ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- There is a new spokesperson for Albemarle County Public Schools, but she is not a new face.

According to a release, the school division has appointed Dr. Helen Dunn as its new Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer.

She has been acting as the interim communications officer since mid-December, following the retirement of Phil Giaramita.

“I’m thrilled about this opportunity to continue the important work of advocating for the students, employees and families of Albemarle County Public Schools,” said Dunn. “I care deeply about the future of this school division, and I find great joy in partnering with students and their families, colleagues, community members, members of the media, and legislators to help support, promote and celebrate the incredible work that happens in ACPS.”

The release says Dunn joined the Office of Strategic Communications as the Legislative and Public Affairs Office in 2018.

She later became the first ACPS Deputy Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer.

Dunn has been a strong advocate for various bills benefiting public education, such as the installation of stop-arm cameras on school buses.

She has also served on various division-level and community-based project teams to take on issues like strategic planning, equity and inclusion, crisis communications, school safety and teacher recruitment.

Additionally, Dunn played a major role in launching the Albemarle Foundation for Education, which is the division’s first-ever foundation that is committed to raising supplemental money to support students, educators and families in Albemarle County.

In this latest role with ACPS, Dunn is responsible for the division’s overall communications strategy, including public information and media relations, legislative affairs, social media, web services, and video and digital media production.

She is also a member of the Superintendent’s Cabinet, where she will work with division leaders to support and advance the school board and the division’s strategic plan.