Some personnel changes in Gov. Chafee's office

Jul 5, 2013

Some comings and goings in Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s office:

Jamia McDonald is moving from deputy chief of staff and the governor’s liason to the state’s emergency management agency to become executive director of RIEMA.

Christian Vareika, the governor’s deputy communications director and chief speechwriter, is leaving the administration to attend law school. Vareika worked on Chafee’s 2010 campaign and has crafted major Chafee speeches.

Communications Associate James Alvarez is leaving the administration to pursue a creer in the U.S. Army.

Jonathan Stevens, longtime Chafee confidante and gubernatorial assistant for special projects, moves up to Senior Advisor and Director of Special Projects.

In other moves, the governor has hired former Providence Journal reporter and editor Faye Zuckerman to be deputy communications director. She has also worked as communications chief at RI Housing. Journalist and author Alexander Hefner, a Harvard graduate, will become an associate for New Media. And Kyrie Perry, a recent Roger Williams University graduate, and Nancy Lavin, a recent University of Rhode Island graduate and former intern at Rhode Island Public Radio, will become communications associates.