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IACLEA Announces Staff Transitions and a New Hire

Gwen Fitzgerald surprising board member L. Angela Webb during the 2019 Annual Conference.

In a quintessentially bittersweet moment, two of IACLEA's most stalwart staff have moved on. Earlier this spring, Gwen Fitzgerald and Altmann Pannell resigned from their positions at IACLEA. Fitzgerald served as Director of Communications from December 2016 until her departure in April, and Pannell served as Director of Government & External Relations from January 2019 until his departure earlier this month.

“Both Gwen and Altmann were exemplary stewards of IACLEA’s mission and values and lived and breathed them through their impeccable work ethic,” said IACLEA Executive Director John Bernhards. “Both of them taught me a tremendous amount about the association and their talents will be missed. Please be on the lookout for a special piece about them—and other IACLEA staff members—in the August edition of the Campus Law Enforcement Journal.”

Capitol Hill Day 2020 with IACLEA President Eric Heath, Altmann Pannell, Executive Director John Bernhards, and Vice President of Finance John Ojeisekhoba.

Lisa Foster was hired to be the new Director of Communications and started in the role on May 17. Prior to joining IACLEA, Foster worked in internal communications at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. She also has worked in higher education as a Communications and Marketing Strategist at Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska.  A native of Wisconsin, Foster spent a decade of her life in Germany. While living in Germany, she worked as a magazine editor.

Director of Communications, Lisa Foster

“We’re excited to have Lisa here at IACLEA and get her up-to-speed on all things communications-related,” Bernhards said. “She’s joined us at a busy time – our annual conference is right around the corner, the next edition of the CLEJ will get started soon, and if you’re on IACLEA’s communications committee, you’ll get a chance to work with her there, too.”

IACLEA is also pleased to announce title changes for three other staff members. Josh Bronson is now the Director of Education & Leadership Development, O’Neil Singleton’s title is Digital Engagement & External Relations Program Manager, and Elizabeth Welsh is Director of Meetings, Membership & Business Development.

“IACLEA staff have been so dedicated and have really gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic as we all continue to work from home,” Bernhards said. “These title changes are definitely well deserved; and if you have a moment to reach out to them personally to congratulate them, please do.”



OVW Campus Program Training

IACLEA in partnership with the East Central University’s Safety Training and Technical Assistance for Administrators, Boards, and Law Enforcement (STTAABLE) presents the Office on Violence Against Women’s Campus Program Training. These workshops are currently open and are free for all.