Kathleen Holt’s professional and volunteer careers have intertwined across a number of disciplines beginning with her first job as a counselor for ten, Native American and Eskimo children in Anchorage, Alaska, which led to her extensive work with adolescents in foster care and consulting with and coaching social workers and writing curricula in the field of child welfare for more than 16 years as she worked for KU School of Social Welfare.
After returning to her native Cimarron in 1976, Kathleen became actively involved in fundraising and consulting with both nonprofits and small cities. Her home, the historic Cimarron Hotel, was built in 1886. She helped found High Plains Public Radio where her involvement ranged from volunteering to development to serving as interim executive director for two years. After five years as Director of Development at Saint Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Holt began to consult with Gray County and the surrounding small counties and communities assisting in civic projects and infrastructure development as well as capital campaigns and fundraising.
Her campaigns include historic preservation (Dodge City Santa Fe Depot; Cimarron Hotel; Soule Canal), child advocacy (library; child care; and community centers) and long term care (The Shepherd of the Plains Foundation). Other fundraising and humanities projects include collecting veterans’ oral histories and reading projects. Holt has served on the statewide boards of Kansas Action for Children, the Kansas Humanities Council, Kansas Preservation Alliance and the Kansas State Historical Society.
Holt parented two birth sons, 37 adolescents in foster care and 17 exchange students. She holds a B.S. in Education from Bethel College and an M.L.S. with an emphasis on family studies from Fort Hays State University.