Kathryn grew up in Charleston, WV, where she currently lives and works. She graduated in May, 2015 with a Masters in Public Health from West Virginia University’s School of Public Health. She had previously acquired her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from WVU in 2013. During her time in college, Kathryn was involved in an assortment of activities, such as the Student Affiliate of the WV Public Health Association; ‘Heads Up!’ (a student-led Pedestrian Safety Multimedia Campaign); two sister community health initiatives called Try This! WV and Try This! Greater Morgantown; and more.
During a summer internship with the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty, Kathryn worked to increase civic engagement in West Virginia through the campaign’s policy advocacy and policy formation trainings. She became passionate about the power and importance of civic engagement. Soon after, she founded the first Our Children, Our Future Student Chapter at WVU,