Katie has been working as a support to her
sister Theresa since the inception of Rachel’s Vineyard. She
came on full-time in 2003 to help with the explosion of growth
within the ministry. Katie enjoys spending time with her 18
nieces and nephews who keep her very busy. She enjoys theater
and a good book.
I'm honored to be a part of the Rachel's Vineyard team. I'm number two of Theresa and Kevin Burke's five wonderful children. I graduated from West Chester University in 2014, where I studied Psychology. I'm a lover of all things related to music! I play the mandolin, guitar, and ukulele, and I absolutely love to sing. I have a dog named Prudence, a nod to my family's love of the Beatles. My husband and I welcomed our son James in 2020, and our daughter Eloise in 2022. They keep me on my toes, but they're the sweetest!!
Kelly's arrival to Rachel's Vineyard Ministries, after 27 years of teaching, was no accident. A follow-up call to the offices, after submitting her resume to the Indeed platform, turned into a phone interview and later, an in-person interview. God really puts us where He feels we can work to His glory.
In addition to her Master's degree in education, Kelly holds a BS in Textile Technology from the University of Delaware. She did, in fact, work in the textile and retail industries before deciding to enter the teaching profession.
Kelly finds joy in being with her husband, Chris, and their boy/girl twins Ian and Ellen - who are well on their way to adulthood. Other things that bring Kelly joy are sewing, gardening or any other outdoor activity (She LOVES birdwatching, in particular), and reading.
I'm blessed to come from a home where both of my parents were actively involved in the Catholic Church and in pro-life ministry. Beginning in the 1990s, my mom went to the local abortion mill every Saturday with our parish priest and a few other parishioners to pray the Rosary. Their prayers eventually closed that clinic. My dad worked in detention ministry helping incarcerated men. He witnessed many of their conversions and was vehemently against capital punishment. Whenever an inmate was sentenced to death, you could count on Dad participating in the prayer vigil outside the prison. I cringe when people pit Pro-Life and Social Justice against each other, because I saw first-hand that they aren't diametrically opposed. Instead, they're opposite sides of the same coin. It's an honor for me to be part of Rachel's Vineyard, where I can follow in both my parents' footsteps, helping women and men heal from the traumas they've experienced. I enjoy connecting with my family every week (they live on the West Coast), hanging out with my friends, being active in my parish, reading, and baking.