Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Katha D. Blackwell knew at a young age that she wanted to help people, but was unsure of how to do that.
After graduating from high school, Katha went to Michigan State University(MSU) and majored in Political Science Pre-law with desires of becoming an attorney. Within her sophomore year, Katha's desires for becoming an attorney dwindled and a passion for social work arose. In order to cater to this new passion, she became one of the many field researchers for the Violence Against Women Initiative at Michigan State University. As a field researcher, Katha visited the homes of abused women and collected data for a longitudinal study.
In 2003, Katha graduated from MSU with a Bachelors degree in Political Science Pre-law. That following year Katha married her college sweetheart, Eric, and moved to Illinois.
After settling down in Illinois, Katha began to seek more knowledge about domestic violence so she obtained 40 hours of domestic violence training and began to volunteer at a local women's shelter as a Hotline Shift Leader. Katha eventually found employment as a Program Assistant for the Majorie Kovler Torture Treatment Center. At the Kovler Center, Katha met many men and women who had been tortured by political leaders from various countries.
In Fall 2004, Katha started graduate school at The University of Chicago(U of C) where she majored in Social Service Administration. While attending graduate school, Katha maintained full-time employment at a local domestic violence shelter, as a Residential Counselor. Upon graduating with a Masters degree from U of C in 2007, Katha continued to work with victims of domestic violence providing full-time individual and group counseling services.
In 2008, Katha gave birth to her son and decided to quit her job and take care of her son full-time. At that point in time Katha realized the strenuous obstacles that parenting brings.
Katha and her family relocated from Illinois in 2009 and moved to Georgia. She currently resides in Lawrenceville, Georgia along with her husband, Eric and their two children, Elias and Eliana.