Following graduation from the Royal Northern College of Music, Kay embarked upon a dual career as professional musician, teacher, and higher education administrator – patch-working a career before the term began to be used routinely. For many years she enjoyed a successful career as a singer, performing with orchestras and in recital in various cities in the US and England. During her early years in the US (she immigrated to the US in October 1966 and became a citizen in 1984) she taught in independent schools in San Francisco and Lexington, KY. In Nashville, TN she became an administrator in the European Studies Department at Vanderbilt University, and Director of Children’s Music at St. George’s Church, Episcopal. During this time she was also very active as a member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus and the Nashville Symphony Chamber Chorus. Following her move to Birmingham, AL she joined the staff of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Medicine, where she became the administrator/coordinator of the General Clinical Research Center. After she and her late husband moved to Providence, RI she returned to teaching and became Director of the Special Programs Division at The Gordon School. Following the death of her husband she enrolled in the graduate program at Antioch University New England and received the M.Ed in Management in 1995. Following her marriage to Haskell in 1994 she moved to Oberlin, Ohio and joined the staff of Oberlin College in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations where she served as Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. Development, grant writing, and administration have been the consistent strands linking her career as professional and volunteer. When Kay and Haskell both retired from Oberlin in 2002, they moved to their home on Cape Cod.
Kay was a member of the Antioch University Board of Trustees from 2003 through 2005 serving on the Development Committee, (one year as chair), the Capital Campaign Committee, and the Finance Committee. As a trustee she worked as a member of a small team engaged in development and implementation of a self-assessment process for the board. She was a member of the AUNE Development Committee, and the Capital Campaign Feasibility Committee. In Oberlin she served as a board member of the Allen Memorial Hospital from 1995-2000. In Providence she was a founding member of the Ocean State Light Opera company and a member of its executive committee from 1989 to 1993. She served as a member of the UAB Scientific Advisory Committee (GCRC), the UAB Human Subjects Review Committee, and the feasibility working group for a proposed GCRC/VIP wing in the hospital. While in Nashville she was a member of the Nashville Symphony Guild, serving as chair of the Italian Street Fair, the development committee, the education committee, and as President of the Nashville Symphony Chorus. She also served on the conductors search committee for the orchestra. She served as a board member for the Friends of Chamber Music. She currently is a member of the Education Committee of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.