Cathia graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1997 with a B.A. in History and International Area Studies. After graduation she spent time doing volunteer work, most notably for a refugee organization in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Upon her return to the U.S. Cathia worked as a Property Manager for a commercial real estate firm in Lincoln, Nebraska. She managed multiple residential, retail and commercial properties.
In October, 2001 Cathia departed for Togo, West Africa. For two years she worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural village, implementing public health programs and raising public awareness of HIV and malaria prevention. She received funding for two large-scale projects: a training of traditional midwives for remote villages, and latrine building in 3 villages and 2 schools. Cathia began working at Kansas State University in July, 2004, first working at the Graduate School. She joined the Institute for Military History & 20 th Century Studies in May, 2005. She is responsible for the management of grants and federal funding for projects, as well as the day-to-day operations of the Institute.
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