Kathie Norris
Advisory Board
Mothers Legacy Project

As far back as I can remember I’ve pondered the question, “How can I do the most good?” Although I have often been exposed to and thought of many good things to do, I always remind myself to “do no harm”. I think that’s the piece I bring to MLP, the critical thinking of “What are some of the unintended consequences of…?” My husband and I have a blended family of 10 children and I am fully aware of different wants, needs, habits, thinking and paradigms. What I would personally use, embrace and treasure is not the same for everyone. If I just project on others what I think is best for them the results are often disastrous. I believe I must ask “What’s the one thing right now that would make life better for ______?” Then I must proceed with a line upon line format, moving from one small step to another along the path. The answer is often complex and yet simple. The only person who can answer that question, is the person I want to help. Change takes time, so my philosophy is to ask others what they need, walk with them to understand their situation, roll up my sleeves and get to work; be prepared for the long haul and yes I’m going to get dirty.

Kathie’s education is business administration. As office manager she leads a large dynamic dental team in Hillsboro, Oregon. She has invested many years in training; working with consultant’s to stay on the cutting edge of her profession and fully embraces win/win behavior. The foundation of her management skills was a 25 year career selling and consulting in the fashion industry. Although she maintains a busy schedule, volunteerism has always been a part of her life. While raising young children she taught for the Red Cross, manned an abuse hotline, was President of the Washington County Bar Association Auxiliary, worked with young women in her church and put on fashion shows and other large events. After her children were grown she became Co-Chair of the BYU Alum Association for 9 years. She is a cancer survivor. In addition to her service as an advisor to the Board of Directors of MLP, Kathie is active in the ODEA, NVC, NAMI and teaches the Old Testament to adults in her Church. One of her family members is with the United States Foreign Service; Kathie and her husband often travel to their posts in other countries and get a close up and personal look at the “other side” of tourism. Next up will be Jordan and Israel.