A native of Cary, NC she is a graduate of Cary High School and alumni of NCSU. Employed by General Mills she moved to Greensboro, NC as a Territory Rep and later as an Account Manager handling Harris-Teeter. There she met her husband and shortly after their marriage moved to Fayetteville, NC to open Allegra Print & Imaging. Within 60 days they opened their center and gave birth to their only daughter. Kathy retired from General Mills in 1991 and came on board with Allegra full-time. Immediately she became involved with Fayetteville, she joined the Chamber of Commerce, participated and chaired the Ambassadors, Co-chaired the Chambers Golf Tournament, graduated from Leadership Fayetteville and in the next year became an instructor. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, was the logistics chair for the American Heart Associations 10K Walk, and helped organize Fayettevilles first Optimist Club. Also currently serving on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Defense Business Association.