By Lisa Moody Breslin; Photography by Amy McIntyre Devilbiss
South Hanover resident Justine Kilkelly became the manager of Main Street Hanover the first week of January 2015. With the new year and Kilkelly’s new role came another milestone for mindful economic expansion in Hanover. Main Street Hanover is a collective effort between the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, Hanover Borough and York County Economic Alliance.
Kilkelly has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and public relations, with a minor in art history from Duquesne University. She is engaged to Andrew Trucksess, a mechanical engineer with Volvo Construction. Kilkelly also enjoys time with her 10-year-old rescue, Mabel.
In a recent interview you noted that Main Street Hanover is well positioned to make some big leaps forward in 2015.Briefly describe some of the big leaps envisioned for Main Street Hanover in 2015.
We want to start funding our initiatives and priorities with grant money and private investments. We can make alot happen with hard work and generous donations, but having the funding to do some of the larger projects, like a new streetscape design or having a promotional budget would allow us to do so much more, make that big impact that will make people take notice.
Share three sources of personal and professional pride you are experiencing now.
Professional: a) Having so many merchants involved in our events and promotions, they are so supportive and dedicated to bringing about the revitalization of the downtown; b) Coordinating a Downtown Familiarization tour for elected officials and state agencies, showcasing the potential in our downtown; c) Our website. Personal: a) My upcoming wedding; b) Homeownership; c) Proud dog mom.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite book (right now)?
I listen to a lot of audiobooks, so the last book I listened to was Cukoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). It was very good. My favorite books tend to be thriller/mysteries or crime drama novels. I enjoy powerful female characters who take charge and solve mysteries. Nancy Drew was a favorite of mine growing up, so it makes sense that I still enjoy mysteries.
Favorite movie(s) – right now?
I love movies – I can’t think of my favorite one recently. I think my favorite TV shows right now are Scandal and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The person who inspires you professionally the most and why?
I am lucky to surround myself with very positive and inspiring women; however, my mom and dad inspire me the most in my professional life as well as my personal life. They are dedicated to everything they do, from work to volunteer opportunities. I get my work ethic from them.
Biggest thrill in your current job?
Planning events in the downtown with our Main Street merchants, that’s what I’ve been enjoying the most.
Changing people’s impressions about the downtown and showing them the potential that is there.
What is the impression that you most want to change about Hanover?
I want people to see what I see when I walk through the Main Street district. I see a downtown that is full of life and great things to do. I’m working hard to show people that side of the downtown.
When you feel down what lifts you up?
My fiance, my family, my dog, the people that love and support me no matter how down I feel. Having a support system is the best thing you can have to help you through any funk.
There are many new businesses in Hanover. Is there one more that either you dream of welcoming to the downtown area, or is there one more that you hear others people dream about?
There is no shortage of ideas about what businesses Hanoverians would like to see downtown. What I want is a business that is looking to be a part of something big, the revitalization of a downtown. I would love to see a business that can see that big picture change and can work with Main Street and other groups to make it happen. I’ve seen that spirit in all of the downtown merchants, we need more like them.