Cathy became a TIAA lifetime member upon her retirement in January, 2013.  "I knew the great reputation TIAA had, having worked closely with them on the annual retiree luncheon event as a TIer for several years." Cathy's retirement from TI actually concluded a 46-year career as a secretary/administrative assistant within several industries. Her tenure with TI was the final ten years of her career, from 2002 to 2012.  As Cathy stated, "I wasn't born a TIer, but I got here as fast as I could."  She was part of the RFID business unit for 18 months before moving into the Public Affairs department for 8-1/2 years.  It was during her time in Public Affairs that she became involved with the TIAA folks. In most of her spare time, you can find Cathy in the cat and kitten rooms at Operation Kindness in Carrollton, where she has served as a volunteer cat adoption counselor for the past three years.  "I love the challenge of matching the right animal with the right humans and homes. It's so gratifying to see the cats go into a home that you know will be PURRfect for them for the rest of their lives.  I just love my 'job'!" Cathy lives in Carrollton with her two feline children; Bella-Blu and Beau.