News Release: Kristen Hemker Joins Michigan Catholic Conference as Associate for Public Policy

September 2, 2003

LANSING—The Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC) today announced that Kristen Hemker has joined the MCC staff as Associate for Public Policy.

"We are very pleased to have Kristen join the staff of the Michigan Catholic Conference," said MCC Vice President for Public Policy Paul A. Long. "Her experience and commitment to the issues of human dignity and social justice will provide a tremendous asset to our advocacy efforts."

Hemker will be responsible for handling abortion, social welfare and criminal justice related issues on behalf of the MCC. In addition, she will be responsible for staffing the Social Policy Committee of the Conference. Hemker replaces Sally Whalen, who retired on June 30 after 18 years of service to the Conference.

Hemker holds a bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan. She most recently served as the legislative liaison for Right to Life of Michigan.

Michigan Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in this state.

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