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MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs

Kirt Jacobs is the host and producer of MoxieTalk, a talk show that gives an intimate look into the courage, character and defining moments of today’s most inspiring individuals.
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Aug 31, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Governor Steven L. Beshear, 61st Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky (2007-2015), providing insight into unforeseen leadership challenges as a governor.

Aug 30, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Nina Moseley, Chief Operating Officer, Wayside Christian Mission, informing us her leadership philosophy.

Aug 29, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Steve Cunanan, Regional Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross – Kentucky Region, explaining his driving force.

Aug 28, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Angela Leet, CEO at QSR Automations & Metro Council Member 2014-2018, who chats about her best piece of advice.

Aug 27, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you the late John Asher, Former-Vice President of Racing Communications, Churchill Downs, telling us about the allure of Churchill Downs.

Aug 26, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you  Ingrid Hernandez, President & Creative Director, Ingrid Design, telling us about her defining moment.

Aug 25, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Jeff Walz, Head Coach, University of Louisville Women’s Basketball, and his best piece of advice.

Aug 25, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Heather Howell, Director of Global Innovation & Trademark, Jack Daniel’s Family of Brands, telling us about her biggest triumph and best piece of advice.

At the time of our taping, Heather was Director of Innovation, Brown-Forman Corporation.

Aug 24, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Paul Hornung, 1956 Heisman Trophy Winner and former Green Bay Packer, chatting about the biggest influences in his life.

 

Aug 23, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Whitney Austin, Director & Co-Founder of the Whitney/Strong Organization, telling us how she redefines failure.

 

Aug 22, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Greg Galiette, President of Louisville Bats Baseball Club, Inc., telling us about his biggest triumph.

Since Sept. 1984, Greg has served 35+ years with the Louisville Redbirds, Louisville RiverBats, and now Louisville Bats. He has held roles as diverse as now Senior Vice President, Assistant General Manager, Marketing Director, Sponsorship Sales Director, Promotions Director, Sales Manager, Group Sales Manager, Redbirds Ticket Manager, Redbirds Public Address Announcer & Director of the 1991 & 2008 AAA All-Star Games held in Louisville.

During this time frame, Greg even did a stint as the Louisville Riverfrogs Hockey Club’s Assistant General Manager & owner from May 1995 to May 1997. Before his career in professional sports, he was an Account Executive with the Xerox Corporation from 1983-1984.

In 1983, Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisville, with a major in Marketing, is a 1978 graduate of Eastern High School in Middletown, KY.

Greg is married to his lovely high-school sweetheart Kelly, & they have two beautiful twin children, Erika & Anthony; & as of this interview, Erika is with the Cincinnati Reds, & Anthony is with HUMANA working as a Cyber Security Analyst.

Aug 21, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Robbie Bartlett, Band Leader of the Robbie Bartlett Band, talks about the greatest influence in her life.

Aug 20, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Tom Jurich, Former-Vice President and Director of Athletics, the University of Louisville, on what drives him.

Tom Jurich cites his motivation to do things right and see results as he leads athletic programs at the University of Louisville.

Since 1997, Tom has made a permanent mark at the University of Louisville by leading an athletic department that has enjoyed tremendous athletic and academic accomplishments. In 2003, Tom began his run as vice president at U of L.

Under Tom Jurich, the Cardinal athletic teams have produced unparalleled success in multiple sports. Louisville’s 2012 – 2013 year marked the first time any university has ever won a BCS level bowl game, placed both its men’s and women’s basketball teams in the NCAA Final 4, and reached the baseball College World Series in the same season.

CBS Sports ranked Cardinals Athletics among the top three nationally for the past three years. Tom and his wife share U of L’s prestigious Hickman-Camp Award and he was named Louisville magazine’s Person of the Year in 2007.

He resides in Louisville with his wife, Terrilynn. They have four children and several grandchildren.

