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Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Names Las Executive Director.

CHICAGO, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mark Karlin, chairman of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV), the oldest, largest and most active statewide coalition in the United States, announces the appointment of Lisa Morel Las as executive director. The appointment was effective June 1, 1999.

Las replaces outgoing executive director Dan Kotowski, who has served as ICHV executive director since 1993. Kotowski will continue his affiliation with the ICHV as a member of the Board of Directors.

Las, a resident of Joliet, Ill., comes to the ICHV with extensive administrative, public relations and marketing experience in a variety of government, education and healthcare environments. Most recently, she served as the director of public administration for Will County State's Attorney James W. Glasgow where she performed several administrative functions including coalition building, lobbying, and grant procurement for numerous violence prevention efforts.

She holds a bachelor's degree in government from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., a master's degree in education from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., and post-graduate work in business from the University of Notre Dame.

The ICHV is a grassroots, not for profit organization dedicated to the reduction of death and injury caused by firearm violence. Since 1973, the ICHV has worked to educate the public about the epidemic of gun violence and the easy accessibility of firearms in society. It has offices in Chicago and Springfield, Ill.

The ICHV's two primary programs are the OnTarget Coalition and the Health Care Coalition. The OnTarget Coalition is a network of over 1,000 organizations and individuals in law enforcement, religious and civic service, business, education, victim and child advocacy and domestic violence prevention affected by gun violence. The Health Care Coalition consists of over 400 health care professionals organized to educate the public about firearm violence as a public health crisis.
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