Catherine Jones loves to solve problems.
“I love a challenge, I love a puzzle, and I love the satisfaction of addressing a complex problem,” says the manager at Procter and Gamble. “It is very satisfying to find and fix problems – whether they are technical, procedural, or people related.”
A graduate of Georgia Tech and the University of West Georgia, Catherine grew up in a small farm town in Illinois very similar, she says, in size and culture to the small towns of Southwest Georgia.
“People knew their neighbors and the community was supportive and very close knit,” she recalls. “We grew up with friends and neighbors who treated us like family and we spent a lot of time playing outdoors.” She thought she couldn’t wait to grow up and move to the exciting big city, she says.
“But after living in downtown Atlanta for college I realized that I actually loved small town life better and wanted to raise my child as a small town girl.” Catherine and her husband, Keith, have a daughter, Kayla, a UGA graduate who works with Georgia Pacific in Atlanta.
When Catherine’s not working, relaxing, or cheering on Keith in his job as head basketball coach (and athletic director and assistant headmaster) at Terrell Academy, the two might be working on their bucket lists. Each year they plan a special trip to somewhere they’ve never been.