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Cathy Troutman 2017 Grand Marshal 
Cathy N. Troutman, Lieutenant Colonel (United States Army Retired) 

She began her military career as an ROTC graduate in 1984 and was appointed as a biomedical information systems officer, where she gained expertise in wartime information management/information technology, was acknowledged as a committed leader and was tasked with greater responsibilities with each assignment.

As a senior military officer, Troutman was responsible for the management of health information systems for military treatment and research facilities stateside, in Europe, in Asia, and in Africa. She has served as a biomedical information management officer, chief information officer, chief technology officer, clinical information officer, telemedicine deputy research portfolio manager and principal investigator. Her military career culminated as the deputy program director for two high priority programs: The Army’s Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics Program for Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries and the Department of Defense’s Pharmacovigilance Program. She retired from the Army Medical Services Corps in 2008.

Troutman earned a bachelor’s degree in business data processing at Arkansas State University and a master's degree in business administration from Webster University. Her military unit awards include the Defense Superior Unit Award during 9/11 and two Army Superior Unit awards, during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom.   

She joined the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in 2008 and is currently a management analyst in the Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications.

Troutman lives in Rockville with her husband, Rich. They have two daughters: Michele, a student at Howard University College of Medicine, and Ashley, a student at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.