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 for friends and family, and I had quite some experience with 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 really love my work, my team, and my job.
I’ve also recently been bit by the WordCamp bug. I feel extremely enthusiastic about giving back to the community that has given me so much.
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. He does his own thing. I do mine. It works pretty well for us.
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 more than I can tell you.
Northern California is definitely my home on earth. I think this Phoenix thing might be somewhat temporary. I will make the most of it. I shall bloom where planted. And yes, things do bloom in the desert.