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Leadership

WGR is driven by our dedicated leadership, comprised of top government relations professionals with decades of experience in the field. WGR relies on its volunteer leaders to provide guidance, program support, and initiative management.

Members of the board of directors are volunteers of the organization as an individual and not as a representative of their organization.

Board of Directors

Kate Shenk
Kate Shenk

President

Director of Regulatory Affairs
National Biodiesel Board

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Jacki Ball
Jacki Ball

President Elect

Director of Government Affairs
National PTA

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Kathleen Coulombe
Kathleen Coulombe

Secretary

Vice President,
Retirement Security
American Council of
Life Insurers

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Tamra Spielvogel
Tamra
Spielvogel

Treasurer

Senior Program Manager, Environmental Policy
National Association of
Home Builders

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Suzanne Swink
Suzanne Swink

Immediate Past President

Senior Director, US Government Affairs
BP America Inc.

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Ashton Barry
Ashton Barry

Director

AE Team Lead
Quorum

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Chatrane Birbal
Chatrane Birbal

Director

Director, Policy Engagement
Society for Human Resource Management

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Allison Dembeck
Allison
Dembeck

Director

Executive Director, Congressional & Public Affairs
US Chamber of Commerce

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Emily Duncan
Emily Duncan

Director

Director, Federal
Government Relations
National Grid

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Channon Hanna
Channon Hanna

Director

Principal
Carpi & Clay

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Alpha Lillstrom Cheng
Alpha Lillstrom Cheng

Director

President
Lillstrom Cheng Strategies, LLC

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Apiyo Oloya
Apiyo Oloya

Director

Special Advisor
Department of Justice

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Cicely Tomlinson
Cicely Tomlinson

Director

Legislative Issues Consultant
Mutual of Omaha

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Julie Warner
Julie Warner

Director

Data Scientist
U.S. Agency for International Development

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Liz Westbrook
Liz Westbrook

Director

Government Relations Advisor
Buchanan Ingersoll
& Rooney PC

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Staff

Emily Bardach
Emily Bardach

Executive Director

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Laura Ransone
Laura Ransone

Associate Director

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Erin Roosa
Erin Roosa

Association Administrator

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Kate Belinski
Katherine
Belinski

General Counsel

Partner
Ballard Spahr LLP
National Law Firm

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Jennifer Galloway

Development Counsel

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Maggie Rauck

Development Counsel

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Kelly Bobek

Volvo Group
North America, Inc.

Officer 2000-2004
Board 1995-2000

Past President
2006 Distinguished
Member Award

Anna Davis
Anna Davis

Officer 2012–2014
Board 2010–2012

Anne Esposito
Anne Esposito

PhRMA

Officer 1999–2002
Board 1996–1999

Past President
2005 Distinguished
Member Award

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Laurie-Ann Flanagan
Laurie-Ann Flanagan

DC Legislative & Regulatory Services, Inc

Officer 2010–2012
Board 2006–2010

Lucy Gettman
Lucy Gettman

Women in Government

Officer 2014–2016
Board 2012–2014

Abby Jagoda
Abby Jagoda

International Council of
Shopping Centers

Board 2014–2017

Amanda Karhuse
Amanda Karhuse

National Association of Secondary School Principals

Board 2015–2019

Erin Morton
Erin Morton

Cavarocchi, Ruscio, Dennis Associates LLC

Board 2014–2017

Jessica Naake
Jessica Naake

Deloitte

Board 2014–2016

LeeAnn Petersen
LeeAnn
Petersen

Professional Women
in Advocacy

Officer 2010–2014
Board 2006–2010

Past President
2014 Distinguished
Member Award

Liz Reicherts
Liz Reicherts

Officer 2006–2012
Board 2003–2006
Board 2012–2013

Past President
2011 Distinguished
Member Award

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Katie Schubert
Katie Schubert

Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Officer 2015–present
Board 2013–2015

Past President

Meredith Shue
Meredith Shue

Strategic Advisor

Accenture

Officer 2015–2018
Board 2012–Present

Past President

Peggy Tighe
Peggy Tighe

Powers, Pyles, Sutter
and Verville, PC

Officer 2001–2008

Past President
2008 Distinguished
Member Award

Mallika Vastare
Mallika Vastare

National Association of Home Builders

Board 2016–2019

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Katie Vlietstra
Wonnenberg

National Association for the Self-Employed
Officer 2012–2016
Board 2010–2012

Past President
2015 Distinguished
Member Award

Fellowship Chair

Laura Vogel
Laura Vogel

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

Officer 2012–2014
Board 2010–2012

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