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New Hires at Collins, Alpine, FSI; Corps Network Promotes Ardouny

Candice Tolliver Burns is joining the Collins | Johnson group as principal, the firm announced.

She recently served in the Obama administration as communications director for the  Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

She also served as communications director for Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and for the Congressional Black Caucus under Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland.

Barry Brown, Republican Rep. Mike Burgess' longtime chief of staff, joined the Alpine Group as vice president, the firm said in a statement.

Brown worked for Burgess for the past decade. He's also served under a handful of other Texas representatives, including Reps. Larry Combest, Kevin Brady and Kay Granger.

The Financial Services Institute also announced a host of promotions Tuesday. David Bellaire, the company's former director of government affairs, was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel. Chris Paulitz moved up from managing director to senior vice president of membership and marketing. Robert Lewis and Kevin Whitehead are now vice presidents of legislative affairs and corporate relations, respectively. Ryan Caruso will now serve FSI as the director of federal legislative affairs.

The advocacy firm also hired Michelle Allgauer, formerly of Meeting Professionals International, and Justin Nazari. Allgauer will serve as the director of member engagement and Nazari joins as the firm's securities regulatory affairs counsel.

The Corps Network also named Mary Ellen Ardouny its president and CEO on Tuesday.
Ardouny, a former Hill staffer who worked in education policy, has spent the last four years with The Corps Network as its director of government relations and vice president of external affairs. She served as Interim CEO in 2010.

Erin Mershon contributed.

This post, originally published at 8:01 a.m., has been updated.

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