Meet Cathy

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Cathy Giessel was born and raised in Fairbanks. Her father was a Wien Airlines Captain, and her mother was a homemaker and attorney.


  • Fairbanks Catholic School through 8th grade
  • Lathrop High School graduate
  • Bachelors of Science, Nursing, University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  • Masters of Science, Nursing, University of Alaska Anchorage

Cathy has been married to her husband Richard for 48 years. They have three married children and seven grandchildren.

Cathy is a registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in Anchorage, the MatSu and Rural Alaska.

Cathy served 10 years in the Alaska Senate (2011-2020) representing Eagle River and Hiland Road areas, East Anchorage, Stuckagain Heights, Anchorage Hillside, Indian, Bird, Girdwood, Whittier, Hope, Seward, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Sterling and Nikiski.

Legislation Passed

  • Resource Development
  • Healthcare Costs and Access
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Arctic Policy
  • Education and Treatment for Addiction
  • Foster Care Support
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Access

Current Volunteer Community Service

  • Behavioral Health Board
  • School-Based Clinic Volunteer
  • Health Fair Volunteer
  • Foster Care Volunteer
  • Faith Based Youth Leader