The Executive Director is the chief staff administrator of the organization and is employed by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is under the direction of the Board and has responsibility for the total program of the organization. The Executive Director attends regular Board meetings and presents a monthly report the Board of Directors. The Executive Director also has any other powers and performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Katie Blair became the the Executive Director of McKenzie’s Hope in November 2017. Katie is originally from Germany, but moved to the United States in 2003. She is married and has one child. Her husband, Bobby, grew up in Huntington. In April 2017, after her husband retired from the military, Katie and her family to Huntington.
Katie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. In 2009, she earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of McKenzie’s Hope, Katie was a Special Victims Detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Katie has completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Catalina Channel and English Channel). She is a six-time Ironman finisher. She continues to enjoy swimming, training for triathlons, and spending time with her family.
As the Executive Director, Katie hopes to successfully carry on the mission of McKenzie’s Hope by providing education on child abuse prevention and appropriate responses to child abuse, by coordinating a unified response to reports of child abuse, and by providing a child-focused center to investigate child abuse and neglect.