Born in Detroit and raised in San Francisco, Cathleen cut her management teeth at an early age in her role as the oldest of seven siblings. Having successfully negotiated many a family crisis, she moved on to college, graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1977, and began her advertising career at Wells Rich Greene in Los Angeles and Chicago. She was practically a lifer at J. Walter Thompson spending a total of 15 years managing and buying in the Regional Spot Broadcast operation in Los Angeles and San Francisco and claims to have been rescued by RPA in 1996. Cathleen currently oversees all activities of RPA's spot buying group across seven regional offices. Her buying experience includes American Honda, Ford, California State Lottery, Charter Health Systems, Kellogg's, Vons supermarkets, Chevron gasoline, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner-Lambert Pharmaceuticals, Burger King and Midas Mufflers.