As Sponsored Programs Assistant, Kate Schenk provides technical and administrative support to a range of sponsored program operations. Under the guidance of the Director of Sponsored Programs, she works with staff and faculty to support new research initiatives throughout the grant life cycle.
Kate joined the Carthage staff in January 2017 after a recent move home to the Midwest. Prior to coming to Carthage, she spent several years serving as development and program manager for Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation. In this role, she provided direct administrative support to the executive director and was responsible for managing the donor management system, researching, writing and administering grants, cultivating donor and community relationships, and providing management support for the Teacher Grant Program, Student Scholarships, and Literacy Initiatives.
In previous roles, Kate has served as a nonprofit executive director, an ELCA youth and family minister, a student affairs professional, and a case manager. Over the course of 16 years in professional nonprofit work, she has developed skills and gained valuable experience in the areas of grant writing, development, event management, program oversight, and community outreach. In her role as assistant director for community service at Illinois State University, Kate helped to develop a growing service and leadership program in student affairs and collaborated with faculty to foster meaningful community service and service-learning opportunities across campus.
Kate is excited to join the Carthage community and looks forward to the opportunity to share her skills and experiences.
- Bachelor of Arts, Women’s Studies and Politics — Cornell College
- Youth and Family Ministry Certificate — Wartburg Theological Seminary, ELCA
Favorite thing about working at Carthage
“Having attended Cornell College and benefited from a small liberal arts college myself, I have a deep appreciation for Carthage’s focus on providing students with a high quality liberal arts education, small class sizes, meaningful relationships with with faculty/staff, and vast opportunities for experiential learning.”