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M. Catherine Bissell

Cathy Bissell

M. Catherine (Cathy) Bissell has been a strong Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University community member for many years. She maintains an active role in many of the university's campaigns, including her service as a committee member for the Building for Life campaign for Grand Valley's health sciences building, Grand Design campaign, and Expanding Vision campaign for the GVSU public broadcasting station. In 1997, she was awarded the GVSU Leadership Award; in addition, a scholarship was created in her name. Cathy is the Director of Corporate Affairs for BISSELL Inc. In 2011, she founded the BISSELL Pet Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization that extends the company's long-standing commitment to pet adoption and focuses its efforts on supporting organizations dedicated to the humane care and treatment of animals. Cathy is also the co-founder of, a searchable nationwide database with essential tools and resources to easily and efficiently reunite lost pets with their families. 

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