I've had the pleasure of working with some great community managers here. Cat is one of those folks who's always been cheerful, and deeply cared about this spot. We often nagged her to go to sleep cause she clearly seemed to be up and working with us for like 22-23 hours a day.
She also got hired instead of me the first time I applied, and frankly, I was happy.
Over the last five years, she's been through the metaphorical fires of hell, through some of the worst periods in the company, to some of the better ones. She handled it with good cheer, deep empathy, and all the best that I've seen of community managers.
I hate writing goodbyes for Community Managers, especially good ones.
There's folks who are pillars of the community, and one of us and I certainly think Cat counts as both.
Stack Overflow's clearly made a mistake, and I wish for Cat the best, as one of us and in many ways one of the best of us