Katie and her family moved to the Surface Creek area when she was nine. She attended Cedaredge schools, graduating from Delta High School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from Colorado Christian University and a Master degree in Public Administration with the GSPA Outstanding Western Slope Student honor from the University of Colorado at Denver. Katie worked with the Delta County EMS Special Funding District Task Force to draft a service plan for the proposed Delta County Ambulance District. She was employed by Delta County as the GIS Coordinator for eight years until taking her position with the Town of Cedaredge in April of 2006. Katie is married to Dan Sickles has four grown children and two step children.