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Centerstone to Focus Attention on U.S. Mental Health Policy

Emily Booker, Former Staffer for Thompson, Bush and Dole, Named Federal Government Relations Liaison



Nashville, Tenn.
— Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, has appointed former Senate staffer and political consultant Emily Booker to serve as its Federal Government Relations Liaison.

Booker has served in leadership positions supporting a number of prominent politicians, including former U.S. Senators Fred Thompson and Bob Dole and former U.S. President George Bush, over the past 20 years. Her extensive experience in government service, campai ns, and marketing provides an important perspective for her work in the legislative arena.

As government relations liaison, Booker will work with federal government officials on a myriad of issues concerning mental health policy in the United States and in the state of Tennessee. In addition, she will work directly with lawmakers and key opinion leaders to increase Centerstone’s presence within the national mental health arena.

“Emily’s experience in federal public policy issues is a tremendous asset for Centerstone,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone. “One of our organization’s primary goals is to play an active role in shaping national mental health policy. With Emily representing Centerstone, we feel that the interests of our clients and their families will be effectively served.”

Booker served as a field representative for U.S. Senator Fred Thompson from 1996 to 2003. She previously served as political director for Thompson’s 1994 and 1996 campaigns. Booker was vice president of operations for Member Service Corporation for four years and director of marketing for Evelyn M. Frye and Associates, a comprehensive group psychology practice. Booker worked in the Tennessee campaign to elect George Bush in 1988. She also directed Bob Dole’s campaign activities for the presidency in Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas. She served the Republican National Committee as local programs director and the Tennessee Republican Party as a legislative liaison. Booker graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a B.S. degree in business administration.