Kathleen McInerney, professionally known as Veronica Taylor is an American voice actress for the 4Kids dubbing company. Wanting to follow in her parents' footsteps, she first started out in school plays.

For acting, Taylor attended The Catholic University of America for college and Brandeis University for graduate school. She toured with America's longest running touring company, National Players (1988-1990), led by Catholic U's Department of Drama chairman William H. (Bill) Graham, and other stage companies in Washington, D.C. and other cities across America. Veronica was later recruited for the 4Kids company. She was then cast in Pokémon as the main character, Ash Ketchum. Veronica is famous for being the original voice of Ash. She continued voicing him until 2006. She also provided the voice of May from 2003 to 2006. That was the time when 4Kids lost rights to the show, and Pokémon USA decided to replace Veronica Taylor and the other members of the original cast.

She was replaced by Sarah Natochenny who took over the role of Ash Ketchum and Delia Ketchum, and Michele Knotz who took over the role of May. During this time, Veronica was emotional because she lost not only a role - but a character who was very dear to her heart.

Veronica's other notable roles include Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruune from Slayers, Narue Nanase from World of Narue, Clawdia from Fighting Foodons, Nico Robin from the 4Kids adaptation of One Piece, Carly Carmine in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's and Tori from Tai Chi Chasers. Her most recent role is the English voice of Sailor Pluto/Setsuna Meiou for the VIZ Media dub of both the original Sailor Moon anime, and Sailor Moon Crystal. Not only has Veronica voiced anime and original cartoons, but she has also lent her voice to audio books written by Judy Blume, Emily Giffin, Danielle Steel, Mary Kay Andrews, Linda Castillo, Wendy Mass, and a whole host of authors.




Non-Pokémon series

  • Galaxina (Sonic X)
  • Emeraldas (Maetel Legend)
  • Clawdia/Dia (Fighting Foodons)
  • Yukino Miyazawa (His and Her Circumstances)
  • Kenta, Chris (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Narue Nanase (The World of Narue)
  • Fonda Fontaine (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (Seasons 2 and 3))
  • Nana (Nana, Seven of Seven [All seven])
  • [Ancient Fairy Dragon, Carly Carmine]/Dark Carly (Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's)
  • Amelia Wil Tesla Seyrunne (Slayers [episode 14 onward])
  • Silica, Rowlin (Kirby, Right Back at Ya)
  • Fubuki (Arcade Gamer Fubuki)
  • Sheep (Word World)
  • Tori (Tai Chi Chasers)
  • Miyabi (Ninja Nonsense)
  • Princess Diaspro (Winx Club (4Kids Version))
  • Evil Queen (Angel's Friends (Episode 4 onward))
  • Mira Tsukumo, Sei, Tori's Grandmother (Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal)
  • Whyatt's Mother (Super Why!)
  • Ruby (Super 4)
  • April O'Neil (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003 series))
  • Max Taylor, Aki Taylor (Dinosaur King)
  • Sailor Pluto/Setsuna Meioh (Sailor Moon (Viz Media dub) and Sailor Moon Crystal)
  • Mixie Bot (Fizzy's Lunch Lab)
  • Romona (Chuck Vanderchuck's Something Something Explosion)
  • Sputnik (Astroblast!)
  • Mofy, Mogu and Sora (Mofy) (no relation to Modern Family)
  • Various characters (The Ollie and Moon Show)
  • The Spy From Apartment 8-i (Welcome to the Wayne)

Video Games

  • Pokémon Puzzle League - Ash Ketchum
  • Super Smash Bros. - Goldeen
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy - Cosmos
  • Valkyrie Profile- Freya, Jayle, Aelia, Fuyuki
  • Shadow Hearts - Alice Elliot, Margarete Gertrude Zelle
  • Ape Escape 2 - Jimmy (US Version)
  • Tekken 6 and Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion - Eleonore "Leo" Kliesen
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 - Eleonore "Leo" Kliesen (grunts)
  • Tekken 7 and Tekken 7: Fated Retribution - Eleonore "Leo" Kliesen (grunts)
  • L.A. Noire - Cynthia Graham


  • According to Behind the Voice Actors, voicing Ash was her favorite role in her career.
  • Her favorite Pokémon are Pikachu and Ho-Oh.
  • Veronica met her successor, Sarah Natochenny, during a recording session of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's when recording the voices of Carly Carmine and Stephanie respectively.
  • Her favorite Pokémon movie is Pokémon The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back.
  • The voice she uses for Sentret is a combination of her own voice and her daughter's voice.
  • Veronica is a Washington Redskins fan.
  • She once lived down the street from Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Art Monk in Arlington, Virginia.
  • She also played on the Catholic U Cardinals women's soccer team.
  • Veronica, along with her parents, attended Catholic U and toured with National Players. While her father (Bernard) studied with NP founder Gilbert Hartke, she studied with Bill Graham, Jim Petosa, Teddy Handfield, Don and Janet Waters.
  • As of 2016, Veronica is still willing to return to Pokémon but hasn't been given the chance.