Anyone who started/manages a rescue program must be as diversified as the Roamers who come into the program. Kathy taught in 4 different Wisconsin school districts. Her teaching certification is both in German and English. She has been in many international seminars both in Germany and in the US. She has travelled extensively in Germany as well as other European countries. She also was a Fulbright recipient in a summer program hosted by the US and German governments. What does this have to do with feline rescue? A lot! Roamers are diversified. They represent a perfect product of generations of selective breeding and only the strong have survived. They are as unique as the cultures of other peoples and countries.
You have to respect both for their endurance and persistence. Being bilingual helps to work with and manipulate your native language with a skill that people who are not bilingual do not have. Whether it is grant writing, the publication of articles, or website or Facebook materials, Kathy is able to educate with the written word. A Program goal is education. An educator also has to be a good communicator. Skills learned working with students, parents and administrators have also been imported into her work with the Program.
NOT TO BE DAUNTED!
Kathy’s first rescue effort occurred when she was 6 years old. She spent an afternoon trying to rescue a stray kitten that was scared and was hiding underneath a screen porch. She was successful, but went to her first day of first grade with numerous scratches covering her arms and face. This kitten became her very first house cat. Kathy is still not daunted. The Program demands much creative thought in rescue techniques and feline socialization. Whether it involves a feral feline caught in a kill trap (Trapper) or a pregnant mom, about to give birth in a backyard and needing a C-section, the challenges are always different and always a learning experience to be used in the next situation.
1965 – GRADUATED, KEWASKUM COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
1969 – GRADATED, UW-MILWAUKEE, BS, GERMAN AND ENGLISH
1980 – MAFLL DEGREE, UW – MILWAUKEE
1985-1987 – POST GRADUATE WORK – UW-MADISON
1993, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 – SUMMER SEMINARS WITH SUMMER PROGRAM IN DILLINGEN, GERMANY THROUGH GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY.
PUBLICATIONS – BOTH EDUCATIONAL (INVOLVING THE INSTRUCTION OF THE GERMAN LANGUAGE) AND RECREATIONAL, (DISCUSSING SKI-JORING WITH A CANINE.)
BESIDES HER FELINES, KATHY ALSO HAS A PURE-BRED SIBERIAN HUSKY AND A HUSKY/GERMAN SHEPHERD MIX. SHE MUSHES WITH THEM WHEN TIME PERMITS.
ALSO ENJOYS JUST GOOFING AROUND.
KATHY IS TWICE A WIDOW – 1983 AND 2016 – HER FELINES AND CANINES HAVE BEEN A GREAT HELP TO HER THROUGH BOTH EXPERIENCES.