I am a proud alumnus of the University of Alabama and a Master of Divinity graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
I was ordained as a minister in the Baptist Church in 1992, and served with my husband as a missionary in Uganda, East Africa. I was pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas for nine years and worked as a chaplain at Baptist Health Medical Center. Years later, I served as pastor of Mt. Ida Presbyterian Church, and most recently, as Minister of Worship at Little Rock’s New Millennium Church.
As for other careers, I worked at the software firm, Systematics, Inc., as communications director and graphic designer; at Booker Arts Magnet School as artist-in-residence in graphics and calligraphy; at Family Service Agency as Director of the Sexual Assault Center; and at Safe Places, an organization serving women and children harmed by violence, as executive director and founder.
I was always very active in denominational work, serving on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Baptists and on the Coordinating Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. I served on the Board of Baptist Women in Ministry and served two terms as president of that organization.
Currently, I serve on the Racial Justice Working Group with the Alliance of Baptists and as a Patient mentor with the American Association of Kidney Patients.
That’s me in a nutshell, but I will include the following information from my genuine, official bio that someone else compiled over the years:
- She was founder and executive director of Safe Places in Little Rock, an organization that provided services to victims of violence
- She served as co-founder and first executive director of Children’s Justice and Protection Center, an organization that served abused children
- She completed a three-year residency in pastoral care and counseling at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, as well as post graduate work in victimology at Washburn University.
- She was a 2002 graduate of the U.S. Department of Justice National Victim Assistance Academy, and she received advanced practice certification in victim assistance from the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies.
- She received certification as a trauma specialist from the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists
- In 2006, she was trained as a child forensic interviewer by the American Prosecutors Research Institute’s National Child Protection Training Center.
- She served on the faculty of the National College of District Attorney’s Conference on Domestic Violence as a national speaker and trainer.
- She is the author of three books — Voices of Our Sisters, The Survivor’s Voice: Healing the Invisible Wounds of Violence and Abuse, and a novel, Emilie’s Journey —well as numerous publications.
She has received numerous awards and honors including:
- The International Women’s Peace Power Foundation’s 2006 Woman of Peace Award
- The 2007 Edward R. Stout Victim Practitioner Award from the American Society of Victimology.
- The Black Community Developer’s 2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award
- The Arkansas Attorney General’s 2002 Larry Dunklin Award for Excellence and Dedication in Serving Victims of Crime
- The Little Rock Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2011 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. She received this award in March of 2012 in Washington, DC from U.S. FBI Director Robert Mueller.
- Findley was selected by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society as the Arkansas Honoree for the 2008 Above and Beyond Citizen Honors, called the most prestigious civilian award in America.
- She was named the 2009 Arkansas Business Nonprofit Executive of the Year for her work with Safe Places.
- She was featured in the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on October 24, 2010.
- She was selected as one of two Arkansans to receive a $50,000 grant by the Foundation for the MidSouth that considers candidates from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
Kathy’s work in the community included serving as vice chair of the Little Rock Commission on Children, Youth and Families, past chair of the Little Rock Commission on Domestic Violence, the Sixth Judicial District Sexual Abuse Management Team, the Pulaski County Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Team, and the Arkansas Women’s Health Workgroup.
She currently serves on the board of directors of the American Society of Victimology and the National Advisory Council of the Joint Center on Violence and Victim Studies.
She was appointed by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe to serve on the Arkansas State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.
She was appointed by the City of Little Rock Board of Directors to serve on the Little Rock Commission on Domestic Violence and has served as its chairperson for three terms.
She has also served on the Little Rock Commission on Children, Youth, and Families as the commissioner for issues related to domestic violence.
She served as a trainer for the Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
She served as the first president of the Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas and served two terms as president of the Arkansas Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
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