Katy is a proud wife to her husband Chad, and mother to their son Camden (7). With a heart to serve, Katy is an active leader in her community. She is the proud recipient of the bronze level Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and regularly volunteers with organizations like The Jamie Kimble Foundation, The Kindness Cupboard and Feed NC. As host of The Joyful Life - a podcast dedicated to empowering women world-wide, Katy shares inspirational stories that will empower you to live an inspired, authentic life you love! She helps her listeners rediscover their deepest passions and ignites the fire needed to make them happen.
Katy's personal platform is "Stand Up, Speak Out Against Domestic Violence”. Once a victim of domestic abuse, Katy takes an active stand in the fight to end DV. She knows first-hand the importance that awareness and education play in ending or preventing an abusive relationship.
In 2014, Katy opened the doors to Katheryn Jeanne Photography, an award winning, international wedding photography company. Her work has been featured in national publications such a The Knot Magazine, Martha Stewarts Weddings and Brides. Her dedication to her craft, love for serving others, and drive for success catapulted her business from a side hustle, to the multi channel company it is today. In addition to capturing her client's celebration of love, she provides education and mentorships to both new and veteran entrepreneurs alike. As a leader in the wedding industry, she continues to empower the creative economy to rise together. She believes we are only as strong as the communities that surround us, and with a strong community, we can change the world.
As Mrs. Cosmos International, Katy plans to use this opportunity to continue the fight against domestic abuse by volunteering at local shelters and domestic violence community organizations. In partnering with organizations such as The Jamie Kimble Foundation, she will help raise funds needed to put programs in place worldwide. At a national level, she will dedicate her time and energy to working alongside state representatives to push bills into approval that protect domestic violence survivors. She will bring educational programs into schools throughout the country to teach young girls and boys what healthy relationships look like and what to do if they feel they are in an unhealthy relationship. Lastly, from an international level, she will merchandise her global outreach program that provides resources to women and men who find themselves in abusive relationships. It is time to take a stand and rewrite the script for survivors of domestic abuse. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." The time to use our voices is now. Join Katy in taking a stand against domestic violence.