Cathy Franks is a former history teacher who taught at Killeen High School in Texas, where she was twice named “Teacher of the Year.” She is the director of international cultural education for Musco Lighting International, a company that provides lighting at major sporting events and stadiums worldwide.
Mrs. Franks previously served as an executive board member for the Military Child Education Coalition, a nonprofit that works to ensure quality educational opportunities for military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition. Her numerous awards for public service include the Commander’s Award, Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award, Secretary of the Army Public Service Award and the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service.
The wife of retired Gen. Tommy Franks (a National Advisor to the Military Child Education Coalition), she is an advisor to the Gen. Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum, which works to enhance leadership skills in middle and high school students. The Franks’ have one married daughter and three military grandchildren.