She may have been born in Minneapolis, MN, and lived in Florida and New Jersey, but Katie Townsend moved to Mississippi as soon as she could. Townsend was a 2002 graduate of Jackson Prep, where she was the first female mascot for the school, and a 2005 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with a BFA in graphic communication. Even before graduating from USM, she began her career at The Area Development Partnership (ADP) and was promoted to Communications Director after nine months. During her five years at The ADP, her favorite accomplishment was developing and launching Pine Belt Young Professionals. Following The ADP, she worked at WHLT 22, a CBS affiliate, as their Brand Manager before landing at Hattiesburg Clinic where she has been the Advertising & Brand Manager for over four years.
Katie is a long-standing member and previous board member of both Public Relations Association of Mississippi and Sales & Marketing Professionals (SMP) and has been on the Communications Committee of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi for over 12 years. In 2014, she earned a “Sales & Marketing Professionals Award” by SMP. Her latest philanthropic endeavor is leading the Pine Belt’s first female den of the Cub Scouts, where she teaches girls life skills, such as how to camp, to use a pocket knife, wood working, and more.
Katie married her high school sweetheart, Jason Townsend, in 2005 and they have three children: Noah (11), Elle (9) and Jonah (5). Jason and the family has owned and managed the Hattiesburg Play It Again Sports for over 10 years. The Townsends stay busy with all three kids active in multiple extracurricular activities, including soccer, voice, piano, art lessons, scouts, and basketball. The whole family can also be found regularly involved in various activities at their church, Heritage United Methodist. Katie is active at her gym, Versus, and completed her first triathlon in 2018. In her spare time, she is currently working on her 2019 resolution to teach herself to play the ukulele.