Homeland Helper

Posted January 29, 2003 at 3:44pm

Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, recently announced that Christine Healey will become Democratic counsel to the committee.

The longtime senior counsel to Democratic committee members has worked on a variety of intelligence legislation, including the U.S. Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act.

Healey, an aide to then-Rep. Barbara Kennelly (D-Conn.), has also served as an associate at Day, Berry and Howard.

The Harvard University grad holds a law degree from Georgetown University.

Regaining Gruber. Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) welcomes new Chief of Staff Michael Gruber — who earlier served as legislative director — back to Capitol Hill.

During his two-and-a-half-year hiatus from the Capitol’s corridors, Gruber worked in public relations in New York City and strategic communications in Washington, D.C.

Previously, Gruber held a variety of positions on Rep. George Nethercutt’s (R-Wash.) team, including campaign manager, legislative assistant and district director.

Gruber holds a bachelor’s from Washington State University.

Garden State Groupies. Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D-N.J.) office has a fresh look.

Former Legislative Director Jeff Carroll has been promoted to chief of staff, replacing Tim Yehl who is now chief of staff to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).

Carroll, who first joined Pallone’s team after graduating from George Washington University in 1997, has held a variety of posts in the Garden State Congressman’s office, including legislative assistant.

The 28-year-old hails from Lyndhurst, N.J.

Livingston, N.J., native Kathy Kulkarni gets the nod to take over as legislative director.

Kulkarni has served two previous stints as legislative assistant, and briefly worked as a policy analyst for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The 27-year-old Kulkarni holds a bachelor’s in medical anthropology from Brown University and a master’s in health science, health policy and management from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Legislative Assistant Jessica Lenard is the new staffer in charge of issues related to the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on the environment and hazardous materials, where Pallone is the ranking member.

Prior to arriving on the Hill, the 30-year-old Lenard was the Marina Operators Association’s associate director for government relations. She has also worked as a legislative staff assistant for the American Public Power Association.

A Fordham University graduate, Lenard hails from Kerhonkson, N.Y.

Former Legislative Assistant Jennifer Karch Cannata switches hats to become deputy press secretary.

The long-time Pallone staffer holds a double bachelor’s in business administration and communications rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh.

Cannata, 24, is from Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Raffi Vartian moves up a notch to legislative assistant covering a variety of issues, including immigration, agriculture and veterans.

Vartian, also 24, previously worked as staff assistant for the Congressman. The Burke, Va., native received a 2001 bachelor’s in social work from James Madison University.

Fresh from a stint on the 2002 Pallone for Congress campaign, Robert Clark joins the office as staff assistant.

While at Rutgers University, the political science and sociology major interned with the People for the American Way and the Department of the Army.

Clark, 22, is from Tinton Falls, N.J.