NCSL LSCC Subcommittees and Working Groups

NCSL LSCC Subcommittees and Working Groups

Joyce Johnson 5/21/2014


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2013-2014 LSCC Subcommittees and Work Groups

Information Technology Issues Subcommittee

Melissa Calderwood, Kansas
Vice Chair: Lisa Davis, Mississippi
Vice Chair: Walker Reagan, North Carolina
Troy Adkins, Virginia
Rich Beckwith, Missouri
Morgan Blanchard, Louisiana
Martha Carter, Nebraska
Rick DeLeon, Texas
Sonia Gavin, Montana
Scott Harrison, Nebraska
Bryant Howe, Utah
Jeff Johnson, West Virginia
Wayne Kidd, Utah
Debra Levine, New York
Suzi Lowell, Alaska
Linda Pittsford, Texas

NCSL Staff: Diane Chaffin, Karen Hansen

The Information Technology Issues Subcommittee may develop, monitor, oversee and promote e-learning opportunities including:

  1. encouraging and assisting staff sections in producing e-learning tools using e-learning funds;
  2. developing a plan for contacting staff sections individually and for providing guidelines for e-learning grant requests and providing assistance in making such requests, if needed;
  3. reviewing e-learning data reflecting participation levels and evaluations;
  4. in cooperation with the Programs, Professional Development and Outreach Subcommittee, working with the NCSL marketing team to more effectively promote e-learning opportunities before the release of e-learning tools; and
  5. providing an annual report on the state of technology in legislatures, which shall include anticipated technological advances.

Legislative Institution Subcommittee

Anne Sappenfield, Wisconsin
Vice Chair: Jon Heining, Texas
Vice Chair: Charles (Chuck) Douglas Williams, Jr., South Carolina
John Bjornson, North Dakota
Nancy Cyr, Nebraska
Susan Fox, Montana
Mildred Hamilton, Arkansas
Aurora Hauke, Alaska
Lisa Kieffer, Georgia
Tara Perkinson, Virginia
Patsy Spaw, Texas
David Teal, Alaska
Chuck Truesdell, Kentucky
Jan Yamane, Hawaii

NCSL Staff: Larry Morandi, Nancy Rhyme

The Legislative Institution Subcommittee may:

  1. continue to work on the LSCC bylaws adopted at the 2013 Legislative Summit;
  2. develop a strategy to prepare LSCC members to perform their duties, including updating written materials and improving the orientation and mentorship programs;
  3. develop programs and materials to assist legislatures in dealing with institutional issues;
  4. in cooperation with the Programs, Professional Development and Outreach Subcommittee, develop strategies to promote legislative service as a career;
  5. develop strategies and programs to promote the value of both nonpartisan and partisan legislative staff in legislatures; and
  6. identify, support and create opportunities to positively highlight and promote legislative staff activities and achievements to states' legislative leadership and to the public.

Programs, Professional Development and Outreach Subcommittee

Karl Aro, Maryland
Vice Chair: Jimmetta Gourdine Peoples, Alabama
Vice Chair: Sabah Eltareb, California
Raul Burciaga, New Mexico
Alan Calandro, Connecticut
Lore Christopher, Oregon
Jeremy Collins, Georgia
Ann Cornwell, Arkansas
Russell Humphrey, Tennessee
Ken Levine, Texas
Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas
Joel Redding, Kentucky
Cory Stewart, Louisiana
Mike Sunseri, Kentucky
Andrea Wilko, Utah

NCSL Staff: Karl Kurtz, Corina Eckl

The Programs, Professional Development and Outreach Subcommittee may:

  1. work with staff section officers to review and promote professional development seminars and share information on what has worked best for each staff section;
  2. recommend speakers, programming and related marketing for LSCC-sponsored sessions at the Legislative Summit, including associated scheduling and program format issues;
  3. oversee the Legislative Staff Management Institute and its marketing efforts;
  4. recommend procedures for annually updating the legislative staff membership directories of the Statehouse Ambassador Program, suggest candidates to fill ambassador vacancies, and recommend the content of ambassador responsibility guidelines;
  5. in cooperation with the Legislative Institution Subcommittee, develop strategies to promote legislative service as a career;
  6. in cooperation with the Information Technology Issues Subcommittee, work with the NCSL marketing team to more effectively promote e-learning opportunities, with emphasis on identifying the sponsoring entity, such as the staff section or staff network; and
  7. identify topics for LSCC-sponsored e-learning opportunities.

