Meet Cathy

Vitale_2014_FacebookHeadshotCathleen Marie Vitale was born on Long Island, New York, August 13, 1964. She received her degree from the University of Maryland in Government and Politics in 1985. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in December of 1989.

She is a senior member of the law firm of Cathleen M. Vitale, located in Glen Burnie, Maryland. She has been a guest lecturer for the Anne Arundel County YWCA ,the Anne Arundel County Public Schools and the Anne Arundel County Community College. She was appointed by the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County to mediate matters relating to custody and visitation, and marital property disputes.

Ms. Vitale has been actively involved in supporting County and State political officials by her voluntary efforts. In 1994, she was elected to her first public office, the Anne Arundel County Republican State Central Committee and was immediately voted Vice Chairperson. After her reelection in 1998 to the Central Committee, she was elected Chairperson of the County Republican Party, serving from 1998 until 2000. In 1999, she was elected Secretary for the Maryland Republican Party.

In February of 2000, Ms. Vitale was appointed to the Anne Arundel County Council. She has been twice elected to her current position as Councilwoman for the 5th District of Anne Arundel County. In 2006, she was reelected by 75% of the vote. She has served as its Chairman three separate times and Vice Chairman twice. Ms. Vitale has been twice elected to the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Counties, serving as its Second Vice Chairman this year. Currently she serves as a Commissioner of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission, having been appointed by Governor Robert Ehrlich and Governor Martin O’Malley.

In October of 2004, she was awarded the Fannie Lou Hammer Humanitarian Award for her contributions to the citizens of Anne Arundel County and her commitment to the advancement of women and women’s issues. In February 2005, she was awarded the Inaugural Distinguished Graduate Award from her alma mater, Severna Park Senior High School. The Anne Arundel County Republican Party honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in March of 2010.

She resides in Severna Park, Maryland with her husband, Mark Muckelbauer, a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, and their son, Mark Jr.




JURIS DOCTORATE (J.D.), University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland, May 1989.
BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A.), University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, December, 1985.


2010-Present, State Delegate Representing District 33

February 2000 – 2010 : Council woman, Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Maryland (elected Chairwoman, 2002, 2007, 2009)

September 1994 – present : Senior Member, Law Offices of HENAULT & SYSKO, CHARTERED, Glen Burnie, Maryland.

August 1990 – September 1994 : Associate Attorney, Law Firm of WHITWORTH & SMITH, P.A., (formerly, WHITWORTH, WEBER & SMITH, P.A.), Crofton, Maryland.

August 1989 – August 1990 : Law Clerk, the HONORABLE RAYMOND G. THIEME, JR., Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, Maryland.

January 1989 – June 1989 : Rule 18 Attorney, OFFICE OF THE ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY, Annapolis, Maryland.

April 1987 – July 1987 : Intern, the HONORABLE ARRIE W. DAVIS, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Baltimore, Maryland.

Political Activities, Positions

Environmental Matters Committee, House of Delegates
Delegate, Republican National Convention 2004, New York, New York (appointed to credentials committee)
Anne Arundel County Republican Party: Chairman (1998-2000); Vice Chairman (1994-1998); Finance Committee (1994-2000)
Maryland Republican Party: Secretary (1998-2000);Executive Board Member (1996-2000)
Lawyers for Ehrlich, Gubernatorial 2002
Lawyers for Bush 2000
Volunteer Coordinator, Dole for President 1996
Maryland College Coordinator, Reagan-Bush 1984
Various volunteer positions for local, state and federal candidates

Civic/ Community Experience

Commissioner, Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission.
Commission Member, Severn River Commission.
Commission Member, Governor’s Commission on Housing Policy.
Board of Directors, Providence Center, Arnold, Maryland.
Board of Directors, Member, Camp Blaze, Arnold, Maryland.
Hearing Officer, Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Hearing Officer, Anne Arundel County Fire Department Discipline Review Board.
Vice President, St. John the Evangelist Catholic School Board, Severna Park, Maryland.
Vice President, Whitehurst Community Association, Severna Park, Maryland.
Member, Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Internship
Mentor, Member Legislative Committee and Business Advisory Committee.
Delegate and Council Representative, Greater Severna Park Council.
Board of Directors, Severna Park High School Business Advisory Board.
Board of Directors, Maryland Center for Civic Education.
Panel Lecturer, Maryland Association of Counties, Seminar Presenter.
Guest Reader and Lecturer, Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Guest Lecturer, Anne Arundel Community College, Paralegal Studies, Domestic Relations, the Honorable Michael E. Loney, Adjunct Professor.
Panel Lecturer, Anne Arundel Community College, Political Science,
State and Local Government, the Honorable David Boschert, Adjunct Professor.
Civil Case Facilitator/Mediator, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
General settlement issues; Specific family law custody and visitation and property settlement panel.
Civil Case Mediator, Anne Arundel County District Court.
General civil and small claim issues.

Professional Associations

Anne Arundel County Bar Association

(Bar Association Trustee, 1998-1999; Judge, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Mock Trial Competition, 1994 – present; Law Week Lecturer, 1991 – 1995; Community Outreach Committee member, 1993 – 1994; Chairperson, Young Lawyers Committee, 1991 – 1993).
PACA-BRENT American Inns OF Court

(President, 1997-1998; President- Elect, 1996; Membership Chairperson, 1994-1996; Recording Secretary, 1992-1994).
Prince George’s County Bar Association

(1990 – 1994).
Maryland State Bar Association

(1989 to present)
Leadership Anne Arundel

(2004 to present); Class representative for class ‘04.

Licenses, Certifications, and Admissions

Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1989
United States District Court, District of Maryland, 1990
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1990
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, 1991
United States Court of Military Appeals, 1992
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1997
United States Court of Claims, 1997
United States Tax Court, 1997
United States Supreme Court, 1997
Certified Mediator, National Center for Dispute Resolution, 1997

Invited Public Presentations / Published Articles

Anne Arundel County Grandparents’ Rights Organization, Glen Burnie, Maryland,

“The Application of Family Law Section 9-103 – What does it really mean?”.

Anne Arundel County YWCA; Arnold, Maryland,

“Overview of Maryland’s Laws on Divorce & Separation”.

Annapolis High School, Annapolis, Maryland,

“Juvenile Law & Justice – The Practical Applications”.

Henault & Sysko Chartered, Attorneys Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Glen Burnie, Maryland,

“A Thumbnail for Mediation- An Alternative Form of Dispute Resolution”, (published March, 1998).

Henault & Sysko Chartered, Attorneys Continuing Legal Education Seminars, Glen Burnie, Maryland,

“Domestic Violence Proceedings in Maryland, Tips Everyone Should Know”, (published February, 1999).

Severna Park Voice, Severna Park, Maryland,

“Vital Views” and Council in Action”, Monthly Column on Issues affecting the citizens of the 5th Councilmanic District, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Anne Arundel County Department of Corrections, Drug and Addiction Graduation Ceremonies, Keynote Speaker, Glen Burnie, Maryland

“Reach for the Stars” (November 2000).

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Fire Department Memorial Service Ceremonies, Keynote Speaker, Crownsville, Maryland

“Reflection on our Fallen Heroes” (September 2000).

Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation, Girl Scout Dedication of Memorial Garden, Keynote Speaker,

“Community Responsibility and Dedication – A tribute to 9/11″(Spring 2002).

Personal Information

Marital Status : Married, July 30, 1988; spouse, Mark Andrew Muckelbauer. One son, Mark Andrew Muckelbauer, Jr..
Hobbies : Sailing, Outdoor activities, American History and Politics.