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Meet Our Team

Seasoned, dedicated staff makes all the difference.

Each member of our team is chosen based on his or her advanced understanding of government affairs and legislative analysis, providing our clients with the confidence of knowing that our services will be performed with the highest degree of accuracy. You are invited to read more about our executive staff and senior research analysts below.

Lorie Nevares, President

Lorie (1)Lorie founded StateScape in 1991. With over 30 years of experience in state and local government affairs, she has developed a level of expertise that has directly contributed to the long-standing success of her firm. As President, Lorie is responsible for the daily management of staff operations, and works closely with both her team and clients to ensure a superior work product. She is the driving force behind StateScape's innovations and oversees the development and application of StateScape's future services.

Lorie began her career in Pennsylvania's state government and has held positions with the National Soft Drink Association, American Gas Association, and an affiliate of the National League of Cities and Conference of Mayors. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Legal Studies from Quinnipiac University and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Lorie has held leadership positions with the Washington Area State Relations Group and Women in Government Relations, and is a recipient of the "Business Associate of the Year" award from the American Business Women's Association. She has been profiled in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and TIME Magazine.

 

Irene M. Pla, Esq., Director, Research

Irene

As an experienced policy analyst and attorney, Irene lends her expertise in administrative law and multi-jurisdictional compliance to her role as Director of Research at StateScape, where her chief responsibilities are to develop the quality control mechanisms and training programs necessary to ensure the integrity of the company's legislative and regulatory monitoring tools.

Prior to joining StateScape, Irene performed legal research and policy monitoring while employed with several prominent trade organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Broadcasters.  Irene graduated with honors from The George Washington University Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami.  She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the New York State Bar.

Ian Zukauskas, Director, Client Development

With a background in business and government affairs, Ian serves as the Director of Client Development at StateScape.  He is responsible for generating new client contracts, as well as further developing the firm's business strategy and marketing efforts.

Prior to his position at StateScape, Ian worked as a government affairs consultant with a lobbying firm and oversaw projects that focused on political impact mapping and lobbying strategy.  Ian graduated from the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University with an M.A. in International Law and a B.S. in International Relations.  He has also completed an International Business Management program at Georgetown University. 

Monte McCullough, Director, IT

With almost four decades of experience in Data Processing and IT Management, Monte brings a wealth of knowledge and ingenuity to his role of Director, IT. In this capacity, Monte leads the development of StateScape's technology innovations, as well as manages our IT systems and infrastructure.

Prior to joining StateScape, Monte most recently served as Director, IT at Coldwell Banker Stevens and Realogy Holdings Corporation. He has excelled in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, public accounting, professional counseling, and real estate. Monte holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University.  

Geraldine McIntyre, Esq., Deputy Director, Research

With experience in federal advocacy and local government, Geraldine serves as Deputy Director of Research at StateScape. Geraldine is responsible for managing the research staff and assisting in the development and implementation of quality control measures and training programs.

Prior to joining StateScape, Geraldine served as a legislative advisor for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Federal Affairs Office, interned at the Department of Justice, and helped manage two national advertising coalitions. Geraldine obtained her Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia. She is a member of the Maryland Bar.  

Jason Kroitor, Client Relations Manager

With an extensive history of advising senior government leaders at the local, and federal level, Jason is well suited to serve as StateScape’s Client Relations Manager. Jason is responsible for onboarding new clients, conducting trainings of the StateScape database, contract processing, and assisting with client inquiries.

Prior to his role at StateScape, Jason served as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives for a Florida Member. During his time on Capitol Hill, Jason specialized in foreign affairs, financial services, telecommunications, and housing issues. In addition, he has also served as campaign manager for several successful races at the local, and federal level. Jason graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.A. in Political Science and a concentration in International Studies. He is also a former Vice-Chairman of the Municipal Code Enforcement Board for the City of Ocala, Florida.

