Cathy Collet

ALS Advocate

Cathy Collet earned her B.S. degree from Saint Mary's College and her M.S. degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. After several jobs in industry, she co-founded Collet and Schafer, Incorporated in 1994.

She focuses extensively on industry benchmarking studies, particularly in the utility sector.

When her mother was diagnosed with ALS in 1996, her family found it outrageous that the prognosis was the same that Lou Gehrig faced in 1939.

Since her mom's death in 1997, Cathy has worked hard to raise awareness and improve the fight against ALS.  She supports several ALS organizations and returns to advocate on Capitol Hill annually.  In the last year, Cathy has testified on behalf of those with ALS at two FDA hearings.  She independently blogs ( and tweets (@alsadvocacy) and advocates and prays in hopes that a treatment will at long last be delivered.