I am married to Mike Crawford and have three children, Marly, Emily, and Jackson. My husband, Mike, is employed as a special education teacher at Pass Christian Schools, where my three children attend school. I am a registered member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan. My family and I are active members of St. Thomas Church where I volunteer in youth activities.
In 1971 my father, William "Billy Ray" Smith, a career Navy man, received orders to transfer back to his hometown of Long Beach, Mississippi. I was just one year old. I attended schools in Long Beach, where I graduated in 1988. I received my bachelors degree in sociology from the University of South Alabama. I then began working at Gulf Coast Mental Health Clinic as a Child Case Manager. Later, I was employed at South Mississippi Regional Center as a Licensed Social Worker for almost eight years.
I am a former Vice President of the Long Beach Gifted Association and past board member of the Gulf Coast Down’s Syndrome Society. I assisted my husband in forming and organizing the Buddy Ball League, an annual baseball league for individuals with special needs living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I am an assistant coach for the youth baseball league and have volunteered in the youth softball league.