Kathy has been a church organist since age 14! She started lessongs at 9 and prior to being Organist, she played the piano for Sunday School and the junior choir (which her mother directed). Kathy remembers sitting at her grandmother’s upright player piano when very young and getting a penny stuck between the keys. When the “handyman” removed the penny, he prophetically told her grandmother that Kathy would play the organ in their church someday, and in fact this has been her longest running job. The oldest item of clothing she owns are her organ shoes. Kathy grew up on a farm south of Hastings, graduated from Adams Central High School, and from the University of Nebraska at Kearney twice: first for her bachelor’s degree and then, years later, for a master’s degree in Community Counseling. Her 'other' work has taken her to various employers: J. M. McDonald Headquarters, Farmland Industries, Hastings Industries, Adams County Senior Services, General Counseling, and Midland Area Agency on Aging. Kathy and her husband Fran, retired, have one daughter Ashley, who lives in Boulder, Colorado. Kathy enjoys reading when she can find the time and has an impressive cookbook collection.