Kathi Free, Executive Assistant, Celebrate Freedom Foundation
Kathi O. Free, who has served as Executive Assistant of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation since 2010, oversees the Foundation’s daily operations.
Free studied at Lander University in Greenwood, S.C., her hometown. She began her career in state government after moving to Columbia in 1981, and worked for 17 years in S.C. Legislative Information Systems where she was instrumental in developing the South Carolina Legislative Manual.
After transferring to the S.C. Budget and Control Board, Chief Information Office, in 1998, she served as a communications specialist. She worked directly with a number of agencies statewide on developing communications systems and conducting voice communication classes for new state employees. Free also served on the State Emergency Response Team, formed after Hurricane Hugo, that was responsible for establishing communications between county and state officials as part of the state’s disaster preparedness program. She retired from state government in 2009.
Free lives in Columbia. She is a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church where she serves on the Crisis and Illness Committee. She enjoys many outdoor activities, especially University of South Carolina football.