A native of Southern California, Kathy Hammond grew up in West Covina, California before moving to Guam. She studied English and Anthropology at the University of Guam and worked as an advertising sales representative for This Month in Guam and Micronesia magazine that led to her becoming its editor. Her first published article on island folklore appeared in Off Duty Magazine. Kathy later lived in Switzerland, Hawaii, Tennessee, and South Florida working in executive sales. While in Florida, Kathy became interested in human motivation and performance. She studied business coaching in South Africa and was a featured speaker in South Africa and the United States on human competency development, goal setting, and goal attainment. Kathy received a B.A. and M.A. in Organizational Management from Ashford University. She has authored several publications on motivation, performance improvement, and workforce development. Kathy and her husband, John, reside in Yorba Linda, California.