Catherine is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and relocated to Hahira, Georgia in 2018 since her son and daughter-in-law were living there working for United States Air Force. Catherine worked in Baltimore as a legal secretary out of high school for one year, due to her parents requiring her to take business courses and not academics in high school. Catherine left her state of Maryland secretarial job to work in Nuclear Medicine. She started as a secretary, however, “back in the old days” you could be mentored on the job by the head of the department to give injections and draw up isotopes. Doing client care became a passion but unfortunately, this hospital was closed in 1971.
She felt a calling to mental health and obtained a job at a psychiatric hospital. There she worked as a nursing assistant and was encouraged to go to night college and get her degree in Psychology. She began taken college courses at Towson State University. It is there that she met her husband Michael. They married and after 2 years of evening college, she attended a St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, and acquiring a Diploma, in 1978. Since she had 60 college credits, transferred them to University of Maryland and received her BSN, in 1979. Mike and Catherine have 2 sons, 2 daughters-in-laws, and one grandson. Over the years she has worked in traumatic brain injury, psychiatry, home care and 25 years of her career in hospice and palliative care. Additionally, she has completed 16 credits towards a Masters’ of Nursing Degree online with the University of Phoenix.