Duncan named PR director for Hamilton Township Schools

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

The void in Hamilton Local Schools left after the unexpected passing of long-time Public Relations Director Vince Payne on Feb. 8 was filled by the school board on May 10 with the hiring of Kaitlin Duncan, who previously served as interim director.

She was first hired as a public relations specialist in September 2020.

“Kaitlin has proven to be a hardworking, dedicated employee for our district,” said Hamilton Schools Superintendent Mark Tyler. “With the loss of Vince Payne, Kaitlin has become a vital member of our district’s administrative team. I have every confidence she will make a smooth transition into the director of public relations role.”

Duncan’s resume includes: a bachelor of arts in public relations and marketing communications from Ohio Dominican University; a master of science in business psychology from Franklin University; marketing manager for the Ohio Insurance Agents Association, and account executive with Involve, LLC.

“I was so lucky to work with him (Payne) for the time that I did,” said Duncan, who also serves as a Hamilton Middle School cheerleading coach. “When the director position was offered to me, I knew that Vince had given me the tools I needed to fulfill this role. I hope to keep Vince’s legacy going, and to do what would have made him proud.”

Duncan originally came to the district three years ago when she started coaching the middle school cheerleading squad. She led the team to first-place honors in their first year of competition and also serves on the junior high committee for Ohio High School Cheerleading Coaches Association.

“My husband is an alum of Hamilton Local School District and an employee of the village of Obetz, so it made sense for us to stay in this area,” said Duncan. “We love living in Obetz, as it is so close to downtown Columbus and is experiencing a lot of growth. When I was job hunting, Hamilton Local School District was extremely attractive to me as it was close to home, has a great atmosphere of family and community, and named as Top Workplace by ‘Columbus CEO.’”

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