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March 25, 2020 1:10pm

Louisville’s Leading Women: Cathe Dykstra, Chief Possibility Officer, President and CEO, Family Scholar House

As the Chief Possibility Officer, President and CEO of Family Scholar House, Cathe is committed to promoting the importance of education as an asset that appreciates over time and provides long-term self-sufficiency through career-track employment. Cathe sees her role as changing the paradigm for work with families and foster alumni in poverty from short-term support to long-term solutions.

Under her leadership, the organization was born from Project Women, with a bigger, broader mission, and comprehensive, holistic services and programs that now serve over 4,000 families annually. Cathe led FSH’s geographic expansion to serve other communities in our region; developed and launched the affiliate program to replicate the Family Scholar House model; added the Foster Alumni residential pre-parent residential program; and completed over $58 million in construction of five campuses in Louisville and $78 million for Kentucky, all of which provide affordable housing for low-income families.

In February 2018, Cathe was recognized for her work and celebrated as a Woman of Distinction by the Center for Women and Families. In 2019, Cathe was selected for the Ascend National Advisors cohort and chosen for Governor Beshear’s Transition Team.

Cathe captains a leadership team made up of entirely women at FSH:

  • Kristie Adams M.Ed., VP, Programs and Services
  • Kate Brackett, VP, Strategic Initiatives
  • Kellie Johnston, Director of Mission Advancement

Family Scholar House (FSH) has been busy during the Coronavirus outbreak, delivering food and goods to residents throughout greater Louisville: View story. Visit familyscholarhouse.org to learn more about their mission.