Two people stand on a grassy hillside in the King Range Wilderness, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Mtn. Bike Rider on the Bizz Johnson Trail King Range National Conservation Area Poppy Three Pump Jacks, Midway-Sunset Oilfield
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Employee Profile

Kathryn Hardy

District Manager
Central California District

Kathy Hardy, born  in Fresno, California, is the oldest of three children.  Growing up, she moved a lot, living primarily in northern California and northern Virginia.  She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1980 with a BA in Anthropology.

She held temporary jobs with the USGS at their headquarters in Reston, Virginia; with National Park Service YCC programs in Florida and Virginia; and as an archaeologist at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, and on the Malheur National Forest in Oregon.

Her first permanent jobs were as an archaeologist on the Sierra National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. 

She then branched out into jobs managing recreation, wilderness, lands, special uses, and minerals on national forests in the Sawtooth NF in Idaho,  Bridger-Teton NF in Wyoming and White River NF in Colorado.  

She has  worked in manager positions since 1998, as a district ranger in Leadville Colorado, and Placerville, CA and then as deputy forest supervisor on the Stanislaus National Forest in Sonora, CA.  Major project accomplishments were focused on reducing hazardous fuels, completing range allotment and travel management plans, and administering a variety of special use permits.  She also served on a Type 2 interagency incident management team for six years as the lead information officer.

Kathy Hardy
Kathy Hardy

Kathy is married to Bruce Ungari, a retired Forest Service winter sports administrator.  He spent most of his career working with ski resorts who operated on the White River National Forest in Colorado.  One highlight of his career was assisting with the planning and operation of an inter-agency public lands visitor center for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.  Her Step-daughter Tory Ungari is in her first year of teaching 4th grade in the Lodi School District. 

Her favorite ways to spend time when not at work include traveling, white water rafting, hiking, skiing, reading, and spending time with family and friends.  I spent three memorable weeks rafting the Grand Canyon last fall, with lots of time for hiking and exploring side canyons.