Allard’s Announcement

Posted September 30, 2005 at 4:52pm

Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) has announced four changes to his Washington, D.C., staff.

Roger Brown, an intern in Allard’s office in 1997, will serve as the Senator’s new legislative director. Previously, the 31-year-old was a legislative assistant in charge of budget and commerce issues. A native of Littleton, Colo., Brown is a 1996 graduate of the University of Denver, where he majored in English.

After serving as special counsel at the Department of Commerce, Ryan Smith, 28, has been hired as legal counsel for the Allard office. Apart from his main duties as office legal counsel, he will handle issues pertaining to the judiciary, trade and commerce. Another Littleton native, Smith earned his J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2002. [IMGCAP(1)]

Colette Williamson, of Washington, D.C., will aid in coordinating the Senator’s day-to-day activities following her promotion to assistant scheduler. She was promoted from her previous position as systems administrator assistant. Before going to work for Allard, Williamson served as assistant to the administrative director in the office of another prominent figure in Colorado politics, then-Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R).

Allard’s new Colorado press secretary is 26-year-old Carolyn Williams, also from Littleton. In her new role, Williams

will be responsible for facilitating state and local media outreach. Previously, Williams served as the public affairs coordinator for Peter Webb Public Relations of Denver. She also participated in President Bush’s re-election campaign as a staffer for the Colorado Republican Party, serving as deputy communications coordinator.

Session Shuffles Staff. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) recently made three new appointments to his D.C. staff and hired caseworkers for two of his district offices.

Liz Stillwell will serve as Sessions’ legislative assistant for health, education, labor and pensions issues. She has served in a similar capacity in the office of Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.). Prior to joining Sessions’ staff, Stillwell taught kindergarten in Northport, Ala. A native of Clarksville, Tenn., she graduated in 1999 from Belmont University in Nashville, with degrees in psychology and elementary education.

Lea Yerby, a doctoral student in health education and health promotion at the University of Alabama, has joined Sessions’ staff as a health policy fellow. Yerby received her master’s in human development and health sciences from the University of Alabama in 2000 and her bachelor’s from Belmont University in 2002. She hails from Kennedy, Ala.

After 12 years working at AT&T, where his most recent position centered around network security, Mark Richards, of West Jordan, Utah, has been hired as systems administrator. Richards has attended Carroll College and the University of Utah.

Brook Bamberg, of Selma, Ala., will serve as caseworker in Sessions’ Birmingham office. Before this appointment, Bamberg performed an internship with the Alabama Republican Party. She earned her bachelor’s from Samford University in August.

The Senator’s other new caseworker, Stephanie Smith, is a former intern who will operate out of Sessions’ Mobile office. Smith has also been an intern with Medical Outreach Ministries in Montgomery, Ala. She received her degrees in journalism and political science in 2005 at Auburn University, where along with her studies Smith worked as state and local editor for the Auburn Plainsman. She is a native of Pine Hill, Ala.