Catherine (Cathy) Pennington Paunov is a native of Washington, DC. Following graduation from high school in 1968, she participated in an American Institute for Foreign Study program that summer at the University of Dundee. Two of her favourite classes were History of the Highlands and Archaeology.
Cathy holds the BS degree from the University of Maryland in government and politics, the MS degree in the Administration of Justice from the American University in Washington, and the MLS and JD degrees from Brigham Young University. From 1972-1974, she served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Italy. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Since graduation from BYU, she has lived in Texas and New York, where she met her husband, Zlatko Paunov, a sculptor, originally from Bulgaria.
Now semi-retired, they reside in Florida and New York, depending on season. Cathy continues some pro bono legal work with non-profit organizations, as well as substitute teaching at local schools.