Serving Stupak

Posted April 17, 2007 at 6:11pm

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) has added a pair of new staffers to his office.

Stacy Welling, 30, will serve as deputy chief of staff. [IMGCAP(1)]

Before joining Team Stupak, Welling worked for Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) from 2003 to 2007. Before that, she was the foundation director/assistant community relations for OSF Saint Francis Hospital from 2002 to 2003.

An “avid hunter/outdoorswoman,” Welling wrote in an e-mail that “back in the day [she] competed in high school and college national cheerleading competitions.”

From Powers, Mich., Welling earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and public relations from Northern Michigan University in 2000. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the same institution in 2002. [IMGCAP(2)]

Also new to the office as an executive assistant and scheduler is Rachel Stevenson, 23. Previously, Stevenson worked during 2006 as a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party and as an intern for Progressive Capitol.

A 2006 honors graduate in political science and communications, legal institutions, economics, and government from American University, Stevenson is from Marquette, Mich.

Carper’s Crew. There are a quartet of new staffers in the office of Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.).

New as communications director is Bette Phelan.

Before joining the office, Phelan worked as assistant director of university relations at Lehigh University. Prior to that, she worked for then-Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) as his communications director from 1993 to 2005. She also worked as communications director for the Democratic Leadership Council from 1992 to 1993, as press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Education in 1992, as deputy press secretary for the late Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey (D) from 1988 to 1992, as communications director for Bucks County Commissioners from 1986 to 1988, and as a news reporter for the Amarillo Globe-News from 1984 to 1986.

“I write screenplays,” Phelan added in an e-mail. “Although none have been optioned or produced yet, I have great hope that someday Hollywood will call!”

From Quakertown, Pa., Phelan earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies and French from American University in 1979. She went on to earn a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1983.

Coming to the office as a legislative assistant is Racquel Russell, 28. Previously, Russell worked as a senior legislative associate for the National Governors Association from 2005 to 2007 and as a legislative assistant for then-Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) in 2004.

A native of Coral Springs, Fla., Russell graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2000. In 2003, she earned a law degree from The George Washington University.

Sean Barney, 32, also will work as a legislative assistant in the office.

Previously, Barney served as a rifleman in the Marine Corps, where he was given a Purple Heart for an injury he received in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2006. In 2005, Barney worked as a senior policy adviser at Third Way: A Strategy Center for Progressives. He also previously worked as a legislative assistant for Carper from 2001 through 2004, as a policy director for Carper for Senate in 2000, and as a speechwriter for former Sen. Bill Bradley’s (D-N.J.) unsuccessful presidential campaign from 1999 to 2000.

Barney wrote in e-mail that he was “awarded New York Times Young Citizen Award in 1994 for starting a community-service alliance of high school students from Newark, N.J., and the surrounding suburbs.”

From Chatham, N.J., Barney received his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1998 and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University in 1999. This fall he will begin a joint program in law and public policy that will result in a law degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University in 2011.

Finally, Trevor Kincaid, 24, will work as deputy press secretary in the office.

Before coming aboard, Kincaid worked as deputy press secretary for the Center for American Progress from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that, he was North Florida deputy director of the Florida Democratic Victory in 2004. From 2002 to 2003, he worked as an administrative assistant in the Florida Senate.

Kincaid also wrote in an e-mail that he “taught high school history in Florida and [is] a certified mountain guide.”

The Durham, N.C., native earned his bachelor’s degree in history and education from Florida State University in 2005.