After traveling to East Africa for the first time, Katie was eager to get involved with a ministry that was working to improve the lives of children in the region. She discovered Lahash in 2009, through her friend Leisha (who was serving as Sponsorship Director at the time). After a couple years of volunteering, Katie joined the Lahash staff as the new Sponsorship Director. Katie and her husband, Tim, live in Portland with their daughter. The three of them traveled to Rwanda together in 2017, each contributing in unique ways to the work of Lahash.