Dr. Catherine Cushinberry is the CEO of Hopelink. A native of Memphis, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Human Development and Family Studies in 2004. Her Master of Arts, from the University of Memphis, and Bachelor of Science from Murray State University, are in Organizational Communication. She is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over twenty five years of experience in the education and nonprofit sectors. Prior to her current role, she served for almost four years as the Vice-President/Executive Director of City Year Memphis where she founded the site for the national office. She has served as the National Executive Director of Parents for Public Schools. Prior to that role, she served for five years as the Director of Research for the National Office of Girls Inc. where she created and led research and evaluation initiatives for the more than 80 affiliates in the U.S. and Canada. For four years she led as the Executive Director of a Boys and Girls Club in Tennessee. She has worked in other nonprofits such as Children’s Home Society of California in Los Angeles and for the Missouri State 4-H. Additionally, she owned a consulting business and worked with clients in the U.S. and the Philippines, where she lived for a year. During her career, Dr. Cushinberry has published regularly on a wide variety of topics, including community engagement, diversity and STEM. She remains connected to the academy and serves on dissertation committees and will teach graduate level research methods courses and classes in sociology and family science. Dr. Cushinberry is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.