Meet the Chamber Staff
Raymond Santillo has been hired as the new 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 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 for long periods of time; therefore, she decided to move back to Ellwood in September 2016 after the project was over.
Jillian is engaged to Josh Court who also grew up in Ellwood where they met at Lincoln High School. They are getting married in September 2017.
Since returning to Ellwood, 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.
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.
She is very excited to be a part of community events and to attract more people to the Ellwood City area. Ellwood has the potential to become a prosperous, quaint town and Jillian wants to be involved in that mission. She has some new ideas that hopefully will come to fruition one day.