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Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough

Profile Updated: March 24, 2019
Residing In
Sherman Oaks, CA USA
Jeffrey Hartsough (Mt. Lebanon Class of 1966)
Management Consultant; Screenwriter/Producer
Jeff, born 1989
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Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough, Ph.D., has been the President of KH Consulting Group (KH) since 1986. KH offers management consultant services in strategic and organizational planning, business process improvements, and performance and management audits. KH has served more than 200 clients in 25 states and 9 foreign countries. She has an extensive career serving government (e.g., the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, County of Orange (CA), State of California, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and City and County of Denver); higher education and non-profit organizations; transportation networks (LAX, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, South Australia Department of Marines & Harbours, and Port Authority of New York-New Jersey); utilities (Metropolitan Water District, Illinois Power Company, Telstra (Australia), Southern California Edison, Colorado Public Service Company, Arizon Nuclear Generating Station, and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power); and other private sector entities (Fox Entertainment, Qantas Airways, BHP, Chrysler, Travelers’ Insurance, CBS, Fox, SAG-AFTRA, and Jim Henson). Prior to KH, she was a Managing Consultant at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).

She teaches public policy to international graduate students in the International Public Policy and Management Program (IPPAM) in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC). She also works with international delegations from China, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia with USC and the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

As a Screenwriter/Producer, she has written award-winning feature and short film screenplays. Three of her feature scripts are optioned, two have “Recommends” from CAA. Her short films (A PIG’S EAR, SLAP, and HELOISE) have screened at more than 50 festivals. SLAP stars Clancy Brown and Mel Rodriguez and had its world premiere at Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (1 of 320 selected out of 3,200 submissions). It has won festival awards, including audience awards, and toured with Tribeca’s American Now+Here tour. In her writing, she incorporates her experiences from corporate management, academia, government, bioterrorism, airports, and seaports to address social issues in her screenplays.

She holds a B.S. degree from Northwestern University; a master degree from Tufts University; Ph.D. and master degrees from the University of Virginia; a post-doctorate fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation; and a feature screenwriting certificate through UCLA Extension. She has served on various boards, including National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles (NAWBO-LA) (Board Member 2008-2011); Organization of Women Executives; Earth Protect (Advisory Council Member); and Northwestern University Entertainment Alliance (NUEA-West) (former Board Member). She is a member of Northwestern University’s Council of One Hundred (C100), LA’s Women’s Leadership Council, Film Independent (FIND) where she is a judge for the Spirit Awards, University of Virginia screenwriters’ group, and Women in Film (WIF), where she is also a Mentoring Circle Leader. She attended the Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference, Screenwriting Program. She’s been a semi-finalist twice for the Sundance Writers’ Lab.

School Story

In high school, I was involved with debate and Thespians, and was the one of the two Blue Devils my senior year.

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Apr 24, 2019 at 10:09 PM

Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 at 2:01 PM

I slipped on ice at a castle in Scotland on December 24th. After 2 days hobbling on what I thought was a horrific ankle sprain (hobbling about a mile a day), I went to ER in Scotland and found out that I had broken my ankle/fibula. We journeyed on with me in a soft cast and wheelchair for the next 2 weeks. Photo was taken in Liverpool, where we concluded our holiday. Back in LA, they put me in 3 hard casts, followed by soft cast, and again admonished me to not stand on my leg. After more than 2 months of not walking, I'm now in PT with my ankle still swollen. Any guidance on the recovery process? I still can't drive because it's my right leg. All in all, a major inconvenience getting around to client meetings and work. Interested if any others have guidance on the recovery process. Gayla

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Nov 13, 2018 at 2:21 PM

Posted on: Nov 12, 2018 at 5:40 PM

Despite the California fires in August, there are happy moments. Our son Jeff married Kate at 7,980 feet altitude above Lake Tahoe. The ashy skies cleared long enough to have blue skies for the ceremony and stars at night...

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Posted on: Oct 29, 2018 at 12:35 PM

My heart goes out to the lives lost at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.My sympathy goes out to the 11 lives lost and their friends, families, neighbors, and congregate members. If we're not gunning down school children, we're gunning down the elderly on a Saturday morning while in worship -- simply horrific! I have had friends in Los Angeles ask me about me Pittsburgh and the culture -- this is not the Pittsburgh I remember. Our nation is becoming one of hatred and it has to stop. A news reporter today said hatred against the Jews is like the canary in the cage -- a warning symbol of a deeper hatred targeted at anyone who is different. Our generation was about making peace, not war. How did we forget that? Let's make peace, not war.

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Sep 20, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Posted on: Sep 19, 2018 at 12:26 PM

I wanted to say THANK YOU for the kind birthday wishes and to pass along an insight. Recent studies show if you celebrate more birthdays that you live longer. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALL OF YOU IN 2018, 2019, 2020.... and on and on to 2049, 2050...

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Posted on: Jun 17, 2018 at 1:02 PM

Our son Jeff Hartsough is marrying Kate Macauley in August at Lake Tahoe. Very exciting! Our family's expanding! Gayla

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Nov 24, 2017 at 12:16 PM

BIG KUDOS to Sandi and everyone else who helped with the Class of '67 reunion! Sandi, your Thanksgiving greeting was so heartfelt. When I went online to post this thank you tribute to you, I realized we have so many classmates with ** by their names, indicating they are deceased. We have so much to be thankful for... Thank you again for bringing us all together. Gayla

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Nov 01, 2017 at 12:45 PM
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Oct 18, 2017 at 3:14 PM

On last observation for today. My husband and I stayed at the Marriott Spring Hill Suites in uptown Mt. Lebanon. This sign was posted on the elevator. We wanted to try some horseplay to see what would happen. Did anyone give it a whirl while there? Gayla

Oct 18, 2017 at 3:12 PM

I'm playing catch up on photos. I found the painted chairs in the Mt. Lebanon high school wing delightful! The students did a great job! Am thinking I should do that with some of our furniture. Any bold folks out there willing to pick up the brush? Gayla

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Oct 19, 2017 at 11:54 PM

Posted on: Oct 18, 2017 at 3:09 PM

When I was in Pittsburgh, Dan McKinley shared with me some of the Playbills from the productions were in together: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, JB, and THE WORLD OF CARL SANDBURG. Thoughts others might see their names also on them and have good memories as well. Foundation experiences in life... Gayla

Oct 18, 2017 at 2:50 PM

Here are some photos that my husband Jeffrey (Mt. Lebanon, Class of 66) took on his iPhone at the reunion. Some are from the high school tour and a few from the dinner that night. Happy time!

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Sep 24, 2017 at 6:47 PM

Posted on: Sep 24, 2017 at 1:59 PM

What a lovely weekend -- reconnecting, reliving, refreshing. Sandi, Cindy, et al, YOU ALL DID A FABULOUS JOB IN ORGANIZING AND EXECUTING EVERY DETAIL WITH GRACE AND COLLEGIALITY! Thank you for your hard work and making it all come together seamlessly!

PS We looked at the 30th video by James and you have just gotten more and more elegant and poised, Sandi, with each decade!

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Posted: Aug 27, 2017 at 12:10 PM
Gayla is married to Jeffrey Hartsough (Mt. Lebanon Class of 1966). They have one son Jeff (age 28), the handsome one on the left (who gets his good looks from his Dad).