Since joining Tabitha in 2015, Katie Lechner has been instrumental in developing and managing the Talent and Culture team and projects. Under her direction, employee recruitment, retention and engagement levels along with culture have thrived. Thanks to her leadership, Tabitha was honored with Advisory Board Survey Solutions, Workplace Transformation Award for outstanding commitment to measuring, understanding and improving the needs of Tabitha’s 1,000+ strong employees. In addition, Lechner played a major role in creating a new workforce development program. It encourages personal growth and development through continuing education, exploring new career pathways and providing key industry training and workshops. Lechner’s career advancement serves as a perfect example of Tabitha’s Workforce Development in action—maximizing and growing talent from within the company. Katie and her husband, Jay, have two children and a Golden Retriever. She loves traveling to Colorado, planting flowers and landscape design and spending time with her family.