2:27 pm CST - December 20, 2010
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Promotes Cesinger to Press Secretary — Frazier & Nashed Deputy Press Secretaries
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry earlier today named Mark Miner Communications Director, Allison Castle Special Assistant for Communications, and Katherine Cesinger Press Secretary effective immediately. The governor also named Catherine Frazier & Lucy Nashed Deputy Press Secretaries.
“Mark’s dynamic communications experience and expertise will help advance a strong agenda that will keep Texas moving in a positive direction as we face various challenges in the upcoming session,” Perry said.
“I will continue to depend on Allison’s sound advice and leadership as a trusted advisor. Katherine’s strong experience and background in media relations makes her a great fit as my lead spokesperson, and she has my complete confidence,” said Perry.
Miner previously served as communications director for Gov. Perry’s successful re-election campaign, and prior to that served as his communications director in the State Capitol. He has also served as communications director for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, the Republican National Committee and the Bill Simon for Governor Campaign in California. Miner graduated from Michigan State University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife, Robin, and their two children, Sydney and Zachary.
Castle has served as Gov. Perry’s press secretary since September 2008. She has more than 11 years’ communications experience in both the public and private sectors, previously serving as deputy press secretary for Gov. Perry. Castle has also served as a senior associate at ROSS Communications, a public affairs firm. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. Castle lives in Austin with her husband, Colby Eckols, and new twin daughters, Addie and Mae.
Cesinger has worked in the Governor’s Office for more than six years, three of which she has served as deputy press secretary for Gov. Perry. She also previously served as communications director for the Governor’s Competitiveness Council, and has worked in the governor’s budget, planning and policy division as well as the office’s legislative division. Prior to working in the Texas Governor’s Office, Cesinger worked for the Louisiana House of Representatives. She received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University.
Beginning in fall 2009, Frazier served as deputy press secretary at Texans for Rick Perry and then as deputy communications director during the general election campaign. Prior to that, she served as a scheduler, press assistant and then senior writer in the Governor’s Office. Frazier received bachelor’s degrees in government and public relations from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Austin with her husband, Stuart.
Nashed has served as a spokeswoman in the Governor’s Office in her capacity as media relations specialist since January 2010. She previously served as press assistant, where she was responsible for writing and editing press materials. Nashed received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Texas at Austin.