Kathryn has an honor’s undergraduate and graduate degree in Sociology from the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. She held several positions of progressive responsibility in health and hospital management, including the role of Assistant Vice President – Ambulatory and Community Services for two urban hospitals in Edmonton, Alberta. She established a consulting practice in 1994, providing services to clients across Canada in the health, education and human services sectors. She is the author of the White Paper from the World Summit on Learning Disabilities. This document was designed for use by policy makers, and has been tabled in Canada’s Senate and in the Legislature of the Province of Alberta. Kathryn is also the author of the Survey on Education, Alberta’s most comprehensive survey which she prepared for Public Interest Alberta.
She has held numerous volunteer roles in education advocacy including positions on the board and executive of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta. She served as an inaugural member of the Education Task Force for Public Interest Alberta. Other volunteer roles include serving as a member of the board and executive committee for the Child and Adolescent Services Association (CASA), an organization providing a full range of primary to tertiary mental health services to children and adolescents in central and northern Alberta, and the Edmonton area.
In early 2009, Kathryn stepped down from the Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta to assume the role as its part time Executive Director. She combines this activity with other consulting services offered through her company, Burke & Associates Inc.
In October, 2009, she launched, LDExperience.ca, an aggregate site for people affected by learning disabilities to share their experiences. Kathryn has a column on the site. It attracts visitors from all over the world.