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Governor's Staff

Chris Riley, Chief of staff

Erin Hames, Deputy chief of staff for policy and legislative affairs

Ryan Teague, Executive counsel

Teresa MacCartney, Chief Financial Officer, Director of the Office of Planning and Budget

David Werner, Chief Operating Officer

Brian Robinson, Deputy chief of staff for communications 

Carrie Ashbee, Deputy chief of staff of executive office operations

Katie Childers, Policy director

Chris Riley, Chief of staff

Riley has worked for Gov. Deal for more than 20 years. He first worked for Deal in the then-state senator's 1992 campaign for Congress and spent the next 17 years working for Deal’s House office, serving most of that time as chief of staff. In 2009, Riley left the congressional office to run Deal’s campaign for governor. A Gainesville native, Riley graduated from North Hall High School and Georgia Southern University. He and his wife, Bambi, have two sons. 

Erin Hames, Deputy chief of staff for policy and legislative affairs

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Georgia's College of Education, Hames taught middle school for three years.  She later graduated with honors from Georgia State University College of Law.  After graduating from law school, she began serving as Gov. Sonny Perdue's education policy adviser and later as his policy director. In that role, she served as executive sponsor for Georgia's Race to the Top team and led the early implementation of the plan in her role as the chief of staff at the Georgia Department of Education. Erin is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and was selected as a 2010 Henry Toll Fellow by the Council of State Governments. She and her husband, Ben, have one son. They are Habersham County natives who now reside in Atlanta and are active members of Buckhead Church. 

Ryan Teague, Esq., Executive counsel

Prior to serving as Gov. Deal’s Deputy Executive counsel, Teague served as Deputy Executive counsel to Gov. Perdue beginning in November of 2009.  Teague previously served as General Counsel to Freedom’s Watch, Inc., a conservative, free market-focused issue advocacy organization based out of Washington, DC. Prior to his work with Freedom’s Watch, Teague was in private practice in Atlanta with McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. His civic involvement includes service on the Board of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federalist Society. Teague received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Clemson University. He and his wife live in Atlanta. 

Teresa MacCartney, Chief Financial Officer, director of the Office of Planning and Budget

MacCartney was appointed as chief financial officer and director of the Office of Planning and Budget by Gov. Deal in October 2012. MacCartney began her career in the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget in 2001. She left in 2003 to become the senior policy adviser for budget and government affairs at the Georgia Student Finance Commission. MacCartney returned to OPB in 2005 as director of the education division and was promoted to deputy director in 2010. While at OPB, she was the state leader for the Federal Stabilization and Education Jobs programs and provided oversight for the divisions of technology and administration. She served as the deputy superintendent for Race to the Top implementation, providing oversight and management of Georgia's Race to the Top application. MacCartney earned a bachelor's degree in Science and a master's degree in Public Administration from Georgia Southern University. She and her husband, Andrew, have two children. They reside in Marietta.

David Werner, Chief Operating Officer

Werner serves as Gov. Deal's Chief Operating Officer. A graduate of the University of Georgia and Emory University School of Law, Werner previously served as deputy chief of staff of legislative and external affairs, deputy executive counsel and as the policy advisor on Public Safety. He also held staff positions in both the state House and state Senate. He served as the co-chairman of the Governor's Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform and as co-chairman of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia. He is currently a member of the Georgia Ports Authority and the Federalist Society.  He and his wife, Suzanne, reside in Atlanta and are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. 

Brian Robinson, Deputy chief of staff for communications

Robinson oversees the governor’s communications department. He joined the Deal for Governor campaign as communications director after working more than seven years in the Georgia congressional delegation. He worked five years as deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville) and two years as communications director for U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta). The 1997 magna cum laude graduate of UGA's Grady College of Journalism began his career as a copy editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was named to the UGA Alumni Association's 2012 "40 Under 40" list. Robinson's roots are in the Augusta region; he and his wife, Corinna, now live in Atlanta.

Carrie Ashbee, Deputy chief of staff of executive office operations

A native of Marietta, Ashbee began her career in Washington, DC serving with then-Congressman Deal in various positions, including executive assistant and scheduler. She also worked as a pharmaceutical representative covering central Alabama with WraSer Pharmaceuticals before returning to Georgia to join Governor Deal as his executive assistant. Ashbee graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She is a regular volunteer for several community non-profits in the Atlanta area, where she resides with her husband Blake.

Katie Childers, Policy director

As policy director, Childers oversees the team of advisors responsible for representing Deal's policy agenda to legislators, the executive branch and other stakeholders. Prior to becoming policy director, Childers worked as Deal's health policy advisor. Childers also worked in the insurance industry as a business development manager and as an intern in Gov. Sonny Perdue's office. Childers earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia and a master's in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. She and her husband, Will, attend Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and reside in Atlanta.