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Governor-Elect DeWine Announces Key Staff Positions

COLUMBUS– Governor-Elect Mike DeWine today announced key staff positions as part of his next administration.

“I am pleased to have these qualified and talented professionals serve as key leaders in my administration,” said Governor-Elect Mike DeWine. “These are three strong people, each with a breadth of experience, and I know that they will serve our state well.”

Laurel Dawson, Director of Transition Committee – Laurel Dawson will lead Governor-Elect Mike DeWine’s transition team. Dawson has a wealth of management experience, including serving as Mike DeWine’s Chief of Staff in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Additionally, she served as the Director of Cabinet Affairs in the Voinovich-DeWine Administration.

Lisa Peterson, Communications Director – Lisa Peterson will serve as the Governor’s Communications Director. Peterson currently serves as the Communications Director for Attorney General DeWine, and previously has served as the Communications Director for the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio Association of Health Plans. Additionally, she was previously the Communications Director for the Ohio Senate Republican Caucus and served in communications roles for Governor George Voinovich and State Treasurer Joe Deters.

LeeAnne Cornyn, Director of Children’s Initiatives – LeeAnne Cornyn will serve as Governor-Elect Mike DeWine’s Director of Children’s Initiatives. LeeAnne was the Deputy Policy Director for the DeWine-Husted for Ohio campaign, and previously served as the the Director of Children’s Initiatives in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. LeeAnne is a former teacher through Teach for America and holds a law degree from the Ohio State University.