Kathleen grew up in a Christian home and depending on where her family moved, they would attend the local Lutheran Church. Many times during her childhood, she would attend other Sunday Schools and Vacation Bible Schools in other churches such as Church of Christ, Baptist, and Disciples of Christ. In her senior year of High School she re-dedicated her life to Christ. Her father, Claude, is a retired minister. Her sister, Deborah, is a professor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
She currently has a B.A. degree in Business Human Resource Management from Simpson University, an A.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Shasta Community College. She has a variety of management and working experiences. Kathleen is also a Certified Dog Trainer & Mentor through the Animal Behavior College.
In 1981 Kathleen went on her first of many short-term missions trips into Mexico both in the rural and urban areas of the country. She has also been on numerous mission trips to and various urban cities and Native American Reservations on the west coast. While she pursued her college education, in her spare time, she went on a number of short-term missionary outreaches throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and in various parts of Mexico, including serving with “Youth Unlimited Gospel Outreach”, and “Youth with a Mission”.
Her “mission work” at the Crisis Pregnancy Center (later called CareNet) began when staying temporarily in the home of Roger & Joann Ralston, this home was to be the beginning of the CPC ministry, a maternity home housing 3 pregnant women at the time. While she was walking past the living room one evening a “steering committee for the formation of a Pregnancy Ministry” asked the question of how to raise funds this was to be her beginning and introduction to the CPC ministry.
She started out in the summer of 1984 coordinating CPC’s various fundraising activities. In September 1984 she attended CPC’s first volunteer counselor training seminar and in October 1984 became a volunteer counselor. Later she joined the speaking team in 1985. She became full-time paid staff in 1988 as Assistant Director/Development Director and in 1994 became Executive Director. She has attended numerous Bible Seminars/Workshops; Worship Leaders Seminars; Leadership Seminars and Christian conferences.
After over 10 years of study and research, Kathleen made a major life decision and on September 20, 2003, Kathleen was Baptized and Chrismated into the Holy Eastern Orthodox Christian Church and given the new name Kieranna, after the Irish Saint Kieran of Clonmacnois.
In March 2003, as Executive Director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center she resigned for a much needed sabbatical. After taking her much needed sabbatical she decided to go into business and have “fun” using her wide variety of abilities, giving her the flexibility she desired and at the same time generate the income she needed.
Kathleen has the knowledge and experience to speak on a variety of subjects such as “the Sanctity of Human Life”, “Creation versus Evolution”, “Evangelism”, “Sexual Purity, Abstinence & Healthy Relationships” and other Christian/Biblical Ethical topics.
She has spoken to a wide variety of gatherings including youth groups, women’s groups, mission groups and has been the guest speaker for Sunday services and adult Sunday school classes. She has been a workshop speaker at the Greater Redding Area Christian Education (GRACE) Convention, sponsored by Shasta Bible College and North Valley Baptist Church (as well as a speaker at other conferences.)
Kathleen has assisted many organizations and churches in Board Retreats, Strategic Planning, Goal Setting, Fundraising, Donor Cultivation, and other Management topics.
Kathleen is a writer/author contributing to local Christian magazines and newspapers and is currently working on a series of articles concerning the Christian life to be published at a later date.
Singer & Worship Leader
Kathleen is a singer, worship leader, & song writer (with producing one CD for the Pregnancy Center, “Who Will”). She sings in a variety of occasions including Weddings, Anniversaries, Baby Showers, Memorial Services and Funerals. Kathleen has led worship for very large conferences to very small groups, children’s groups, youth groups, women’s groups, Bible studies and Church services in different churches and denominations including, Baptist, Foursquare, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Assembly of God, Church of Christ, Evangelical Free, Vineyard, and Calvary Chapels.
CERTIFIED DOG TRAINER
Kathleen has owned a variety of dogs throughout her life including many mixed breeds, German Shepherds, Labs, Dobermans, Poodles, and Shelties. She began training her own dogs through the local Haven Humane Society and with the Nor Cal Dog Training Club. Five of her dogs (Jaime – Sheltie; Megan – Chocolate Lab, Patrick Ryan – Sheltie; Dani Joy – Sheltie; Skip – Italian Greyhound) have obtained the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizenship Award. Megan, Patrick Ryan and Dani Joy have earned titles in the dog racing sport called Flyball with Megan achieving FDCh before she crossed over the “rainbow bridge”. Patrick Ryan and Dani Joy have earned titles in AKC Rally Obedience. She has also trained her dogs in obedience, agility activities and tricks
She is a proficient “puppy trainer” and has been an instructor for Nor Cal Dog Training Club. She is a Certified Dog Trainer and Mentor through the Animal Behavior College. Kathy also is an American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator & Trainer offering: AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Classes & Certification; CGC Classes & Tests; AKC Community Canine” (CGC Advanced Title) Classes & Tests.
INTERESTS & HOBBIES
Kathleen has been twice to Ireland, first researching the early Irish Saints and ancient Celtic Christianity and then later making a pilgrimage to Ireland’s Holy sites; including the monastery ruins of Clonmacnois, St. Kieran’s Holy Well in Kells, one of the monasteries St. Columcille established, the monastery of St. Brigid in Kildare, the monastery ruins of St. Kevin’s in Glendalough and many other holy ancient places.
Along with playing the Guitar, Kathleen also enjoys playing & learning “Flute” and Woodwind instruments. Kathleen plays the Flute, Recorder and is learning the Irish Tin Whistle. In Jr. & Sr. High School along with playing the flute (since 6th grade) she also played alto and baritone saxophone, French horn, bugle and learned a little piano.
Her hobbies include gardening, bird watching and enjoying the outdoors.
Her desire is to be a ministry tool in the hands of God for encouragement, healing, reconciliation, and growth.
Kathleen has chosen to remain single, serving the Lord in whatever her hand finds to do. She lives with her Sheltie, Dani Joy; an Italian Greyhound named Skip; along with her roommate and friend, Dee, with her two Havana Brown cats, Alexandria Rose and Misty Rose.