Katie grew up in Somerset County and recently moved to Monmouth County. In January 2014, Katie lost her younger brother to an accidental overdose. Prior to substance use disorder affecting her own family, Katie had no idea about the disease. 

While grieving her loss, Katie realized that there was a great need for support for siblings going through this type of loss. With the help of a couple other grieving siblings, Katie started a support group for siblings who were grieving the loss of their siblings. 

Katie strives to raise awareness, erase the stigma and share her brother's story wherever she goes. She hopes that by sharing her personal experience, she can help others who may need help as well. Katie wants to ensure her community gets the proper education and has the tools to help those in need.