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LCV Announces Two Promotions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 April 7, 2006  

WASHINGTON – League of Conversation (LCV) President Gene Karpinski today announced the  promotion of LCV staff members Susan Gobreski and Andy Schultheiss to National Campaign Director-East and National Campaign Director-West, respectively. 

"I am pleased to promote Susan Gobreski and Andy Schultheiss to their new campaign leadership positions. Susan, Andy and the years of experiences they bring are leading our independent campaign efforts around the country to elect a pro-environment Congress in 2006," said Karpinski.

Ms. Gobreski has worked for LCV since 2001, first as Pennsylvania State Director and then becoming Field Director East. In her new position as National Campaign Director-East, Gobreski will oversee all LCV's independent campaigns east of the Mississippi, including LCV's efforts on behalf of U.S. Senate candidate Bob Casey in Pennsylvania and Senator Lincoln Chafee in Rhode Island. Prior to coming to LCV, Gobreski had 16 years of experience working for national environmental groups, including Regional Director/Mid-Atlantic for Clean Water Action as well as various state, local and national electoral campaigns.

"Leadership matters. Our lives are directly affected by how well we manage our environment, our resources and what kind of policies we have.  LCV is taking the lead to provide people with real information about what we can do to ensure their public servants are doing their part to protect our communities and our health. I'm excited to be a part of it," said Gobreski.

Schultheiss joined LCV in 1999 as Southwest Regional Director and then became Field Director West. As National Campaign Director-West, Schultheiss will oversee all of LCV's independent campaigns west of the Mississippi River, including LCV's ongoing grassroots campaign on behalf of Washington's Senator Maria Cantwell as well as other congressional races. Schultheiss has worked for national and international conservation organizations including the National Parks Conservation Association and the African Wildlife Foundation. Before joining the environmental community, Schultheiss was as a legislative aide on Capitol Hill.

"I am looking forward to helping build powerful campaigns for LCV that will take the cause of conservation politics into a new era. The West is experiencing rapid changes in its political outlook, and the time is ripe for pro-conservation candidates to rise to the occasion," said Schultheiss.

Gobreski and Schultheiss, who will report directly to LCV's Senior Vice President for Political Affairs Tony Massaro, have already started in their new positions. 

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