ECFF – Treasurer
Kathi Heapy grew up as an Air Force Brat, starting school in Germany, moving to Upstate New York, then Okinawa, with graduation at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. She returned to the United States after high school and attended Indiana University. She walked-on to the swim team her sophomore year, and graduated with a B.S. in Business-Marketing in 1987.
After college, Kathi moved to Ft. Walton Beach and was hired as the assistant coach for the PLAY Swim Team at the YMCA. She also volunteered as an assistant for Choctawhatchee High School’s swim team, which is where she met her husband, Gary. Kathi works alongside Gary in the family floorcovering business, The Flooring Authority, and has for 28 years.
Swimming has remained Kathi’s passion throughout the years. Once her children entered the sport in 2002, she became involved as a Booster Club Treasurer and President, part-time coach, team Registrar and Administrative Official, who is instrumental in setting up and running swim meets. From 2005 to 2019 Kathi and Gary coached Meigs Middle School’s swim team.
Kathi has been a member of the American Business Women’s Association, Cub Scout Pack 522, Shalimar Elementary PTO, and Choctaw I.B. Parent Foundation, serving as an officer in each organization. She has also been a religious education teacher as well as a Lector and Finance Council member at St. Mary’s Church. She and Gary were chaperones for four years for the Choctaw Style Marchers and three years for the Meigs Middle School Band. In 2019, she was a comtemporary inductee into the Okaloosa County Women’s Hall of Fame.
She and her husband, and Gary have three wonderful children. Their son is an alumnus of Georgia Tech, married and living and working in Atlanta; older daughter is an Interior Designer and graduate of Auburn University; and younger daughter is a freshman at Indiana University. Both girls were members of the CHS swim team and Coast Aquatics, competed in lifesaving skills competitions representing the Emerald Coast Lifesaving Association as a “junior guard”, and has worked as a Destin Beach Lifeguard in the summers.