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Katherine Bland
Katherine held Executive roles in the Healthcare and Insurance industries for more than 20 years, including Vice President for Lumeris; Executive VP of Operations for DST Health Solutions; CFO for; Assistant VP of Operations for Frontier Insurance; Audit Manager for Ernst & Young; and Reinsurance Analyst for Vesta Insurance. 

An ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2016 inspired Katherine to reallocate her time and energy to volunteer work and travel.  She advocates for LGBTQ equality as Alabama’s Federal Club Co-Chair for the Human Rights Campaign, and serves on the Advisory Board and Chairs the Grants Committee for the Community Foundation’s LGBTQ Fund.  A native of Alabama, Katherine received a degree in Accounting from UAB, holds a CPA certification, and is a graduate of Leadership Birmingham and Momentum.  

Katherine is married to Peggy Vandergrift, her devoted partner of 25 years.  They are exploring the world together, 30 countries and counting!

Why have you decided to serve as a Torchbearer for the JLB?
I have been following the Junior League of Birmingham’s One Place initiative since its inception in 2017.  As I learned more about their efforts to create the “One Place Alabama Family Justice Center,” serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, I was compelled to donate to this important cause.  Every person deserves the opportunity to share their experience with a team of professionals in a safe environment, where they are treated with dignity, respect, and empathy, resulting in a plan of action to help them overcome their circumstances.

What/who inspires you to be a Light in our community?
I have always felt I needed to give back to the community that has shaped the very essence of who I am.  Ann Huckstep encouraged me to stay in the flow and create a place where I would thrive.  Lindsey Tanner introduced me to this amazing project.  All the Torchbearers that came before me inspired me to stand with them to create this Community of Lights. 

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