On March 29, 2010, Kathryn was elected to serve the residents of Knight Township as their Trustee. As proven by her ability to help citizens of our tri-state, as well as other states, Kathryn makes a great public servant for the residents of Knight Township. Kathryn believes that township government provides a crucial service to the residents of Knight Township, as it provides immediate help to people in times of need.
Kathryn is a wife and a mother of six (with two of them being fraternal twins). On November 6, 2005, Kathryn’s family was forever changed when three family members, including her two year old son, C.J., died in a tornado that struck Knight Township. While coping with the devastating loss, Kathryn committed to turn her grief into a positive force for change. She returned to school and finished her coursework, receiving a degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College in May 2006.
In January 2006, Kathryn initiated the process to pass C.J.’s Law, mandating that every mobile home manufactured in the state of Indiana be equipped with a NOAA weather radio which would alert residents to impending severe weather threats. C.J.’s Law was passed and signed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in July 2007. Congressman Ellsworth successfully passed C.J.’s Home Protection Act in the United States Congress in December 2009.
Kathryn worked on the building of a memorial park and playground at Eastbrook Mobile Home Park and because of this effort she received the Lampion Center Community Service Award. In June 2007 she received the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award, as well as the Mark Trail Award presented by the National Weather Service. In February 2008 she was recognized by MONTEL and Charming Shoppes with the VOICES award. Kathryn also received the Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2009.
As Trustee, she continues her hard work and dedication to the residents of Knight Township.