Kay Bennett was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936. Kay’s life journey has taken her a long way from her Irish-Catholic roots. After graduation from Stella Maris High School, Kay completed a two year executive secretary certification at Katherine Gibbs, in New York City. Shortly afterwards, she met and married her first husband, Richard, and relocated to northern California where they settled in Sunnyvale. Together they raised five children.
When the youngest of Kay’s children entered kindergarten, she turned her attention toward completing her higher education at De Anza Community College. In 1974, she earned her AA/RN. Graduating with honors, she immediately started training as an Operating Room Nurse. For the next 13 years, (7 in management), Kay gained tremendous knowledge and experience in healthcare, finances and interpersonal relations with many levels. Kay separated from her first husband and moved to Nevada in 1978.
Shortly after Kay came to Carson City, Nevada as the Director of Surgery at Carson Tahoe Hospital in 1986, she met and married Hale Bennett. Her life took an entirely new direction. She became a licensed pilot. In 1988, Kay ran for political office and was elected to the Carson City Board of Supervisors. For the next 12 years, her life experience was enormously enriched as she worked tirelessly on behalf of the people she represented. In addition to the Board of Supervisors internal committees, Kay was appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Carson Tahoe Hospital Board of Trustees and Carson Water Subconservancy District. She completed her third term in 2000 and retired from local government.
- 1988 – 2000 – Carson City Board of Supervisors (appointed to board service); General Obligation Bond Committee; Regional Transportation Commission; Redevelopment Committee Carson City; River Advisory Committee (founder); Regional Parks Commission
- 1988 – 2000 – Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (Board of Supervisor appointee); Finance Committee (Chair 1990 – 2000); Tahoe Transportation District
- 1990 – 2000 – Carson Tahoe Hospital Board of Trustees (Board of Supervisor appointee); Finance Committee (Chair 1990 – 1998); Delegate to American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board
- 1990 – 2000 – Carson Water Subconservancy District (Board of Supervisor appointee); Finance Committee (Chair 1990 – 1998)
- Western Nevada Developments District Council of Officials, Natural Resource Conservation District
- Team Tahoe Senior
- Citizens Advisory Council
Kay Bennett has been involved with the redevelopment and management of Silver Springs Airport since 1989. Kay (and the late Hale Bennett) are the original owners of the Silver Springs Airport, LLC whose purpose is to develop the Silver Springs Airport for general aviation, aviation related industry and general industry. Since 1998, through a public/private partnership with Lyon County, they hold a long-term lease to approximately 150 acres of airport developable land adjacent to and surrounding the runway and taxiways.
Working closely with the FAA, their Lyon County sponsors and PBS&J Engineers, Kay Bennett has successfully achieved several Capital Improvements to the Silver Springs Airport including:
- 2001 – Runway reconstruction
- 2002 – Runway lighting and parking ramp
- 2004 – Parallel taxiways and perimeter fencing
- 2006 – Access road, ramp expansion and AWOS
- 2007 – Fire suppression waterlines
- 2008 – PAPI’s, REILs Rotating Beacon
- 2009 – 10,000 Gallon Self-Service Fuel Facility and Hangar Development Master Plan
- 2010 – Drainage Study and CLOMR
Because of the productive public/private partnership with Lyon County, the FAA has invested more than $6,000,000 in the Silver Spring Airport which has laid the groundwork for important economic development opportunities on the Silver Springs Airport and surrounding areas.
Kay was married to Hale Bennett for 24 years. Between them they have 6 grown children and 12 grandchildren.
Active in aviation and her community, Kay is past-President of the NV Airport Managers Association, member of Reno High Sierra 99’s, served as board member of the Silver Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, Lyon County Library Board and Silver Springs Stagecoach Hospital District Governing Board.