Inspired by her time in nature, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Biology from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. After graduation, she completed an internship with the Fisheries Department in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and then hiked 400+ miles of the Appalachian Trail through Virginia.
Catey has worked in non-profit administration for nearly 15 years, most notably as SOAR’s Chief Financial Officer. She has a strong commitment to conservation, serving on the board of Conservation Trust of North Carolina and with their Future Leaders Conservancy advisory board. She brings a multitude of skills in leadership, finance, fundraising, development, non-profit management, programming support, marketing, and technology. Her certifications include CPR, Wilderness First Aid, and PADI Open Water Diver. Catey enjoys climbing, paddling and traveling in a restored vintage camper with her husband and two children.
In her free time, Mary Kait enjoys practicing the art of taxidermy and considers herself a level 2 amateur taxidermist. She also enjoys birding, painting, making jewelry from objects found in nature, formally introducing herself to plants, and sharing her baking experiments with friends and family.