Raised on a dairy farm in southern Indiana, Katie grew up understanding the importance of family, relationships and agriculture in her community, and abroad. She is a 10-year 4-H member and graduate of the University of Indianapolis with a degree in Communication.
In 2009, Katie was crowned the first Miss America from the state of Indiana in the pageant’s 88-year history. Since passing on the title of Miss America, Katie continues traveling the country on her national speaking tour as an advocate, spokeswoman, host, author, branding professional, and performer.
Katie now incorporates her background into her public speaking, promoting the agriculture industry and its importance to sustain future generations. Professionally, she is an Executive Consultant for New Sunshine, LLC in Indianapolis, specializing in product development and marketing within the skincare and cosmetics industry. Katie is also a Realtor® with Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast and co-owns/operates investment properties with her husband under Irk Property Management in Indianapolis.
Personally, Katie is passionate about ovarian cancer research, education and support, serving on the Board of Directors for Ovar’comingTogether, Indiana’s ovarian cancer awareness organization. She resides in Indianapolis with her husband Brian, their two puppies, Hank and Gus, and their three children.