Born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Music and Opera from the University of Kansas, where she met the love of her life, Mark Costello. Cathy and Mark were married for nearly 34 years and have raised their 5 children in Edmond, Oklahoma. Cathy has worked in education in Texas and Oklahoma and built several small businesses with her husband. In 2009, with Cathy’s support, Mark pursued a lifelong desire to run for public office. In 2010, Mark was elected as the Oklahoma State Labor Commissioner. In 2014 he was re-elected for his second term and at its’ conclusion planned to run for Lieutenant Governor. Mark loved his job and loved serving the people of Oklahoma. He was an excellent and faithful husband, a loving father, and dedicated Christian. However, the greatest challenge that faced the Costello family was the devastating mental illness that befell their oldest son. Since his late teens, the Costello’s son has suffered with diagnosed schizoaffective disorder with psychosis, bipolar disorder with psychosis and paranoid schizophrenia. Their son’s mental health and happiness was their number one concern. They did everything medically, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially they possibly could for their son within a broken system. On August 23rd, 2015 after a quiet summer dinner at a local restaurant, their son suffered a paranoid, delusional, psychotic break and inexplicably stabbed his father to death. Mark died in Cathy’s arms. Since her husband’s death, Cathy has become a frequent public speaker traveling the country to share her very personal and heartbreaking story and has appeared on national and local radio and television. After testifying twice before a senate hearing committee, she was instrumental in the unanimous passing of the Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Act, which provides Assisted Outpatient Treatment to Oklahomans in an on-going mental health crisis. She traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for mental health reform, encouraging federal legislators to vote for the “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act,” which passed in the House and Senate in 2016. Cathy is an advisory board member for the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma; member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); State Planning and Advisory Council Member to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse; National Council for Behavioral Health, Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association board member and a committee member for National Catholic Charities Partnership on Disabilities. Cathy has received the Dr. Krishna “Lifting the Stigma” award. Cathy’s goal is to prevent other families from suffering the tragedy her family experienced by educating and advocating for mental health reform on behalf of the 60 million Americans who suffer with a chemical brain disorder called mental illness.
All American Speakers is a speakers bureau and booking agency providing information on booking Cathy Costello for speaking engagements, personal appearances and corporate events. Contact an All American Speakers Bureau booking agent for more information on Cathy Costello speaking fees, availability, speech topics and cost to hire for your next event.
Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive agent or management of Cathy Costello or any artist on this website. Speaker fees are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Fees often vary based on a number of factors including: speakers schedule, supply and demand, length of presentation, location of event and other factors. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. In some cases, the actual price quote may be above or below the stated range.
All American Speakers Bureau is a celebrity booking agency and talent buyer which supplies celebrity talent worldwide. We secure speakers and celebrities for speaking engagements, advertising campaigns, personal appearances, commercials, licensing, voice-overs, product endorsements, spokesperson campaigns, publicity events, corporate entertainment, trade shows, and media tours.
Related Tags: Information on keynote speaking engagements, personal appearances, corporate entertainment and appearance fees for Cathy Costello, an inspirational motivational speaker. bio for Cathy Costello agency, manager, speaker fees, speaking agency entertainment booking agency, speaker's fee, how to book, booking agencies for lectures, speaking event, celebrity appearances for hire, who is agent, manager, publicist, who represents, speakers bureau management who represents Cathy Costello