A California native, Kassie has always had an affinity for the outdoors. She spent much of her youth visiting her family’s property in southern Siskiyou County, catching alligator lizards and fishing with her father. She has always had an insatiable curiosity for nature, animals and any new thing that sounds interesting. Kassie attended UC Davis, graduating with a B.A. in International Relations while working part time for various small businesses. From there she spent nearly a decade working for Apple Inc. in myriad support roles, then moved on to a small business specializing in real estate acquisitions for major telecommunication companies, and most recently a brief stint with Tesla Inc. In her spare time she enjoys going on road trips with her husband Erik and dog Zoë.