Hi Everyone! It’s your new Executive Director of Media here, Kayla Hart! Today is my second day on the job, so Loralei and I thought this would be a fun way to help introduce myself. I couldn’t be more honored to be your new Co-Director at the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce! I understand that I have some pretty big shoes to fill, and am so grateful for this opportunity.
This tortoiseshell cat mom, all star cheerleading coach, nature lover, and artist, is here to stay! When I’m not working, you can usually find me relaxing at home watching Netflix, hiking at Hells Hollow Trail (especially this time of year when the wildflowers start to bloom), painting, running at the track, kayaking at Moraine State Park, or sitting by a campfire with friends.
LET’S TAKE A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
What better way to begin than by going back in time to where it all started. My grandparents (Jim, and Donna Higgins) are rooted in Ellwood City, where they were both born and raised. As well as my mother, (Joy Higgins Hart), who is a 1984 graduate of Riverside High School. As a native of this area, I spent my childhood growing up in both North Sewickley Township, and later Marion Township- where my parents currently reside. Also, I spent a lot of my time during my school-age years in Ellwood City’s Shelby Building training as a competitive gymnast. So as you can see, my connection to this area goes way back.
After graduating from Riverside High School in 2009, I followed my fathers (Bill Hart) footsteps to Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Communication with a Broadcasting focus in 2014. I’ve always been passionate about the art of communication, video production, and multi-media studies, so I hope to bring an innovative perspective to the Chamber.
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO RECENTLY
I started coaching at Leaps & Bounds Gymnastics Company nearly two years ago where I was approached by the owner, Yvonne Ovial, to collaborate with her to start a local All Star Cheerleading program from the ground up. As a former collegiate cheerleader at Clarion, I was excited to share my passion for competitive sports, and to teach the value of teamwork, and dedication to the local athletes. I’ve been directing the Youth Level 2 squad, “Glow” for the past two seasons, teaching gymnastics lessons, and managing the gym during the week.
When I saw that the Chamber of Commerce was in need of a new Co-Director, I was immediately drawn to the position, and knew it was something that I could not pass up. I felt strongly about the Chamber’s mission, and had a feeling this would be a perfect fit for me. I can’t wait to help impact this town in a positive way, and to be an agent of change in the area. I want to help others realize how many local opportunities are available, and to inspire all generations to become involved in their community. The passion to revitalize this area that I have witnessed from the chamber board of directors, business community, and staff is inspiring, and I am excited to be apart of it!