In 1980, Kathy fell in love with the farm, its landscape and flyway, at what is now known as Santiam Valley Ranch. Prior to that, she spent five years living on the beautiful Oregon Coast.
In addition to managing the farm, Kathy has devoted most of her professional life working with and directing non-profit agencies.
Her efforts include:
Directed Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association in Newport, OR (1975-1980)
Spearheaded creation of the Small Farmers Market in Newport, OR (1977-1980)
Directed The Mid-Valley Children's Guild, Salem, OR (1982-1994) which was later operated by Easter Seals until 2013
Served on the Board for the Autism Society of Oregon, Salem, OR (1996-2008)
Continues to serve as Trustee and Executive Director for The Bridges Foundation, Turner, OR (2000-present)
Served on the Board for Northwest Land Conservation Trust, Eugene, OR (2008-2015)
Continues to serve on the Board for Oregon Aquaculture Association, Stayton, OR (2004-present). She also served on the Oregon State University Sea Grant Extension Aquaculture Advisory Council and the Oregon Department of Agriculture Regional Strategies Committee on Aquaculture
Continues to serve on the Board for Killingsworth Condominium Association, Portland, OR (2013-2015, 2017-present)