Cathy Moss is a fascinating woman, outstanding leader, loving mother and grandmother, private art collector, solicitous friend and partner and the newly-installed President of International Chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Known for her high energy, vivacious personality, easy smile and ready laugh, Cathy lifts up those she meets, who are naturally impressed with her intelligence, dedication and record of achievement. Her dearest friends describe her as a leader who is friendly, inquisitive, kind, inspiring to others and of course, enthusiastic. Cathy describes herself simply as blessed and filled with gratitude.

Cathy grew up on a large dairy farm in western Ohio and graduated from Ball State University with a degree in social science. After graduation, she was a ready-to-wear buyer for L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis. Her P.E.O. adventure began in 1989 when she was initiated into Chapter DY, Grand Junction, Colorado. When her late husband accepted a position in an emergency medicine practice, she transferred to Chapter GT, Austin, Texas, later transferring to Chapter E, Houston. For more than a decade, Cathy has made Louisville, Kentucky, her home and is a member of Chapter E, the “excellent” chapter. Cathy believes that the local chapters are truly the heart of P.E.O. and is effusive in her appreciation for the warm support and love she receives from her own chapter.

Elected to the Executive Board of Texas State Chapter in 2000, Cathy presided at the 2006 Convention of Texas State Chapter in El Paso. That summer she was appointed to serve as a trustee to the P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, serving as chair during the 2009 – 2011 biennium. She served on the Nominating Committee during the 2011 – 2013 biennium and chaired the Celebration of Life at the 2013 Convention of International Chapter, where she was also appointed as a Regional Membership Representative for the Southeast Region. Cathy was elected to the Executive Board of International Chapter in 2015 and describes her executive board experience as “life changing in the best way possible.”

Cathy is the proud mother of two extraordinary sons; Clark is a pilot for Southwest Airlines and Robert is a data scientist with Humana. Their spouses, Erynn and Ding, respectively, and their families also make Louisville home. It is a special joy for Cathy to live close to her six grandchildren, Paxton, Max, Ava, Kerwin and identical twins Miya and Meiling, (who share a birthday with Cathy – making them the triplets).

Cathy enjoys daily walks in Cherokee Park with “Handsome Johnny Cash,” her twelve-year-old black lab rescue. She is a member of Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church, the Lakeside Swim Club and the Cherokee Triangle Association. Cathy supports many local civic organizations, with a particular love of the arts. She has traveled much of the world and plans to see more of it in the future.

When I met Cathy in 2017, I knew nothing of P.E.O. I have developed a profound respect for her and what P.E.O. service means to her. While taken with her limitless energy and unswerving focus, I was moved by her love of the mission and for her sisters. These values are deeply rooted in Cathy’s belief system. Knowing her as I do, it is easy to understand why she chose The Art of Sisterhood as the theme for the 2023 – 2025 biennium.

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Gary Barch, Louisville, Kentucky

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Convention of International Chapter

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Special Feature

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