Kathy and her family recently moved back to Louisiana after her husband’s work moved them to the Atlanta area 20 years ago. She has been active in the disability community for the majority of her life. Her older brother sustained a traumatic brain injury when they were children (1968) and she watched her parents struggle to know what to do and learn how to navigate a world where resources were few. When her son was born in 1999 with Down syndrome, a heart defect and other health issues, she knew she would fight for the best life for him.
Kathy has advocated for people with disabilities since her son was born. She is a 2002 graduate of Partners in Policymaking (Georgia), became a Parent Educator for Georgia’s early intervention program Babies Can’t Wait, was a Parent Trainer for Georgia’s Project SCEIs, a support parent for Parent to Parent of Georgia and spent numerous hours supporting parents in IEPs, medical research, assisting to fill out Deeming Waiver applications and reviews. Her goal has always been to assist parents, so they never felt alone in the process of navigating the world of disabilities.
Coming back to Louisiana has been a dream come true for Kathy and she is eager to meet new families on the Northshore in her new role as Executive Director of NFHF. Kathy lives in Covington with her husband and two children.