Lana Shovlin has been named director of communications for the Illinois Pork Producers Association, effective Feb. 28.

Prior to moving to Springfield five years ago, Shovlin worked as a publicist for Southern Illinois University Press, working closely with local and national media to organize press events, schedule book signings and craft press releases for authors.

She most recently served as the program coordinator for Downtown Springfield, Inc. Shovlin also worked as a freelance writer for Illinois Times and Springfield Business Journal.

She lives in Springfield with her husband and three children.