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Cathy Kosich and her family have made great contributions to the region over the years. As a fourth generation San Diegan, her family set the tiles on the tower in Balboa Park. Working in local schools and the district’s administrative office, Cathy has impacted thousands of students and their families.

As residents of Poway for 27 years, Cathy and her husband, John, moved here for reasons many couples do. “We moved to Poway as young parents wanting great schools for our sons, never realizing that it would become a very important part of my professional life,” explained Cathy.

After 25 years of service, Cathy recently retired from the Poway Unified School District, where she worked in three different locations during her tenure. “I was at Midland Elementary for ten years, then Black Mountain Middle School for two years, and three years with the District Office Wellness Department. I’ve been at Abraxas for the last ten years,” described Cathy.

A career highlight for this long time employee was being part of the original Primary Interaction Program (PIP) team; a program that is still going strong in PUSD schools. “Our Poway team was one of the leading programs in the state for the Early Mental Health Initiative (EMHI),” said Cathy. “I was a closing speaker for one of the EMHI state conferences and spoke in Sacramento at the Senate Budget Subcommittee to encourage continued EMHI funding.”

Most recently, Cathy’s role at Abraxas High School was as a student advocate and advisor. One of her accomplishments was to develop the Student Alliance for Education —the S.A.F.E. Center —which offers anti-drug and alcohol programs as well as support groups for students. The program has been credited with helping attendees become better students and reducing drop-out rates.

Although she is technically “retired”, Cathy will continue as Vice President for another organization she is involved with, a local non-profit called the Community Alliance for Healthy Minds (CAHM). On May 18th, 2013, the CAHM Forum at Abraxas will feature keynote speaker and award winning psychiatrist, Mark S. Komrad, M.D. “I feel this annual event is a gift to the community of Poway and PUSD students and families,” said Cathy. “We work all year to provide an outstanding group of professional presentations; showcasing both local and nationally recognized experts in the field of Mental Health.” For more information on the CAHM Forum, visit www.cahmsd.org.

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Name: Cathy Kosich
Age: 56
Community: Poway
Profession: Education Specialist
Family: Husband, John of 36 years and sons, Michael and Brian