Kate always wanted to be a teacher. As a child her “classes” would include her brother and all of her dolls. She thoroughly enjoyed leading her “pupils” through their lessons. So it’s easy to understand that she has found teaching professionals in aging services about culture change a most rewarding career experience.
Like many of us, Kate’s first memory of skilled nursing involved a family member. Her great grandfather, a strong and proud farmer, had experienced a stroke and was physically restrained when she had come to visit. As a six year old, she could not understand why he was not allowed to stand up. Years later, while studying to become a recreational therapist, she was assigned to work with an Elder and was amazed at how little freedom Elders were given in the facility. For instance, they were not allowed to go outside alone. When Kate took an Elder outdoors and saw the complete enjoyment on her face when she dropped her head back to feel the warmth of the sun, she knew there must be a better way. She soon met Dr. Bill Thomas and learned about the Eden Alternative—and as the saying goes, “the rest is history”.
As an Assistant Administrator and Director of Recreation Therapy, Kate began to teach culture change to her organization and continues to do so today. Now as a Project Guide for THE GREEN HOUSE® Project, Kate develops new curricula, as well as teaches and assists adopters in the development of their Green House homes.
- 13 years in aging services
- Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)
- Assistant Administrator, Administrator –in-Training, Director of Recreation Therapy
- Organizational Culture Change Specialist
- Trained Eden Associate
- Adult Day Center Program Assistant
Kate thoroughly enjoys the outdoors. She can be found camping, hiking, kayaking, swimming and surfing! She loves animals, especially her seven year old Chocolate Lab dog and her six chickens. Kate is the proud owner of a 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon that she affectionately calls “Bertha”.