EFFECTIVE OCT. 2017, Tom Jurich was relieved of his duties as the Athletic Director of University of Louisville Athletics

Aug 19, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Summer Dickerson, Founder of Women of the Well Ministry, discussing what she stands for.

Summer Dickerson was a victim of child abuse, sexual abuse & a victim of human trafficking which led to pain, gang violence, sexual torture, drug addiction, mental health illness including PTSD. She was even buried alive and pistol-whipped. While living with and in constant fear for her life, not to mention unrelenting anxiety, Summer was, in her words, delivered through a relationship with Christ. 

Now it is her calling to work with women that are in similar situations and lifestyles. So much so, she has now founded a Ministry called Women of the Well Ministries which has a Residential Program to help women change their lives so they can walk in the destiny God created for them. 

She is also the business owner of a company called Esther’s Soap Company which allows women in her Ministry learn a new trade on how to make all-natural goat milk soap. All proceeds go back to the ministry.

She has a documentary out & is working on a book.

Aug 18, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Tawanda Chitapa,, Zimbabwean Immigrant & American Healthcare I.T. Expert, Mentor, and Soccer Fanatic, telling us about their perception of influencers.

Tawanda is the System Director Business Intelligence, Clinical Value & Healthcare Analytics at Norton Healthcare, with oversight of a team of analysts that use business data, computer techniques & statistical methods to provide insight into business performance & suggested areas of & ways of improving operations. Tawanda joined Norton Healthcare in 2015. Before joining Norton healthcare, he helped implement the Epic EMR (electronic medical record) systems in consultant roles for numerous healthcare organizations, including Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, Sutter Health in Sacramento, California, the Univ. of Miami in Miami, Florida, Lahey Health System in Boston, MA, Inova Health in Virginia, Premier Health in Dayton Ohio, & San Diego Children’s Hospital in San Diego, CA. He began his career as an Implementation Specialist at Epic Systems in Madison, WI. Tawanda is a highly active member of the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Louisville YMCA, is a Board Member for Volunteers of America Mid-states & a Board of Trustees for the Speed Art Museum. Tawanda Chitapa holds a bachelor’s degree & an MHA, BOTH from W. KY. Univ. Tawanda enjoys watching soccer, exploring sights around the city, and indulging in every foodie experience he can find around Louisville. He lives in Louisville with his son Isaiah and is a native of Zimbabwe, but today an American immigrant success story!

Tawanda’s favorite saying is that he enjoys mentoring young professionals to grow their wings “so they too can fly.”

Aug 17, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Kelli Campbell, President & Owner of Joseph’s Salon & Spa, chatting about how the salon industry has changed.

As the owner of Joseph’s Salon and Spa, Kelly Flint Campbell sees the growth of her staff and client relationships as her inspiration.

Since the early 1990s, Kelly has been the owner and president of Joseph’s Salon/Spa in Louisville, Ky. Originally opened 40 years ago by her parents, Joseph’s set out to be a beauty destination with highly skilled professionals who have an unwavering commitment to customer service. Joseph’s has grown and now includes the Aveda Lifestyle Salon and Spa.

With her positive spirit, Kelly strives to make a personal connection with her clients. She has helped form an expert staff of 90 who share her “give back” philosophy and desire to achieve professional expertise and superior service. Kelly works diligently on harmonizing beauty, well-being, and the environment for both clients and staff at the salon.

Kelly and her husband have two children and live in Louisville.

Aug 16, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Donald E. Lassere, Former President & CEO, Muhammad Ali Center, talks about what Muhammad Ali was like.

Donald E. Lassere leads the Muhammad Ali Center and fosters its mission of building and expanding on the Center’s educational programs, partnerships, and other outreach initiatives.

He facilitated a comprehensive rebranding process and implemented a strategic plan that focused the Center on the three primary program areas of education, global citizenship, and gender equality.

Donald also launched the Muhammad Ali Global Humanitarian Awards, designed to inspire and encourage young people worldwide to become actively involved in social justice issues that impact their communities, countries and the world.

