Chapter Engagement and Opportunity Manager
Kate Oyer joined Blue Star Families in 2015 through the prestigious fellowship program and now holds a permanent staff position as the organization’s Volunteer Recognition Coordinator and Volunteer Team Leader for the Central and West Regions. Kate spends her time surrounded by BSF’s amazing volunteers who work hard daily to bring the organization’s programs and resources to their communities in an effort to strengthen military families. She loves working with and supporting volunteers and seeing the positive differences they make every day in their communities.
Finding a steady career is difficult for most military spouses and Kate is no exception. Prior to joining Blue Star Families, Kate worked as a medical office assistant, a bartender, a school secretary, a college resident assistant, an intern at Walt Disney World, and a bank teller, just to name a few. When the Army sent Kate’s family 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 a program assistant at a local community college. In less than three years, she was promoted to Coordinator of Continuing Education and Community Services and began developing and teaching community and workforce development classes. Kate’s favorite teaching topics are generational communication, customer service, and leadership development.
Throughout her time as a military spouse Kate has volunteered with several military support groups, including Army Family Readiness Groups, a college student Veterans committee, and various military spouses clubs. Kate was named the U.S. Army Volunteer of the Month at Fort Campbell in November 2011 and November 2013. 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, not burning the house down while her husband was away, and finishing her Master’s Degree with a perfect grade point average, all at the same time, is by far her proudest moment.
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. Kate is a proud Army spouse of nearly 12 years. Her family has experienced 8 moves, 4 deployments, and more TDYs than she can count during her husband’s career as an Infantryman-turned-EOD Tech. Kate and her husband and their lovable lab currently reside near Fort Campbell, Kentucky.