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Kathy Sleckman
S16 Kathy Sleckman
Contestant Profile
Birth Date August 14, 1962 (1962-08-14) (age 52)
Hometown Fairfield, Illinois
Occupation Golf Course Vendor


Tribe(s) Airai
Placement 13/20
Challenge(s) Won 7
Vote(s) Against 0
Day(s) Lasted 19

Kathleen "Kathy" Sleckman is a contestant from Survivor: Micronesia.


Born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Kathleen Sleckman currently works at a golf course in Illinois where she moves about selling thirsty golfers snacks and beer. She previously worked as a bartender, computer graphics artist and a plumber in the Seabees with the United States Navy. She attended St. Paul's Catholic Grade School, Manitowoc Lincoln High School and the U.W. Extension Program in Manitowoc.

Sleckman has lived in Port Hueneme, California, Pacific Beach, Washington, Agana, Guam (for military service) and Oxnard, California. She describes herself as intellectually astute, sarcastically witty and a tad bit shallow. Her hero is Max Factor as, without his invention of make-up, she would be a veritable shut-in. She believes her excellent puzzle-solving skills, athleticism, knowledge of outdoor survivor skills and ability to motivate others will help her go far on SURVIVOR.

Sleckman resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with her husband, Rick, their six-year-old child, Maddison, and their dog, Wilson Von Barkypants. Her birth date is August 14, 1962.

Survivor: MicronesiaEdit

Kathy, being a fan of Survivor, started the game alongside the other Fans on the Airai tribe. At the first challenge Kathy, with the accidental help from Yau-Man managed to find the Individual Immunity Idol first thus granting her safety from her first Tribal Council. Kathy along with Chet Welch and Tracy Hughes-Wolf isolated them from the tribe, branding themselves as immediate targets. Despite this Airai went on to win the first challenge which was a combine Reward/Immunity challenge, saving Kathy from elimination.

In episode 2 Kathy, Chet and Tracy continued isolating themselves by making a shelter only big enough for the three of them. The rest of the tribe struggle to erect a shelter and eventually got Tracy to build them a shelter similar to her own. At the Immunity Challenge the Fans were blown out of the water due to Chet being unable to retrieve a key. Kathy was sent to Exile Island by the opposing tribe. Airai chose Cirie to join Kathy on Exile Island. At Exile Kathy and Cirie searched for the Hidden Immunity Idol, but were unable to decipher the clues and end up wasting the whole day looking in vain. After returning to camp Kathy was surprised to learn that the tribe was planning to vote out Mary Sartain instead of the weaker Chet. Kathy voted with her tribe and Mary was blindsided.

In the next episode Airai lost the Reward challenge and Kathy was once again sent to Exile Island, this time being accompanied by Ami Cusack. Kathy didn't bother looking for the Idol since she had previously tried and failed. Ami on the other hand looked for the Idol but eventually gave up. At the Immunity Challenge Airai managed to win thus sending Malakal to Tribal Council. 

Airai failed to win the Reward Challenge in That's Baked, Barbecued and Fried! and for the third time Kathy was sent to Exile Island along with Ozzy Lusth. Once again Kathy relaxed while Ozzy searched for the Idol. After returning from Exile, Airai lost the Immunity Challenge. Joel orchestrated a plan to vote out Mikey B for his apparent leadership over the tribe. Kathy sided with Joel, happy she was not the target for elimination.

Following the Tribe Switch on Day 13 Kathy stayed on Airai, along with fellow Fan's Alexis JonesNatalie Bolton and Jason Siska. Airai won the next Reward and Immunity challenge, keeping Kathy safe for another three days. Airai continued their winning streak by winning the Episode 6 Reward Challenge. Kathy was delighted to not be sent to Exile Island.

In Episode 7 Kathy began feeling depressed and missed her family. Although Airai won both the Reward and Immunity Challenge's Kathy was so depressed she pulled herself from the game and became the eighth contestant eliminated from Survivor: Micronesia.

Voting HistoryEdit

Kathy's Voting History
Episode Kathy's
Voted Against
1 Airai Tribe Immune
2 Mary Individual Immunity
3 Airai Tribe Immune
4 Mikey B. -
5 Airai Tribe Immune
6 No Tribal Council
Airai Tribe Immune
7 No Tribal Council
Quit, Day 19


  • On January 9, 2010, Kathy attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Kathy was the only original Airai member to not receive any votes against them.
  • Kathy was the oldest female to compete on Micronesia.
  • Kathy was only eligible for elimination once.
  • When she quit, Kathy stated that she intended to cut her finger with a machete to make it look like she was evacuated due to medical reasons.
  • Kathy was originally cast for Survivor: Vanuatu, but was cut.
  • Kathy is the only castaway on Survivor: Micronesia to stay on Airai during the Tribe Switch and be eliminated pre-merge.


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