New APWA staff

Anne J. Allen has joined the APWA staff as Accountant. She will be assisting Teri Newhouse and Mary Coleman with the accounting functions. She comes to us from Springfield, Illinois where she was working at Sikich, LLC, a local accounting firm. Prior to working in Springfield, she had been working as assistant controller for an investment advisory firm in suburbia Philadelphia for nearly two years.

Anne received a B.S. in Accounting from Iowa State University in 2005. She is currently residing in Olathe, Kansas. Anne enjoys participating in community theatre and orchestra. She has plans to return to school in the fall of 2008 in pursuit of an MBA.

Gail Ann Clark has joined APWA's Washington, D.C. office as Special Assistant to the Executive Director. She assists the Executive Director by managing special projects and daily activities, serves as staff contact for the CPWA Board, and works to advance the CPWA legislative agenda.

Gail has 15 years of association experience with the Risk Management Association where she worked in member and chapter relations, managing 30-plus chapters, membership recruitment, educational offerings, and community bank relationships in the southeastern U.S.

A native of Washington, D.C., Gail has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Elon University in North Carolina. She and her husband Don reside in Falls Church, VA and have two children and two grandchildren. Her daughter Laura and family reside in Amsterdam, NL and her son Ryan and his wife reside in Oakton, VA. Gail enjoys travel, photography, and reading in her spare time.

Maggie Doucette has joined APWA in the Washington, D.C. office as a Government Affairs Associate. Maggie will provide support to the association's government affairs program, including the implementation of the association's public policy and advocacy goals.

Maggie joins APWA from the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA) in Washington, D.C., where she was a Legislative and Policy Coordinator, working directly under the Managing Director of Tax Policy. At NCSHA, Maggie was responsible for helping develop and advance NCSHA's tax-related policies and priorities. Before joining NCSHA, Maggie worked for Strategic Media, a political media buying firm in Georgetown during the pivotal 2006 elections.

Maggie is a 2006 graduate of Monmouth University in New Jersey. At Monmouth, Maggie studied Political Science and Communications. During her tenure at school, Maggie held several internships. She was employed by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Coast Guard, working under the International Affairs Division on their Nuclear Nonproliferation Program. During this time, Maggie also completed a graduate-level class on the impact of September 11 in today's world. Prior to her internship with the Coast Guard, Maggie interned with Connelly and McLaughlin in Manhattan, NY, a prestigious public relations and lobbying firm. Maggie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Monmouth University; she also held executive positions for the Political Science Club, as well as the Political Science Honor Society.

Brian Sullivan recently joined APWA as the Chapter Relations Program Manager. In his role he is responsible for the development and implementation of programs and services at the national level targeted to higher education students and young professionals. He will also serve as a knowledge resource and liaison to chapters in establishing initiatives, benchmarks, and goals to increase young professional member outreach.

Brian was previously employed as a Special Projects Manager with the Kansas City-based American Academy of Family Physicians. His duties included directing key programmatic activities of the Americans In Motion initiative related to health and wellness for young people.

For more than 10 years, Brian served in various Kansas and Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit youth-serving organizations including the Kansas Office for Community Service, the Points of Light Foundation, and the National Network for Youth. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in membership-based nonprofit administration, program planning and management, technical assistance, resource development, and community relationship-building.

Brian holds a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas in Lawrence and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.