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Cath and Company

Helping humankind move along.

Founded 1979

Human TuneUp Company is our version of “Leave a place better than you found it.”


We know ideas change the course of lives.


We love “seeing the light go on” in us humans and work to help that happen.


And, we’re wild about the ripple effect of all we do!

My Background?

I’m a developer of humans from way back.

Teaching and speaking are threads that run  through my family for generations.


My great Aunt Lizzie was a teacher, then principal. She somehow graduated from Notre Dame (when women didn’t even go there; how did that work…).

My aunt Dot was a teacher, then principal. 
I still remember her teaching me how to use the dictionary when I could yet barely read.

I thought words were the best and I loved  learning.

When it came time to decide my focus 
in college, I chose political science, international relations and  teaching.

                   Through the Years?

■ Supervised first time: My downtown San Diego Welfare Department team determining eligibility for assistance. I was taught how to do the attendance report and turned loose…oy.

■ Posted the early beginnings of my Vital Signs art in my hometown newspaper, The Niles Daily Star.

■ Taught teachers how to teach and leaders how to lead at University of California San Diego.

■ Facilitated higher consciousness retreats at the Monroe Institute of Applied Sciences.

■ Founded my Human TuneUp Company whose first mission I described as, “Discover and share.”

■ Gave CalTrans leaders individualized 360 feedback from their employee input.

■ Taught People Skills to all the employees at the city of San Juan Capistrano. I love companywide projects.

■ Executive directed San Diego Diplomacy Council. Had multiple eye-and-heart-opening experiences from meeting emerging leaders from over 100 countries in collaboration with U.S. Department of State.

■ Have spoken in 49 of our 50 states. Traveled internationally to speak! Did not know a plane could fly that long…

■ Served as president of La Jolla Sunrise Rotary.

■ FINALLY found the love of my life and now collaborating in our current mission of, Helping humankind move along.


              How we treat clients?

From years of teaching people in organizations how to treat their customers, it rubbed off. You can count on being well served.


Cath Kachur DeStefano

"I love what I do and I'll keep doing it until I can't do it anymore."  Cath

■ Speaker ■ Author  

■ Diplomat  ■ Folk artist

Human Relations Expert

          Fun, not stuffy.

Why Tune Ups?

We tune our cars, they work better.

We tune our pianos, they play better.

We tune us, we work, play and live better.


To that end, we offer presentations and products to

▪ Support you growing you.

▪ Increase caring and kindness in our shared world. 

▪ Help humans connect and succeed with people skills.

Clients and Comments

My indulgences?

Colored pens, I have way more than one person should be allowed to have!


Oh, and chocolate. Colored pens and chocolate.

The cartoon people throughout my work?

They came out of my doodling-pen many years ago. The Dude and Dudette were the first.

They appeared in my Vital Signs cartoon in The Niles Daily Star in 1997.They have lots of things to say in a lighthearted way.


We specialize in human bloomin'!

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Human Relations Expertise

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