Since moving to Laramie, Cathy has been committed to making the community and state better places. She has been on the board of directors of Cancer Control Task Force, the Albany County SAFE Project, and United Gays and Lesbians of Wyoming (now WE, Wyoming Equality). She served several years as a grant reviewer for the State Division of Victim Services and is currently a member of the State's Early Childhood Advisory Committee. She has served as a facilitator and consultant for the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, leading hard conversations about topics facing our state in the “Justice Talking” and “Faces of the Family” series. With top social studies teachers across the nation, she examined Wyoming’s place in history as the first state to grant women suffrage. During the 2016 legislative session, she sponsored a resolution honoring the firsts of Laramie's women of 1870 that now hangs in the Plains Museum. Cathy, like the rest of Laramie, is anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the new Laramie High school, having served on the citizen advisory committee. She was greatly honored to give the commencement address at Whiting High School in 2015.
Cathy has lived in Wyoming House District 13 since 1992 when she accepted a faculty position at the University of Wyoming. She earned a PhD in Sociology and a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In 2009, she earned a certificate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for state and local leaders. At UW, Cathy is a Professor in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program, where she served nine years as its director. In her twenty-four years at UW, Cathy has been recognized and honored as a gifted teacher by students, peers, and administrators. Cathy has published numerous academic papers and policy briefings, including, "The Wage Gap between Men and Women in Wyoming” (2016) for the Wyoming Women's Foundation which can be accessed at http://wywf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Wyoming-Wage-Gap-Report-2015.pdf. You can learn more about Cathy's work at http://www.uwyo.edu/gwst/faculty_staff/connolly_catherine.html
Cathy has lived on Garfield Street for the past 24 years. She recently married Julie Heggie (who came to the marriage with a dog, cat, and herd of llamas that live right outside of town.). Cathy's son, Lucas, attended the UW Lab School, Laramie High School and graduated from Whiting Alternative High School, where Cathy served as president of the parent board. Lucas studied art and is now a comedian in NYC. He is the designer of the beautiful campaign yard sign (says the proud mom).
While Jake, Cathy's big furry mutt adopted from the animal shelter several years ago and found on some of the photo pages, is no longer with us, a new furry boy, Milo, now accompanies Cathy and Julie hiking, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing on the trails of Happy Jack, the Green Belt or Washington Park. Cathy is still bragging about winning her age/sex category in the Laramie Duathlon several years ago (of course, she was the only one in that particular group).