"Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong, and keep reminding yourself that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON."
Chapter Engagement and Opportunity Manager
Kate Oyer joined Blue Star Families in 2015 as a fellow and now serves as the organization’s Chapter Engagement and Opportunity Manager. Kate spends her time surrounded by BSF’s amazing volunteers who work hard to bring the organization’s programs and resources to their communities. She loves working with and supporting volunteers and seeing the positive differences they make every day.
Finding a steady career is difficult for most military spouses and Kate is no exception. In their 12 years of Army life as an Infantryman-turned-EOD Tech, Kate and her husband experienced 9 moves, 4 deployments, and more TDYs than she can count. Prior to joining Blue Star Families, Kate worked as a medical office assistant, a school secretary, a bartender, and a bank teller, just to name a few. When the Army sent Kate’s husband to Fort Campbell, she finally found an employer who was willing to take a chance on hiring a military spouse and she began her career in Higher Education. As the Coordinator of Continuing Education at a local community college, she developed community and workforce development classes and began teaching local business leaders and their employees. Kate’s favorite teaching topics are generational communication, customer service best practices, and leadership development.
Kate graduated summa cum laude from Niagara University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, with a concentration in business and math. She went on to earn her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville and maintained a 4.0 GPA. She holds certificates in generational communication and educational program planning. When asked about her greatest accomplishment, Kate says working a full-time job, serving as the FRG Leader during a rough 12-month deployment, earning the Volunteer of the Month award, finishing her Master’s Degree with a perfect grade point average, and not burning the house down while her husband was away – all at the same time – is by far her proudest moment.
Kate and her husband recently separated from the Army after 12 years of service. They decided to retire to sunny Florida, where they enjoy camping, volunteering for local military service organizations, and visiting Disney World.