Cathy Larsen grew up in Thousand Oaks, California. She received a BA from California State University, Chico and a Masters from Chapman College, graduating with Distinction in both instances. A passion for serving others and making a difference in the world led her to a career in teaching and coaching. One of her biggest loves is helping those around her become the absolute best they can be. Her ability to recognize and develop potential in people, especially those lacking in self-confidence is remarkable.
While in her 30’s Cathy served in a search and rescue capacity in the Bearing Sea, where she once again excelled and was recognized for her heroism. She reflects, “While standing atop a tugboat in 25+ foot swells waiting to climb a rope ladder to a massive adjacent ship, I wondered what I was doing there. Then I remembered, I was one of the few rescue personnel that did not get sea-sick.” Cathy continued her work in the emergency medical services field as founder and President of HealthWare Solutions, an EMS software company.
Most recently, Cathy has devoted the past 15 years to serving as a CEO and COO in community health centers, realizing her passion for serving remains unwavered and at her core. She is a Visionary healthcare leader with solid experience managing all levels of corporate operations including executive management; disaster preparedness planning, response and recovery; compliance; information technology; quality improvement; and, project and grant management. She has a demonstrated history of strong technical systems analysis abilities integrated with operational execution expertise. Motivated by a strong sense of ethics and core value, her Key Objective is to make a positive difference daily in the lives of those she serves in both business and community. Additionally, Cathy is a Leadership Fellow of the USC Marshall School of Business and the Sierra Health Foundation and a Tides Innovation Catalyst.