Daughter of Ted Cook, a retired state architect, and Gladys Cook, nee Galindo, a Salvadoran born Spanish court interpreter; she is a lifelong resident of the Arden Arcade/ Carmichael community. Cook graduated from Mira Loma High School in 1975. Cathy is the oldest of three daughters, and fondly remembers spending time with her father building model airplanes which sparked her interest in flying. While in college at Cal State Sacramento, she earned a degree in Economics, and she was granted an internship with the California Energy Commission where she worked in the new field of Alternative Wind Energy. Inspired by the woman’s movement to break new barriers, and an article in the Sacramento Bee about woman military pilots, Cathy joined the Air Force and became one of the first woman military pilots in the early 1980s. Cathy was also one of the first woman pilots to fly supportive combat missions when she was deployed in the First Gulf War. As a result of her and her fellow women pilots performance during the First Gulf War, women were subsequently empowered to fly all combat and surveillance aircraft in the US Air Force inventory. Cathy continued her flying career as Captain and international commercial airline pilot for Delta Airlines flying Boeing 757s amongst other aircraft. Cathy is a widow and mother of two amazing sons who are currently in college. Cathy has been very involved in the community serving as a President of her Neighborhood Association , as a volunteer in her children’s school activities as well as a volunteer for the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association.