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When Sara headed off into retirement last month, there was a gaping hole in the offices downstairs. This week, we welcomed Katie Foster into our midst, so we thought we should conduct a little interview to get to know her better!


Kerrie: Tell us where you’re from, and how you got to Omaha? 

Katie: I grew up just outside of Denver, Colorado. My path to Omaha could be best described as lengthy and circuitous, but the short version of the story is that I met Pete Fey at Bennington College in Vermont. We moved to New York City together in 2019, which turned out to be a very bad time to move to the city. As the pandemic raged in New York, we decided we wanted to come back to the Midwest, and Omaha it was!

Kerrie: How long have you been here?

Katie: Pete and I relocated to Omaha in June 2020, so I have been here for about a year and a half.

Kerrie: Can you share some of your work history with us?

Katie: I spent the last year working for Omaha Public Schools as a paraprofessional. Before coming to Omaha, I have worked as a bookseller, a florist, and a public library assistant. I hold an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. While I was a grad student at Brown, I had the amazing opportunity to design and teach two undergraduate poetry courses.

Kerrie: How do you think that history has prepared you to work with us at FCC?

Katie: I think I have very strong people skills, I can keep up a conversation with just about anyone, age 5 to 95! As someone who has worked in a public library, I have experience dealing with folks from all walks of life with varying needs. I’m good at keeping a level head and helping people with what they need. As a writer, I think I have strong attention to detail, particularly with writing and design. I enjoy making booklets and pamphlets, which I think will be a skill that comes in handy here!

Kerrie: What excites you most about this new opportunity?

Katie: I’m excited to become acquainted with such a strong community. Even though I’ve been in Omaha for over a year, COVID has made it hard to meet and get to know people. I really appreciate the human connection I’ve felt so far.

Kerrie: What might be your biggest challenge with this new role?

Katie: Figuring out how to transfer calls on our phones! Only partly kidding. But I think it will be important for me to learn the ins-and-outs of the community, especially one that has such a strong historic connection in Omaha. I want to respect and honor what has come before and still add my own touch to things.

Kerrie: Anything else you want our congregation to know?

Katie: I’m just so happy to be here, and happy to meet everyone! Stop by my office any time!



421 South 36th Street, Omaha Nebraska, 68131
(Located at the corner of 36th and Harney Streets)






First Central Congregational Church