“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”
– Mother Teresa
The Junior League of New Orleans Sustaining Advisor to the Board of Directors is Katherine “Katie” Andry Crosby. This position encompasses a historical perspective and provides practical guidance from a Sustaining member and Past President. Katie calls upon her volunteer and leadership experience to advise Board members and assist in making decisions on membership, fund development, community projects, administration and strategic planning. She also encourages other Sustaining members to continue their involvement with the League.
Recently named the 63rd Sustainer of the Year, this is Katie’s seventh time on JLNO’s Board of Directors. She was President from 2000 to 2001. Highlights of her presidency include welcoming the first Provisional class of over 100, creating the Kids’ Cafe and Teach for America community projects and hosting seminars for the seven Louisiana Leagues and the community. Inspired by her mother’s volunteer commitment as a Sustaining member, Katie joined JLNO in 1988. While she’s seen the League evolve over time, one constant is the training members receive. Katie learned how to interact with various personalities in order to reach a consensus and gained the most when she was volunteering in capacities that were outside of her comfort zone. She has continued to serve the Junior League because she appreciates the confidence she gained as a young member, enjoys meeting like-minded women and wants to stay apprised of JLNO activities.
The Metairie Park Country Day School alumna earned her degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University. She attended graduate school a few years after her JLNO presidency and received an MBA from Tulane University’s A. B. Freeman School of Business in 2007. Katie then channeled her energy and education into Fidelity Bank, becoming Chairman of the Board in 2010, a position she still holds today. She is the first female director in Fidelity’s history and is the great-granddaughter of Allain C. Andry, Sr., one of the original founders of Fidelity Bank. She possesses broad knowledge in various aspects of the banking industry, particularly financial institution management, and has been honored for her professional and volunteer service. New Orleans CityBusiness named Katie one of their Women of the Year in both 2006 and 2013 and presented her with their Business Money Makers award in 2011. That same year, New Orleans Magazine recognized Katie as a Top Female Achievers, and the Young Leadership Council recognized her with their Role Model award. She has held multiple leadership positions in the Greater New Orleans community: Board Member of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Board Member of Children’s Hospital New Orleans, Board Vice Chair for LCMC Health, Board Vice Chair of Poydras Home and Board Chair of WYES-TV. She credits the lessons she learned from her JLNO service with helping her tackle these and other challenges in life.
She and her husband, Howell, enjoy spending time with their three children, their spouses and four grandchildren.