Katy grew up in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, where she spent her summer days living in her bathing suit, swimming, sailing, and exploring the woods and shale gullies of Keuka Lake. Winters were devoted to skiing. This love of the outdoors stayed with her thru her ‘urban phase’ living in New York, where she earned her MA in Mass Media & Photography from the New School for Social Research and worked as a photo editor for Condé Nast and American Express Publishing. After leaving New York, her relationship with land conservation began when she worked with the Rural Land Foundation of Lincoln,Massachusetts, to place part of an old dairy farm into conservation. Later, while living in Mill Valley, California, she was an admirer and supporter of the Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Katy has lived much of the work she now supports within GVLT. As co-owner and operator of Willow Spring Ranch, a GVLT conserved property, she raised certified organic, grass-fed lamb and was an active member of the agricultural community in the valley. Katy now lives in Bozeman where she and her dogs are proud trail ambassadors, taking full advantage of daily walks and hikes on the Main Street to the Mountains trail system.