“People were always being helped” in Kate’s home; some of her earliest memories are of family dinners shared with Korean War veterans who were patients at the local hospital where Kate’s mother was a volunteer. Her father, a writer, believed in opening the doors of state institutions, and in the value of a diverse community. It was Kate’s family’s belief that our lives are enriched by the different people you encounter along the way. By that measure, Kate’s nearly 40-year career as a nurse has made her a rich woman, and the number of lives she has touched impossible to count. As Director of Nursing, Kate spends much of her time developing protocols and tools for the nurses she supports and advising REM Wisconsin staff on providing high quality medical care to the individuals they support. She is resolute in her mission to protect the health and well-being of people with disabilities, and she views the opportunity to do so as a precious gift. Kate uses her vast nursing experience as a tool to innovate and develop new approaches to any situation that may arise. She is a natural teacher and leader.
The 2007 Ripple of Hope Award Winners were honored on November 13, 2007 at Boston’s historic Fenway Park.