Cathey Brown, M.Ed. and former school teacher and counselor, is the Founder and CEO of Rainbow Days, Inc. And as such, she has always had a passion for helping children strive to reach their potential. She started Rainbow Days, Inc. in 1982 with the hope of teaching young children of alcoholics valuable life skills. “I consider the work I do with Rainbow Days to be my calling and one of the main reasons God put me on earth. I feel very blessed to do something that I enjoy, that utilizes my strengths and helps make a difference in the lives of children,” says Cathey.
She is credited as the developer of the Curriculum-Based Support Group (CBSG®) Program, a multi-cultural preventive intervention for selective and indicated populations of children and youth, ages 4-17. She has served as the founding chair of The Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), the North Texas Network, and the Texas Association for Children of Alcoholics (TACOA) and continues to serve on numerous local and statewide boards and committees. She is the Founding Chair of the Drucker Society of Dallas, is a certified Facilitator and Trainer of Peter F. Drucker’s The Five Most Important Questions Self Assessment Tool, is a certified Results-Based Conversations™ Facilitator and Trainer. Cathey was awarded the Caring Award by the Caring Institute in 2010, was a Stanford University “2001-2002 Center for Social Innovation Fellow,” a Peter F. Drucker Foundation’s “2001-2002 Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellow”, and received the “2000 Visionary Award” from the Betty Ford Center. In 2004, Ms. Brown was one of 60 individuals featured in Finishing Well, by Bob Buford in 2006, her story was included in Passionaries, by Barbara Metzler, and in 2008 she was 1 of 19 women featured in a book by Dina Moor, Unstoppable Woman. In 1996, she co-authored Kids' Power, Too! Words to Grow By. In addition to conducting workshops and trainings on prevention, she often speaks on nonprofit leadership, organizational capacity building and trains. She has spoke at numerous national conferences including: BoardSource, National Drop-Out Prevention, Texas Association of Addiction Professionals Annual Conference, Leader to Leaders Institute and the Annual Texas Behavioral Health Institute.
Her belief is that an organization such as Rainbow Days, which has stood the test of time and many trials, has a wonderful story to tell and many reasons for its success. “The primary reason is because of the incredible people who have been associated with us throughout the years. God has had His hand on our work since we began and He continues to bless us today. I am grateful.”
Cathey, a Dallas native, is married to Wade, one of Rainbow Days first and most faithful supporters. Their daughter Catherine lives in Utah with her husband Todd and son Bodie.