Governor Ivey Announces Communications Staff Changes

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Posted on June 11, 2019

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced staff changes in her Communications Office. The governor has appointed Leah Garner as Communications Director.

Garner brings a wide range of experience. She comes to the Governor’s Office from the Business Council of Alabama, where she served as Director of Governmental Affairs and Advocacy. Prior to her time at BCA, Garner spent time at the Alabama Department of Homeland Security and the Governor’s Office.

Similar to Governor Ivey, Garner’s career began in the classroom. She was a social studies teacher in Tuscaloosa. Garner earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Alabama.

“Leah will be a strong addition to my Administration, and I am confident she will effectively lead the Communications Office,” Governor Ivey said. “From her time as a teacher to her wide range of experience in state government, Leah has a unique perspective and a true heart for service.”

Gina Maiola will serve as Press Secretary. Additionally, Lori Jhons will assume the position of Director of Digital Media Relations. All Communications Office appointments are effective June 17, 2019.

“Gina and Lori are two outstanding young women who have demonstrated their talents and professionalism during their time in the Governor’s Office,” Governor Ivey added. “I’m pleased to see both of them gain added responsibilities with these changes in our communications shop.”

Media inquiries and requests may be directed to Gina Maiola.

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