Kathy was raised in Cincinnati, OH with a desire, even as a young child, to live in the mountains. Upon graduating from Ohio University, having earned a bachelor’s of science in Geography with an environmental emphasis and a minor in botany, she was able to make that happen. Kathy landed an internship with the USFS which provided her travel expenses and a destination. She arrived at the Cabinet District and spent the season working with the wildlife biologist and was hired as a fire lookout. Kathy was fortunate to spend the next 3 summers with the USFS working fire, timber and TSI, being able to ski and snow shoe during the winter.
Thirty years and three children later, Kathy is still in Trout Creek. She was hired in 2003 by Sanders County, working briefly in the Treasurer’s Office and then the Land Service Department. In 2012 Kathy became the County Planner and joined the Kaniksu Land Trust.
Planning is challenging in Sanders County as there are currently no tools to guide development of private property. Conservation Easements are one option landowners have to preserve their property for future generations. Having been gifted property in the Trout Creek drainage from her in-laws, Kathy has a strong desire to preserve this sensitive stream habitat and gift it to the next generation.
Kathy’s spare time is spent outdoors, backpacking, kayaking or cross country skiing, and in inclement weather, quilting.