One wouldn’t think that Katie Fletcher—growing up outside Tampa, Florida before interning in the public relations department of a skilled nursing facility in the Sunshine State—would see serving as the marketing coordinator of a glamorous Rancho Mirage resort as the next logical step in her career path. And yet, that’s right on the money, thanks to her having a beloved aunt in the hospitality industry right here in the Palm Springs Valley. Katie, 28, has spent four-and-a-half of her five years in the desert at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa, a fact that couldn’t make her happier. “I love the small-town feel of the entire valley,” she says. “And superficially, coming from Florida, where the average humidity level is probably 99%, the dry desert does wonders for my Shirley Temple-curly hair.”
At work, Katie most loves being in a creative role that’s ever-changing as the revolution in marketing tools and trends continues. She also values the camaraderie of co-workers, especially marketing manager Denise Harnett and director of sales and marketing Colleen Pace, both of whom provide an environment in which Katie can constantly acquire new skills. “I find the chance to learn so utterly important, for my own growth as well as for me to better do my job of marketing this incredible property.”
On the home front, Katie’s family includes her first dog, a rescue named Molly, as well as two stepchildren, Maximilian, 7, and Isabella, 5. “They’re my little monsters that I love more than anything,” she says before exclaiming, “Oh, and can you add something about my partner, Brad, without whom I couldn’t survive?” Katie, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis less than a year after relocating here, says her man has “stood by me through months in hospitals and stepmom hissy fits. Even though I occasionally threaten to murder him, I love him more every single day.”
Are you getting, dear reader, a good sense of Katie’s dark humor? Thought so. It’s a big part of who she is. “I’ve had ups and downs (and way downs), but my attitude of hilarity and sarcasm has helped keep me positive,” she says, adding that she’s gotten involved in the National MS Society, participating each spring as a team captain for Walk MS Desert Cities. “Last year I was the #128 fundraiser in Southern California, and I hope to keep climbing the ladder of fundraisers in order to raise money to help bring awareness and help end MS.” My guess it that for Katie Fletcher, in everything she does, the only direction is up—laughing all the way.