Prior to joining the Muhammad Ali Center, he served as senior vice president of programs at Scholarship America. In this role, he administered over 1,200 scholarships, tuition reimbursement and education assistance programs amounting to over $160 million annually.

Previous to Scholarship America, Donald spent over 20 years working at top-tier organizations including Gallup Consulting, Enron Corporation, Ernst & Young Consulting, and Verizon.

He currently serves as the chair for the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau and he is on the advisory board for the Family Business Center. He is also on the Jeffersonville County Technical College Presidential Search Task Force.

Donald holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Aug 15, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Trisha Gallagher, Former-Administrative Specialist, Exceptional Child Education for the Jefferson County Public School System}, telling us about her most defining moment.

Trisha Hernandez Gallagher was born in Lakenheath, England on a Royal Air Force Base. She came to the US at 2½ & grew up all over the USA. During her younger years, Dr. Gallagher considered New Jersey home, as she spent summers and her high school career in the Garden State. Now, after 16 years in Louisville, she considers it home. Dr. Gallagher is the proud mother of two sons, Cole, 19, & Liam, 17. She follows in her son’s footsteps, with Cole being one of the youngest guests ever on MoxieTalk, our 213th guest! Liam, her youngest, dreams of being a future MoxieTalk guest. Dr. Gallagher earned her B.S. in Psychology from Penn State, M.Ed. in Special Education from West Chester University., & Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gallagher works as an Administrative Specialist for the Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Department in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). Currently, she focuses on students with special needs & compliance with local, state, and federal regulations and legislation. She works with the JCPS Family & Community Engagement (FACE) Team, as well as the Parent Advisory Council (PAC).  Prior to 2018, she worked with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families for 21 years. Her dissertation focused on the social networks of parents of students with autism as a proxy measure of social capital.  Previously, Dr. Gallagher supervised programming for children with autism & trained school/district/state/national groups of professionals on Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs). As a member of the state autism team, Dr. Gallagher, assisted in the development of the Kentucky Family Guide for Autism, coordinated the 1st model classrooms for Kentucky’s partnership with the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC), and contributed to the development of the KY Department of Education’s Guidance Document for Autism. Last year, Dr. Gallagher reviewed the latest set of EBPs for the NDPC

Aug 14, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Jeremy Harrell, the Founder & CEO of The Veteran’s Club-a a non-profit veteran service organization, telling us about his most defining moment.

As a U.S. Army Combat Veteran of Iraqi Freedom, he served honorably for 9 yrs. & was a Non-Commissioned Officer before getting out of the Army in 2008. After leaving the Army, Jeremy went to school at Mid-Continent Univ. studying Bus. Mgt. & started a career in Oper. Mgt. in the Manufacturing & the Supply Chain Logistics Industry. As a man with an Entrepreneurial heart, he wanted to do more to support the Veteran community & founded the Veteran’s Club Inc.

Jeremy has assisted thousands of Veterans in a multitude of ways, such as their nationally recognized Equine Therapy Program, Career Transition for Vets needing employment, Family Outreach Program, & is currently developing the Camp Restoration Community to house & heal homeless veterans.

Veteran’s Club Inc also works heavily in Veteran’s outreach in the community, including raising money for Veteran causes & providing meals job opportunities, & teaching leadership classes to homeless veterans throughout KY. I love this next part; Jeremy also goes into jails & substance abuse inpatient facilities to teach life skills classes in hopes that those in there have the tools needed upon release. Veteran’s Club INC was the 2019 Recipient of the Patriots Award for Veterans Service Organization. This is a national award given by the American Freedom Fund in Washington D.C. every year. Jeremy was also named one of 2020’s Louisville Business First’s 40 Under 40 and KY. Veteran of the Year and was commissioned a Ky. Colonel for his works for veterans in Ky. Jeremy is the Co-Chair for the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL). Jeremy also serves on the Week of Valor planning committee for Lou. Metro Govt. as well as the VA Mental Health Summit planning committee.

