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About Catherine Penney

Catherine Penney, R.N., born February 8, 1950, was reared in Tustin, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Signs of schizophrenia first appeared when she was seventeen years of age and led to nearly three years hospitalization. Ms. Penney fully recovered, and went on to obtain a certificate as a licensed psychiatric technician. She then finished the requirements for licensure as a registered nurse. Ms. Penney worked in direct patient care on the wards of a number of psychiatric hospitals, finally leaving in 1993 to work for the county of Riverside, California as Registered Nurse Casemanager for the older adult population, a job she still holds. She served on the Regional access Commission, an organization that grants funding for unmet mental health needs in the Palm Springs, California area from 1998-2001. She speaks about mental health issues to various groups at the behest of the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission. Ms. Penney is a member of the CARE Team, a quasi-public agency, whose purpose is to investigate cases of elder abuse. Ms. Penney's personal interests include interpretive and flamenco dancing. She performs interpretive dance at local venues and festivals. She has performed as a flamenco dancer at a number of Palm Springs area resorts, the Palm Canyon Theatre, and recently as a member of the chorus in a local production of Carmen. Ms. Penney lives in a southwest style home near Palm Springs.