Kathy has lived, worked and volunteered in Needham all her life. Retiring in 2007 from 37 years in the Needham Public Schools, she went from part-time volunteer to a full-time volunteer.
Kathy began her volunteer career on the Adult and Continuing Education Advisory board as director for ten years and chair for 3.
She was asked to be the first teacher liaison to the Needham Education Foundation and then continued as a board member for nine years. Kathy, as co-chair of the Spelling Bee event, coined the phrase, “Boards Up” and continues to serve as one of the judges.
In 2008 Kathy joined the board of the Library Foundation of Needham. This position was a perfect fit for her because as a teacher she strove to instill the love of reading to all of her students. Supporting the library by building its endowment was not only work but a true pleasure for Kathy. Along with a key member of the Library Foundation she was supportive in the development of the “Little Free Libraries” now seen around town.
As a member of the Exchange Club, she has been vice- chair of the Sunshine Special – a mystery luncheon offered to seniors each fall, a co-chair of the Holiday Children’s Project and she assists with its Fourth of July activities.
She is a director of the Needham History Center & Museum chairing three successful silent auctions and most recently worked to plan this year’s Pansy Day Festival. Through her leadership and creativity the event has been expanded to include more family-friendly activities.
She is known to be a loyal and generous friend with abundant creativity, a strong work ethic and a keen eye for detail. To put it in her own words, “I so enjoy volunteering because it affords me the opportunity to give back to the Needham community that has been so generous to me over my lifetime.”