Kathy is the National CATCH Coordinator for School Specialty, the publisher and distributor of the CATCH Program, and has been on the CATCH team for over 17 years. Kathy’s focus is on connecting CATCH with national partners, foundations, and community based organizations that support child health and obesity prevention. Together with the University of Texas, she has helped guide the CATCH program from a university research initiative, to a nationwide program implemented in over 11,000 US communities in 50 states, and abroad. Kathy travels extensively, meeting with Federal and State level funding and advocacy groups, departments of health and education, legislative bodies, healthcare systems, and international child health organizations. Early in her career she worked at the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, serving as liaison to national organizations such as the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, the US Olympic Committee, and Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. A CATCH Master Trainer, Kathy has had a varied CATCH related career, having implemented CATCH as a YMCA after school coordinator, and summer camp physical activity director.
A 2015 recipient of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Community Leadership Award, Kathy enjoys traveling and running, and recently realized a ‘bucket list’ dream trip to India, where she volunteered with the YMCA of Bombay to bring CATCH to their program staff.