Cathy has over 45 years’ experience in communications, marketing and PR, and has held executive level and management positions both in the U.S. and internationally with four pharmaceutical companies: AstraZeneca, Astra/Astra Merck, Merck, and CIBA-Geigy (now Novartis). Since 2007, Cathy has headed up her own pharmaceutical PR agency, Kernen Communications LLC.
A 27-year Collegeville Borough resident, Cathy currently is President of the Collegeville Borough Council. This is her fifth term; she previously served as a Collegeville Councilwoman in 1998, 2004, 2013, and 2017. At present she heads up the Borough’s Business Development and Personnel Committees.
Additionally, she is President of the non-profit Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) which works to promote local businesses and sponsors numerous Collegeville family-friendly events, including the Community Memorial Day Parade, summer Movies on the Lawn, Collegeville’s Colossal Yard Sale, Dinner and a Show promotions with the Ursinus College Theater Department and local restaurants, and the annual Collegeville Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa. Cathy was honored as “Citizen of the Year” by the Collegeville Rotary in 2014 for her extensive volunteer work in the community.
She has been active locally in Democratic politics since 1997.