decisions being made about their lives and providing unconditional support before, during, and after a finalization.
When not working, you can catch Katherine cooking or baking (if you have the perfect chocolate chip recipe let her know!) and grabbing Boba tea from her favorite local spots. She also loves to hang her hammock in various MN parks and catch up on a good book. Katherine is also a newer steering committee member for Network of Politicized Adoptees where she helps advance adoptee justice through community power and collective work towards systemic change.
The mission of Ampersand Families is to provide permanency and adoption services to older youth and families who face barriers to equity in child welfare, and to champion systemic changes that advance belonging, dignity and hope.