Cathy was born in Ohio and raised in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana. Cathy attended and graduated from Vincennes University with an Associates degree in paralegal studies in 1984, after which she attended and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business management in 1998. While attending Indiana University, Cathy worked at several law firms as a paralegal and for the United States Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis, Indiana as a deputy clerk. After graduating from Indiana University, Cathy relocated to Chicago, Illinois where she attended Chicago-Kent College of Law. While attending law school Cathy worked as a paralegal for 2 law firms, and for the Chicago Board of Education. Cathy graduated from law school in 2001 with law degree and a Certificate in Labor & Employment Law. In 2002, Cathy was hired as in-house counsel at a large Taft-Hartley Trust Fund where she worked until 2012, when she moved to Houston, Texas after her spouse took a job with a large oil company. Cathy was admitted to the Texas bar in 2014, and in April opened her own general civil practice with a focus on estate planning.