Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN
Cathy Catrambone is an Associate Professor at Rush University College of Nursing and Gamma Phi Chapter member. She teaches in the DNP and PhD programs with an emphasis on leadership development, research and health policy. Her clinical background is adult pulmonary critical care, and she is well known in the community for her leadership and advocacy in promoting lung health, smoke free living and clean air. She has received funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health for research that focuses on asthma surveillance and system level interventions to promote guideline recommended asthma care. Dr. Catrambone has extensive board experience in professional and not-for-profit organizations including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Illinois Asthma Partners, and the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC). She has served on the RHAMC Board of Directors and Executive Committee for over 15 years and is President of their Nursing Assembly. She was awarded the Herbert De Young Medal for her leadership in advancing the lung health mission in Chicago and is a Fellow in the Institute of Medicine of Chicago.
Dr. Catrambone has a long history of service in STTI. During 2009-2011, she served on the STTI Board of Directors as chair of the Regional Chapter Coordinating Committee (RCCC). She led a team of 15 regional coordinators that provided service to more than 470 chapters worldwide. In alignment with the Vision 2020 goals, important aspects of her role were to: 1) represent the voice of the chapter leaders to the STTI Board and share that perspective as strategic decisions were made regarding the growth of the organization; 2) expand the role of the regional coordinator team consistent with the complexities of the organization; and 3) launch an innovative chapter health process that assisted leaders in meeting bylaw requirements and maintaining chapter health and vitality. Dr. Catrambone emphasizes that “the health of chapters is essential to sustaining and growing the organization as chapters are the foundation of STTI.” Understanding the challenges that chapters face collectively and individually will be critical to global expansion.
She served on a variety of STTI task forces/committees that included Board Liaison to the Governance Committee, Global Regions, Communities of Interest, Chapter Health (chair), Chapter Key Award (chair), Showcase for Regional Excellence, and Speakers Bureau. In the previous two biennia, she served as Region 5 coordinator and worked with a diverse group of leaders from 37 chapters in Illinois, Missouri, Pakistan and Brazil. She was successful at creating a strong regional identity, one that promoted collaborative relationships between the chapter leaders to share their successes and challenges in engaging new members, addressing leadership succession planning challenges, conducting regional programming, and sharing opportunities for international service and health promotion.
As vice president, Dr. Catrambone will focus upon:
- Implementation of the new regional structure and strategic expansion outside North America
- Promoting technology and linkages between members and communities to promote world health
- Representing STTI within the nursing and health care community in response to the IOM call to action and planning for nursing’s expanded role