In 1992, Cathy transitioned from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Greater Cincinnati Water Works as a chemist in the water quality and treatment division. Cathy was also involved working on special projects such as the lead and copper rule implementation and executing new IT solutions within the laboratories and the division. Significant roles in the organization over the years have allowed Cathy to establish key IT service desk solutions, develop and implement multiple strategic business plans, establish performance metrics for work units, manage the water district’s research and development efforts and streamline operations.
Cathy became the first female director of Greater Cincinnati Water Works in 2015. During her short span in this role, she quickly led the utility out of the joint utility structure back to an independent water utility. She has implemented a robust lead testing and outreach program that helps residents, city facilities, schools, daycares and other key groups fully understand their water quality within their facilities. She successfully led the way to City Council approval of a 15-year enhanced lead program to remove lead service lines in the water system. She also worked with Council to re-establish an appropriate capital program to properly maintain water utility infrastructure, resulting in a newly established $500 million six-year capital plan. Cathy also worked to restructure debt and amend the budget, and received approval from City Council for multi-year rate increases over 5 years.
Cathy remains passionate about strategic planning, performance metrics and data analytics. She continues to serve as a national and local speaker on water issues, particularly strategic planning, employee engagement, optimizing operations and recently on lead issues and solutions in Cincinnati.
Cathy holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She lives in the City of Cincinnati with her husband, has two adult children, and is active in the public school system, her church and other community organizations.