Q&A: New FCB Executive Assistant Kati Lear

By Greg Lindberg

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the new executive assistant for FCB, Kati Lear! I had the chance to get to know her a little better through this Q&A:

Q: What is your full name?
A: Kathryn “Kati” Ottman Lear

Q: Where were you born?
A: Cleveland, Ohio

Q: Where do you currently live?
A: Port Orange, FL

Q: Tell me about your family.
A: My husband, Mark, and I will be married 35 years on July 4. He has partial vision.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I enjoy reading, swimming, walking, visiting with friends, bowling, eating, and anything else that sounds like fun.

Q: What is your visual impairment?
A: I am totally blind. I have a twin brother, Kurt Ottman, and we were born two months and a week premature. I am currently working with my fifth guide dog, Cameron. All of my dogs have been from Southeastern Guide Dogs.

Q: How did you get involved in FCB?
A: My husband, Mark, and I have been members of the Halifax Council of the Blind for a long time – about 25 years. I have not been an officer, but Mark has been our chapter’s treasurer since 2008.

Q: What are your goals as the incoming FCB executive assistant?
A: My goals are to provide FCB with good service as an Administrative Assistant by providing answers to asked questions, while completing the tasks given to me by our president, Jim Kracht.