Family of the Month – November 2012


kathie-and-jorge-ruiz-600pxJorge Ruiz discovered his appetite for art and creativity at a young age, soon after emigrating from Ecuador to New York City and reuniting with his parents and six siblings. His wife, Kathie, knew by the time that she reached her junior year of high school that she wanted to build a career in a field that involved helping people. That explains a lot about the council’s Family of the Month for November. Jorge has owned his own graphic design business since 1990, his clientele including high-profile national political campaigns for 16 years. After producing the attractive bulletin inserts last summer for the parish’s Fall Festival, he joined the council’s awareness committee soon after joining the Knights and turned his attention to creating this great new website for our council. Inspired by the fact that his father was a natural illustrator, Jorge attended the New York School of Printing in Manhattan and specialized in the study of graphic design. Kathie, his wife of 34 years, is a psychotherapist in private practice. “Encouraged by my life-long Catholic education and my philosophy teacher in college, I set out to make a difference,” she said. They moved from New York to Texas in 1981 and began attending Holy Spirit a few years ago. They have three grown children, and Jorge’s favorite mode of transportation appears to be his bike.