Catherine Wortmann

Catherine is our finance and accounting specialist. Catherine is also a professional tax preparer, a Yoga therapist, a mother and a farmer. Growing up in the High Sierra’s nature and the outdoors has played an enormous roll in her life. Catherine attended University in Sonoma County, California where she earned a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. She continued her finance education through DeVry’s business school, The Keller Graduate School of Management where she worked for a time on a Master’s of Accounting and Financial Management. She decided that graduate school was not for her. It was at that time that she pursued her passion for Yoga. Catherine has been practicing yoga since 2002 in various studios and gyms throughout Northern Sonoma County.  As of April, 2014 she is a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher. Yoga therapy and the parallel universe between Yoga and Equine have deepened her interest and studies. Living and farming in the foothills with her husband and sons they have a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Sierra’s and the majesty of Yosemite.

On Staff Since: 2016   Email:

In Their Own Words

My Work at SWP:

I make sure cash flows. My water feature is my laptop, the flow I manage is a financial one.

Why My Work Matters:

My work is important for maintaining a functioning business entity.

My Passions:

My passions are for life, love, and to be useful in this lifetime. I am deeply connected to my family, my farm and community.

My Background:

Born in the high elevation of the Sierra Nevada’s in California, I am a mountain human. I have moved and traveled enough to know that California is my home, for life. I studied finance at Sonoma State University during the real-estate crash of 2008. After graduation, I chose to study Yoga and fight fire for the United States Forest Service because I was so put off by the field of study I had chosen. Once I had my oldest son I decided to give up fighting fire as a career (motherhood was more important). Currently I apprentice a Certified Public Accountant, and work for Sierra Watershed Progressive as the finance specialist, aka finance wizard! Life is great.

Why I Think Water is Cool:

Water is cool because it is made from two Hydrogen and one Oxygen atom. Its molecules are held together with a covalent bond. It is transparent and nearly colorless. It is the main component to the Earth’s streams, lakes, and oceans, and the fluids of most living organisms (including humans). Water strictly refers to the liquid state of the substance but this amazing element can be found in nature as snow, glaciers, ice packs, and icebergs, clouds, fog, dew, aquifers, and atmospheric humidity. Water moves! The perpetual cycle of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and runoff maintains that water is somewhat renewable. Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and is vital for all known forms of life. There is a clear correlation between a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita and a country’s access to safe drinking water! We use water for agriculture, and it also provides a food source for those who eat fish. We can transport commodities and goods through water on boats. Copious quantities of water, ice and steam are used for cooling and heating. Water is an excellent solvent for a wide variety of chemical substances used in industrial processes and in cooking, and washing. Water is central to many sports and other forms of recreation including swimming, pleasure boating, surfing, sport fishing, and diving. There is no other substance on Earth like it!

The Best Advice I Ever Received:

“Mind is ever ruler of the universe” ~Plato

The Secret To Life Is:


My Favorite Bumper Sticker:

“Gratitude for all that is, and all that isn’t”

My Favorite Food:


What I Obsess About:

Yoga, humanity, Wellness, Equine Therapy What Gives Me Hope: My kids, and the kids of the conscious minded people of the world.

How I Regenerate:

Take a hike!