Year Joined MKLM: 2017
Over the last decade, Kathy has been to Haiti, Tanzania and Ethiopia on short-term mission trips, and throughout her long career in nursing and with the military, mission work never left her mind. She found the experience to be enriching and rewarding. After her retirement, she decided to live out her passion, and after completing language school in Kenya, Kathy will determine the needs and interests of the people she will be serving to determine her ministry. Doing God’s work runs in the family, as her sibling is a Salesian brother. She grew up with the Maryknoll magazine in her house and often went on websites to read about the lay missioners. Although Kathy had once considered joining the Peace Corps, she decided she wanted the more faith-based experience provided by MKLM, which also was perhaps a better fit for someone who’s retired, as it appeals to a wider variety of ages. Kathy believes she will do very well in Kenya and would love to work with orphans or in a clinic or a school.
Kathy has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Viterbo University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is a parishioner at Queen of the Apostles in Tomah, WI, in the Diocese of La Crosse, where she served as President of the Parish Council of Catholic Women (PCCW). Kathy retired in 2012, after 28 years as a registered nurse in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Before starting her nursing career, she worked as an oral surgery assistant. Previously, she had served four years as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Guam. There, she worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. She also worked at St. Joseph’s Indian School, an American Indian boarding school, in Chamberlain, SD.