ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Carola Lillie Hartley
by J. Andre Andrepont
Carola Lillie Hartley is a Louisiana native and the author of many published works. With a career spanning over 30 years in Community and Tourism Development and Downtown Revitalization, she has discovered and celebrated the histories of interesting and diverse cities from Louisiana to Kentucky to New Jersey; yet Opelousas still holds her heart.
Early in her professional career, Carola served as the Executive Secretary for the Greater Opelousas Chamber of Commerce. She later worked as a decorating consultant, and owned her own business for several years. She also served as the consultant for Louisiana Open House in 1990 while working for the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of Tourism. She served on the Louisiana Rural Tourism Task-force and worked with the Louisiana State University Sea Grant Program to created a plan for developing tourism opportunities in Louisiana’s rural communities. She directed Main Street downtown revitalization organizations in her hometown of Opelousas, LA, Greensburg, KY, Nicholasville, KY, Newton, NJ and Bridgeton, NJ. She served as a Regional Captain for Kentucky Main Street, and was the chairperson of the South Jersey Main Street Coalition.
During her lifetime, Carola has not only managed and directed volunteers, but has been an active volunteer as well. She was involved in international Cultural Exchange for over twenty years serving as a Regional Director for International Cultural Exchange Services and hosting students from several different countries. She also served as chairperson of the Opelousas Tourism and Activities Committee, the Opelousas Historic District Commission, the Opelousas Film Commission, the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center, Le Vieux Village du Poste des Opelousas Historic Village and volunteered for many other community groups. She was a member of the Nicholasville, KY Rotary Club and is currently a member of the Bridgeton, NJ Rotary Club. She serves on the Board of Directors for the New Sweden Colonial Farmstead and the Cumberland County Women’s Hall of Fame.
Carola and her husband, Tim resided in Bridgeton, site of the largest historic district in New Jersey, for over six years. They have recently moved to Dubach in north Louisiana.
Carola and Tim Hartley share three children, her son, André Andrepont, who resides in Opelousas with his wife Angelic Lafleur Andrepont and their daughter, Jillian Leigh. His two daughters Danielle Hartley, who resides in Breaux Bridge, LA. and Heather Hartley Park, who resides in Breaux Bridge, LA with her husband Corey Park and their daughter Autumn.