Kathie is a life-long Texan born in Gonzales. She has worked in the printing industry for over 35 years for several companies. Some of her responsibilities over the years were a graphic designer, newspaper composing room supervisor, print shop manager for a 5-hospital system, print buyer and document advisor for a 10-hospital system managed by Xerox Corp. in Dallas.

After retiring from Xerox, Kathie and her husband Van moved to the Hill Country and settled in Kerrville where Van built their retirement home. She has one daughter and four granddaughters living in Corsicana.