Cathy Cornell is a licensed clinical social worker, currently serving as the clinical director of the Oasis Program at the Canopy Center in Madison, WI, a program that provides treatment and support services to children who have been sexually abused and to their families. She has a Master of Arts in Humanities from Xavier University (1995) and a Masters in Social Work from Ohio State University (1998). Her social work service has been primarily in community mental health, particularly with victims of family violence and sexual abuse. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, she seeks to integrate contemplative practice into her social activism and into her clinical work with others, especially those who have suffered from traumatic experiences. She is the mother of two children and married to Paul Knitter.
During the early 1980s, Cathy accompanied Salvadoran refugees and worked to reform immigration policies and practices through the Sanctuary Movement in Cincinnati, OH where she served as the Cincinnati Santuary coordinator from 1985-87. She has worked with CRISPAZ, Christians for Peace in El Salvador, as a Board member since 1987, currently as secretary of the board.