A CONVERSATION WITH KATHY FARMER, WILLIAMSON COUNTY OUTPOST DIRECTOR
One could consider Kathy Farmer a lifer in The Salvation Army. She grew up in a home dedicated to the Shield as both of her parents were officers, and she is continuing the family tradition. She was recently assigned to lead operations in Williamson County, and our communications team had a conversation with Kathy to find out more about her life and mission in Central Texas.
TSA: What are some of your goals for Williamson County?
Kathy: For the short term, I will have discussions with the advisory council to discover the immediate needs of the community and how we can best serve Williamson County moving forward. The long-term goal is to add a church there so we can meet the community’s spiritual needs.
TSA: Have there been any surprises since you took over?
Kathy: Everyone has been incredibly welcoming, and my staff is already on the same page. I have also met with civic groups and attended an event where we passed out backpacks at the First United Methodist church. It’s just a great partnership within the community and I look forward to nurturing those relationships.
TSA: What are your top three traits?
Kathy: I am goal-oriented, friendly, and creative. I love to play piano and write music, and sometimes I play for friends and family. I also must admit that I like pop music.
TSA: If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Kathy: I lived in Australia and New Zealand, so I would like to go back sometime. However, I’ve always wanted to go to South Korea. I’ve met officers from there and they were always so warm and friendly.
TSA: What was your favorite subject in school?
Kathy: I enjoyed English classes because I love to read and learn more about the world around me.
TSA: Do you have family in the area?
Kathy: My daughter’s name is Julia. She is 18 years old and attends Lonestar College in Houston. My son Galen is 20 years old. He lives in Florida and is working and takes care of my mother-in-law.
TSA: What makes you happy?
Kathy: I am very happy when I worship, but I also enjoy flowers and being out in nature.
TSA: Is there anything you would like to add?
Kathy: I really love the staff in Georgetown. They have been very supportive and overall it’s just an amazing team. We will work to serve the community and I know we will accomplish great things there.