Outside of his organization, Jeremy travels with an organization called Mighty Oaks Warrior Program to help struggling veterans in weeklong retreats in CA, OH, TX, & VA. & was selected as a Community Influencer for the Mayor of Louisville’s Synergy Project bridging the gap between citizens & police. As if that was not enough commitment, Jeremy was selected to serve on the Governor’s Challenge Team to help develop a policy to combat SMVF-(which stands for Service Members, Veterans & their Families) suicides in KY. He is even a very active leader in his church, SEast Christian in Louisville, & independent from his organization, Jeremy is often called upon by local & some national news affiliates when it comes to Veteran related topics not limited to PTSD, Homelessness, Suicide, Policy, Foreign Policy, and more! Jeremy is married to his lovely wife Erin, & they have 3 daughters named Brooklyn, Mattie & Lola & 1 son named Collin.

Aug 13, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Leah Travisano, Professional Figure Skater, Personal Trainer, Online Health Coach & Make-Up Artist, talking about what she stands for.

Leah graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science & minor in Nutrition from Miami Univ. in Oxford, OH. She skated on the Varsity skating team & qualified for Team USA representing her country in Croatia, Prague, & Switzerland. After graduating, Leah became a professional figure skater with Holiday on Ice touring in Europe, a make-up artist & even a medical sales rep. she even continues to skate for pleasure & gives back to her community by coaching & mentoring young skaters in Louisville.

In 2018 she put her college degree to work & became a Certified Personal Trainer at Proformance. In 2019 Leah started her own online fitness business, Leah Travisano Fitness LLC. Since inception, she has helped hundreds of women reach their goals of becoming healthier, more robust, & more confident. I admire Leah’s training philosophy of a very individualized approach to meet her client’s needs. Through skating, she learned the importance of mental toughness, goal setting, &   the ability to turn obstacles into opportunities. She works together to improve your physical health and your mental health. She considers herself a client’s coach who is here to guide you on YOUR path to success & self-love.

Leah lives in Louisville, KY, with her husband Pete and their dog Marvin.

Aug 12, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Major General (retired) Robert S. Silverthorn Jr., an United States Army Attorney and Counselor at Law, telling us about his best piece of advice.

Major General (retired) Robert S. Silverthorn Jr. credits growing up in a military family as his inspiration and drive to achieve excellence.

Robert has served the United States in the military and as a counselor of law. He is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and was mobilized for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also served during the Global War on Terror from 2001 to 2005. Robert retired as Major General (2 stars) in 2008. He received many military decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, two Bronze Stars, an Air Medal, seven Meritorious Service Medals, and three Army Commendation Medals.

He ran for election to the 30th Judicial Circuit in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 and 2009, he was appointed circuit judge to the Jefferson Circuit Court.

He is a graduate of the Brandeis School of Law and the United States Army War College. Robert carries a lengthy civilian volunteer history in Louisville and has served on advisory boards for several charitable organizations, including the Salvation Army, Susan G. Komen Fund, and the American Red Cross. He has also appeared on television and radio as a military analyst.

An avid reader, his hobbies include flying planes, reading historical works, and playing golf. Robert and his wife, Rusty, reside in Louisville and have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Aug 11, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Josh Miller, Co-Founder + CEO of IDEAS xLab, telling us about he wants to be remembered.

Josh runs IDEAS xLab – an artist-led nonprofit based in Louisville, KY. He is an artist with a background in entrepreneurship, art & business administration, & editorial production – & explores the world through photography (& a lot of running), documenting his journey through joshmiller.ventures.

In addition to his outdoor explorations, Josh celebrates the brilliance and strength of marginalized people including LGBTQ+ & Black communities through photography & collaborative storytelling.

Josh was selected for Louisville Business First’s Forty under 40 and is a distance runner, a TEDx speaker, an advisor for the Derby Diversity & Business Summit, & founding Board Member of Civitas: Regional LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Louisville, KY.

