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Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough

Profile Updated: October 18, 2017
Residing In
Sherman Oaks, CA USA
Spouse/Partner
Jeffrey Hartsough (Mt. Lebanon Class of 1966)
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Occupation
Management Consultant; Screenwriter/Producer
Children
Jeff, born 1989
How many years have you been married?

34

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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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Oct
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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

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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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Sep 24, 2017 at 2:11 PM

Posted on: Sep 23, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Hi, Cucamonga Chiropractor James, My husband Jeffrey and I just watched your 30th anniversary video. Fun to see our son Jeff (then age 7) on the high school tour. You may want to fix the link on the announcement page. It has an extra period in youtube. Thanks for sharing! See you in 10!
Here is the correct link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KefcosoyBAs

Sep
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Sep 23, 2017 at 4:52 PM

Some classmates asked about seeing one of my short films. Here is the link to one of them. It has screened in about 50 festivals and won audience and festival awards. It's called SLAP, starring Clancy Brown and Mel Rodriguez. Fun seeing you et al! Gayla

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/76722886 (please do not post in YOUTUBE)
Password: SlapSlapSlap

Sep 23, 2017 at 4:33 PM

I remember Wendy in 5th and 6th grade at Jefferson. We used to hang out together at recess because the boys wouldn't let us join them in 4-square. She didn't care. I did. Carol, you're right, she was mature beyond her years! Sad to see her gone. Gayla

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Sep 21, 2017 at 1:16 PM
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Sep 19, 2017 at 7:07 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!

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Sep 19, 2017 at 7:02 PM
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Sep 19, 2017 at 7:43 PM

Posted on: Sep 17, 2017 at 9:59 AM

Thank you all for singing HAPPY BIRTHDAY last night. I never imagined 200 people would sing for me. Very special. Many thanks. Great reconnecting with so many. Gayla

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Sep 13, 2017 at 9:47 AM

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Sep 10, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Andee was very special. I got to know her first as an artist and then as a sister when Warner was fighting cancer. Ironically, she contracted the same cancer and died before he did. When I got married the first time, she gave me an English pence/penny to put in my shoe. I have kept it all these years as a memory of Andee. She was a gentle and talented soul. Gayla

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Sep 12, 2017 at 12:36 PM

Posted on: Sep 10, 2017 at 2:35 PM

Thank you, Sandi, for you and your committee's hard work in planning and executing the 1967 class reunion -- no easy task. Looking forward to seeing you. All of your work is much appreciated!

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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).