Katherine (Kakie) Brooks grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, then moved to the East Coast for college and graduate school. She attended Smith College (1981, B.A. in English), then taught high school English in the Boston area for 5 years. In 1986 she came to Charlottesville to pursue graduate work in UVa’s English department (M.A., 1990, and is ABD (all but dissertation) toward her PHD in English Literature. She taught freshman English at UVa and at Virginia Tech before starting her family in 1993. Around that time she began a consulting business called The Inheritance Project which focused on the psycho-social issues surrounding wealth transfer. She and her two partners pursued that work until 2000. Since 2000 she has served on and/or provided informal consulting to a dozen local nonprofits.
Kakie has two daughters (Sophie is 22 and Anna is 19), and she is married to Dr. George Beller, former Chief of Cardiology at UVa. As a family, they enjoy hiking, skiing and the arts.