Crystal Taylor has an unabashed love for the region where she lives and the people who live here. With her lightning bolt energy, sunny personality, and enormous powers of persuasion, she has channeled that affection into giving back to the Twin Ports in ways that have already made a lasting impact.
Perpetual Performer and Teacher
A born performer, Crystal started tap and ballet at age three and began figure skating at age seven at the Superior Figure Skating Club. “I have always loved being an entertainer,” she says with a smile. “I enjoy engaging people and getting people excited about whatever they are doing.”
Teaching figure skating was also the start of Crystal’s pursuit of working with kids, especially with young women on not only their athletic skills but also with their self esteem as well. “If I can be a role model to young women in our community, that is everything.”
Recalling her start as a cheerleader in sixth grade, she explains, “I loved getting the crowd cheering and involved.” Through a family friend, she got involved with Cheer America at age 16 while she was a cheerleader at Superior Senior High School.
Cheer America, a non-profit organization, is a cheerleading and dance program for children ages 4 to 16. The program also promotes improved coordination and physical fitness, personal esteem, and working as a cooperative team member with other children on the cheerleading squad.
Crystal continues as a Cheer America coach, with her own group of over 100 girls. “I love kids and the opportunity to shape them as future leaders and teach them about being positive with each other. The chance to mentor girls through Cheer America is one of the most important and rewarding parts of my life,” she says.
Never one to sit down, Crystal has always loved staying physically active herself. Whether rollerblading, exploring state parks, or salsa and belly dancing, she is always on the move.
Volunteer on the Job and Off
Crystal went to the University of Wisconsin, Superior, initially pursuing a degree in elementary education with a minor in special education. As a senior, she decided to take a different route and worked with her advisors to create her own individualized youth development degree. Since graduating, she has used the elements of that major in every job or volunteer opportunity.
Her career path and her community volunteering have always involved working to help others and to leave the communities in better shape. She worked diligently with Arc Northland for over four years where her job was focused on helping people with developmental disabilities and their families.
Her volunteerism has included work with the Young Athletes Foundation, Memorial Blood Center, and the Extreme Home Makeover Project. “I am especially passionate about non-profits,” she explains.
Crystal was hired by the city of Duluth as a development coordinator. One major project was working on the renovation of Enger Tower. Instrumental in fund raising, recruiting volunteers, finding community partners, and working on the celebration for the King of Norway’s visit, Crystal explains, “To see that Tower come to life and to have the big celebration was really rewarding.”
Crystal has now brought her public relations expertise to Westmoreland Flint to work as a project manager. She loves being part of a talented team and working in a creative atmosphere.
She also enjoys the people she has met and the volunteer endeavors she has taken part in through Rotary 25. Travel within the United States and abroad in the Young Professionals’ Exchange Programs is one of Crystal’s future goals.
Crystal and Tony Rubin got engaged in October of last year. He is in his second year of law school at Hamline University’s weekend law program and serves in this region as a Law Library Consultant.
Tony is the Board Chair for Duluth’s Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA). He is also active on the local music scene and is in a band with his father, Mark Rubin.
Crystal says, “We share a passion for the City of Duluth and love to work hard together to make our city even greater. Tony and I both love to entertain, me through my dancing and him through his music. We know we are very blessed and enjoy giving back by volunteering for non-profits and supporting local causes that are important to us. We often go to fundraisers for our date nights. We love to share our talents with the world and inspire others.”
Looking ahead to her future career goals, life goals, and family goals, she adds, “No matter what I do, I strive to reach the top.”