Cathy was elected to the Rochester School Board in November of 2018, and took office in January of 2019. For the past two years, she has served as Vice-Chair, Chair of the Policy Committee, and member of the Community Engagement Committee and Tri-Government Committee. For the first two years of her term. she was a member of the Policy Committee, the Community Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Comittee (CCIAC), and the Parent/Family Involvement Committee.


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 for state clients 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:

  • Cradle to Career Leadership Table Member and Co-Chair

  • Rochester Area Council PTSA President

  • Rochester Area Council PTSA Families Power Student Success Trainer

  • Century PTSA President/Communications Committee Chair

  • Century STEM Society Advisor

  • Century High School Honor Society Advisor

  • InSciEd Out Foundation Board Member

  • Lincoln K-8 Community Relations Chair

  • Pipsqueaks Indoor Playground Founding Board Member

  • Alliance for Strong Rochester Public Schools Chair

  • Rochester Public Schools

    • Strategic Planning Action Team

    • Gifted Services Committee – Facilitator

    • Community Focus Team

    • Community Curriculum and Instruction Advisory Committee

  • 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

  • Church Communities - Outreach, Faith Formation, and Lector​

Cathy has lived in Rochester since 2000 with her husband Mark and is a mom to 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 at book club or cooking food to share; cheering on the Purdue Boilermakers, Loyola Ramblers, and Minnesota United; and listening to live music.