Press Release


Automation Alley director of philanthropy elected to Crittenton Foundation board

11/27/2012 - Published by Automation Alley,  (TroyMI)
TROY, Mich., Nov. 27, 2012 — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is pleased to announce that Director of Philanthropy Kim Cross will serve on the board of directors for the Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Foundation. 
“Automation Alley welcomed Kim to our staff in November. When Kim joined forces with Automation Alley, she brought with her an impressive resume of fundraising for corporations and foundations,” said Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. “As a not-for-profit hospital, Crittenton depends on a culture of philanthropy and charitable giving to provide the local community with quality care. Kim will bring her philanthropic experience and knowledge to Crittenton’s board.”
“Ms. Cross was elected to the Crittenton Foundation board of directors for leadership skills, knowledge of philanthropy and commitment to our hospital. We are looking forward to the expertise she will bring to the board,” said Melinda Conway Callahan, president of the Crittenton Foundation.  
As Automation Alley director of philanthropy, Cross is responsible for managing fundraising initiatives to support the association’s programs and services through the Automation Alley Fund. 
Cross was an investment adviser for high net worth individuals, corporations and foundations for 18 years, a volunteer fundraiser for 20 years and a professional fundraiser for eight years. She started her career in Michigan, moved to New York City in 1985 and then San Francisco in 1989. She has a certificate of nonprofit management from Wayne State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in marketing and economics from Lubin School of Business at Pace University. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. 
About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives. 
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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About Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center is a 290-bed acute health care facility serving communities in Oakland, Macomb and Lapeer counties. The medical staff of nearly 500 physicians provides a wide range of medical specialties. Crittenton’s partnerships with the University of Michigan Health System for cardiovascular surgery and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center for oncology services make it the destination of choice in its community. As a fully-accredited teaching facility, Crittenton provides a campus for residents from Wayne State University’s School of Medicine who are specializing in Family Medicine, and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT). Crittenton also is a teaching campus for nurses from Oakland University’s School of Nursing. For more information call 248-652-5000 or visit

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