Paralegal by day and general body the rest of the time, Cathy Schmitz stays active within her local community. She is current Treasurer of Arts Mid Hudson and also volunteers for the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Barrett Arts Center, She maintains POKLIT, hosts literary readings and salons in Dutchess County, and is involved with many other community groups and organizations. She has a degree in Literature from Bard College and also earned a Business Degree in Paralegal Studies from Dutchess Community College. Cathy enjoys all types of art including but not limited to written, visual and musical arts. She lives in Poughkeepsie with her husband, the abstract artist K.D. Schmitz.