Kathryn moved to Minnesota in 1996 to attend the University of Minnesota. She was lucky enough to meet TR, who is now her husband, her very first day in Minnesota and they've been together ever since. She earned a BA in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2000 and went on to earn a Masters degree in Work, Community, and Family Education in 2005. Kathryn and TR now have two amazing kids and they moved to Andover to raise their family because of the great schools and all of the incredible opportunities for their kids.
Professionally, Kathryn has worked in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota for over 15 years where she is currently the Director of Student and Academic Support Services. Kathryn has also been an active community volunteer most of her life. In 2006, Kathryn co-founded All Dog Rescue, a foster based dog rescue, and personally fostered about 60 dogs before stepping away to raise her family. Kathryn is also the past director of Indivisible North Metro, a community building group focused on the needs of the northern suburbs. Indivisible North Metro organized many community building events under Kathryn's leadership including food drives, fundraising for overdue lunch balances, and community education sessions on topics ranging from healthcare to running for office. In this role, Kathryn also reached across the aisle and met with both Republican and Democratic representatives to advocate for the needs of the north metro. Kathryn earned the DFL endorsement for district 35B for the Minnesota House of Representatives in March of 2018.
Kathryn's family is active in Andover youth sports, with baseball and softball being family favorites. Kathryn is also a regular volunteer in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys reading, playing with her rescue dog Guenther, and spending time with her family.