Katie was born and raised in a small town on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington. She started riding horses as soon as she could sit in the saddle. Her love for horses has stuck with her, and turned into a passion. Growing up Katie traveled all over Washington State to trail ride and pack into the high country with her grandfather, who is a skilled teamster. Katie has also worked for several outfitters where she has driven sleigh in Leavenworth and given tours on horseback in Winthrop. While attending Washington State University, Katie had the opportunity to ride and compete on the WSU Equestrian team. She traveled to shows with other colleges at the IHSA level. Katie fell in love with Eastern Washington as a kid and again in college. She decided to move to Spokane in 2019, just prior to starting at MPEH. Katie also enjoys skiing, hiking, and likes beachcombing when visiting back home.