Staff Sections Officers Work Group

Chair: Rick DeLeon, Texas; President, NLSSA
Vice Chair: Sabah Eltareb, California; Chair, LRL
Suzi Lowell, Alaska; President, ASLCS
Russell A. Humphrey, Tennessee; President-Elect, ASLCS
Jeff Johnson, West Virginia; Chair, LSS
Aurora Hauke, Alaska; First Vice Chair, LSS
Jon Heining, Texas; Chair, LSSS
Scott Harrison, Nebraska; Vice Chair, LSSS
Morgan Blanchard, Louisiana; Chair, LINCS
Cory Stewart, Louisiana; Vice Chair, LINCS
Sonia Gavin, Montana; Vice Chair, LRL
Mildred Hamilton, Arkansas; President, NALFO
Alan Calandro, Connecticut; President-Elect, NALFO
Troy Adkins, Virginia; Chair, NALIT
Joel Redding, Kentucky; Vice Chair, NALIT
Lisa Kieffer, Georgia; Chair, NLPES
Wayne Kidd, Utah; Vice Chair, NLPES
Charles (Chuck) Douglas Williams, Jr., South Carolina; Vice President, NLSSA
Sabrina Lewellen, Arkansas; Chair, RACSS
Bryant Howe, Utah; Vice Chair, RACSS

NCSL Staff: Corina Eckl, Larry Morandi

The Staff Sections Officers Work Group may:

  1. promote and assist in producing annual professional development seminars for staff sections, including assistance in program planning and coordination;
  2. consider options other than seminars for offering professional development opportunities, including the use of e-learning grant funds, and provide oversight of any group efforts;
  3. exchange ideas and share information with staff sections, especially information about what has worked best for each staff section;
  4. develop strategies to support the operation of each staff section and communicate those strategies to the LSCC as necessary; and
  5. promote staff section outreach and encourage involvement in staff section activities.

Standing Committees Work Group

Co-Chair: Nancy Cyr, Nebraska
Co-Chair: Susan Fox, Montana
Vice Chair: John Bjornson, North Dakota
Vice Chair: Lore Christopher, Oregon
Vice Chair: Debra Levine, New York
Vice Chair: Chuck Truesdell, Kentucky

NCSL Staff: Neal Osten, Molly Ramsdell

The Standing Committees Work Group may:

  1. review, promote and monitor legislative staff participation in the NCSL standing committees;
  2. monitor NCSL standing committee meetings;
  3. evaluate staff officer involvement and inclusion in NCSL standing committee activities, such as the setting of the committee agenda and participation in committee sessions; and
  4. develop outreach proposals to encourage staff to serve on NCSL standing committees.

Strategic Planning Work Group

Chair: Margaret “Peggy” Piety, Indiana
Karl Aro, Maryland
Rich Beckwith, Missouri
Raul Burciaga, New Mexico
Melissa Calderwood, Kansas
Martha Carter, Nebraska
Ann Cornwell, Arkansas
Lisa Davis, Mississippi
Jimmetta Gourdine Peoples, Alabama
Walker Reagan, North Carolina
David Teal, Alaska
Charles (Chuck) Douglas Williams, Jr., South Carolina

NCSL Staff: Larry Morandi, Karl Kurtz

The Strategic Planning Work Group may:

  1. develop a strategic plan that establishes goals and priorities which are consistent with the purposes of the LSCC and which are to be accomplished in the following year;
  2. propose initiatives and programs suitable for accomplishing the goals and priorities; and
  3. suggest strategies for implementing the initiatives and programs.


For information about the work groups, contact Larry Morandi. Submit updates to this file to Joyce Johnson.

Updates as of 5/21/14

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