During her 32 year career with Shell Exploration & Production, Cathy held several executive roles: VP Deepwater Capability (accountable to improve, grow, and sustain technical capability and develop a robust technical talent pipeline where knowledge is transferred from senior staff); VP, Surveillance and Technical (developing new technologies to drive the next generation deepwater developments whilst maximizing current production efficiently and cost effectively); Technical Director for Brunei Shell Petroleum (a JV between the Brunei Government and Shell); Venture/ Development/ Operations/ Technical Manager; and Planning & Strategy Manager, Americas. Cathy started with Shell in Texas as a Development Geologist. She earned a BS- Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University (’83), where she received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award (‘95) and is a charter member (‘96) of the Presidential Council of Alumnae, whose focus is on engaging the campus community to educate, influence, and inspire the Women of Michigan Tech.
Education, community support services, and economic parity are causes that Cathy and her family support. With the belief that our community is strengthened when we are all valued and work together, her volunteer efforts include supporting the United Way of Southeast Louisiana- as Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council, member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, and Tocqueville Cabinet. She volunteers with various STEM events in the community. Cathy’s family supports SBP (formerly St. Bernard Project) from their beginnings during the aftermath of Katrina through the development of their National Disaster Resilience & Recovery Lab. She is a member of the New Orleans Geological Society, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Women’s Energy Network, and International Women’s Forum. Cathy is married to Mark, a retired Shell Geophysicist, and they have two adult children.