Growing up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, Kathy's passion for storytelling began around the time she milked her first cow.  A writer with a voice directed by intuition rather than intellectual intention, Kathy's goal as a filmmaker at OU is to create compelling character driven narratives that convey deceptively simple and intimate stories.

After writing and directing high school plays (that, in hindsight, accidentally always had a beginning middle and an end), working two jobs to pay for college, fire-fighting in the Pacific Northwest, racing bicycles at a national level and growing two successful companies with her husband Vince O'Connell, Kathy feels extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to embark on this next phase of creative life here at Ohio University.

When not in Athens, Kathy divides her time between Vermont and Washington state with Vince and their spoiled pooch, Max.


We're Off  18 minutes narrative doc 2011

Making Hay  3 minutes animation 2011

You're Not Cindy  22 minutes narrative 2010

Piece of Cake  6 minutes documentary 2010


BS, Natural Resource Management, Mankato State University, Minnesota

MA, Advertising Design, Syracuse University, New York

Certificate Degree with Honors, Independent Digital Film, Selkirk College, Nelson BC