Katie has been interested in working with animals since a young age. Growing up, Katie spent weekends traveling to local zoos with her parents and older sister. In middle school, Katie joined the Toledo ZOO Teen volunteer program and volunteered over 800 hours over the next four years. This is when Katie decided she wanted to be a zookeeper. Katie completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Organismal Biology and a minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Toledo.
After graduating, Katie accepted a position as a seasonal zookeeper at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Five months later, Katie became a year-round zookeeper at Fort Wayne working with red pandas, ring-tailed lemurs, prairie dogs, peafowl, and a turkey vulture. While at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Katie learned in-depth about animal behavior and training methods. After 2 years at Fort Wayne, Katie accepted a zookeeper position at the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, working in the Small Mammal Department with red pandas, monkeys, apes, hoofstock, otters, Tasmanian devils, and more! Katie’s favorite animals to train were the red pandas. After leaving the Toledo Zoo, Katie went on to join The Ability Center in early 2023 as a dog trainer. Katie is excited to use her knowledge and skills of animal behavior and training to work with the Agility Angels program.
Katie lives in Swanton with her fiancé Eric and miniature schnauzer Zoey. In her free time, Katie enjoys exploring local parks and nature preserves, visiting zoos and aquariums, and traveling to northern Michigan.