Judge Kathlene F. Gosselin was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is married to Bill Galardi and they have 4 children between them. Judge Gosselin and her family attend Grace Episcopal Church, Gainesville, Georgia.
In 1976, she graduated with high honors from Southern Illinois University. In 1980 she was awarded her Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the University of Chicago Law School. The same year she was admitted into the Georgia Bar.
From 1981 - 1986 she was a partner in the law firm of Fockele and Gosselin. Her area of concentration was in criminal, domestic, and juvenile work. From 1987 - 1998 she was the State Court Judge of Hall County. She was elected in 1986 and re-elected without opposition in 1990 and 1994. In 1998, she became Judge of Superior Courts for the Northeastern Judicial Circuit.
She has been a part of the following civic and professional activities: Gateway House, President from 1983 - 1985; Leadership Hall County; Board of Directors; League of Women Voters; Member of Rotary Club; Board of Directors for Gainesville Community Foundation; Task Force Leader in the Georgia Courts Futures Project; Member of Governor's Commission on Family Violence; Leadership Georgia Class of 1993; Chair of the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Gender Equity; Member of Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Equality; Member of Georgia Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission; Former President of the Council of State Judges; Former President of the Council of Superior Court Judges (2010-2011) and advisory board of Good News Clinics.