Her love for the outdoors stems back to her childhood, exploring forests, fields, streams, and rivers. Living in the Midwest, she is an expert when it comes to building snow forts, sledding, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. Now that she’s in the South, she’s learned to substitute her winter outdoors activity with becoming an avid knitter. She and her husband, Kevin, make up for it in the warmer months with gardening, hiking, camping, and kayaking. They have three fur children: Mazie, a senior border-collie/shepherd mix, that loves hiking, chasing small animals, and guarding campfires; Garlic, an adolescent German Shepherd/Pit/Vizsla mix, who maintains a remarkably limited understanding of human body language which is enhanced with a complete lack of innate knowledge regarding dog language. She is, however, gifted at befriending outgoing cats and welcomed her latest fur baby, a fun and feisty black cat named Toad. Dr. Kate has a particular interest in advances in sustainability and striving to be more self-sufficient, which has led to an interest in community development.