Originally from St. Louis, Cathy moved to Chicago to study at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Columbia College. After receiving her BFA in Photography, she worked as the Director of in House Photography for a local corporation, and ultimately went on to work as a freelance photographer. During this time, Cathy also began working to pursue her first love, Puppetry. A class in mask performance introduced her to Blair Thomas and Jim Lasko, Founders of Redmoon Theater Chicago, and their willingness to allow her to be as involved as she could, began her professional journey into puppetry. Eventually, she became a company member, building and performing with them, and was honored to have worked as assistant director on their version of Frankenstein. Cathy then began designing and building for other theater companies, and creating new works of her own. The O'Neill Puppetry Conference was an important next step for her because it allowed her to meet puppeteers from all over the United States, and exposed her to styles of puppetry she had not seen before.

In 1997, Cathy was honored to have received an UNIMA Scholarship to study at the Institut International de la Marionette in Charleville Mezieres, France. Cathy studied with Joseph Svboda, Lezek Madzik, and Claire Heggen during her time there.

Cathy's work has been seen at Lifeline Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Prop Theater, and The Chicago Park District. Her puppetry performances have been seen in New York at Here Theatre, Don't Tell Mama, Surf Reality, the O'Neill Theater Center, and the Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater. Recently, Cathy has been a puppeteer for television on "The Book of Pooh", now showing on the Disney Channel, and "Between the Lions" on PBS. Cathy also worked for a third year as creative partner with Martin P. Robinson for the Puppet Anarchy section of the O'Neill Puppetry Conference.

In April of 2002, Cathy completed her first full length puppet piece entitled FACETS in partial fulfillment of her MFA in Puppetry from the University of Connecticut.