Katie is a 12th grade student and International Baccalaureate diploma candidate from Washington. After the Eagle Creek Fire burned almost 47,000 acres near her home in 2017, Katie found herself drawn to preventing future disasters by helping to improve emergency preparedness in her community and across the nation. During her time on the YPC, Katie hopes to work alongside FEMA and her peers to provide accessible training to youth volunteers on first aid and first response care.
Since the Eagle Creek Fire, Katie has been actively involved in the American Red Cross, serving as the president of the Southwest Washington Youth Council, as well as the Cascades Field Ambassador and Lead International Humanitarian Law Advocate. She is also a member of the Red Cross Youth Executive Board and is a youth representative for the Cascades Board of Directors. In her work with the Red Cross, Katie has promoted youth involvement and leadership in preparedness events and initiatives like Prepare with Pedro, Sound the Alarm, and the Home Fire Safety Campaign.
With an interest in biomedical science and global public health, Katie plans to eventually pursue a career in emergency medicine. She is certified in adult and pediatric First Aid, CPR, AED, lifeguarding, and safety training.
In her free time, Katie enjoys antiques shopping, playing violin, and painting