Kathy Zant

Hi. I’m Kathy Zant. I currently live in the desert outside of Phoenix, Arizona. This is a new thing. I’m not enjoying the heat, but apparently I am going to love November. Or so they tell me.

I’ve been writing online for almost 20 years in various incarnations, and I’ve been a web developer for about as long. 

I am a big fan of WordPress, the WordPress community, and keeping it all secure. I work for Defiant. We make Wordfence. In early 2016, they put out a call for people who could remove malware from WordPress websites. As I had done that, and other PHP applications, I applied. I did well. They promoted me to operations. Then they rescued me from operations and put me in a position where I am having more fun than I’ve ever had before. I get to talk to people about security, WordPress, and making cool things happen on the web.

I have two amazing kids. They keep me humble, honest, and happy. 

I’m married to a very smart guy who is very supportive of my goals.

I am originally from northern Illinois. I have lived in Rockford, Peoria, and all over Chicagoland. I spent a few years in Austin, Texas, then moved to Mount Shasta, California. I stayed in Mount Shasta for over 8 years, and I miss it. 

Northern California is definitely my home on earth. I think this Phoenix thing might be somewhat temporary. I will make the most of it.