From 2016 – July 2019, he served as the Co-Chair of the Louisville Health Advisory Board’s Communications Committee.

In 2019, IDEAS xLab was named Nonprofit of the Year by the Derby Diversity & Business Summit.

Aug 10, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Ouita Michel, Owner of Ouita Michel Restaurants Group, telling us about the note she'd write to her past self.

Since 2001, when Ouita & her husband, Chris, opened the Holly Hill Inn in Midway, Kentucky, she has made locally grown ingredients a priority in her world-class cuisine within her family of restaurants. Many bourbon aficionados will find her restaurants along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail – such as Holly Hill Inn or Wallace Station Deli & the Midway Bakery in Midway, Kentucky. The Windy Corner Market & Restaurant, Smithtown Seafood, or Smithtown at the Summit & Honeywood are all in Midway. Since its inception, Ouita’s has collectively purchased over $2 million of Kentucky – grown meats, dairy & produce! She has been a James Beard Foundation Award nominee for Outstanding Restaurateur & Best Chef in the Southeast. Ouita and Chris are graduates of the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She is a member of Slow Food USA; deacon & free community supper coordinator for Midway Christian Church; Board member of FoodChain, a non-profit food incubator in Lexington, Kentucky, & Woodford Forward, a land-use group; Hindman Settlement School, which is dedicated to enriching Central Appalachian culture; a member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. Other honors include the Fayette Alliance Agricultural Excellence Award & Bluegrass Tomorrow’s most prestigious honor, the Josephine Abercrombie Award. This award is given to a person who contributes tirelessly to improve the quality of life in Bluegrass. She is also the Chef-in-residence, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, Kentucky. Ouita and her restaurants are regularly featured in local and national media, such as CBS This Morning, USA Today, Southern Living & Garden & Gun. Ouita, Chris & their lovely daughter, Willa, live in Midway in a 200-year-old cabin with an expansive garden adjacent to where else? The Holly Hill InnIT

Aug 8, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Samantha Fish, Contemporary Blues Artist-Bourbon & Beyond, on what Moxie means to her.

“You should always get outside of the box,” Samantha Fish says while discussing her boundary-breaking new album Belle of the West. “Challenging yourself is how you grow.”

After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha Fish quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer while releasing a series of acclaimed albums showing her restless creative spirit, consistently taking her in new and exciting musicals directions.

The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper, The Kansas City Star, noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit throughout their careers.”

Having already made it clear that she’s more interested in following her heart than she is in repeating past triumphs, Samantha Fish delivers some of her most compelling music to date with Belle of the West, her fifth studio album. The deeply soulful, personally charged 11-song set showcases Fish’s sublime acoustic guitar skills as well as her rootsy, emotionally resonant songwriting.

Such memorable new originals as “American Dream,” “Blood in the Water,” “Need You More,” and “Don’t Say You Love Me” demonstrate the artist’s knack for organic Americana songcraft. At the same time, a trio of cover tunes—R.L. Burnside’s “Poor Black Mattie,” Lillie Mae’s “Nearing Home,” and the Jimbo Mathus-penned title track—attest to her considerable interpretive skills as well as her varied musical interests.

“To me, this is a natural progression,” Fish notes. “It’s a storytelling record by a girl who grew up in the Midwest. It’s very personal. I focused on the songwriting and vocals, the melodies and emotion, and bringing another dimension to what I do. I wasn’t interested in shredding on guitar, although we ended up with a few heavier tracks. I love Mississippi blues; there’s something very soulful and authentic about that style of music, so this was a chance to immerse myself in that.”

