Main Street Vermilion is pleased to announce that Kate Repola will assume the position of executive director at Main Street Vermilion beginning January 1, 2023. Repola will succeed Marilou Suszko who is retiring after serving in that role for the past 7 years.
“The Main Street board and staff are confident that this transition of leadership will come with new ideas and beneficial community partnerships,” said Eileen Bulan, board president. “We will continue our commitment to the work of the organization, which includes community beautification, revitalization and economic development.”
Repola, who is an active community volunteer, currently serves as the chair of the Parks & Recreation Board and has been actively involved in the Main Street Beach and Park project.
Repola was born, raised and educated in Vermilion. She graduated from Bowling Green State University and worked for the City of Beachwood as the communication coordinator before moving back to her hometown. Married to Kurt Repola, they have two children, Max and Georgia who attend Vermilion High School.
“Working for Main Street Vermilion feels like a logical choice for me” said Repola. “I love Vermilion, have strong ties to the community and my work experience with retail businesses provides me with a unique perspective that will be helpful in this position.”
“Main Street Vermilion’s biggest asset is its extraordinary volunteers,” she added. “Having served as a volunteer, I know they are key to the success of Main Street Vermilion and look forward to working with them as we advance the organization’s vision and projects.”
“My goal as director is to stay the course by continuing to expand on Main Street's current projects and mission and keep an eye on the future,” said Repola. “There is more work to be done and exciting plans ahead.”
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