Katie currently works as a Deaf/Hard of Hearing Outreach Consultant for the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind (MSDB) and a freelancing community interpreter. Additionally, she presently serves as President of the Montana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (MRID) where she has served various positions on the MRID board since 2015, and on the Montana Language Equality Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) Committee. Before beginning her current position with MSDB in 2018, she worked as an educational interpreter in Montana’s K-12 schools and as an early interventionist (Family Advisor) for MSDB for 8 years. Katie obtained her master’s degree in Deaf/Hard of Hearing Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her bachelor’s in Special Education from Western Governors University. Before changing gears in her education, Katie studied ASL-English interpreting and transliterating at a mid-west college following her passion for ASL and connection with the Deaf community that was sparked in high school ASL classes. In her early years of K-12 interpreting, Katie studied, practiced, and obtained Montana’s required Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) scores necessary to work in the K-12 sector. Last, but definitely not least, Katie is a mom to three children, some of whom have special needs. This means not only has she learned (and still learning) how to support her children at home, but she has also sat on both sides of the table for school meetings (as a mom and as a professional) discussing the needs of children which provides the asset of various perspectives.