Catey Terry grew up just south of Nashville, TN. She attended Appalachian State University where she earned a degree in Ecology and Environmental Biology. After college, she completed a fisheries internship with Great Smoky Mountains National Park, before setting off on a 500-mile adventure along the Appalachian Trail. Ready to get off of her feet (literally) and back on her feet (figuratively), she took a summer position at SOAR as a Wilderness Field Instructor in 2005. For 13 years, she remained with SOAR serving in a variety of roles, from Office Manager, Manager of the Administrative Team, and ultimately CFO. During this time she was involved with various aspects of the organization including marketing, admissions, IT support, and finances.

In August of 2018, Catey took on the role of President and CEO at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, a non-profit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that provides residential environmental education programs, connecting people of all ages to nature. She previously served on the advisory board for the Conservation Trust of North Carolina. She is an active board member for Alliance for Better Nonprofits in Knoxville, Tennessee.