Volunteer Spotlight: Kathie England

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Kathie England has been a long term fixture at DSFO beginning her role as a volunteer in January 2002.  Given her tenure, she has played many roles in the organization including lead personal shopper, volunteer trainer, meeting facilitator, board member for Acey’s Closet and mentor and co-chair for Portlandia Mentor program.  And if that isn’t enough, Kathie always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude to share.

Her favorite part of volunteering is talking to the clients on Saturdays when she manages the front desk.  She is surprised by “how many don’t know much about us”, so she feels her role is important to welcome clients as they begin their journey with DFSO.  A defining moment for Kathie was attending the naturalization ceremony for her mentee from Chile when she became a citizen of the United States in 2012. The mentee invited Kathie and Pamela Mason.

Kathie believes that “DFSO is a place where I feel I truly live my values and have had many opportunities to be a catalyst”.  Kathie started her career as an elementary school teacher in Whittier, California. She went back to school for a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from California State University, Fullerton. This degree enabled her to become a speech/language pathologist which opened many opportunities for Kathie in healthcare, including being involved in a healthcare software company. It was being laid off from the software company in 2001 that was the impetus for Kathie to start her own business, Time for Success, Inc. in 2002. Initially she focused on a professional organizer role. In 2006 she trained to become a coach. In 2009 she was among the first six individuals to be awarded the credential of Certified Organizer Coach by the Institute for Applied Coaching. Last year she was one of the first two individuals to receive the credential of Professional Certified Organizer Coach. Today, most of her business clients have been diagnosed with ADHD so she is able to combine her roots as a teacher and a speech/language pathologist in a new way. She loves learning about the brain so working with clients who have ADHD is a wonderful opportunity for her to continue her own learning.

Kathie is actively involved with Portlandia Club, Inc. where she serves on the Program Team and brings great speakers to the club. She subscribes to the Portland Arts and Lecture Series and the Voices Lecture Series. She attends many plays produced at Artists Repertory Theatre, Profile Theatre, and Portland Center Stage. Her favorite leisure activity is reading and gardening. She has worked on presidential campaigns in 2004, 2008, and 2012. Her newest passion is her great nephew who was born on April 6th; she made the quilt for his crib as she had done for his mother and his uncle.

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