Nov. 6, 2014
-- Catherine M. Angotti, RD, is a senior advisor of occupational health for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the US government agency that is responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. Catherine joined NASA in 1977 as an expert consultant in cardiovascular risk reduction. She went on to become a civil servant of occupational health, manager of an occupational health program for over twenty years, and then served as director before assuming her current role. Catherine is responsible for day to day policy promulgation and overseeing the agency’s occupational health programs. Prior to joining NASA, she owned her own business and was also an entrepreneur. Well respected for her dedication and knowledge, Catherine attributes her success to perseverance, ambition, and willingness to compromise. She also advocates the value of a firm educational foundation. Catherine obtained a degree in dietetics and institutional management from James Madison University and was later awarded RD designation. A longtime resident of Vienna, Virginia, she maintains an active profile in the community and supports the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys taking long walks, golf, travel, and being with friends and family, particularly her new grandson.