Fish recorded Belle of the West in the relaxed, rural creative atmosphere of the legendary Zebra Ranch Studios in the North Hills of Mississippi with producer Luther Dickinson (of North Mississippi Allstars fame). She worked previously on her 2015 album Wild Heart. The studio team included some of the region’s most iconoclastic musicians, including Dickinson, solo artist and Jack White associate Lillie Mae (whose distinctive vocals are featured on “Nearing Home”), much-traveled juke- joint blues artist Lightnin’ Malcolm (whose featured on “Poor Black Mattie”), Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus, upright bassist and beloved solo artist Amy LaVere, Tikyra Jackson, Trina Raimey and Shardé Thomas, granddaughter of the legendary Southern bluesman Otha Turner.

“I wanted to do this acoustic-electric record and tap into the style and swagger of Mississippi,” Fish states, adding, “Any time you dive into another place, another vibe and a new group of people, you’re challenging yourself to grow musically. I felt very at home at a Zebra Ranch, and I’ve known Luther and Malcolm for years, so it was a very comfortable situation. When you’re making a record like this, it has to feel natural if you want people to respond to it.

Belle of the West follows on the heels of Fish’s March 2017 release Chills & Fever, which achieved top 10 status in the Billboard Blues charts. Here she expanded her stylistic arsenal to take on a set of lesser-known vintage R&B gems, with help from members of garage-soul stalwarts the Detroit Cobras. “Having these two very different records come out back to back this year has been liberating,” says Samantha.

The creative drive that fuels Belle of the West and Chills & Fever has been a crucial element of Samantha Fish’s approach from the beginning. Growing up in a musical family in Kansas City, Missouri, she became obsessed with music early in life, taking up drums before switching to guitar at 15. By the time she was 20, she had formed her trio and self-released her first album. She soon caught the ear of the renowned blues label Ruf Records, which in 2011 released Girls with Guitars, which teamed her with fellow axewomen, Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. The same year saw Ruf release Fish’s solo studio debut, Runaway. The album was named Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis.

Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015) followed, winning considerable critical acclaim and further establishing Fish as a prominent presence in the blues community. Wild Heart reached the top slot on Billboard’s blues chart. She also collaborated with blues-rock veterans Jimmy Hall and Reese Wynans on The Healers’ 2013 project. In addition, she jammed onstage with blues icon Buddy Guy and guested on Devon Allman’s album Turquoise.

Fish continues to maintain the same hardworking, prolific approach that’s carried her this far. “I think I’ve always had that,” she says. “Music is my life, so what other choice do I have but to go out and make music? We do tour quite a bit, and maybe it’s kind of crazy to put out two dramatically different albums in one year. But I like to work hard. This is who I am, and this is what I do, and when I’m writing and recording and touring is when I feel the most like myself. And now we have a moment where people are paying attention, so I have to make the most of it. I feel like I have a lot to say right now, so why not say it?”

Her musical future is an open road as far as Samantha Fish is concerned. “I’m never gonna be a traditional blues artist because that’s not who I am,” she asserts. “But it’s all the blues for me. When Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf came out, what they were doing didn’t sound like anything done in blues before. So you have to keep that kind of fire and spirit. I will never do Muddy Waters better than Muddy Waters, so I have to be who I am and find my best voice.

Aug 7, 2022

MoxieMoments brings you Katie George, Sportscaster & 2015 Miss Kentucky USA, telling us about a note she'd write to her past self and how she wants to be remembered.

Katie George sees her daily challenge to make herself and others better.

Louisville-native Katie graduated from Assumption High School, where she played volleyball for Coach Ron Kordes. She received several volleyball sports accolades and was featured in the 2010 Faces in the Crowd in Sports Illustrated magazine. Among her many accomplishments and recognitions, Katie led her team to the Regional 7 Tournament Championship twice, was named in Under Armour’s All-American Watch List, and was also named Region 7’s Player of the Year.

Katie came to the University of Louisville volleyball team and quickly moved to a starting position. She spent her summer overseas for the USA National Collegiate Team, winning the silver medal at the European Global Challenge Tournament in Pula, Croatia.

Having no previous experience in beauty pageants, Katie was crowned Miss Kentucky USA In 2015 and competed in the Miss USA pageant, finishing in the top 15.

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