Prior to running for state office, Crahalla served as Lower Providence Township supervisor for five years. She spent many years in the corporate world, first at Merck Sharp & Dohme (now Merck Human Health Division).
During a ten-year retirement to stay home and raise a family, Crahalla took a part-time position as a columnist with a local newspaper. She later returned to Merck and continued her education under their educational assistance program. As a non-traditional student, she earned a B.A. in English, Communications, from Gwynedd Mercy College, Gwynedd Valley, PA.
Transferring to Astra Merck, a joint venture of Merck and Astra of Sweden, Crahalla was given the challenge of creating a new department, Corporate Contributions. Following corporate mergers, the last being AstraZeneca, she chose early retirement rather than relocate to Wilmington, DE.
In addition to her former role as township supervisor, Crahalla has served on local committees, a municipal authority and planning commission in her township. Her initial involvement with local government and politics began with her concern about local environmental issues.
The governor appointed Crahalla to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Women. Additionally, she is active on the advisory committees for Evansburg State Park and the Norristown Farm Park.
She serves as the Majority Secretary for the House Consumer Affairs Committee. Other committee assignments include Aging and Older Adults, Environmental Resources and Energy, Labor Relations and Policy. Caucuses include Alzheimers, Autism, Corrections, Land Use, and Firefighters & Emergency Services.
She and her husband Benjamin R. Crahalla, a local district justice, live in Audubon. She is the mother of two sons, Benny Crahalla and the late Richie Crahalla, and a grandmother of three. She is a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.