Semper Valens Leadership

Susan McCathern

Director of Security


Susan McCathern is the Director of Security for Semper Valens Solutions Inc. She served 22 years in the United States Army as a Master Logistician before retiring in 1997. She served in Operation Restore Hope (Somalia), performing as the 10th Mountain Division Logistics Sergeant Major (SGM), and supported numerous other real-world operations including those in Iraq, Cuba, and Honduras. In the years following her retirement, Mrs. McCathern worked as an independent contractor forming her company Kress & Associates, and an employed contractor for ManTech and Lockheed Martin. She performed as the Lead for ManTech for the Left Behind Equipment (LBE) Program; supporting CECOM Logistics Support Element (LSE) and the 11th Signal Brigade at Fort Huachuca, AZ. At Lockheed Martin she performed as the Senior Logistics Lead, Project Manager, Operations Managers and Facility Security Officer (FSO).

In addition to her work a government contractor, Mrs. McCathern has devoted numerous volunteer community service hours. She served on the City of Sierra Vista West End Commission for seven years with six years as the Chair. She established the first ever West End Block Party in 2006 which raised over $30,000 for the construction of brick walls depicting the West End of Sierra Vista. Mrs. McCathern is a life-member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9972 in Sierra Vista, AZ with service as the Club Committee Chair, Public Information Officer, Vice Commander and Senior Commander. She is the present Chair of the Sky Islands NCMS Chapter; NCMS is a professional society of security personnel. Mrs. McCathern has been awarded five Presidential Community Service Awards; three gold awards for over 500 hours, one silver award for over 100 hours and one bronze award for 100 hours. Mrs. McCathern lives in Sierra Vista, AZ with her husband Patrick and has five grandchildren. Her philosophy is Never Forget Where You Came From.