Kathy Crosby was elected to the Board of Trustees of Grand Rapids Community College on November 6, 2018. Her term runs from January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2024.
Ms. Crosby retired in December 2018 has CEO Emeritus of Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, a $34 million organization serving eight counties in west and central Michigan. She started her career in 1980 at Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.
Kathy's first alma mater is Oakland Community College where she earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration. She then attended Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan where she earned a B.A. in Business Administration and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership. She returned to school in 1998 and earned an Executive M.B.A. at the R. H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Kathy has participated in the Aspen Institute Community Leadership Seminar in Aspen, Colorado.
Kathy is the Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids and of the Better Business Bureau of Western Michigan's Board of Directors. She still serves on both boards. She serves on the CEO Leadership Council of Talent 2025, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's Regional Issues Council, and the YMCA's Board of Directors. At the State level, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan-wide non-profit association, MARO, and is active with MARO's leadership Academy for developing emerging talent in nonprofits across Michigan. She is a mentor for the Jandernoa Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and the Cook Leadership Program at Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center.
Kathy was awarded the 2018 Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award by Goodwill Industries International. Under Kathy's leadership, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids received the Visionary in Diversity and Inclusion award in March 2015 from the Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, she received Goodwill Industries International's P.J. Trevethan Award, which is presented annually to one Goodwill Industries CEO for outstanding contribution to the training of Goodwill Industries personnel. Kathy has been named three times as one of the "50 Most Influential Business Women in West Michigan" by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. She received the 2013 Communication and Leadership Award from Toastmasters International, the 2012 YWCA Tribute! Award in Business, Management, Industry & Labor, and in 2011, she received the ATHENA Award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.
Kathy and her husband Eugene have been married for 49 years and currently reside in Grandville. They have two children and three grandchildren.