Kathleen began her career in the arts as Artists in Schools Coordinator for the Pinellas County Arts Council and has spent the last thirty-six years building the arts and historic preservation programs for the City of Tarpon Springs, FL. As Cultural and Civic Services Director, she initiated, obtained local, state and federal funding for, and oversaw the preservation and adaptive reuse of four historic buildings for the arts: The Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, Performing Arts Center, Heritage Museum, and the Safford House Museum. In addition to her undergraduate degree (cum laude) from the University of California, Irvine, she holds advanced degrees from Wesleyan University (CT), the University of South Florida, and the University of Pittsburgh, where she received her doctoral degree in ethnomusicology. It was there that she coproduced nationally syndicated radio programs for WEDU FM. She has served on numerous state and local not for profit boards and grants panels. An accomplished flutist and choral singer, she continues to support the local arts scene in her role on the board of the Kathleen Monahan Foundation, Inc.