Katie Amodei is a proud mother of two, a dedicated gardener, and a passionate advocate for children's health and safety. Katie grew up on one of the last existing great-western historic cattle ranches in northern California. She was raised in a family of hard-working ranchers, cowboys, and storytellers. This helped foster her passion for writing. Katie has published articles in a wide variety of publications, including Homeland Security Today, Lodging Magazine, Hotel Business, Maritime Logistics Professional, Seattle's Child, Parent Map Magazine, and Everyday Health. Katie holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon, and she is a seasoned public relations professional who conducts BEST's media relations and manages BEST's grants program.