Cathy was born in New Haven and grew up in North Haven, CT. She graduated from North Haven High School, lettering in softball and from Southern Connecticut State University in Recreation and Leisure Education. After graduation, she was hired as the Assistant Director of Recreation by the Town of North Haven where she administered departmental activities including the department’s operating and capital budgets.
In 1984, Cathy enlisted in the United States Army as a Communications Analyst/Russian Linguist. After two years of training and obtaining a Top Secret SBI clearance, she was posted to West Germany and served in the 103rd Military Intelligence Battalion (MI BN) of the 3 Infantry Division (3ID). Cathy served as the classified document custodian for the battalion, responsible for over 1,000 highly sensitive documents. In her free time, Cathy traveled throughout Europe and West Germany. Upon her return home, she entered the U.S. Army Reserve and served in the 826 MI BN and the 76 DIV as the G2 Counter-Intelligence (CI) Agent with the rank of Staff Sergeant (SSG). She has received numerous awards and decorations for her service.
Cathy worked for the YWCA in Manchester and then for the Manchester Parks and Recreation (Employee of the Year 1992) until 1997. She returned to school and received her teaching certificate and has worked as a social studies/language arts teacher since 2000 in Middletown. She received her M.A.L.S. in Social Science and Humanities in 2006 from Wesleyan University and is certified in History/Social Studies , Language Arts , Business Education, Adult Education, and Library and Media Studies.
Cathy and her son Sam have lived in Manchester, North Haven, and settled in Coventry where they were active in Cub Scouts and St. Mary’s Church. Sam graduated from Emmanuel College, Boston in 2011 with a degree in Fine Arts/Secondary Education and he and his wife, Rachel, live in MA. In 2009, Cathy moved back to Manchester and resides on the West Side.
During her free time Cathy loves to travel, most recently to Moscow in 2018. She enjoys cooking, dining out, film, reading, hiking with her dog, Jack, and most of all, taking in a concert at Infinity Hall in Hartford. She is proud of her Italian-Norwegian heritage. The Hopperstads were farmers in the Midwest. Her dad came to New Haven, CT after his WWII service to study engineering. Here he met and married Cathy’s mom, Anna, and they all worked in her father’s family business, C&B Machine Company. Cathy’s great grandfather, Generoso Muro, operated Connecticut Macaroni on Wooster Street, New Haven and is credited for bringing Frank Pepe to the United States to work in his business. Cathy comes from a family that valued hard work, family, faith, personal responsibility, and education.
Cathy absolutely loves her state and has lived in a number of its towns and cities. She has fallen in love with the East of the River and plans to retire there. She is deeply moved by what has happened to CT. It used to be a place where all people could thrive and reach the American Dream; now, people are leaving in droves and because of this, in 2018, she volunteered with Bob Stefanowki’s campaign for governor. She truly believed that Bob was Connecticut’s best hope for reform and revitalization. It was here that she met other active women who shared similar political beliefs and they forged strong friendships. After the election of 2018 and with the release of the CDM Smith toll study with the infamous “measles map”, Cathy and these women helped to organize No Tolls CT and did what she could to help end the toll plan.
Now, it’s time to oppose every single legislator who supported tolls and to stop the massive tax increases and the progressive overreach of State Government. When we change Connecticut’s course, only then will the lives of the citizens in this state and in District 9 improve and prosper.