I’ve worked longer and harder hours since I retired. It’s great fun.
Cathy grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where she earned her undergraduate and Master degrees from the University of Nebraska. She worked in sales and marketing during most of her career, attaining senior positions along the way. The family ultimately settled in Fredericksburg, VA. Her husband Ron co-founded a bank four years ago in Richmond. Cathy and Ron have a 19 year-old son adopted from the Ukraine who is now attending college. Ron will join Cathy on the cruise.
Cathy has retired from the corporate world and is a bundle of energy, combined with a huge dollop of business skills. She now directs her many talents to charitable causes in the Fredericksburg area. She has been on the Board of the Rappahannock United Way for the past nine years, recently serving as Chairwoman. Cathy also serves on numerous committees and having developed the "Leadership Giving Circle," which honors donors who give more than $1000 each year. Rappahannock United Way invests in a network of 35 local charities providing vital services to the community.
One of Cathy's favorite programs is the "League of Extraordinary Young Women". For three years she mentored young women from dysfunctional families, teaching them life skills and the importance of education. Each girl receives extensive personal attention, tutoring, and a sense of purpose. The League brings the girls on trips to Washington, DC, teaches them coping mechanisms, and gives them the confidence to succeed. In fact, the three girls Cathy worked with while her son was in high school are the first in their families to go on to college.
Cathy also serves as Marketing Chair on the Board of the Empowerhouse in Fredericksburg, leading their re-branding from what was called Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence. Empowerhouse provides survivors of domestic violence secret shelter, counseling, and other services. Says Cathy: "These cases will break your heart, but the resilience of the women and children is remarkable. We provide a full range of support and it is simply joyful to see these women move on and build independent lives with a vision of safety and hope."