Olivet Boys & Girls Club has promoted Katharine Royer to Chief Operating Officer. Royer has been with the Olivet organization for over 5 years. During her career with Olivet, Royer has held several leadership positions, including most recently serving as the Vice President of Programming. Of note, Royer is only the second female to serve as COO in Olivet history.
“Katharine Royer is an example of a passionate leader who lives and loves the mission of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club every day. Her work ethic and dedication to the youth of our community is exemplified in the trust she has earned with our community partners, our supporters, and our Board of Directors” said Chris Winters, Olivet President and CEO.
“I believe Katharine’s commitment to her fellow Team Members provides us with a Chief Operating Officer who will work closely with me to lead this organization into the future. Our partnership places Olivet Boys & Girls Club on a path of success as we continue to serve the youth of our community.”
Prior to working at Olivet Boys & Girls Club, Royer served as the Program Manager of Cross-site Learning & Workforce Development at the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers in Camden, New Jersey; a multidisciplinary nonprofit working to improve care for people with complex health and social needs in Camden, NJ, and across the country.
“I am incredibly humbled and excited to continue my career with Olivet as the Chief Operating Officer. In this new and expanded role, I look forward to cultivating Olivet’s community partnerships, guiding the organization’s strategic plan, and enhancing our ability to provide club members with programming in academics, healthy lifestyles, and good character/citizenship” Royer said.
“As the mother of four, young children, I know how important our mission is as an organization is to provide a safe, supportive environment for youth where they can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically. I am honored to be in this position with a tremendous team that strives to do whatever it takes for the youth that need us the most.”
In her role, Royer developed and facilitated trainings for internal staff, external partners, and medical students across the country related to trauma informed care and harm reduction. Royer also assisted in the development of a pilot program to train high school students to become trained medical assistants.
Royer also held additional roles within the organization serving as the coordinator of the organization’s AmeriCorps program as well as serving as an AmeriCorps Health Coach.
As a Health Coach, Royer served on a multidisciplinary team of social workers, nurses, and community health workers to connect high risk patients with primary care and social services.
Royer has a bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from the University of British Columbia.