As a photojournalist, she has documented events from Super Bowls to Superpower Summits, covering three presidential administrations and handling daily assignments and international news. In 1990, the White House News Photographers Association recognized her as the Photographer of the Year.
As Vice President of Global Photography at AOL, Cathaleen built and managed a global staff of visual content editors who created visual presentations for AOL worldwide. Cathaleen was a visionary in creating and successfully leading a staff in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and India to support the ongoing need for visual content on AOL. Growing the staff from two photo editors in 1997 to over 80 by 2009, Cathaleen played a key role in expanding the use of photojournalism online. The photography department under her direction accounted for over 12 billion page views a year. She also oversaw the direction, development and implementation of AOL Visions and Pixcetera.com, and managed and assigned photographers while elevating the use of photography at the online service.
In 2005 her staff of photographers and photo editors played an important role in AOL winning its first Daytime Emmy in the nontraditional broadband delivery platform category, for the Live 8 Concert. In 2008, AOL presented Cathaleen with the first AOL/Time Warner Heroes Award in recognition of her department’s role in driving more than 70% of the page views on AOL content sites.
Currently, Cathaleen is the Director of Entrepreneurship at Daemen College, managing director of JPGmag, a board member of the National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF), National Clip Chair for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and a member of the board for Center Space Buffalo.