Since finishing in third place on SURVIVOR:
MARQUESAS, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien began a foundation to help
women gain self confidence through outdoor adventure, challenges
and risk taking (www.therealfoundation.com). Kathy also has
established a new business (R3) to encourage and inspire
corporate teams and individuals.
Kathy was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She has lived in
Boston, Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Washington, D.C. and
San Diego. She attended Cohasset High School in Massachusetts
before her four years of college at the Rhode Island School of
Kathy currently works as a real estate agent in Northern
Vermont. Prior to this, she was self-employed for 10 years
running two small businesses: a unique paper, gifts and art
products store and an event-planning business. She also worked
in newspaper advertising. Her favorite hobbies are hiking,
skiing, sailing, road-biking and fly-fishing. In 1998, she biked
across the country for the American Lung Association as a
dedication to her father. The trip was 48 days from Seattle to
Washington, D.C., and raised more than $1.5 million.
Kathy currently resides in Burlington, Vermont. She has one son,
Patrick. Her birth date is Jan. 6, 1954.