Kathy was born on November 25, 1955, in Jefferson County, Missouri. Her mother was a third grade public school teacher, and her father was a school administrator; Kathy attended this same public school, the R-1 School District (Northwest), as a child. Early on, Kathy showed key leadership in school and community involvement. In fact, just recently, the campaign received a letter from a friend of Kathy’s, with a note enclosed: “Since junior high, I thought maybe [you’d run for office].”
After graduation, Kathy attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis where she received her Bachelor of Science focused on the Administration of Justice. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and was one of the first women to compete for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She later attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her Master of Social Work.
Kathy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified in Clinical Social Work; a Certified Reciprocal Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor; and a Certified Experiential Therapist III. For over thirty-five years, Kathy has worked as a Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor, and has additionally held a variety of positions. These positions include a Professional Trainer/Facilitator in the areas of domestic violence, addictions and recovery, experiential therapy, trauma and other mental health issues; the Director of Youth Programs in a federally-sponsored program for youth at risk; the Director of the Child Welfare Specialization Grant at Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work; and the Director of a women’s halfway home.
In addition to her professional positions, Kathy has served in a variety of volunteer, community leadership roles. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of a Board of a local community health center, as well as the Secretary of a foundation board that assists in providing services to women and children victimized by domestic violence. She has served in a variety of mentorship roles both to other social workers and through community programs.
Kathy currently lives in Festus, Missouri, with her spouse, Ann, a retired public school teacher. She continues to actively see clients in her social work and counseling practice.