Holly Ross will be taking over as the director of El Dorado Main Street

Holly Ross will be taking over as the director of El Dorado Main Street.

The Main Street Board recently selected Ross for the position. She started on Monday.

"I was attracted to the position because of the years I spent here, employed by the Chamber of Commerce," Ross said. "Because of my knowledge base, skill set, and experience with Kansas Main Street, Inc., I felt this would be the perfect move for me. I have always loved El Dorado, as a community, and am excited to be back."

Ross worked at the El Dorado Chamber for four years after returning home to Kansas after college. After the chamber, she spent 18 months as the executive director of Downtown Augusta, Inc.

"I am looking forward to working with all of the wonderful businesses again," Ross said. "I have made many wonderful friends in this business community over the years, and I am excited to be working closely with all of them again."

Ross, who was born and raised in Eureka, graduated from Eureka Jr. Sr. High School in 2003. My parents, Joel and Sharyl Edmondson, still reside in Eureka, where her mother is the high school librarian and her dad, a retired PRCA Steer Wrestler, installs living quarters in horse trailers, as well as construction/cabinetry.

Ross went to college, on a rodeo scholarship at NWOSU in Alva, Okla., where she majored in Wellness Promotion and minored in Spanish. She rodeoed four years at Alva, entering the breakaway and barrel racing.

She was married to Brandon Ross, an electrical lineman for Local Union 304, and they have a 3-year-old son, Wacey. They currently live a few miles north of the El Dorado Lake.

She said she is excited to go the extra mile at Main Street to ensure businesses reap the benefits of their membership. She encourages anyone to call, stop in or e-mail her any time.

Her goal is to do everything they can to promote and improve downtown El Dorado.

"After all, the downtown is the heart and soul of our community," Ross said.

Julie Clements can be reached at jclements@butlercountytimesgazette.com.