Kathleen “Katie” Mourning Turner of Greenville graduated from Clemson in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications. She owns Invited Grace Co., an interior design firm that designs beautifully curated and functional residential spaces for clients in the Upstate and Charlotte and along the Carolina coast.
Before returning to Greenville in 2019 and opening her own company, she worked in Charleston as a corporate coordinator for the LS3P architectural firm, in which she rose to an associate level. She then became an interior designer and business developer with the JLV Creative team.
In Charleston, her community service activities included chairing the 2016 Trident United Way Day of Giving, which raised more than $30,000 in intraoffice gifts. With the help of Thompson Turner Construction and other volunteers, she organized, managed and executed an entire playground renovation and landscaping overhaul for St. Stephen Elementary School in rural Berkeley County. She also collected and donated Christmas gifts for each child at that school and ensured that a new student and his family, who lacked housing and other essentials, had the support, supplies and gifts they needed to enjoy the holiday.
Katie is an active member of First Presbyterian Church and its Radiance Greenville ministry, which conducts Christmas fundraising and gift donations to benefit Hollis Academy students. She also has volunteered with Spirit of Greenville, which helps build a better Greenville by supporting public projects that incorporate local artists and enhance the quality of life in the community. She has organized markets and music events to raise funds to further the non-profit’s work.
She is a member and past president of the Clemson Young Alumni Council and since 2017 has helped to organize CYAC’s annual Fall Band Party in Greenville. The 2018 event raised more than $6,000 for Hurricane Florence victims. In other years the proceeds have been used to endow scholarships at Clemson.
Katie and her husband, Harold (Clemson Class of 2011), are the parents of two future Tigers: Sutton and Scout.