My Story

Hagan Family

Thanks for coming to my website. I’ll take this moment to introduce myself. I’m a wife, a mother, and a working woman who cares deeply about our community, our region, and our state.

My grandparents were Italian and Irish immigrants that came to this country to find a better life. They worked with their hands to build a better future for my parents. I’m so grateful for their hard work.

My mother was a passionate public educator. She was the kind of woman that knew teaching was much more than a job. It was a calling, a skill. My father was an abstract painter and professor at Youngstown State University. He constantly challenged my siblings and me to think differently and follow our dreams.

So after studying dance, I graduated from Ohio University and moved to New York City to pursue a career as a modern dancer.

When I moved back home, I met a railroad engineer named Bob Hagan. He was running for the Ohio House. We fell in love on the campaign trail. It was the best time of my life.

After he proposed, he joked that he was marrying me so I couldn’t run against him.

Lepore-Hagan Family

I took a job working at Youngstown State University and over the past 27 years, I’ve risen to become the Director of the Performing Arts Series. All the while, I’ve raised 2 kids on the Northside of Youngstown and fostered a serious political activism. I’ve been a ferocious advocate of the arts in Youngstown as well, while supervising YSU staff members, administering YSU department budgets, and securing hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for music and theater programs at YSU. Throughout, I’ve been active in my community, holding positions on the board of directors for the Youngstown

Area Urban League, the Youngstown Area Arts Council, Potential Development, and the Ballet Western Reserve.

Now, I’m ready to serve Youngstown, Struthers, Campbell, Lowellville, Coitsville, and Austintown in the Ohio house. I’m ready to bring the lessons I’ve learned as a community leader and the convictions I’ve developed as a mother to Columbus. I’m ready to shake up the status quo with a woman’s voice. I’m ready for this challenge.