LEGISLATURE: Kate has served for 4 years in the Vermont House of Representatives, serving on the Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee. She was elected by the Democratic Caucus as the Deputy Assistant Majority Leader. She was appointed to the Vermont Citizens Advisory Committee on Lake Champlain’s Future in January, 2009. This committee is a diverse group of citizens, lake advocates, business representatives, farmers, and legislators united through their interest in a clean, healthy Lake Champlain.
EDUCATION: Kate moved to Vermont in 1971 to ski and fell in love with the state, making it her permanent home in 1972. She received her BA in Psychology and MS in Communication Science and Disorders from UVM. In addition to her teaching activities in the public schools, she is also a clinical professor for the University of Vermont Communication Science Department and has completed additional coursework in educational leadership through St. Michael’s College.
BUSINESS EXPERIENCE: Kate worked in the real estate business from 1985-1991 and was a partner in the firm Farnham Associates.
FAMILY: Kate is married to Marshall Webb, a man who wears many hats at Shelburne Farms. Marshall is Kate’s mentor on environmental issues and sustainable, renewal, energy. She has two daughters and two stepdaughters. Molly and husband Paul live in London, England. Sarah, and husband Will live in Edmond, OK; Lila lives in Shelburne and Diana lives in Aspen, CO. They have 1 grandson.
FAMILY HISTORY: Kate grew up in Chappaqua, NY. Her father was active in politics and was Deputy Director of Small Business under Nixon/Ford and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Ronald Reagan. Political discussions were exciting and sometimes too exciting in her family particularly during the contentious Vietnam War years. From these discussions, she learned that people are often closer in belief than they appear and striving toward understanding the motivation behind opinion was far more interesting than the diatribe.