Employee Spotlight: Katie McCaskey
Communicating – something thing many of us do daily without putting much thought into it – is Katie McCaskey’s specialty. She’s a designer, animator and writer currently living in D.C. with her husband and two pets – a red labradoodle and calico cat – all of whom keep her plenty busy.
From L.A. to D.C. (and a few places in between)
Katie began her career designing in Los Angeles, eventually trading the California coast for the New York City skyline. While in NYC, she studied animation before finding her sweet spot in the writing and marketing sphere. Ultimately, she made the move to Virginia, where she and her husband, Brian, co-founded a specialty grocery/café with a focus on craft beers; which grew to two locations & operated in Staunton, VA for a decade. There, Katie worked for her mentor, Steve O’Keefe, honing her marketing and communication skills, priming her to seamlessly step into her current role at NetCentrics.
At first glance, her background may seem a bit unconventional when it comes to the government contracting space, however, the knowledge, ideas and experience she brings to the table are what makes Katie the ideal leader of the newly implemented MARCOM department; where creative, outside the box thinking is a necessity.
Currently, Katie is focused on expanding her skills in animation and instructional design, with intent to bring more visual communications to NetCentrics overall; a key component to internal and external growth in 2022.
For Katie, the aforementioned path includes finding new and creative ways to promote and encourage a collaborative and healthy work environment at NetCentrics. Working within a specialized framework, Katie and her team push towards keeping the work culture positive, collaborative and innovative, from top to bottom. NetCentrics’ newly established “Four Rooms of the House” is imperative when it comes to adapting and advancing as a company, and what keeps Katie and her team in perpetual motion.
Passion for Permaculture
Outside of NetCentrics, Katie splits her time between big city life and cozy country living. Preferring to spend her weekends in quiet Staunton, VA with her husband. There they work together to restore a stone and wood cottage (originally built in 1866), turning it into their own personal, picturesque slice of heaven on Earth.
One of the coolest things about Katie is her passion for gardening, permaculture and environmental health. Fun fact! In 2016, she applied for and subsequently obtained a “30 in 30” grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful, which allowed for the utilization and beautification of an empty lot across the street from her fairytale getaway in Staunton. Thanks to Katie’s efforts, the once lifeless, vacant lot is now teeming with growth; including fresh pear trees (among other natural edibles!)
Without a shadow of a doubt, Katie approaches her work at NetCentrics with the same degree of eminence, passionate outlook, care and enthusiasm.