Cathie graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1994 with a Master’s of Science degree in Criminology. She went on to graduate from San Joaquin College of Law in 1998 with a Paralegal Certification. She worked for many years in the legal field as a Legal Secretary and a Paralegal in the areas of Family Law and Civil Litagation. Cathie’s heart, however, has always been in working with animals. As a dedicated advocate for animals for years she has consistently been involved with a variety of animal charities over the years, including local no kill shelter, where she became keenly aware of the plight of the senior dog. Seeing a need in her community that was not being filled Cathie started Elder Paws Senior Dog Rescue in 2012, the Central Valley’s first and only non-profit dedicated exclusively to older dogs in Central Valley kill shelters. Between 2012 and 2016 the organization saved over 200 senior dogs. Cathie began to see financially challenged pet owners struggle in caring for the health of their senior dogs, often surrendering them because they could not afford proper vet care for them. Feeling a strong desire to make a real difference in the lives of people, as well as senior dogs, in her community, she re-organized Elder Paws into a foundation in 2016, developing the Pandora’s Fund pet retention program, another first of its kind non-profit in the Central Valley. Cathie uses her unique strengths of public speaking and networking skills to bring much needed awareness to the organization’s cause. She currently works for Fresno Unified School District and lives with her senior dogs Fancy and Chula.