Preparations for the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities next year continue apace. The RNC’s Committee on Arrangements has announced some key appointments. Here are excerpts from the press release descriptions of the leadership team, in case their backgrounds suggest any illuminating connections:
Mel Raines – Vice President
Most recently, Raines served as Assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for Political Affairs. Previously, Raines served as the Director, Government Affairs Outreach and Communications, for Altria Corporate Services, Inc. She also held positions at the 2000 and 2004 Republican National Conventions, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and in the office of United States Senator Daniel Coats (R-IN).
Dan Puhl, – Chief Financial Officer
A licensed Certified Public Accountant, Puhl will be joining the convention from Fairview Health Services, a Minneapolis-based corporation. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in accounting, finance and business at Academy College in Bloomington, Minn. An Army reservist, Puhl previously held positions as Controller for Highland Electric and Fairview Press.
Dana Sullivan – Director of Administration and Human Resources
Prior to joining the convention staff, Sullivan served the Bush Administration at the State Department as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff to Ambassador to Ireland James C. Kenney. She previously held other positions at the State Department, including service in the offices of the Deputy Secretary and White House Liaison. Sullivan also worked for Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Shannon Boozman – Deputy Director of Hotels, Venues and Master Calendar
Prior to joining the convention, Boozman served the Bush Administration as Director of Association Outreach for the U.S. Commercial Service, United States Department of Commerce. She previously served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol at the Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Boozman held positions with the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee and the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Max Everett – Chief Information Officer
Previously, Everett served as Branch Chief of Travel and Remote Support in the Executive Office of the President. He also served as Managing Director of Information Technology at the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Committee, and as Director of Information Technology at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Matt Burns – Director of Communications and Spokesman
Prior to joining the COA, Burns served the Bush Administration and former RNC Chairman Jim Nicholson as Press Secretary at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. He previously served in former New York Governor George PatakiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Administration, and at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Jan McBride – Director of Financial Services
Most recently, McBride served as Director of Financial and Administrative Services for the Big Buddy Program; Baton Rouge, La. Previously, McBride served as Deputy Director for Operations, Budget and Administration at the 2004 Republican National Convention. She was raised in Baton Rouge and holds a B.A. degree from Louisiana State University.