About Katie Reginato Cascamo, M.A.


Courageous Steps

Katie Reginato Cascamo is the mother of a premature son, born 2 ½ months early at 2 ½ pounds. Her neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) experience and subsequent challenges with pediatric developmental delays changed her worldview and inspired her to help others during similar difficulties.

She is the founder of Courageous Steps, an organization that provides leadership tools to health organizations that manage the care of babies born premature and children with pediatric disabilities. By focusing on employee training and analyzing the business management of these organizations, she strives to increase provider wellness, as well as decrease neonatal and pediatric provider burnout. Its overall mission is to serve organizations that advance preemie and special-needs populations by providing them with a roadmap on how to improve.

An accomplished entrepreneur, Katie has modeled a Servant Leadership approach across her career by empowering people with the skills necessary to manage adversity. After starting her own business in the insurance industry, she shifted her focus to help others develop their own potential. She grew Goodwill Industries’ welfare-to-work program, a workforce development program for families in need of temporary assistance, from a 45% employment rate to a 100% rate in one year.

Katie believes in investing and guiding people, serving as both a motivational speaker and volunteer with organizations that support NICU families. As a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate, she also contributes to interfaith discussions and provides resources to chaplains, social workers, and pastors.

Katie holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Servant-Leadership. She plans to pursue her Doctorate in Leadership so that she may better advance preemie and special-needs organizations.

Reginato Cascamo, K., & Beatty, J. (2014, November 15-18). NICU Private Rooms. Address presented at Institute for Patient and Healthcare Design in San Diego Conference Center, San Diego, California. USA

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2014, July 1). NICU Grand Prize Giveaway. Address presented at NICU Grand Prize Giveaway Event in Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, CA. USA

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2015, October 24). Addressing the needs of a diverse NICU population. Speech presented at National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), Dallas, Texas, USA

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2015, October 21). Servant-Leadership: Recognizing and Revolutionizing your Leadership Paradigm. Lecture presented at Preemie Parent Alliance Summit in Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2015, September 18). NICU Heroes. Address presented at NICU Heroes Award Event in Mercy Medical Center, Redding, California. USA

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2015, September 9). NICU Heroes. Speech presented at NICU Heroes Award Event in St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, Oregon. USA

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2018, April 13). Prematurity: Its Impact on Society. Speech presented at Discovery Institute – Summer Seminar in Video, Remote

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2018, February 10). Examining the role of a servant-leadership paradigm within existing NICU initiatives. Speech presented at 1st Annual Congress for Trauma-informed Neuroprotective Care of Hospitalized Newborns and Infants in Hotel Duke’s Palace, Bruges, Belgium

Reginato Cascamo, K. (n.d.). Family Centered Care Training. Speech presented at NICU Nurses: Family Centered Care Training in Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, San Luis Obispo, CA. USA

Reginato Cascamo, K. (2018, August 16-18). Examining the role of a servant-leadership paradigm within existing NICU initiatives.  Lecture presented at “Trends, Solutions and Latest Advancements in Pediatrics Health Care in Paris, France

Alternative Therapies for Special Needs

Family-Centered Care: Aspects That Were Missing

Family-Centered Care: How it Helped

Life after the NICU: Caring for a Special Needs Child

Life after the NICU: Managing Multiple Specialists

Life after the NICU: How I Was Prepared

Life after the NICU: How I Wasn’t Prepared

Life after the NICU: Transitioning to the School Years

Life after the NICU: Maximizing Your Early Intervention Experience

NICU Experience

Organizational Development/Leadership Within a Non-Profit Organization

Positive Interaction With a Doctor

Positive Interaction With a Nurse

Positive Interaction With a Social Worker

Postpartum Mental Health Concerns: PPD, PTSD, or Other


Pursuing Education After a NICU Experience to Serve Prematurity

Re-Hospitalization After NICU Discharge: First Year Post Discharge

Servant-Leadership in the NICU

Developmental Care: How it Helped

Volunteer Development/Growing a Volunteer Program

Burnout and Depression

Culture of Health Leadership & Development

Servant-Leadership in Pediatrics & Healthcare

Employee Engagement & Human Resources

Emotional Intelligence

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