About Kathy

Educate. Encourage. Empower. Kathy's expert knowledge, personal experience and passion combine to yield empathetic mentoring, and engaging trainings that do just that.  A speaker, advocate and author, she has worked with Rebecca Bender Initiative since it was founded.  Kathy is currently the Director of Elevate Academy, the online resource especially for human trafficking survivors, and the Lead Mentor.  She is also a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign.

She has trained thousands of medical professionals, law enforcement, community service providers, and faith-based communities across the nation, and mentored hundreds of trafficking survivors. Kathy testified before the Arkansas House and Senate in support of Human Trafficking Legislation, which was subsequently passed and became law.  Kathy is also a member of both the National Survivor Network and the Survivor Leader Institute.

Having survived two years of sex trafficking as a young teen, Kathy knows intimately how real trafficking is in America, and how difficult the journey to true healing and peace is, if one survives. She has been an active leader in her local church providing supportive listening, lay counseling, and small group leadership for over 20 years. There is much to be found in her wheelhouse, ultimately, though, her heart beats for helping people understand each other, which fosters empathy and a foundation for unity.  She and her husband, Keith love spending time with their family, off-roading, and traveling this beautiful world.  

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