FRANKFORT, KY (1/10/12) - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has appointed Lexington native Lynn Sowards Zellen to serve as Director of Communications. As Director of Communications, Zellen will coordinate all internal and external communications, respond to media inquiries, and serve as a spokesperson and media contact for the Secretary. Zellen will also devote attention to legislative initiatives related to the Secretary of State's office.
Prior to joining Secretary Grimes' administration, Zellen worked as a business litigation attorney, advocating for clients before courts across the Commonwealth, including the Kentucky Supreme Court. Zellen also has served as a law clerk for two federal judges in Kentucky. Zellen obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English, graduating cum laude, from Centre College in Danville. She earned her law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, where she was selected to the Order of the Coif.
Grimes also has appointed Terrell E. Renfro to be the Secretary's Legislative Liaison and Special Assistant to the Director of Communications. In his capacity as Legislative Liaison, Renfro will develop and maintain relationships with members of the General Assembly and County Clerks to facilitate and monitor measures related to the Secretary's office. In addition, Renfro will provide field and office support to the Director of Communications.
Previously, Renfro served as Chief Assistant to former Kentucky Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo; he was also an Executive Assistant to the candidates during the Beshear-Mongiardo gubernatorial campaign. Renfro has a Bachelor of Arts in homeland security corporate management and assessment from Midway College in Kentucky. He lives in Frankfort.
Grimes also announced Wilda Caudle, who lives in Midway, will serve as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of State, providing administrative support to the office. Caudle most recently was a paralegal consultant in the Office of General Counsel at the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet and Department of Revenue. Caudle obtained an Associate of Arts in paralegal studies from Midway College in Kentucky.
"Effective communication is crucial to fulfilling the duties of the Secretary of State’s office and keeping Kentucky’s citizens informed and engaged," said Secretary Grimes. "Lynn, Terrell, and Wilda share my commitment to accomplishing that function, and I am thankful to have them on board."
Information provided by the office of Secretary of State
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