Katherine RuarkProgram Manager

During undergrad, Kate volunteered at the VA with recreational therapy and rehabilitation. A passion ignited after witnessing the power of outdoor recreation with rehabilitation for those with visible and invisible injuries. This was the guiding experience to work with the local veteran’s services to identify needs in the community, where Kate helped start the Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in the region. Kate has volunteered with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing since 2017.

With a degree in Exercise Science, Kate has always valued health and wellness for others. She has been building experience in the nonprofit sector through volunteerism and employment for years. In 2016, Kate served in AmeriCorps in Reno, Nevada with an initiative to create framework in nonprofit organizations with best practices focused around volunteerism. After the service position ended, Kate returned to Colorado and began a role with a camp in the SeriousFun Children’s Network. The Serious Fun Children’s Network is a family of camps that serves kids with serious illness with inclusive traditional camp activities which creates joy, discovers friendships and builds confidence. Kate worked with volunteers throughout their entire experience with camp, but individual coaching and development was her favorite part. She was awarded a competitive position with the Winter Burgess Leadership Fellows in the SeriousFun Children’s Network, where she worked with a small cohort in professional development mostly focused on leadership. This inspired Kate to pursue structured professional learning in her life and she is graduating with a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in 2022.

Kate was born and raised in Colorado. Several opportunities have brought her all over the west but her heart is in the Rocky Mountains. On the weekends you can find Kate enjoying wildflowers and dirt roads with her camera and dog Gordie Howe.

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