Director at an ABA provider agency providing support, advocacy, outreach, and more.
Hailing from southeast of Pittsburgh, PA in a small town recently dubbed as “the most boring town in Pennsylvania,” Catherine Hughes is the daughter of two English professors. She is a passionate advocate, innovative storyteller, and community strategist.For over 16 years, she has provided comprehensive support and passionate advocacy to individuals and self-advocates, their families, and surrounding natural supports throughout their communities. She considers herself a servant leader, one who cultivates, develops and maintains relationships with grace and grit in order to create, enhance, and promote services and programs that transform lives. On a personal level, her calling (not a career) allows her to give back some of what has so graciously been given to her family. She proudly serves as the Director of Family Support and Community Engagement at Achieving True Self. Catherine is currently participating in several writing collaborations (leading all three as the editor) – It’s Going to be AUlright: Testimonies from Ausome Women Raising Ausome People, Made for More – Mental Health Edition and You Are Not Alone: Stories, Resources and Hope from Autism Moms. She is also wrapping up her first solo publication. Catherine manages a blog and social media platforms as The Caffeinated Advocate. If you were wondering about her caffeine of choice, she’s a Dunkin’ girl. Living with her in that “boring” (ok, it’s not actually boring) town but not so boring household are Mama Betty, Christian, and their pets Callie, Cookie, Candie, Hannah, Maddie and Raven the Cats and the one and only Abby Dog.