NCSL Recognizes 2020 Legislative Staff Achievements


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For Immediate Release

Sept. 17, 2020

Denver—Twenty-three outstanding current and former legislative staff, along with one legislative agency, will be recognized by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) during its 2020 Base Camp meeting. 

Each of the nine professional staff associations of NCSL along with the Legislative Education Staff Network and the staff co-chairs of the overall standing committees are allowed to present up to two awards. The 2020 Legislative Staff Achievement Award recipients will be recognized by NCSL’s staff chair and the Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC) at the Salute to Legislative Staff session, Sept. 17.

The recipients are:

American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS)

  • Susan W. Kannarr, chief clerk, House of Representatives (Kansas)
  • Bernadette McNulty, chief assistant secretary, Senate (California)

Leadership Staff Professional Association (LSPA)

  • Mechelle Evans, director, House Rural Caucus (Louisiana)
  • Branden Pursinger, interim chief of staff, Senate Republican Office (Oregon)

Legislative Information and Communications Staff (LINCS)

  • Wendy Madsen, special projects manager, Legislative Service Office (Wyoming)
  • Betsy Theroux, director, House Media Services Office (Georgia)

Legislative Research Librarians Staff (LRL)

  • Julia Covington, reference librarian, Legislative Library (North Carolina)
  • Travis Moore, research analyst, Legislative Research Office (Nebraska)

National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices (NALFO)

  • Don Richards, budget and fiscal administrator, Legislative Service Office (Wyoming)
  • Chloe Wexler, legislative fiscal data analyst, Legislative Joint Fiscal Office (Vermont)

National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT)

  • Kevin G. Moore, director, Office of Legislative Information Technology (Vermont)
  • Janet Roberson & Angel Burack, director and deputy director, Legislative Information Systems (Delaware)

National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES)

  • John Schaff, auditor general (retired), Office of the Legislative Auditor General (Utah)
  • Virginia Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

National Legislative Services and Security Association (NLSSA)

  • Derek E. Hamilton, chief sergeant-at-arms, House Security Force (Alabama)
  • Matthew Romei, chief of police, Capitol Police Department (Vermont)

Research, Editorial, Legal and Committee Staff (RELACS)

  • Mark Andrews, policy analyst, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel (Utah)
  • Tanya Lieberman, chief consultant, Assembly Committee on Education (California)

Legislative Education Staff Network (LESN)

  • Mary Kenfield, policy director, House Democratic Caucus, Washington

NCSL Standing Committees

  • James F. Booth, general counsel, Joint Legislative Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) (Mississippi)
  • Michelle L. Davis, senior policy analyst, Department of Legislative Services (Maryland)
  • Frank Strigari, chief legal counsel, Senate (Ohio)
  • Jeffrey M. Wice, special counsel, Assembly (New York)


Since 1975, NCSL has served as the bipartisan organization serving the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.