Cathy (Gearheart) Tauscher studied at Wellesley, M.I.T, Goddard College, and Pacific Oaks, earning a masters' in Human Development with a specialization in Leadership in Education. After an initial career in teaching and school administration, during which she developed an interest in historical research, Cathy became a Unitarian Universalist in 1984, and her interest in history then became focused on Unitarian Universalism. Since 1991, she has been a religious educator in the state of Washington, first serving the Evergreen UU Fellowship and then the Woodinville UU Church.
Cathy is working towards credentialing as a Religious Educator at the Masters' Level, and wrote her thesis, Why People Come and Why They Stay for a Unitarian Universalist Religious Education. She has recently completed a study on Jenkin Lloyd Jones: A Life that Faith Made, and another entitled, A History of Trends in Unitarian Universalist Religious Education. Widowed since 2000, Cathy lives on Whidbey Island, Washington, where she raises miniature horses. She has a daughter and two stepchildren.