Executive Director


Cathleen Young

Cathleen Young came to HUMANITAS by way of her 20-year career as a Hollywood television writer. She has written 13 two-hour network movies for ABC, NBC, CBS and Lifetime. She was a staff writer on two network series, MacGyver and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Young won the HUMANITAS Prize and a Christopher Award in 1995 for her ABC Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation A Place for Annie, which was a WGA Award finalist and nominated for an Emmy. Young’s other credits include CBS Movies of the Week Everything to Gain, Her Own Rules and Lifetime’s Navigating the Heart. The daughter of two newspaper reporters, Cathleen has also written for Working Mother Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and The Chicago Sun Times. St. Martin’s Press published Young’s biography of Isabella Rossellini, Quiet Renegade.

After graduating from the University of Georgia, Young served as guest editor for Mademoiselle magazine and began her television career writing for CBS’ The Young and The Restless, where Bill Bell was an early mentor. Her sister is actress Sean Young and her father, Don Young Jr., was an Emmy® Award winning news producer. Her mother, Lee Guthrie, won the HUMANITAS Prize in 1995. Young has been a Advisory Council member of HUMANITAS since 1996. Young lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband, Patrick DeCarolis, and their twin daughters, Gemma and Shaelee.