A Tucson native and resident, Kathe graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona in 1978 with a degree in archaeology. She worked on archaeological digs in Tucson, New Mexico and Belize during the 1970s and 1980s. Also a draftsman, photographer and darkroom technician for over 20 years, she subsequently worked as a property appraiser for the Pima County Assessors office for 30 years, falling in love with Tucson’s Barrio Viejo in the process. Now a full-time volunteer and citizen historian, her current project is focused on marketplaces in the Barrio from 1883 to 1945. Kathe is a citizen historian who has been a key volunteer in a number of recent preservation projects in Tucson. For the past year and a half she has devoted many hours to the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation’s National Landmark project in the Barrio Viejo, researching a key aspect of the historic community. After retiring from a thirty-year career with the Pima County Assessor, Kathe became a docent with the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson and a member of the Tucson Corral of the Westerners. In addition to pursuing her love of history, she serves as a member of the board for Southern Arizona Celiac Support, and as a volunteer tax preparer for United Way of Tucson.