Kathy Shirah started her career in mortgage banking in 1990 with Regions Mortgage, Incorporated. She has worked in various functions of the mortgage banking industry throughout her career, which includes loan processing, underwriting, closing, appraisal review, shipping, title insurance review, accounting, and marketing departments. During her career at Regions Mortgage, Inc. she received two Certificates of Accreditation from Mortgage Bankers of America as an Accredited Mortgage Banker.

Kathy joined Central Alabama Title Center in May of 2003 as an underwriter. She is licensed to write Title Insurance in the states of Alabama and Mississippi. In 2005 she became the first Certified Commercial Underwriter for Central Alabama Title. For the past 10 years, she has served as an instructor at the Alabama Banking School which is held annually at The University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL.
She is the creator of Living Money $mart which is an all-volunteer financial education program taught to junior high and high school students throughout the state. Kathy has been married to her husband, Danny for 26 years and she has two sons.