Hello, my name is Kathleen, and I am the Legal Program Director at Mosaic.
I obtained my undergraduate degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Go SEC! During my undergraduate career, I had the opportunity to volunteer with local non-profit organizations in both Cape Town, South Africa, and Nashville, Tennessee, that empowered women to leave abusive situations and build independence for themselves and their families.
After graduation, I volunteered as a hotline volunteer at Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas. I saw firsthand the importance of having immediate shelter and legal services for victims of domestic violence. After these experiences volunteering at non-profits, I was hooked and started investigating how to help others with my career. Of course, the next logical step was to apply to law school.
When I moved to Pennsylvania to attend Penn State Law, I thought I would be a family law attorney at a Legal Aid Organization. However, life had other plans. I applied for an Immigration Law Clinic, where I learned about the US Immigration system and the need for attorneys dedicated to helping victims and survivors with their immigration needs. Based on my experiences, I decided to pursue a career in Immigration Law and entered into private practice to sharpen my skills.
Later, I started working at Mosaic Family Services in 2018 as the Senior Immigration Attorney managing the Domestic Violence Division before being promoted to Legal Program Director. During this time, I also represented many human trafficking clients in their immigration cases and now conduct trainings about the dynamics of trafficking and the cross-over with domestic violence. To say that helping others, especially women, is a passion of my mine cannot be more true!
When I am not working, I can be found traveling, volunteering, playing with my dogs, or attending a college sports event. Even better if I can do more than one in the same weekend.