Katherine T. Otte received her B.A. in Child Development from Connecticut College and her Master of Social Work from the University of Houston. She has been involved in the infertility and adoption field since 1980. As a result of her own personal experience with infertility and adoption, Kathie started her business as an Adoption Consultant in 1995, educating, guiding and supporting adoptive couples on their road to adoption. She has shared the joy of the adoption experience with hundreds of adoptive couples over the years. Kathie lives in Houston and is the proud mother of two adopted children.
At the request of the Houston Organization for Parent Education, Kathie wrote and developed the curriculum for an Adoptive Parenting Class. She has taught that class for over 25 years, helping families get ready for their long awaited child.
Kathie has been President and Director for the Gladney Auxiliary of Greater Houston and Infertility Network of which she was a founding member. She also has been Director of the Texas Foundation for Research in Reproductive Medicine and on the Advisory Board for the Gladney Center in Fort Worth. Kathie is a member of Adoptive Families of America, Inc., National Council for Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. She is founder of Adoptive Families of Houston, a post-placement support group and president for the last 10 years.
Christi received her B.S. in Business Administration at Washington and Lee University and her Masters in Business Administration from Rice University. After marriage and several years of infertility treatments, Christi and her husband pursued adoption with the help of Kathie, which resulted in the joyful placement of their daughter in their home. Since then, Christi has been an avid supporter of adoption and post-placement support as exemplified by being a founding member of Adoptive Families of Houston and serving on the board since its inception in 2011, serving as technology chair, secretary, programs chair and soon to be the President for 2021-22.
Christi worked in the energy industry in Houston for ten years, primarily at Dynegy and Reliant Energy. She also served in nonprofit rolls as National Director and of National Association of Women MBAs, President of Houston Women of Vision (an affiliate of World Vision) and others. She stepped back from corporate life and focused on being a mom when her daughter joined the family. Later she began serving non-profits again, this time as PTO President at her children’s elementary school and on the board of Adoptive Families of Houston, as noted above.
Additionally, Christi has a photography and album making business focused on families called www.ChristisCreations.com. She is excited to partner with Kathie and bring her business skills, creativity, passion and enthusiasm to other people seeking to grow their families by adoption.