Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her communications staff Monday, appointing Lynn Sowards Zellen to serve as her chief spokeswoman.

The Lexington attorney will coordinate office communications, respond to media inquiries and devote attention to legislative initiatives related to the secretary of state’s office. Zellen worked as a business litigation attorney, advocating for clients before courts across the commonwealth, including cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Grimes also named Terrell E. Renfro to be her legislative liaison and Wilda Caudle executive assistant, providing administrative support to the office.

“Effective communication is crucial to fulfilling the duties of the Secretary of State’s office and keeping Kentucky’s citizens informed and engaged,” said Grimes. “Lynn, Terrell, and Wilda share my commitment to accomplishing that function, and I am thankful to have them on board.”