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"Passion for community. Dedication to people. Leadership for Haverhill."

Kat's Bio:

Katrina "Kat" Hobbs Everett was born and raised in Haverhill, MA. She is the daughter of Bishop Emeritus Franklin W. Hobbs and Co-Pastor Carolyn R. Hobbs, and one of their 13 children (11 living).  With 6 sisters, and 4 brothers she is the 10th child born to the Hobbs’ in their 63 years of marriage. Kat is a wife, mother, and faithful member of Rehoboth Lighthouse Full Gospel Church Int. where she and her husband Dennis now serve as Associate Pastors under Senior Pastor James Mackey. She is happily married to the love of her life, and business partner, Dennis D. Everett Jr. Together they have a beautiful, blended family of 7 children (ages 20, 20, 14, 8, 7-year-old twins, and 6 years old).

Kat attended Haverhill public schools including Walnut Square, Smiley School, J.G. Whittier, Whittier Voc. Tech, and Haverhill High, graduating from Haverhill High class of 1999.  Following high school Kat attended Northern Essex Community College, graduating with high honors, and receiving 7 academic leadership awards. Kat obtained her AS in Human Services, with a Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling Certificate and leadership concentration from Northern Essex Community College. During her time at NECC Kat was a student presidential ambassador, involved in student government as a member of student council, and was heavily involved in campus leadership and public speaking. Katrina finished her schooling at UMass Boston’s College of Public and Community Service on a full boat Foster Furcolo Scholarship, obtained through NECC. She graduated from UMass Boston Magna Cum Laude with induction into the International Golden Key Honors Society, majoring in Human Services with a Youth Work concentration. She was one of the first 2 students to ever complete the traditional UMASS Honors Program while completing regular studies through CPCS and was awarded a medal for this endeavor. Kat earned her Masters degree in Education (M.Ed.) from Merrimack College where she attended on scholarship as the community engagement fellow for the Interdisciplinary Institute where she participated in leading campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Katrina graduated with a 3.97 GPA and as an inductee to the Alpha Iota Sigma International Interdisciplinary Honor Society. Kat was also a member of the Graduate Students of Color Association.  

Kat is the Co-Founder of Power of Self-Education (POSE) Inc. POSE’s mission is to “Inspire individuals and mobilize resources to strengthen communities”. POSE provides unique learning opportunities, implements a broad range of tailored services for community members, groups, churches, and individuals. More information on POSE can be found at . Kat is the founder and curator of COCO Brown, a cultural community healing center and co-working space in Haverhill that uses the mediums of art, music, storytelling, and movement to strengthen community relationships and improve racial, social, environmental, and economic equity. More information on COCO Brown can be found at 

Kat is also a small business owner and founder of  a consulting business focused on providing large- and small-scale consulting, coaching and facilitation services to individuals, groups and businesses. Types of services include assessment, training, professional development, educational content creation, workshops, strategic development, co-creating strategic plans, strategic plan review, creating diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) plans, implementation of DEI plans, cultivating and equipping DEI committees/task-force teams, facilitating listening forums, teaching, skill development, etc. to assist with transformative culture shifting in an effort to foster places of belonging

Kat is an educator, social justice advocate, activist, writer, speaker and spoken word artist. She has 23 years of refined experience in the human/social services field working in a variety of professional settings and levels including grassroots organizations, city, state, and federal entities, public k-12 schools, public and private sectors, and higher education institutions. Kat has 10 years of diversity, equity, inclusion education experience cultivating and working with cross-sector teams locally, nationally, and globally. Kat's areas of expertise are empathy, trauma, addictions, mental health, family and community engagement, youth work, social justice education, training, and connectivity. Kat is skilled in innovative approaches and transformative interdisciplinary pedagogy. Her personal mission is to “Constantly Cultivate Community”.

Affiliations / Civic Engagement / Board Involvement

• Massachusetts Department of Children and Families -Haverhill Area Board Member (2021 - current) 

• Eammon's Heart-Board Member (2021 - current) 

HC Media -Board Member (2020 - current) 

LEADS (Leaders Engaged and Activated to Drive System-wide change) 2020 Haverhill Cohort 
• City of Haverhill Mayoral Diversity Task Force (2020 – Current)
• Alpha Iota Sigma National Interdisciplinary Honor Society (2020 - current)
• Andover Bread Loaf Teacher's Network (2018 - current)
• Massachusetts Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: Public Awareness Campaign (2018 - current)
• HP3 - Haverhill Public-Private Partnership steering group (2018 - current)
• Ma.GL. 222 Coalition- Massachusetts statewide coalition (2017 - current)
• Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Essex County Committee; Annie E. Casey Foundation (2017 - current)
• SartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow (2016 - current)
• Haverhill Education Coalition (HEC) (2017-2020)

• City of Haverhill Mayor’s Gang & Youth Violence Prevention Advisory Committee (2017 - 2020)

• City of Haverhill’s Council on Youth Needs- Chair (2016 - 2019)
• Haverhill Public School’s Wellness Committee (2016 - 2018)

• Merrimack Valley Homeless Youth Adult Consortium (2016 - 2017)

• Mt. Washington Alliance Governance Committee (2015 - 2019) Working Cities Challenge Initiative 

• City of Haverhill’s H.O.P.E. Task force (2015 - 2019)

• Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative- Steering Committee member (2015 - 2018)
• City of Haverhill Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Group (NAG) (2015 - 2016)
• Communities Together (Lawrence) board member (2014 – 2017)

Kat's Family
Kat's Family
M.Ed. Merrimack College 2020
BA UMASS Boston CPCS 2007
Proud NECC Graduate '05'
Haverhill High Graduation 1999
YWCA Women of the Year 2016
Mr & Mrs Everett
Team Hobbs

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