Sydney was born at Uniontown hospital, when it still had a maternity ward, and was raised in Bear Rocks, Bullskin Township. Sydney attended Champion Christian School through middle school before graduating from Connellsville Area High School. Growing up, Sydney spent much of her time outdoors, whether it was hiking, camping, swimming in the lake, or simply sitting on the porch talking late into the night with her Gram and Pappy in Braznell Patch in Grindstone.
This opportunity to be close with her great grandparents was transformative in Sydney’s life. It also allowed her to be connected to the history of Southwest Pennsylvania and her extended family of coal miners. The other defining part of Sydney’s childhood was growing up alongside a family business. Starting at 14, Sydney began working as a face painter and costumed character at various locations across the east coast including our own Idlewild Park, Kennywood, and the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Over the years, Sydney learned to manage the family’s business including leading teams of twenty and engaging in operational efficiency.
After taking a year off, Sydney started college at Youngstown State University in Ohio. It is here that she met her husband, Ryan. Wishing to be closer to home, Sydney later transferred to the University of Pittsburgh to complete her bachelor’s degree in political science. Currently, Sydney is pursuing a master’s degree full time from West Virginia University. Sydney has spent much of her professional career gaining experience within community-based non-profits.
Deciding to raise their family here in the Laurel Mountain (Fay-West) region, Sydney and Ryan purchased a ranch in Scottdale. They now have three sons; Ren is 3, Rowan is turning 2, and Hudson is 5 months. They also have two spaniels, Apple and Olive. In their (limited) spare time, Sydney and her family still enjoy the outdoors, including gardening, hiking, and swimming, and enjoying live music whenever possible. Sydney and her family belong to a congregation in Greensburg where they regularly attend services.