As core faculty for the GWU LGBT Health Policy and Practice program, Kat has helped to develop our Rural LBGT and Lesbian Health curriculum. She also has helped to support program development and student scholarships with her grant writing skills.
A long term activist for the LGBT community, Kat served for many years as a board member and vice chair of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In Pittsburgh she was co-chair of the PRIDE committee, which successfully reestablished Pittsburgh’s PRIDE parades and community festivals. Prior to that she has also hosted a Lesbian and Gay talk radio show (Out and About) and was a founding member of the LGBT social group GABLES in Southern New Jersey. After moving to Arkansas in 2011, she initiated the Jonesboro Arkansas Chapter of Parents, Friends, and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), served as faculty advisor for the Arkansas State University Gay Straight Alliance, and oversaw fundraising efforts to create a new ASU’s GSA Student Scholarship.
In addition to 14 years of teaching experience in higher education, she has clinical work experience in all aspects of direct social service delivery from grassroots activism, to community mental health, to foster care, to inpatient psychiatric, private practice, trauma, as well as hospital social work and hospital administration. A member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, she served on the Peer-Review Committee for the 2014 GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality Conference. Kat completed her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010, received her MSW from Smith College in 1990, and a BA in Psychology from Chatham University in 1988.