Jelena Chargel, Esq., Legislative Services Manager

With experience in advocacy and trial preparation, Jelena’s  deep understanding of public policy and legal research contributes to her success as Legislative Services Manager. In this capacity, Jelena coordinates legislative research staff activities, monitors trends and emerging issues at the state and federal levels, and ensures quality and timely tracking for StateScape clients.

Prior to joining StateScape, Jelena represented inmates on death row and participated in dependency litigation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University and obtained her Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law. Jelena is a member of the Virginia Bar.

 

Analysts
Dave Schulz - Healthcare Policy Specialist

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A.
Background: Over 20 years experience as an advocate and policy analyst for food and pharmaceutical industries at trade associations and corporations.

 

Christopher D. Barnewolt

Education: Georgetown University, M.A.; College of William and Mary, B.A.
Background: Former government account representative with Carahsoft Technology Corporation for state, local, and education accounts. Former research intern at the American Enterprise Institute and Toffler Associates.

David J. Bloomer

Education: Saint Joseph's University, B.A.
Background: Former research analyst for a state legislative committee.

Jocelyn Brinlee

Education: George Fox University, B.A.
Background: Former associate and trainer for a financial institution and a case manager for a nonprofit.

 

Michele Carlson

Education: Valdosta State University, M.S.
Background: Former legal research analyst with the Department of Justice. Seasoned social science researcher with an emphasis on mental health policy and legislation.

Luis Di Negro

Education: University of Maryland, B.A.
Background: Over 10 years experience performing data gathering, analysis, coding and reporting in the social sciences field for the public and private sectors.

 

George "Jack" L. Grobe IV

Education: University of Chicago, M.A.; University of Toronto, B.A. 
Background: Former compliance analyst with the G8 Research Group, and data anlayst with Insight Solutions LLC. Also worked as an archivist for Bausch & Lomb, and served as an intern with the House Committee on Rules. 

Rachel Jensen, Esq.

Education: Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.; St. Olaf College, B.A.
Background: Research and compliance counsel for an insurance trade association.

Chelsea Legette

Education: College of Charleston, B.A.
Background: Formerly on staff with the Southern Environmental Law Center, the House Armed Services Committee, and multiple Congressional offices.

Tiffany Miller

Education: Mary Baldwin University, B.A.
Background: Former associate specializing in paper-to-digital and electronic storage/retrieval solutions.

 

Mary Nelson, Esq.

Education: Georgetown University, LL.M.; Gonzaga University, J.D.; Whitworth University, B.A. 
Background: Law library research assistant at Georgetown University. Researched domestic and international labor and human rights issues as an intern for the International Commission for Labor Rights. Conducted legal research on state laws and policies related to homelessness as a volunteer for “So Others Might Eat” (SOME). 

 

Reed F. Rising

Education: University of Rochester, B.A. 
Background: Former paralegal with Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP. International educational experience in trade policy and supply chain management, including internships with the Trans-Atlantic Business Council and PT Freeport Indonesia. 

 

Courtnay C. Sellers

Education: George Mason University School of Law, J.D.; Virginia Polytechnic Institute, B.A. 
Background: Extensive exposure to civil action and social service organizations including Project Vote, Workplace Fairness of Maryland, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, and the Public Defender Service of Washington DC. Also served as President of the Black Law Student Association (BSLA), as well as Vice President of Community Outreach for the Student Bar Association (SBA) at George Mason University Law. 

 

Alec Simantov

Education: George Mason University, M.P.P.; University of Maryland, B.A. 
Background: Former energy and environmental policy research associate for American Continental Group, and communications assistant with The International Budget Partnership.

 

Luke Stone

Education: The George Washington University, B.A.
Background: Multiple years of experience on Capitol Hill, previously specializing in government affairs and campaign fundraising roles. Former staffer for a senior member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Worked as a campaign fundraising consultant at Fraioli & Associates. Internship experience includes Manatos & Manatos, Merrill Lynch, and the American Academy of Diplomacy.