Meet Katherine Brown, a woman who knows the value of hard work. 

A firm believer in the phrase “anything worth doing is worth doing well,” Katherine proves that success doesn’t come easily, but is earned with compassion, dedication and perseverance. 


Her awards include 2016 induction into the YWCA Academy for Women of Achievement, 2015 recipient of an Athena International Award, and 2014 recipient of the Vanderbilt University Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Award. 


During her life she has demonstrated ongoing leadership; in college she was homecoming queen and founding member of her college radio station, wrote for the college newspaper, and served as a mentor to teenage mothers. During her 20s, Katherine’s passion for education led her to become a college professor. She earned her doctoral degree by age 30. 


As an educator with Learn CPR America, Katherine is not just changing lives; she is saving them all over the country by bringing life-saving CPR education to underserved communities. Additionally, she is founder of the Roberta Baines Wheeler Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Group, named after her late mother. Aligned with Katherine’s ultimate goal of making a difference, the group works to raise public awareness of pulmonary hypertensionto support and empower PH patients, and to provide essential health education to communities. 


Katherine exemplifies this definition of a role model through her extensive commitment to empowering her community. A nationally recognized expert in health disparities and curriculum development, she helps implement the Dr. Katherine Y. Brown Leadership Academy to mentor young ladies in high school on civic and social responsibilities. Her past experience includes leadership positions with the American Heart Association, Junior League of Nashville, and Kiwanis International (Music City Kiwanis Club Charter Member & Founding President, Division 18 Lt. Governor, Zeller Fellow, and Centennial Award.).