Today is the second installment of our new blog series called "SAFE's Stellar Staff," in which SAFE features a current staff member (paid or volunteer) and the ways that they contribute to SAFE and, more importantly, improving the lives of women and children. This week, we are featuring the SAFE International Operations Director, Katherine Meese!
Katherine joined the SAFE team as an International Practicum Student in the summer of 2011. During her practicum, she conducted a feasability study and wrote an implementation plan for the solar project that SAFE now runs, Light the Night. Katherine was such a wonderful person to work with, and enjoyed her experience with SAFE so much, that she accepted the U.S.-based position of International Operations Director upon her return. In this role, Katherine works with the SAFE President and Vice President to manage all international operations and staff, and helps to make key programming decisions. To this position, she brings passion for maternal health, enthusiasm for the work that SAFE undertakes, and key skills in human resources management, financial analysis and planning, and international global health programming. In July 2012, Katherine also accepted a position on SAFE's Board of Directors, which was extended to her because of the incredible work she has done to help SAFE grow over the last year.
Katherine is married to her best friend, Mac, and lives in the Houston, Texas area. She graduated with a BBA in Finance from Texas A and M in 2007, and a Master of Public Health in Healthcare Management from the University of Texas in 2012. Katherine now works as a Project Specialist for The Methodist Hospital System (Methodist International).
We are thrilled to have Katherine and all of her experience as part of the SAFE team!