Catima joined the US Air Force directly after high school. After serving 4 years in the military, she worked to obtain her Associate of Liberal Arts, Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Educational Leadership. She gives credit to St. Paul College, Metropolitan State University and St. Mary's University of Minnesota in helping her achieve these accomplishments. She discovered her love for education while working in the TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at a school in North Minneapolis, MN.

Catima enjoys the opportunity to participate in TRIO SSS events, help serve TRIO students, and build positive relationships with staff and students at Inver Hills. During her time off, Catima enjoys playing sports, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.