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LSS Committee Members

LSS has standing committees to help guide the goals of the staff section, set priorities for each year, facilitate interaction and participation with all LSS members, and assist the work of the LSS liaison. Any LSS member can serve on a standing committee. Please contact Aurora Hauke, Chair of LSS, or Stacy Householder, LSS Liaison, for more information to volunteer to serve.

Awards Committee
Mission: To interpret and apply the standards set forth in the Leadership Staff Section achievement award criteria relative to the nomination and selection of the two LSS Achievement Awards. Announce deadlines for nominations and ensure a timely process to enable the Committee ample time to thoroughly review all nominations and make selections of award recipients.

Chair:
Stewart Willis (KY)

Members: 
Mechelle Evans (LA)
Jen Jankowski (UT)

Bylaws Committee
Mission: To review any suggested changes in the Bylaws of the Leadership Staff Section and make recommendations to the LSS Executive Committee.

Chair:
Vacant

Members: 
Lesli Sorensen (AZ)
Terri Franks-Smith (ID)
Jen Jankowski (UT)
Mandy Davis (MS)

Communications Committee
Mission: Working closely with the Outreach Committee, to ensure regular and effective communication of LSS activities and benefits of membership with appropriate legislative staff in the states and territories.

Chair:
Mary Sue Jones (ID)

Members:
Janeen Halverson (UT)
Brandon Hatfield (WV)
Jen Jankowski (UT)
Peter Dodds (WA)
Holly Caraway (AL)

Finance and Fundraising Committee
Mission: To oversee the LSS "Officers' Fund," which may be used by LSS Executive Committee members and LSS representatives to NCSL's LSCC to supplement travel expenses when participation is otherwise limited by state travel restrictions. To oversee other fundraising efforts by LSS.

Chair:
Mechelle Evans (LA)

Members:
Naomi Miller (TX)
Nancy Butcher (WV)
Felisha Sutherland (WV)
Stewart Willis (KY)

Nominations Committee
Mission: From our general membership, encourage participants to run for the LSS Executive Committee.  Be prepared to explain the structure of the LSS Committee and ensure that we have candidates for all vacancies on Executive Committee and for officer slots. Publicize the procedures and time lines for submitting letters of intent to seek LSS office. Review all letters of intent and interview all candidates at the annual training seminar prior to selection of nominees. Seek information about legislative leadership support of candidates and approval for travel and participation in LSS activities. Inform nominees of their selection propr to announcement to general membership vote. Announce nominees and ask for nominations from the floor at the general membership meeting. Per the LSS Bylaws, the size of this committee is limited to 5 members.

Chair:
Jeff Johnson (WV)

Members: 
Naomi Miller (TX)
Jen Jankowski (UT)
Jeremy Collins (GA)
Lesli Sorensen (AZ)

 
Outreach Committee
Mission: Working closely with the Communications Committee, to encourage participation by leadership staff in LSS activitiesand in other NCSL programs.

Chair:
Jen Jankowski (UT)

Members:
Danielle Baker (LA)
Debbie Grundmann (AK)
Cassie Long (WV)
Jeremy Collins (GA)
Joanetta Kendrick (MS)
Jeff Papa (IN)

Program Development Committee
Mission:  To develop balanced training programs that will provide information of value to Leadership Staff participants. These programs should be informative, enjoyable, participatory and should offer issues that are pertinent to leadership staff activities and personal career development. Contact and schedule speakers and/or panelists to ensure topics offered at the annual training seminar meet or exceed past sessions by reviewing seminar evaluations submitted by LSS attendees.

Chair:
Naomi Miller (TX)

Members:
Aurora Hauke (AK)
Christine Robertson (KY)
Nelisa Asato (HI)
Brandon Hatfield (WV)
Mary Sue Jones (ID)
Joanne Decker (KY)

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