Kate Heinen received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and her undergraduate degree in Theatre & Film and American Studies from the University of Kansas. Although her social work practice is focused on education, community activism, and policy interventions for systemic change, Kate has also worked on-call for Johnson County Mental Health providing mental health crisis intervention services and has served local neighborhood organizations, particularly in regards to demolitions of large structures in residential neighborhoods. Prior to working at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault where she serves as the Coordinator of Community Engagement, Kate served as the Domestic Violence & Child Abuse Victim Advocate for the Kansas City Prosecutor's Office and provided crisis intervention services for Rose Brooks Center's emergency shelter and safe housing programs. Kate serves as the 2019-21 Co-Chair for the Women's Equality Coalition of Greater Kansas City and is a 2020-22 board member for Kansas City Women in Film & Television. In her spare time, Kate writes fiction and non-fiction and is a hobbyist filmmaker focused on social justice documentaries.