New Roles in the Santa Clarita Valley – Feb-Mar 2019
Assemblymember Christy Smith is a native of Santa Clarita and public servant. As a freshman, Smith was recently named Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, in addition to her other committee assignments including the Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy Committee and the Education Committee. A graduate of Hart, Christy attended College of the Canyons and graduated with honors from UCLA. After graduating, Christy started her career in public service as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Education. While raising two daughters in Santa Clarita with her husband Phil, Christy has served as a PTA and site council member before being elected to the Newhall School Board for two terms. She served as chair of the successful Measure E Prop 39 bond campaign for the Newhall District, which has provided $60 million in resources for facility and technology upgrades. She formerly co-chaired “Raising the Curtain”, a capital campaign to refurbish the historic Newhall Elementary Auditorium to make it a performing arts resource for the community.
California 25th District
Katie Hill has been sworn in as the Congresswoman for CA-25, where she has been a lifelong resident. She is representing the Santa Clarita, Simi, and Antelope Valleys. Hill previously served as the Executive Director of People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), the largest provider of homelessness services in the State of California, where she spent her career working with health care providers, law enforcement, and employers to oversee hundreds of government contracts, manage a $50 million budget, and move thousands of families and veterans off the street and into permanent homes. She has already taken D.C. by storm, and was elected by her peers to serve as the Freshman Co-Representative to Leadership. Hill will serve on the House Armed Services Committee, and is awaiting further committee assignments. Hill is tossing politics-as-usual and side-stepping Washington insiders to bring her bold and practical approach to D.C.
Junior Chamber International, Santa Clarita
Taylor Kellstrom has been appointed as President At 28 years old one can say Taylor is one accomplished young man. Realtor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker he is the perfect match for this position. His well-rounded background accompanied with education and experience allows him a very unique combination to lead the Jaycees into a more successful year. While in college he started the SCV Book Exchange, a bookstore that supplies text books and supplies and a much lower cost than anywhere in the Santa Clarita Valley. He also has served on the board as President for Circle of Hope. Additional to this he has been a long-time Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For his service to the community he has received several nominations and awards to include being a JCI 40 Under Forty and nominated for Santa Clarita Valley’s Man of the Year. When he’s not giving back to the community Taylor uses his knowledge of Santa Clarita to find the perfect house for home buyers. For one year, he will sit as President and we will see great things from the Jaycees under his direction.
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