Kathy joined the Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors in 2009. She is a longtime Parent Teach Association volunteer, mentor in the Lunch Buddy program at Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary and works with students at Fort Vancouver High School. Gillespie has served on several school and district committees. She previously worked as a newspaper editor and reporter. She has a BA in Political Science from Colorado State University. Kathy was re-elected to a second term which began in January 2014.