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English Moves

Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.) recently shook up his office, promoting two staffers and adding a third.

Moving up to become chief of staff in the office is Annette Madigan Carr, 50. [IMGCAP(1)]

Before her promotion, Carr worked as executive assistant and scheduler for English since 1997. During that time span, she twice served briefly as acting chief of staff in the office. Before coming to Capitol Hill, she worked as national sales manager for Preferred Destinations in 1997, as chief of staff and campaign manager for former Pennsylvania state Sen. Daniel Delp (R) from 1994 to 1997, as legislative liaison/executive assistant in the office of the Pennsylvania attorney general and as a registered nurse. She also was involved in several political campaigns in Pennsylvania.

Carr, who is the daughter of Pennsylvania state Sen. Roger Madigan (R), graduated from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing in 1979. She is from Towanda, Pa.

David Stewart, 30, will now add the role of deputy chief of staff to his other duties as legislative director in the office. He has worked for English since 1999 as an intern, staff assistant, legislative assistant, senior legislative assistant and, most recently, legislative director.

Stewart wrote in an e-mail that he has “started and continue[s] to compete as part of an award winning BBQ team: Diego Dave’s BBQ.”

A 2000 graduate in political science of San Diego State University, Stewart is from Butler, Pa. [IMGCAP(2)]

Finally, Vanessa Kermick, 28, is new to the office as executive assistant and scheduler. She previously worked for Cassidy & Associates from 2003 to 2007, for Haake & Associates in 2003, and as state scheduler, campaign scheduler and special assistant to the chief of staff for then-Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.) from 2000 to 2003.

The Kingston, N.H., native wrote in an e-mail that she is training for the Marine Corps Marathon, enjoys competitive sailing and loves to travel.

Kermick graduated from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2000.

Healthy Choice. Amanda Makki, 28, recently joined the office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as health legislative assistant.

Before coming aboard, Makki worked for Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) in the same capacity from 2006 to 2007. Prior to that, she worked as a health care consultant from 2005 to 2006, as a legal intern for the Senate Health, Education,

Labor and Pensions Committee from 2004 to 2005, and as assistant to the Army general counsel at the Department of the Army in the Pentagon from 2001 to 2002.

A native of Potomac, Md., Makki graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in finance and business management in 2000 and earned a law degree from Catholic University in 2005.

Double Duty. Kristofer Eisenla, 29, starts this week as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.).

Previously, Eisenla worked as communications director for Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) since 2005. Prior to that he was deputy communications director for Americans United to Protect Social Security in 2005 and press secretary for then-Rep. Brad Carson’s (D-Okla.) Senate campaign in 2004. He also worked as deputy communications director for Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign for the Iowa caucus from 2003 to 2004.

From Modesto, Calif., Eisenla graduated from California State University at Stanislaus with a bachelor’s degree in politics in 1999 and earned a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University in 2001. He also earned a master’s degree in development management from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2003.

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