Upon graduation from Davie High in 2012, Katera started her journey at North Carolina Central University and later transferred to Winston Salem State University.
Katera was the recipient of the Davie County Training School – Central Davie High School Reunion and Bill Foster scholarships.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree and later enrolled in Walden University where she graduated with her Master’s in Healthcare Administration. She stated, “My scholarship positively impacted my journey by lifting a portion of my financial burden associated with furthering my education.”
Since graduation, Katera has given back to her community in many ways. She has been involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters, volunteered as a youth basketball coach for Upward Basketball, and was the Keynote speaker for the NAACP Black History Program just to name a few.
“In the future I hope to get more involved with community outreach programs and non-for-profit organizations to give back to the community.” Katera is currently using her education and service as a Patient Access Supervisor at The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, VA. She was led there after obtaining her Master’s. With a heart for healthcare and children, she couldn’t let the opportunity pass her by. She also welcomed her daughter, Kaydence Gaither, in July of 2020 with her fiancé, Vic Gaither.
When I asked Katera what advice she could give to rising youth in our community, she said, “Walk your own path & trust your own journey – it’s easy to get distracted and compare oneself to others’ success and failures and may cause you to feel “behind” so to speak. It’s important to always remember that “Their journey is theirs” and “Yours is yours” Trust your own journey!”
Katera, your commitment to making our community a better place is truly appreciated. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to healthcare and our next generation youth. We are all lucky to have you on our side.