Kimberly H. Colton joined The Sheridan Group as the firm’s newest senior policy/advocacy associate. Colton worked previously in Congressman Patrick Kennedy’s office for over ten years. She will be working directly with The Sheridan Group’s vice president, Susan Frost, on a number of projects including meeting appropriations goals and furthering education innovation and reform policy.

“Kimberly brings to TSG exactly what the firm values—senior-level, Capitol Hill experience, particularly within the appropriations process,” says the firm’s founder and president, Thomas F. Sheridan. Colton holds a J.D. from American University.

 
 
Steve Rice, formerly president of East-West Advocacy and director of public affairs at Food Allergy Initiative, has joined DDC Advocacy as vice president of field operations.
 
Rice will oversee the firm’s national and state-level grassroots, grass tops, coalition building, earned media and state lobbying efforts. “Bringing a professional of Steve’s caliber to our team will not only ensure we maintain the excellent standard our clients have come to expect from us, but his addition and the fresh insights he brings to the table will also help grow and expand our current offerings,” says Tom Benjamin, DDC Advocacy’s executive vice president. Rice received a B.A. degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and has a master’s degree in management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
 
 
 
Bill Nowling, former communications director and spokesman for newly elected Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, was recently named director of public affairs and issues management at the Farmington Hills–based marketing agency Duffey Petrosky. Before joining the Snyder campaign, Nowling worked as the Republican communications director for the Michigan House of Representatives and was communications director for the Michigan Republican Party.

A speechwriter for former Governor John Engler and spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema, Nowling has been a part of the political communications industry in Michigan for the better part of a decade. As Nowling rejoins the private sector, he builds on past experience at firms like The Sterling Corporation and The Rossman Group.

“Bill’s knowledge of the public affairs arena both in-state and nationally gives us real bench strength for aiding clients facing issue management challenges in the marketplace today,” says Duffey Petrosky CEO Mark Petrosky. Duffey Petrosky is a marketing communications agency whose clients include Comcast, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield.
 
 
Joe Gollehon has joined TSG Consulting, LLC, a government affairs and public relations firm in West Virginia, as senior vice president and director of government affairs. According to an article profiling Gollehon’s move in the Charleston Daily
Mail, he is one of the most widely known lobbyists and public relations managers in West Virginia. Gollehon comes to TSG Consulting from Charles Ryan Associates, and has held a variety of positions in public relations over the course of twenty-seven years.
 
Previously, Gollehon worked for Union Carbide Corporation and Columbia Gas Transmission. He serves on the executive committee and board of the Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center. He also serves on the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee. Gollehon is a graduate of the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University.