In 2007, Mrs. Katrina Dixon Patterson earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Salisbury University and her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mrs. Patterson also holds a Master of Social Work degree from Salisbury University. Katrina, a native of Mitchellville, Maryland and a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland since 2010 is at the heart of her professional interests in connecting with people in need.
In the past, Katrina has focused on her community collaboration and volunteerism through her work at the Emery Work Bed Program in Washington, DC as a Social Worker. At Emery, Katrina recruited community organizations to deliver life skill sessions to the men who were otherwise homeless and resided in the Emery men’s shelter.
Katrina currently works as a Service Coordinator for the District of Columbia Government, where she coordinates services for persons with developmental disabilities and works as an Affordable Behavioral Consultant in Largo. As a consultant, she conducts individual, family and group training (skill building) of each client and makes the appropriate referral for needed services. Katrina also stretches herself just a little bit more and works at Cherry Blossoms Intimates, a boutique that sells custom prostheses and lingerie for breast cancer survivors. As anyone can see, throughout all of her employment, she always has her “giving back” hat on and always tries to do more when able. Katrina is that person that no matter what the need, she is going to try and find a void filler.
In addition to Katrina’s professional life, she also still makes time for her numerous organizations and job roles besides “seat warmer.” Katrina has always believed if you’re going to be a part of an organization, then you need to do everything you can to make that organization better and step up and help and not just sit in the background, letting everyone else do the work.
Katrina has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. since November 20, 2005, when she was initiated into the Alpha Omicron chapter at University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. She has been an active member of the sorority since her initiation and allows the spirit of Alpha Kappa Alpha to permeate in all of her work – professional, civic, and social. Besides Alpha Kappa Alpha, Katrina currently is a member of the Gethsemane Chapter of The Order of The Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliation and the Charles Herbert Flowers High School Alumni Executive Board. She also holds the position of secretary in the Free2Rise Educational Foundation, Inc. This organization enriches the lives of young women facing adversity by preparing them through life skills, guidance, and educational enrichment. Katrina has been recognized for exceeding expectations for chapter participating in events and service activities; she was nominated and elected as Soror of the Year (2012), Chapter Participation (2012 and 2014), Outstanding Community Service (2013), Program of The Year (2013) and more recently the Shero Award (2018). Her contributions to her chapter have been recognized at the regional and national level, as the Rho Mu Omega Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) program was voted as among the best in the North Atlantic Region. She spearheaded the EYL program for her former chapter as Vice Chairman and is proud to have impacted the lives of so many young women through that program. She also serves on the Pearl Elegance Foundation which is a direct non-profit charity derived from the Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has chaired various events and continues to serve.
Katrina, no matter what day or season it is, she will always be found giving back somewhere. She has always had a passion to serve and will continue to do so as long as she lives.