Meet the Chamber Staff
Raymond Santillo is the Retiring Executive Director for the Ellwood City Area Chamber of Commerce. As a lifelong resident of Ellwood City, Ray has great pride in the community and is excited to be a part of that growth.
Ray was a Middle School Teacher and Coach at Riverside School District in Beaver County until 1996. He then continued with the District when he became the Elementary School Principal until 2011 when he retired. He and his wife now own and operate the Half-Pint Kids, Inc. Company in Ellwood City.
Ray already has a tremendous amount of involvement in the Ellwood City community. He has been very involved in sports throughout his life, the Wolves Club for years and served on several committees and boards. Ray was part of the group that founded the Gobblers Gallop in 1995 and is still the Head Timer at the event that just celebrated its 20th year. He was also involved with starting the Annual Ellwood City Oktoberfest in 2010 with the Wolves Club.
Ray lives in Ellwood City with his wife, LuAnn and they have four grown children.
Ray’s favorite motto is “Don’t Fear Criticism – The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball, they fight no fights and they make no mistakes, because they attempt nothing. Down in the Arena are the Doers. They make mistakes, because they attempt many things.”
Jillian D’Amico Court is the Executive Director of Media and former Executive Assistant of the Chamber. Jillian grew up in Ellwood City and graduated from Lincoln High School in 2009. She graduated from Allegheny College with a BS in Environmental Science in 2013. Jillian worked as an Administrative Coordinator for Brandenburg Industrial Service Company. They were contracted to demolish the Horsehead Corporation located in Beaver County where the Shell ethylene cracker plant is currently being built. Then, in 2015, she moved to Charlotte, NC to work as the Environmental Field Engineer at Duke Energy Riverbend Steam Station for Brandenburg. Jillian did not enjoy being away from her family and friends; therefore, she decided to move back to Ellwood City in September 2016 after the project was completed.
Jillian married Josh Court in 2017 and settled in Ellwood City. They have a cat named Charlotte.
Jillian was lucky to become involved with the chamber in November 2016 as the volunteer director of Ellwood City Community Enrichment (ECCE) which coordinates the Lawrence County Earth Day Celebration in Ewing Park, the Summer Concert Series at the community plaza, and the Storytelling Festival in Ewing Park.
Since returning to Ellwood City, Jillian has grown to appreciate the small town life. Jillian is ecstatic to work with the Ellwood City Chamber and bring some fresh ideas to the table to make Ellwood City a better community to live in.
Loralei Gallaher-Hink is the Executive Director of Membership, and lifelong resident of the Ellwood City Area. She graduated from Riverside High School in 2008 and attended California University of Pennsylvania where she received a BA in History in 2013. In May of 2014 she married Nicholas Hink, who also grew up in Ellwood City. They settled in West Pittsburg, where they still live with their son Brixton.
From the fall of 2014 until July of 2018, Loralei worked as the event planner for The Jacqueline House of Wilmington, which her mother-in-law bought and still owns and operates. She helped create and grow the events portion of The Jacqueline House, making it a successful and thriving events venue. This is where her love for event coordinating and community began.
Although she is not a resident of Ellwood City currently, her love for the town and surrounding areas has continued to grow over the years and she is in awe at what has been achieved by the Chamber, Ellwood City Revitalization, and businesses (both new and old). Her mother and father were born and raised in Ellwood and she is honored and excited for what the future holds for herself, the chamber, and the community.