After 35 years in the Bronco Athletic Association, Kathy Haumann, current BAA Business Office Manager, will retire on June 30. Most recently, Haumann has managed and supervised all gift processing, gift receipting, databases and provided direct support to the BAA Board of Directors
After graduating from Boise State in the mid-1980s, she transitioned immediately from student to teacher, utilizing her degree in elementary education to teach preschool and kindergarten before joining the BAA in 1988.
Haumann started as a customer service representative but soon became a jack of all trades as one of only four full-time employees. When she started with the BAA, the time it took from requesting a report to receiving the report was three weeks, all accounting records were handwritten on ledgers and she had an electric typewriter.
Haumann became a constant presence at BAA events and dedicated time to building relationships with members to ensure every person felt valued and understood the direct impact they were making on Bronco student-athletes. Members took notice.
“I have always admired the grace, patience and kindness that [she] extended to everyone,” BAA Board Member Barbara Kennedy said.
Haumann even enlisted her two children, Brett and Stacia, as volunteers at various events and auctions. Her daughter Stacia remembers those days fondly.
“As far back as I can remember, I’ve been going to help my mom with the auctions and events. One year they had a pinball machine in the silent auction, and my brother and I got to demonstrate it all night. Then another year the BAA was auctioning a puppy and we got to take care of it the few days before the auction and during the auction, now that was fun.”
The best part for Stacia?
“I loved coming to help her at all the events and spending that quality time with her. Her work ethic is by far the best example I could follow. She’s a loving, giving and truly remarkable person.”
In retirement, Haumann is looking forward to spending time with her mom and four grandchildren, camping, enjoying the mountains and gardening.
She also plans to allocate a large chunk of time to help socialize her two cocker spaniels, Buster and Bronco.
“They need some work,” Haumann said.
And what will she miss most about the BAA?
“I will miss the people, definitely,” she said. “There are a lot of great people representing the Broncos all over.”