Catherine S. Rice, MNM, Executive Director
Catherine joined the IETF as executive director in 1997. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and graduated with her Masters in Nonprofit Management with honors at Regis University School for Professional Studies in Denver, Colorado.
Prior to 1997, Catherine was the Administrator for the Department of Neurology at the University of Kansas Medical Center. IETF was founded by the Chairman of Neurology for whom Catherine worked. When she was ready to leave her job at the University of Kansas Medical Center it was a natural transition to take on the role of executive director because she already had experience working with patients who were diagnosed with essential tremor (ET), had 14 years experience managing the nonprofit portion of the Neurology Department and had established a strong working relationship with the founder and IETF board.
Catherine has been a manager of healthcare-related entities in the nonprofit field for 25 years. She is accustomed to the unique challenges presented. She says she prefers to work in the nonprofit arena because the opportunity to help others gives her greater satisfaction.
“Everyday I leave my office feeling as though I have had a huge positive impact in someone’s life," says Catherine. The opportunity to continue to work in the field of neurology has been a blessing because ET also runs in her family. While she has not personally developed a tremor, she remembers that two of her aunts’ hands would shake uncontrollably. At the time, she was not aware that it was ET, but does remember that it was hard for them to do things in the kitchen. This makes working for IETF truly rewarding because her involvement not only helps those within her family but it also allows her to continue working in a field she loves.