Encouraged to contribute to society in a positive way, Kathy Lee set her sights on becoming a social worker. There were very few women in the field at the time, but Ms. Lee was determined to succeed. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from Texas Women’s University in 1969 to help her achieve her goal, and became the club director of the Special Services Department of the U.S. Army that same year. Ms. Lee then advanced through positions like unit manager of Presbyterian Hospital, program director of the Office of Senior Affairs, assistant director and director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, and transportation project coordinator, all in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She continues her work as a human services administrator and property manager to this day. Her main responsibility in those capacities is crisis management. She is also a member of the Multi-Services Center Planning Commission and the Human Services Task Force.

The highlight of Ms. Lee’s career thus far has been getting to know such a wide variety of people. She also likes the fact that every day is different; there is always someone new to meet or help. Ms. Lee puts a particular focus on supporting other women. She knows from experience how hard it can be to thrive as a professional woman, so she’s made it her mission to ease the process.

Over the years, Ms. Lee has earned a number of accolades for her efforts. She was notably honored with certificates of appreciation from the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the Secretary of State of New Mexico, as well as with inclusion in Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

When Ms. Lee isn’t working, she enjoys photography, astrology, Southwestern history, jewelry, and collecting artwork. She is also active in various political campaigns.


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