Kaela joins the Council with nearly fifteen years of experience in marketing, public relations, and strategic communications. Prior to joining the Council, Kaela’s work was centered in the aviation industry where she served as Public Information Specialist for the Austin Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas; airport marketing consultant for the Oregon-based Sixel Consulting Group; and Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager for the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in Columbia, South Carolina.
In 2017, Kaela published a children’s book, Zoey’s First Plane Ride, which offers a colorful, fun to read guidebook for kids preparing for their first airport experience. The book debuted as a bestselling children’s book on Amazon.
A Columbia native, Kaela graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Mass Communications. She is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives and has received certificates in crisis communication training from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Kaela has been recognized as Airport Business Magazine’s 40 Under 40, The State Newspaper’s “20 Under 40,” and the SC Black Pages’ list of “40 Under 40”. She is a graduate of Leadership Columbia and has been listed as a Woman of Influence by the Columbia Regional Business Report and by Southeastern Business Magazine.