About Kathy

Overview:

Kathy Crawford has worked as a professional in the Field of Aging for more than 30 years.  She retired from the City of Novi in 2004 to launch her own business, “Kathy Crawford Communications.” She has authored several workbooks for senior center directors and is a frequent workshop presenter and keynote speaker.  Kathy also co-authored the book                        Two Broads Abroad, a project that proves neither travel savvy or computer prowess are requirements for writing a book about a six-week trip overseas.

Kathy's lengthy career in the field of aging began as an employee of Oakland County as the Director of programming for 35 senior citizen centers sponsored by the Oakland/Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA). In addition, she was employed as an OLHSA Field Service Manager, directing, managing and training staff that provided a variety of programs for low-income families in Oakland County. Kathy left OLHSA to write the job description for Novi Senior Citizen Director and then started Novi's first comprehensive senior citizen center and, eventually, affordable senior citizen housing (Meadowbrook Commons).


Throughout her career, Kathy has been involved in the budget process. She has been successful in acquiring State and Federal grants and managed grant funding for Novi and Oakland County. In addition, she prepared and managed her portion of the Novi Parks and Recreation budget and all of the necessary paperwork related to operating a small business (Kathy Crawford Communications).

Personal Facts:

Kathy is active in the Novi Theater Productions and a myriad of Novi city projects. She has received numerous state and local awards for her community service and innovative program ideas. In 2007, she was elected to the Novi City Council. She and husband Hugh have been married 45 years. In the fall of 2008, Hugh was elected a Michigan State Representative. They have three grown children, Doug, Amy and Kelly; and two grandchildren, Alexis and Devin.

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Basics:

  • Birthday: March 15, 1942
  • Hometown: Novi, MI
  • Relationship Status: Married to Hugh Crawford
  • Anniversary: September 26, 1964

Likes and Interests:

  • Interests: Reading and Writing; Community; Theater, American Business Women's Association
  • Favorite Music: Everything except rap, heavy metal and jazz
  • Favorite TV Shows: American Idol, Desperate Housewives, Fox News
  • Favorite Movies: Planes, Trains & Automobiles; The Great Outdoors
  • Favorite Books: The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson; I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron
  • Favorite Quotation: "As you age, you are either growing into more or receding into less." (Author Unknown, at least by Kathy anyway!)