Born in the Florida panhandle, Kathy Hartley was first drawn to Tallahassee by the lure of Florida State University. After graduating as a registered nurse, Kathy began her career as a Tallahassee Memorial Labor and Delivery nurse. During this time, she earned certification in childbirth education, served as a preceptor to new RNs, and worked in the in-vitro program.
Becoming a mother inspired Kathy to further her education and become a Certified Nurse-Midwife. After being accepted to the midwifery program at the University of Florida and gaining the support of her husband, Kathy commuted until reaching her goal of becoming a CNM and completing her Masters Degree in December of 1996.
Once officially a CNM she worked in private practice for over ten years, and then spent time teaching undergraduate RNs at FAMU and working in Taylor County Health Department and Tallahassee Memorial Hospital before returning to FSU to work in women's health. When away from work, Kathy enjoys hiking, boating, snorkeling, gardening, working with stained glass and traveling.