Staff Spotlight: Katherine

Katherine with Santa at the 2014 Annual Holiday Party
Katherine with Santa at the 2014 Annual Holiday Party

Have you ever wondered who you would talk to if you wanted to enroll your child in our program or volunteer to become a Big Brother or Big Sister? Wonder no more. Meet Katherine Ott, who began working at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest (BBBS of CM/MW) in April of 2012. She is our Customer Relations & Community Program Coordinator. She takes care of all inquiries within the agency, so when someone has a question, she’s the go to person to answer them.

Katherine graduated from Keene State College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is a proud member of Psi Chi: National Honor Society of Psychology. That is where she first showed interest in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program where she was part of the Keene State Bigs Club. “I was hoping to be matched at that time, but (un)fortunately there were far too many Big Sisters and not enough little ones. At least all the kids that wanted to be matched were,” she said.

Katherine at a Waitlist Activity with a child waiting to be matched. She was her "Big for the Day"
Katherine at a Waitlist Activity with a child waiting to be matched. She was her “Big for the Day”

Katherine started at BBBS of CM/MW as an Interview & Match Support Specialist for both our site based and community programs, so she knows the ins and outs of the agency firsthand, as well as the impact it has on both our mentors and mentees. When asked what she enjoys about working for BBBS of CM/MW, she said, “I genuinely believe in the work that we do at BBBS. While the impact can be big or small for the Little and/or Bigs, you can see the positive changes in a child through the simple act of mentoring. I love being able to interview and meet some incredibly talented, dedicated people. Being able to make matches and seeing the smiles on the Littles faces makes my heart melt every time!”

Katherine, Dawne and Stephanie testing out the STEM activity at Intel!
Katherine, Dawne and Stephanie testing out the STEM activity at Intel!

Katherine’s position also allows her to work with a team to coordinate several Waitlist and Match Activities throughout the year. The most recent activity featured our new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative, where Bigs, Littles and kids waiting to be matched had a blast learning about circuits and the scientific method at Intel. Katherine and the other staff members had a blast too!

Some fun facts about Katherine? She has a personal goal to visit every MLB park in the league. So far, she’s been to about ten and has three different ones lined up for the 2015 season. “I’m not sure if I’ll ever have a reason to go to places like Detroit or Kansas City, but I can promise that if I do, I’m going to a ball game as well!” she says. Katherine also just recently got engaged to her boyfriend of five years, Ryan. Congratulations, Katherine and Ryan!

Katherine SpotlightKatherine is a dedicated member of our team and wholeheartedly believes in our mission. If you would like to learn more about the agency, our programs, would like to become a volunteer, Katherine Spotlight 3or enroll your child into our program, please email Katherine Ott at Katherine.Ott@bbbscm.org    Katherine Spotlight 6

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