Kathleen graduated from Louisiana State University Law School and was admitted to practice Law in Louisiana in 1988. She grew a successful law practice in Louisiana for six years before moving to Washington DC., where she became a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Litigation Division at the United States Attorney in Washington, DC.
In 1995, Kathleen joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent where she worked in the National Security Division assigned to the Overseas Espionage Squad and worked on numerous high-profile domestic espionage investigations. During her tenor at the FBI she was assigned to the Attorney General’s Review Team to oversee the controversial Win Ho Lee espionage investigation. She was Chief of the Appellate Unit, and was also assigned to the Cyber Division, and Inspection Division, as well as working in the Office of Professional Responsibility. As part of the investigation team, she worked events such as the Bombing of US Embassy in Nairobi, and the Investigation of the 911 Terrorist Attack on the Pentagon.
She was a hostage negotiator, part of the Evidence Response Team, and taught at the FBI Academy. After retiring as a Supervisory Special Agent, she conducted background investigations for the White House.