Kathryn is a third generation native Southern Californian. She was born and raised in Long Beach and received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Speech Communication from California State University at Long Beach. After graduation, she moved to San Diego to study and receive her Masters of Public Health degree from San Diego State University. She was introduced to the substance abuse prevention and community/coalition development fields while working in San Diego. Fifteen years later, she was introduced to the impaired driving prevention field when she moved back to Long Beach. She has been employed in the private non-profit, public, and consulting sectors and understands the benefits and complexities each sector has to offer.
Her desire for community involvement stems back from when she was a child and a local service club sponsored her to swim competitively in Chicago. Although she didn’t win the gold medal, she won the biggest prize of all – the love for giving back to the community. Kathryn’s connection to San Clemente started while living in San Diego and her sister moved to San Clemente to raise a family. She deeply cares for the community her sister and two nieces live in. She is actively involved with a Kiwanis Club and their sponsored youth leadership programs.
Kathryn is very excited for COA and the wonderful programs it has to offer. COA provides a special and safe place for youth and families to have fun and learn something along the way. She is also excited to offer her skills in program development, implementation, and evaluation in supporting COA and their long-term efforts.