Kathy has been the Executive Director of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center since February, 2021. For the previous sixteen years, she served as President and Executive Director of the National Marine Life Center, a marine animal hospital and science and education center in Bourne, Massachusetts. From 1998 to 2005, she led the Stranding Department at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, where she was responsible for rescue operations along a 600-mile stretch of the California coast. And from 1997 to 1998, she served as Program Manager for the Georgia Coastal Management Program and helped achieve a federally-approved coastal zone management program for the state.
Kathy has volunteered for a variety of marine animal projects and organizations in Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Hawaii, and North Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude from Augustana College and received her master’s degree in coastal environmental management from Duke University. A member of the International Sea Turtle Society, Kathy has also served on a number of nonprofit boards, educational advisory committees, and other civic service in California and Massachusetts.
In the education arena, she served on the board of the Massachusetts Marine Educators and the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative, and she served on the Advisory Board of the Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School. She also has been a Lead Educator for many of the Wade Institute’s Summer Professional Development Institutes. In North Carolina she currently serves on the Surf City Shoreline and Resiliency Advisory Committee and is a liaison to the Topsail Island Shoreline Protection Commission.