DES MOINES, IOWA (January 20, 2023) — Governor Kim Reynolds has announced additional staff to join her current administration.

Kollin Crompton will serve as Deputy Communications Director, following the departure of Alex Murphy who has served as Communications Director for Gov Reynolds since 2021. Crompton joins the Governor’s Office after serving as the Communications Director for the Republican Party of Iowa since 2021 and can be reached at (515) 745-2840 or Murphy will be joining the Iowa Department of Management’s Office of the Chief Information Officer as the state’s Digital Transformation Project Manager effective Friday, January 20.

Annie Hayes will join the staff as the Executive Assistant to Governor Reynolds effective Monday, January 23, 2023. Alex Byrnes, who has served as the Governor’s Executive Assistant since 2021, will now serve as Public Affairs Advisor.

A complete list of Governor’s Office staff is listed below:

Taryn Frideres — Chief of Staff 

Jacob Nicholson — Chief Operating Officer 

Stephanie Groen — Deputy Chief of Staff 

Michael Boal — Chief Legal Counsel 

Heather Nahas — Communications Director 

Molly Severn — Legislative Liaison and Agriculture Policy Advisor 

Nate Ristow — Administrative Rules Coordinator 

Patrick Tomka — Senior Tax and Economic Policy Advisor 

Jane Dufoe — Education Policy Advisor 

Clare Kelly — Health Care Policy Advisor 

Laura Book — Workforce and Public Safety Policy Advisor 

Ryan Capps — Senior Advisor 

Angela Stuedemann — Deputy Legal Counsel 

Megan Hall — Boards and Commissions Director 

Kollin Crompton — Deputy Communcations Director  

Damian Bell — Chief Speechwriter  

Eric Baker — Director of Strategic Operations and Scheduler 

Alex Byrnes — Public Affairs Advisor 

Morgan Fritz — Special Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor 

Annie Hayes — Executive Assistant to the Governor 

Anna Hartzog — Constituent Services Director 

Townsand Ayers — Constituent Services Liaison

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