Cathy moved to Nacogdoches as a teenager and graduated from Central Heights High School. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in accounting and general business from Stephen F. Austin University. After graduation, she spent several years in Dallas as an accountant in corporations.
Cathy later moved back to Nacogdoches to be near family and began working in the Controller's Office at Stephen F. Austin State University. With over 20 years of state service, she retired and began working at Christ Episcopal School in the Extended Day program. She fell in love with the school and now works full-time in the front office.
Cathy's husband, Greg, is a Nacogdoches native. They have 2 grown sons and 3 grandchildren, whom she loves spending time with.