Finance and Information Administrator
Kat and her mother moved to Nantucket from upstate New York when she was eight years old to live closer to their family home on Tuckernuck Island. Throughout her childhood, they spent the entire summer on Tuckernuck and moved back to Nantucket for the start of school. Kat graduated as valedictorian of the Nantucket High School class of 1991 and went on to earn her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Amherst College.
After living in Albuquerque, NM for several years after college, she returned to Nantucket in the fall of 1999 to be closer to her mother and pursue a relationship with James Grieder. They were married in 2000 and became parents to William in 2004.
Soon after moving back to Nantucket, Kat was hired to be the Administrative Assistant at A Safe Place, the island’s provider of services for those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. She remained with the organization for 16 years, serving for several years as its Bookkeeper and the last eight as its Executive Director. She is proud of the increased visibility, reputation and financial stability she brought to the organization during her tenure.
Kat’s interests include reading, especially books about mountain climbing, deep sea diving, and true crime: things she has no interest in doing herself; crafts, primarily crochet; and the American Southwest, particularly New Mexico. She also spends as much time as possible on Tuckernuck, which seems to be (ironically) significantly less time than when she wasn’t living on Nantucket.
Kat is very involved with the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, having served on a variety of committees including Ministerial Search, Membership, Board of Trustees, Pledge, and most recently the Lay Led Service Committee. She has also been actively involved as a volunteer at the Nantucket Lighthouse School, which her son attended from pre-school through sixth grade.
While at A Safe Place, Kat was a founding member of the Nantucket Healthy Community Collaborative, a group of organizations and community members, primarily in the health and human services field, that meet monthly to share information and collaborate on strategies to address health and social issues in the community. She also serves as a member of the Nantucket Cottage Hospital Advisory Council.