Before her work as a full-time community volunteer and education advocate, Cathy had a professional career as a healthcare and public policy consultant. She worked for state and local agencies and legislators across the country, developing policies, program evaluations, budgets and litigation analysis. She was a member of the team of lawyers and data consultants that obtained over $200 billion in the settlement between tobacco companies and state Attorneys General for medical costs due to smoking.


Cathy’s education advocacy and volunteer community activities include:

  • Minnesota PTA Advocacy Commissioner

  • Minnesota PTA STEM + Families Leader

  • Minnesota Department of Education

    • Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan Workgroup

    • Report Card/Data Reporting Workgroup

  • Rochester Public Schools

    • Strategic Planning Action Team

    • Gifted Services Committee – Facilitator

    • Community Focus Team

    • Community Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee

  • Rochester Area Council PTSA Parent Power Network Trainer​

  • Alliance for Strong Rochester Public Schools Chair

  • Cradle to Career Planning Team/Leadership Table Member

  • Century PTSA President/Communications Committee Chair

  • Century STEM Society Advisor

  • InSciEd Out Foundation Board Member

  • Lincoln K-8 Community Relations Chair

  • Pipsqueaks Indoor Playground Founding Board Member

Cathy has lived in Rochester since 2000 with her husband Mark and two sons,

Gregory (Century Class of 2013) and Jared (Century Class of 2019).


She is originally from the Chicago suburbs, but has also lived in Texas, Iowa and Indiana. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago and earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.


Cathy also enjoys spending time with her family and friends on the tennis court, cheering on Minnesota United, listening to live music, at book club, and in the kitchen cooking food to share.