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
retired from being a sales engineer and is now a minister for a
Congregational Church in El Dorado, CA and with Marti, my “other”
mom, also own “Books and Bears”.
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 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”.
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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
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.
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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
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Kathleen began her web design and computer background by
“learning on the job”. If something needed doing or figuring out
that is how she learned. She created her first website while working
at CPC. Over the years she has worked on other people’s websites.
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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
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
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.
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.
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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
through the Animal Behavior College and she is an AKC Certified CGC
Evaluator & Trainer.
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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
Her hobbies include gardening, bird watching and enjoying the
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.
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