Executive Director RTBI
Kate lives in Tampa, Florida and is currently owned by a Labrador retriever, a yorkie and a three legged pit mix.
She comes to Florida after a long history of Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery work in North Carolina.
She discovered her passion for disaster work while with Public Health Preparedness & Response,
the state of North Carolina’s preeminent Public Health Disaster Team.
She went on to expanded roles as the Disaster Preparedness and Response Coordinator for NC Division of Mental Health.
These led her to a challenging position dealing with housing and homelessness in Wake County, NC before being offered the Executive Director Position with the Recover Tampa Bay Initiative.
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Liaison
Katja lives in Tampa, Florida and was born on MacDill AFB. She comes from a military family and is a graduate of Cochise College in Sierra Vista, Arizona where she earned her degree in Fire Science Technology. While attending school she served as a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for Whetstone Fire District and Huachuca City Fire Department. Her experiences inspired her to want to help people devastated by tragedy rebuild their lives. She went on to attend the University of South Florida where she will graduate in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and a minor in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. She is currently attending the University of Central Florida where she will graduate in December 2021 with her Master’s in Emergency and Crisis Management.
While attending USF, Katja served as the Program Assistant of Lifeguarding and Risk Management for the USF Aquatics Program, as well as participated in the USF CERT team and deployed to assist the City of Tampa Office of Emergency Management during Hurricane Irma. She also interned with the Pinellas County Office of Emergency Management for a year. While there, she deployed to Bay County in support of Hurricane Michael disaster recovery operations. Her duties included serving as a Shelter Unit Lead, Points of Distribution Unit Lead, and Feeding Operations Unit Lead. This led to being offered the Disaster Recovery Volunteer Liaison position with the Recover Tampa Bay Initiative in February 2019.