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The Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association is managed by Kinghorn, Hilbert & Associates, a full service government consulting firm located in Washington, D.C. that specializes in assisting clients in enhancing their interaction with the federal government.  Founded in 1985, the firm represents a variety of clients and is committed to providing thorough, professional, and dedicated services to clients in the most prompt and efficient manner possible.  The hallmark of the firm is the advancement of client’s objectives in the most professional and comprehensive way, always adhering to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.   John Hilbert, a senior partner at KHA, serves as President of VPRA.

John W. Hilbert III, Esq. first joined Kinghorn, Hilbert & Associates in 1995.  As President of KHA, Mr. Hilbert oversees the firm client base, client development, and staffing issues, in addition to advocacy on behalf of his own clients.  Hilbert’s areas of focus include international trade, environment, defense, and federal appropriations.  His successes include creating an industry coalition of recyclers who successfully petitioned the federal government to change regulations to encourage hazardous waste recycling by the refining industry.  Other successes include several multi-million dollar appropriations for a variety of clients, Congressional victories on international trade legislation, and successful lobbying of state and federal agencies on health and safety matters.  He has several articles on public policy matters which have been published and has spoken to several organizations on the value of engagement in the political process and public policy.  A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Hilbert previously worked in Washington, D.C. with the United States Business and Industrial Council before attending law school at Washington and Lee University’s School of Law. He received his J.D. in 1997.

As President of VPRA, Mr. Hilbert will be responsible for and will utilize the resources of KHA to fulfill the duties described in the bylaws, as well as all legislative advocacy work, administrative duties, membership services, and financial reporting.

Christine Rogala is a Legislative Associate, and her areas of concentration include local government, defense, occupational health and safety, environment, metals, and international trade. Her responsibilities include directly lobbying congressional contacts, developing and executing legislative strategies on behalf of clients, serving as a liaison between clients and industry coalitions, and writing issue briefings on legislative and regulatory actions.  Previously, Ms. Rogala served as a legislative assistant for Representative Phil English of Pennsylvania where she advised the congressman on issues primarily related to the Appropriations, Budget, Energy & Commerce and Armed Services Committees.  In her more than five years with Rep. English, she also initiated and guided the congressman's activity involving community and economic development.  Her other activities on Capitol Hill included serving as the President of the Congressional Legislative Staff Association.  Christine graduated with honors from Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania with degrees in Political Science and History. 

Grace Miller works directly with Mr. Hilbert to ensure the smooth running of VPRA: Her work with VPRA includes managing consultant affairs, industry concerns, producing monthly production statistics, fielding correspondence with International industry (Vanitec Ltd.), and taking responsibility for all the administrative and meeting planning needs of the association. Grace was a legislative intern with KHA prior to becoming a full-time associate in 2009. Grace now oversees the legislative activities, communications and scheduling for one of our trade association clients, in addition to providing support to other associates and overseeing the administrative needs of the firm during the appropriations process. A native of London, England, Grace served as a research assistant for a Member of Parliament prior to joining KHA, where she was responsible for the Member's schedule and running his Westminster office. Grace is a graduate of The University of Sussex, Brighton with a degree in International Relations.