Outside of her work in incarceration, Cathy is a co-founder and current president of the board of directors of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC), a national group of new and veteran AIDS activists working to improve research and access to care for people with HIV/AIDS, and she is also the former co-chair of their drug development committee. Prior to ATAC, Cathy was a member of the Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group, community constituency group where she served as the community representative to the women's health committee for several years.
Cathy is an avid supporter of WORLD in Oakland, Calif., where she attended her first women-focused HIV retreat in 1999, and still remains active as a volunteer and training consultant to the organization. Cathy is married and the mother of two adult step-sons who are serving in the military. Additionally, Cathy is currently working toward a master's degree in organizational management at Antioch University, Los Angeles.