In November 2017, Lindsay Boyd Killen made the journey from Tennessee to Michigan to join us as our vice president for strategic outreach and communications. Killen brings over 10 years of experience in marketing, policy and communications and is a great addition to lead the department.
Holly Wetzel joined the communications team as communications coordinator in December 2017. You may remember her from our intern group in 2017, when she also worked with the same team. We are thrilled to have her back and running our social media and other media relations activities.
Joe Milligan is a regional director of strategic partnerships at the Mackinac Center and joined the advancement team in summer 2018. Before taking on this role, he helped found and directed a research and educational policy institute in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was a key leader in raising money for the organization.
Based in Florida, Don Orrico serves as a regional director of strategic partnerships and joined the Mackinac Center in August 2018. Orrico brings several years of fundraising experience from his time at the James Madison Institute as its director
of major gifts.
Our regular IMPACT readers will recognize Ashley Keimach, now in her new role as external affairs coordinator. She is responsible for building relationships with our coalition partners, strengthening current partnerships and identifying new ones, and finding opportunities for collaboration. Keimach will be working closely with David Guenthner, senior strategist for state affairs, working to provide stories that will lead to good policy.
The newest member of the Mackinac Center team is Morgan Shields, our legal counsel and director of Workers for Opportunity. Shields received her law degree from Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, where she also served as an adjunct professor for several years.