Cathy was born and raised in North Carolina. Her parents nicknamed her "Bird" when she decided that flying off of furniture was a lovely passion. She grew up to become a flight instructor after learning to fly in pre 9/11 air traffic control laws. Though aviation was always a strong passion, the arts were stronger and Cathy obtained another degree from Chaminade University in Honolulu. She started an import business in Asia, designing and importing home accessories. This career morphed into a more focused area of interior design. Her design firm, Elephant Ears, has projects throughout the country, but she prefers to cater to her local community. Cathy now lives on a beautiful horse farm in Southern Pines, NC where she cares for wayward dogs, horses and the occasional human.