Cynthia Cauthern, Feb. 1957 – April 2019.

It is with deep sadness that we face the passing of our dear friend and colleague. If you never met Cynthia, you missed out on a real spit-fire.  If you were one of the lucky ones to know her she likely lit up your day as she did ours.

She joined 5NINES in 2017 as a senior account manager and met many of you over the past couple of years.  Todd Streicher, CEO, met Cynthia in his green tech years back in the mid 90’s. She was his account manager at Compuware. Todd and Cynthia worked on and off with each other for nearly 25 years.

Her death comes as a shock to all those who knew her.  She was such a generous, loving and giving person.  Cynthia could bring joy to so many, and yet she suffered deeply.  None of us saw the depression just under the surface of her life. She never shared that part of herself.

Cynthia’s life partner has asked that memorials in Cynthia’s name be sent to the Urban League of Madison, Dane County Humane Society, or NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Madison.  These three organizations were dear to Cynthia’s heart.  We encourage you to read her thoughtful obituary.

It is our hope at 5NINES, that we talk more openly and honestly about what mental health is and isn’t over the coming years. We also hope you talk with your colleagues, family, and friends about mental health.

Even more….please reach out to friends, be kind, be present and check in with each other.