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FCC's Adelstein announces staff appointments

FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein has announced that Lisa M. Zaina will become his Senior Legal Advisor and wireline competition advisor. The newest FCC member also announced the appointment of three interim legal advisors: Eric Einhorn for wireline competition, Barry Ohlson for spectrum and international and Sarah Whitesell for media. Katherine Lapin becomes his Confidential Assistant and Kevin Venters was named Staff Assistant.

Zaina was most recently vice president for Industry and Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel) in Edinburg, VA. Prior to joining Shentel, she served as senior vice president for Wallman Strategic Consulting, and previously served as senior counsel and Deputy Bureau Chief for the FCC's Common Carrier Bureau (now the Wireline Competition Bureau).

Einhorn is currently Acting Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau, a position he has held since July of this year. Ohlson is currently the Chief of the Policy Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, a position he has held since May 2002. Prior to that position, Ohlson had been a Legal Advisor to the Chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau since July 2001. Whitesell has been the Associate Chief of the Media Bureau and its predecessor, the Cable Services Bureau, since June 21, 2001. Prior to that position, she had been legal advisor on common carrier issues for former FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani.

Katherine Lapin, Adelstein's Confidential Assistant, was the Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior from November 1999 through January 2001. Kevin Venters is currently an assistant in the Office of the FCC Chairman.

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