Growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Katie developed a love for winter, wild places, and skiing at a young age. After moving to Alaska, Katie quickly recognized the importance of avalanche education if she wanted to safely play in Alaska's mountains. Taking level 1 and level 2 courses with the Alaska Avalanche School upped her confidence, and have helped her make more informed decisions when skiing in forecasted areas like Turnagain and Hatcher Pass, as well as remote areas like the Wrangells and Brooks Range. Katie is a senior staff attorney at Trustees for Alaska, a public interest environmental law firm based in Anchorage. She holds a J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School and an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Michigan Technological University.