Kathy Ann was saved as a child and gave her life to the Lord in junior high. She began studying languages in junior high and focused on language and linguistics in college, earning her B.A. in Spanish followed by an M.Ed. in English. The Lord called her to Falls Baptist Church, where she began teaching in Falls Baptist Academy in 1995, Baptist College of Ministry in 2011, and Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018.

She has been on numerous mission trips to the Native Americans, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. She has also been a teaching assistant in linguistics at the University of North Dakota, assisting in the teaching of Syntax II, Semantics & Pragmatics, and Morphology & Syntax. She presented “A Phonology of Loanwords in Bafut: An Optimality Theory Analysis” at the Annual Conference on African Linguistics in April 2017. The topic of her thesis is “A Text-Based Exploration of Topics in White Hmong Grammar.”  She has worked as a certified nursing assistant, a patient account auditor for a major medical provider in the area, and the assistant for administration at SIL-UND.