Christopher G. Blake, CAE, has assumed the top staff position of Chief Staff Officer for IACLEA. The appointment was effective on November 1. He succeeds Peter J. Berry, CAE, who has served in the position for the past 29 years. The Board of Directors approved Blakes appointment at their June meeting. Berry announced this past spring that he was ready to step back from his management responsibilities. He will assist the Association with transition related projects. Blake has worked for IACLEA for nearly eight years and has more than 20 years of association management experience. In addition to serving as Associate Director, Blake manages IACLEAs federal homeland security grant training program as Campus Preparedness Project Director. He was previously the Director of Communications for the Connecticut Bar Association for nearly 10 years and was a daily newspaper reporter in Connecticut for 15 years. Blake graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts, with a journalism major. He earned his credential as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2003. He serves on ASAEs Item-Writing Committee, which reports to the Associations CAE Examination Commission. Kathleen Harrington is the Associations new Associate Director. She will assume Chris Blakes responsibilities associated with that position. Harrington has more than 30 years experience in Communications Media. She has worked in television news production, and has a background in website content management, writing, media coordination, and video editing. An active volunteer in community organizations, Harrington produced a DVD to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of her parish and wrote press releases, arranged for media coverage, and co-wrote a book marking the dedication of the new church. While in Dallas, Harrington was involved with Hunger Busters, an organization that benefits the homeless. She also helped raise awareness about the organization through the local media. A Western Massachusetts native, Harrington was raised in Westfield and earned a Bachelors Degree in Journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA.