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consultant , gerontology educator

Kathleen Ann Needham, American gerontology educator, consultant. Certified teacher, Michigan. Recipient Service award International Healthcare Association, 1988, 89, 90, 91, Harry J. Kelly award Michigan Society Gerontology, Lifetime Achievement award Agency on Aging.


Needham, Kathleen Ann was born on August 30, 1944 in Saginaw, Michigan, United States. Daughter of George Whitcomb and Ann (Drensky) Needham.


Bachelor, Olivet (Michigan) College, 1967;Master of Arts, Michigan State University, 1970;postgraduate, Michigan State University, 1972-1976, 90-;certified, University of Michigan, 1977.


High school teacher, Pontiac (Michigan) schools, 1968-1972;graduate assistant, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1972-1976;assistant professor, department chairman gerontology, Madonna U., Livonia, Michigan, 1981-1990;member of faculty, Madonna College, Livonia, Michigan, since 1991. Grant project director Administration on Aging, Washington, 1977-1983, Michigan Department Labor, Lansing, 1985-1986. Grant project supervisor National Institute of Mental Health, Washington, 1981-1983.

Consultant in field.


  • Certified teacher, Michigan.


  • Other Work

    • Producer tapes and articles in field.


Delaware Michigan White House Conference on Aging, Dearborn, 1981. Member committee Michigan Office Services to Aging, Lansing, 1983-1992. Board directors United Community Services, 1985-1994, member health services committee, since 1991.

Chairman Michigan Minimum Standards for Aging, 1987. Volunteer Focus Hope, Detroit, Michigan Lupus Foundation. Michigan Myositis Association director Governor's Task Force on Older Worker, Lansing, 1987, 88, Michigan Executive Commission on Older Learner Summit, 1990-1993.

Chair Michigan Governor's Conference on Aging, 1991. Consultant to board Michigan Associate Service Organizations, 1991-1993. Michigan regional facilitator and delegate White House Conference, 1994.

Member annual conference planning committee Michigan Society Gerontology, 1994, 95, 96, 98. Member Gerontological Society of America, Michigan Society Gerontology (board directors 1987, 99,), Association Gerontology in Higher Education (membership committee 1982, public policy committee 1988, public relations and fund raising 1992, 93), American Society Aging, Myositis Association (state representative), Sigma Phi Omega.


Married Kenneth Edward Cassady, June 19, 1982.

George Whitcomb Needham

Ann (Drensky) Needham

Kenneth Edward Cassady