Katie Corkern is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Rural Mental Health Alliance – a grassroots organization that educates and advocates on behalf of mental health providers and patients. Previously she served as the Executive Director of Northshore Families Helping Families, and she taught Special Education in Tangipahoa Parish for 10 years.
Her passion for advocating for individuals with disabilities began with the birth of her son, Connor, who was born with multiple disabilities nearly 14 years ago. Since then, she has advocated on issues that affect people with disabilities, mental health conditions, and health care on local, state, and federal levels. She was honored to receive the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children Parent Advocate of the Year Award in 2017 as well as being recognized by the Girl Scouts Louisiana East 2017’s Women of Distinction.
Katie is an alumnus of Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana Partners in Policymaking, a national leadership training program for self-advocates and parents of children with developmental disabilities. She is an active member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans Patient and Family Advisory Council, the CHNOLA Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and Tangipahoa Parish School System Special Education Advisory Council.
Katie Corkern lives in Amite, Louisiana with her husband and three sons. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading, writing, cooking, and working alongside her boys on their cattle ranch.