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Cathy Costello

Mental Health Advocate and National Speaker

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 Cathy Costello Biography

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.

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  • The personal tragedy mental illness caused the Costello family, and why Cathy Costello now speaks to honor the memory of her husband, former Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, whose life was taken by their mentally ill son

  • Resources for families impacted by mental illness

  • Ways to advocate for change in the mental health field

  • Breaking the stigma

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Cathy Costello

Mental Health Advocate and National Speaker

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Cathy Costello Biography

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.

Cathy Costello Videos

  • Cathy Costello - OKC Rotary Club Speech

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Cathy Costello Speaking Topics

  • The personal tragedy mental illness caused the Costello family, and why Cathy Costello now speaks to honor the memory of her husband, former Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, whose life was taken by their mentally ill son

  • Resources for families impacted by mental illness

  • Ways to advocate for change in the mental health field

  • Breaking the stigma

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  • How to book Cathy Costello?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Cathy Costello for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Cathy Costello, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Cathy Costello or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Cathy Costello?

    Booking fees for Cathy Costello, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Cathy Costello, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Cathy Costello?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Cathy Costello for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Cathy Costello for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Cathy Costello or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Cathy Costello or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Cathy Costello is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Cathy Costello for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Cathy Costello generally travels from Oklahoma City, OK, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Andrea Paquette , Catherine Garceau, Dr. Delaney Ruston, Clint Malarchuk and Helen M. Farrell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Cathy Costello for an upcoming event.

Cathy Costello Speaker Videos

  • Cathy Costello - OKC Rotary Club Speech

Cathy Costello Speaking Topics

  • The personal tragedy mental illness caused the Costello family, and why Cathy Costello now speaks to honor the memory of her husband, former Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, whose life was taken by their mentally ill son

  • Resources for families impacted by mental illness

  • Ways to advocate for change in the mental health field

  • Breaking the stigma

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