Katie (K.T.) Anders
HBMA Billing Editor
By Brad Lund, Executive Director
The HBMA has been honored to have had the pleasure and experience of working closely with K.T. Anders as she helped lead the HBMA’s editorial and publications programs for the past ten years. It is with great sorrow that we share that K.T. passed away on Christmas Day, after a long and valiant fight with cancer.
I first met K.T. by telephone in the spring of 2000. HBMA had abruptly lost its editor and K.T., newly hired, had very little in way of guidance to assist her in this position. She was a quick study and soon had all of our publication activities under control.
The Chair of the Publications Committee and its members often change every two or three years and K.T. always found a way to provide continuity with her creativity and stubborn persistence with author procrastination. Every so often K.T. would call me to vent her frustration and I would ask, “do you want me to take care of this?” and she would always say, “thanks, but this is my job.” And, it always got done.
It was at the National Conference in Washington, D.C. in December of 2001, delayed by the 9-11 tragedy, that I first met K.T. in person. It was then I became aware of both her extensive acting career and stage performance as well as her book publishing background. But most importantly, I discovered her amazing and delightful personality that was often subdued in our telephone conversations.
Julie Demerath, a Member of the Publications Committee for four years and Committee Chair for two years, recalls:
Rich Papperman was one of the first Publication Chairs to work with K.T. and fondly recalls:
And our current Publications Committee Chair, Don Rodden shared:
Several years ago K.T. came to the HBMA National Office and brought us each a ceramic coffee cup. She had made us each a unique cup that she claimed reflected each of our personalities, in her eyes. To this day, I still drink my daily cup of coffee from that cup, and will always have fond thoughts of K.T. each morning.