Colorado

U.S. Rep. Bob Schaffer, R-CO, has announced a number of additions to his Washington, DC, office.

Jon Hrobsky, a Coloradan, Joins the Schaffer team from the office of Rep. Scott McInnis, where he was the senior legislative assistant. As the congressman's new legislative director, he is Schaffer's top legislative staff member responsible for managing the legislative team. Hrobsky is from Littleton. He is a graduate of Arapahoe High School and Durango's Fort Lewis College.

Krista Brinkley is the new executive assistant handling office administration and the congressman's schedule. A native of Colorado's Fourth Congressional District, Brinkley is from Lamar. She interned for Shaffer in the summer of 1998. She recently graduated from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, IL.

Erica Tergeson is a new addition to the Washington office as legislative correspondent. She was formerly Schaffer's staff assistant and now moves up to legislative work. Tergeson hails from Gill, and has a background in agriculture. She holds a BA from Colorado State University.

Erika Lestelle is the new legislative assistant handling education policy and the education reform caucus. Before joining the Schaffer team, she was an education policy analyst with the Family Research Council. Lestelle is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University.

Jonathan Palmer, another Colorado native, was recently promoted from staff assistant to legislative correspondent, where he works on a multitude of issues including the federal budget, banking and defense. Palmer is a graduate of Littleton's Bear Creek High School and Colorado State University, in Fort Collins.

Wendy Kyle is the congressman's staff expert on agriculture and resource issues. Prior to her current position with Schaffer, she was with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Kyle previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Colorado Corn Growers' Association. She holds advanced degrees from Kansas State University.

Oleh Chernyk is another recent addition to the Schaffer team. Chernyk came from the Ukrainian Federation and focuses on foreign affairs and international trade issues. Chernyk is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

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