The Jackson Laboratory appoints LuAnn Ballesteros to government relations post

Date: November 9, 2011
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Bar Harbor, Maine — LuAnn Ballesteros of Glenburn, Maine, is the new director of The Jackson Laboratory’s Office of Government Relations, responsible for interactions with federal, state and local officials.

Ballesteros has been a senior development officer with the Laboratory since 2005. Previously she worked 14 years for Bangor Hydro Electric Co., rising to corporate communications and government affairs officer.

In her new role, Ballesteros succeeds Jill Goldthwait, a former Maine State senator who has served the Laboratory for eight years in the government relations position. Goldthwait will work with Ballesteros for a transitional period and retire in spring 2012.

In announcing the appointment, Jackson Vice President for Advancement Mike Hyde said, “LuAnn is an accomplished professional with close to two decades’ experience working with Maine legislators. She will be a most effective advocate for The Jackson Laboratory in our local, state and national affairs.”

Ballesteros holds a Bachelor’s degree from Husson College and an Associate degree from the University of Maine, Farmington. An active participant in the state’s business and philanthropic community, she is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine XI class, a member of the Lambda Epsilon Chi paralegal national honor society and a board member of the Maine Cancer Foundation.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif., a planned facility in Farmington, Conn., and a total staff of about 1,400. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human disease, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community.

Contact(s):

Joyce Peterson, 207-288-6058, The Jackson Laboratory

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Media Relations, Communications Office
The Jackson Laboratory
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609-1500
Phone: 207-288-6058 (journalists only)
Main Jackson Laboratory phone: 207-288-6000
Fax: 207-288-6076
Email: news@jax.org