Katherine Matos, Theta Alpha '03

"If we have the ability to give our time, talent, and resources, I try to do all three."


Kate is an attorney for the federal government. In her role, she builds cases against individuals and organizations that defraud federal health care programs or harm federal beneficiaries.

 

How did APO contribute to your professional achievement?

The question isn't how APO contributed to my professional achievement, but how it shaped me as a person, allowing me to succeed professionally. Servant leadership is a way of life and being a brother at Stevens Institute of Technology meant promoting Leadership, Friendship, and Service both within and outside APO. Many of our brothers, including myself, were involved in student groups, performing arts, athletics, and research teams. I applied the principles of servant leadership on campus and now carry that forward in my life and career.

 

What community service are you involved in and why?

If we have the ability to give our time, talent, and resources, I try to do all three. During law school, I became involved in pro bono legal work. In my current job, I am prohibited from providing pro bono legal services. Therefore, I completed over 80 hours of training to be a sexual assault advocate with the city of Alexandria, Virginia, and a domestic violence volunteer with Fairfax County. I worked with survivors for approximately four years before moving from northern Virginia.

Since moving to Washington state, I have become involved with my local Rotary Club, and I am scheduled to become a member on January 3, 2017. My husband and I discuss volunteerism and philanthropy, and together, make decisions about where to invest our time and money. 

 

Advice for a new alumnus: You can't give what you don't have. Make investments in your career and well-being, and you will have more to share with others. Don't feel guilty if you need to take a break from service to focus on other needs or projects.

 

Favorite Quote: "An individual has not started living fully until they can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of humanity. Every person must decide at some point, whether they will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgement: 'Life's most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?'" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Conquering Self-Centeredness" Speech, Montgomery, Alabama, August 11, 1957