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Meet Catherine Hughes. (Hey, that’s me!)

Hailing from a small town southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, dubbed “the most boring town in Pennsylvania,” Catherine Hughes is the daughter of two English professors. She is a passionate advocate, innovative storyteller, and community strategist. As of August 2020, she is the Founder and Chief Inspirational Officer (CIO) of The Caffeinated Advocate, LLC.


For over seventeen years, she has provided comprehensive support and passionate advocacy to individuals and self-advocates, their families, and surrounding natural supports throughout their communities. She considers herself a servant leader, one who cultivates, develops and maintains relationships with grace and grit in order to create, enhance, and promote services and programs that transform lives.


On a personal level, her calling (not a career) allows her to give back some of what has so graciously been given to her family. She proudly serves as the Director of Family Support and Community Engagement at Achieving True Self, servicing families across the Northeastern U.S.


Catherine is a international best-selling author and/or editor of multiple books, including the long-awaited Imprisoned No More: A Mother and Son Embrace Autism and Journey to Freedom.


She is a Certified Master Life Coach, with certifications endorsed by Transformation Academy of Clearwater, Florida.

If you were wondeing about her caffeine of choice, she’s always been a Dunkin’ girl. But step aside old friend, because there’s a new boss bean in town . . . and The Caffeinated Advocate is HERE. FOR. IT. Coffee Over Cardio is “a coffee meant for messy-bun, yoga-pant-wearing millennials with a little attitude and a little kick!” Well, this xennial (i.e., only Oregon Trail years old) is already OBSESSED and was chosen to be a Barista Babe — which means YOU get a discount when you use this affiliate link and use the code 10CAFFADV on your order!


Living with her in that “boring” (ok, it’s not actually boring) town and very much not boring household are Mama Betty, Christian, and their pets Callie, Cookie, Candie, Hannah, Maddie and Raven the Cats — yes six cats — and the one and only Abby Dog.


Follow the links to the right to connect with me in a number of ways. You can follow me across social media, read my blog, purchase my books, join my mailing list, or reach out to discuss how else we can partner together.

Enough about me. How can I serve you?