Joining the staff of the Huntsville Botanical Garden in 2007, Kathy Gilder has served in a variety of positions including her current role as Chief Operating Officer. During the past three years, she was deeply involved in the planning, financing, construction, and operational changes needed to support the Garden’s 32,000 square foot Guest Center which opened in March, 2017. Kathy relocated from Southern California in 2006, where her prior experience included serving as the Corporate Controller and CFO for two privately help computer service companies, as well as operations management in the retail banking industry. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and an M.B.A. degree from California Lutheran University. She and her husband Steve are actively involved in their church and various mission organizations.