Jack Lavin -- chief
Lavin will primarily focus on directing the
federal stimulus program for Illinois, while assisting in the
management of the governor's office. He has served as the director
of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity since 2003.
Lavin has a master's degree in business with a specialization in
finance as well as a master's degree in international relations from
the University of Chicago.
Carolyn Brown Hodge -- deputy chief of staff
Hodge will assist the chief of staff in running the governor's
office in Springfield. She was previously the director of rural
affairs in the lieutenant governor's office. Hodge has been a leader
on the Rural Health Task Force, the Rural Water Task Force and the
Broadband Deployment Council.
Simone McNeil -- director of operations
McNeil will oversee the day-to-day operations of the governor's
office, a position she also held for six years in the lieutenant
governor's office. She brings a depth of management experience,
including serving for four years as human resources director in the
state treasurer's office. McNeil has a bachelor's degree from the
University of Illinois.
Robert Reed -- director of communications
Reed will manage media relations, a position he also held with
the lieutenant governor's office. He has an extensive journalism
background, previously working for Business Week, Chicago magazine,
Bloomberg Business News, WBBM-Newsradio 780 and as editor of Crain's
Chicago Business. Reed has a bachelor's degree in journalism from
Northern Illinois University.
Michelle Saddler -- director of policy
Saddler will oversee a number of policy initiatives, including
economic development, health care, education, housing, fiscal policy
and ethics. She brings strong financial management and public policy
experience, serving as director of investments for four years in the
state treasurer's office and later managing one of the nation's
top-performing investment pools for nearly 200 Illinois
municipalities. She holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton
University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International
Affairs and a master's degree in management from the Northwestern
Kellogg School of Management.
LaDawn Burnett -- senior policy adviser
Burnett will work on a range of policy initiatives, including
economic development, health care, education and fiscal matters.
Previously, Burnett was the director of policy and issues for the
lieutenant governor's office. She has a bachelor's degree in English
and political science from Valparaiso University.
Kate Tomford -- director of sustainability
Tomford will manage and advocate for the implementation of the
governor's green initiatives throughout the state. Well-versed in
environmental policy and sustainability initiatives, she was
previously a senior policy adviser in the lieutenant governor's
office, tasked with overseeing the Green Governments Coordinating
Council and other green projects. Tomford received a bachelor's
degree from Harvard University and a master's in environmental
science and policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of
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Cory Foster -- director of community affairs
Foster will act as a liaison to diverse communities throughout
Illinois, a position he also held for two years with the lieutenant
governor's office. He has extensive background working with
faith-based institutions and managing educational service programs,
such as the Learn and Serve America Program with the Illinois State
Board of Education. Foster also has extensively worked on media and
event coordination efforts. He has a bachelor's degree in criminal
justice from Drury University.
Jennifer Hoelzle -- director of scheduling and advance
Hoelzle will manage the governor's schedule as well as coordinate
travel and logistics. She was director of intergovernmental affairs
in the lieutenant governor's office. She holds a master's degree
from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.
Jay Stewart -- senior counsel
Stewart will provide legal counsel to the governor and assist the
general counsel in a number of capacities. He was previously the
executive director of the Better Government Association. Stewart
graduated from DePaul University College of Law.
Sean Vinck -- chief legislative counsel
Vinck will be the governor's primary representative in the
Illinois General Assembly. He has worked with Illinois legislators
over the past two years as legislative counsel to the lieutenant
governor. Vinck received a bachelor's degree, master's degree and
J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.
David Vaught -- senior adviser to the governor
Vaught will consult and advise the governor on a range of policy
matters, including fiscal and economic development issues. He
previously served Quinn as a key adviser in the treasurer's office.
Vaught is a West Point graduate.
[Text from news release from
the governor's office]