New APWA staff

Kristina A. Tanasichuk has joined the government relations team to manage some of APWA's government affairs programs and projects designed to advance and promote the association's public policy advocacy priorities before internal and external audiences.

  Kristina A. Tanasichuk

Kristina joins APWA from Kanner & Associates, a boutique lobbying firm where she represented municipal electric utilities before Congress and the Administration. Prior to lobbying, she worked for the House Energy & Commerce Committee (formerly the House Commerce Committee) on electric utility restructuring, tracking the costs of federal regulations and unfunded mandates; and the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank where she performed national surveys and other research, wrote articles and organized meetings. She also worked for an association of Fortune 500 companies developing the association's positions on health care reform and assisting member companies comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Kristina has authored numerous publications and has a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University in Virginia, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Her joy in life is her three-year-old daughter, Kalyna.


Mark Tibbetts is APWA's new Senior Manager of Development. He will create and implement the association's new development program. He will work with a broad array of governmental and non-governmental organizations in seeking new mechanisms of support for APWA's programs.

  Mark Tibbetts

Mark has over ten years experience in grant writing, grant management, and the awarding of both federal and foundation grants. His background includes managing site operations and grant programs for PowerUp, a non-profit organization supported in part by the Case Foundation and the Waitt Family Foundation, which implemented a network of 300-plus community computer labs across the country. Mark also spent four years as a Program Officer with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Opportunities Program. He started his career managing several federal grants on the behalf of the University of Maine System.

Mark joined APWA from Cronin Communications Consultants, an Atlanta-based telecommunications consulting firm. He was responsible for business development and provided onsite training, market research, and community development services to his clients.

Mark holds his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Maine. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.

  Dira Grace

Dira A. Grace was a temporary employee with APWA and has joined the Washington, D.C. staff to take on the duties of Receptionist/Office Assistant, where she answers phones, prepares mailings, edits documents, and types memos and correspondence. Grace brings ten years of office experience to APWA.