Sister Kate graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Business Education and then spent the first decade of her career working in project management in the credit card industry and the newly de-regulated telecom industry. At the age of thirty-three, she began her own consulting firm (Expert Business Solutions) and embarked on a journey that took her, as an analyst, into a specialization in newly de-regulating industries. Her consulting assignments took her as far away as Canada, England, the Netherlands and beyond, as Sister Kate helped clients open their businesses in those countries as well as in Germany, Sweden, and Denmark.
Sister Kate came to California after surviving a financially devastating divorce, and as a single mother of three children, found it impractical to continue her chosen career, as the amount of travel would have meant the children raised themselves. Instead, she looked to California’s most new and most interesting de-regulating market: the cannabis industry. Sister Kate founded a non-profit cannabis collective in the Fall of 2009 and opened for business in 2010 (Caregrowers). After three years of serving local terminal patients, after developing teas and tinctures for the express reason of avoiding having the sick and dying risk torching themselves with fire and pipes, she decided to close that business and focused on developing a non-smokable product line that would reach more people. During the Harvest Moon of 2014, she developed her first line of products for the Sisters of the Valley. In January of 2015, she launched the business that last year (2017) did over a million in sales.