Since 1981, Kathy Lee has been the center director of human services in Albuquerque, NM. Alongside this endeavor, she has been a member of the Human Services Task Force since 1988 and the Multi-Services Center for Planning Commission since 1990. Her day-to-day responsibilities as a human services administrator and property manager includes 80% crisis management, which entails dealing with the public. The city of Albuquerque owned the building where she managed, and it leased space to social service agencies so that they could put the services out into the community. As such, Ms. Lee managed a medical, dental and WIC program, maternity and infant care project, and a community meeting room, among other projects. She was responsible for the facility and managing it.
Commencing her career as a club director for the Special Services Department in South Korea with the United States Army in 1969, she then served as a unit manager for the Albuquerque Presbyterian Hospital for six years before escalating to program director for the Office of Senior Affairs for an additional year. From 1978 to 1980, she was the assistant director and then director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, as well as the project coordinator for transportation in Albuquerque. Civically involved, she is active in various political campaigns throughout New Mexico.
Ms. Lee knew from a young age that she wanted to work with people, and her parents and sister encouraged her to contribute her affinity for communications to society. She then earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas Woman’s University in 1969, where she was mentored by Dr. Bert Lyle. During her undergraduate years, she felt discouraged by her studies; however, Dr. Lyle encouraged her to complete her bachelor’s degree and taught her to never quit. From there, Ms. Lee strived to make a difference in people’s everyday lives and support other women. Born in Roswell, NM, she currently resides in Albuquerque. A past trustee of the New Mexico Crime Prevention Association, she enjoys photography, collecting artwork and jewelry, and studying astrology and Southwestern history in her spare time.
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