Lucy Austin is a special deputy commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission in Raleigh and a former law clerk at the NC Court of Appeals. She previously worked as an LSAT instructor for the Princeton Review. Austin received her undergraduate degree in psychology from NC State University and her law degree from Campbell University.
Elizabeth Campos is the owner of CrossFit Eden in the town of Eden, NC, and a former social studies teacher at Magna Vista High School in Virginia. Campos received her BS degree in history, with minors in political science and philosophy, from Ferrum College in Virginia and her MA in teaching from Hollins University.
Sarah Child is a federal judicial law clerk in Raleigh and a former public relations assistant at Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations in Albany, New York. She received her undergraduate education at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, where she was captain of the women’s basketball team, and her law degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach.
Justin Davis is a business development coordinator at Nease Personnel Services in Greenville, North Carolina. He previously served as assistant director of the Shelton Leadership Challenge at East Carolina University and director of business development at Rep Express Catering. Davis received his BS in public policy and leadership studies from ECU.
Joseph Houchin is a partner and criminal defense attorney at Dysart Willis in Raleigh and previously practiced law with Teague Campbell Dennis & Gorham. A former Blackstone Fellow at the Alliance Defending Freedom, Houchin received his undergraduate degree from George Mason University and his law degree from the University of Mississippi.
Patrick Lally serves as vehicle assignment manager for the North Carolina Department of Administration in Raleigh. He previously served as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America and worked for Red Wolf Public Sector and the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh. Lally received his BS in political science from the Military College of South Carolina (The Citadel).
Tracey Raupp is an administrative assistant at Garrison Internal Review & Audit Compliance, USASOC, at Fort Bragg, NC. Raupp served as a unit supply sergeant during her four years in the US Army. She is a graduate of Methodist University, earning a BS in business administration while minoring in marketing and organizational communication & leadership.
Jerrod Rogers is a legal document reviewer for Complex Litigation in Morrisville, North Carolina. He also teaches at Wake Technical Community College and previously worked as an executive career consultant and senior financial analyst at Career Pro. Rogers received his BS in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and his law degree from Western Michigan University.
Dane Scalise is a deputy commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission and previously practiced law in Wilmington, NC. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the UNC-Chapel Hill law school, Scalise serves on the board of directors of Old Wilmington Riverfront Celebration Inc. and of Wilmington Downtown Inc.
Michael Schietzelt is a law student at Duke University and a former assistant to the enrolling clerk at the North Carolina General Assembly. Schietzelt spent four years in the US Marine Corps, including service as a soloist in the “Commandant’s Own” Drum and Bugle Corps. He receives his undergraduate degree in music performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He serves on the Durham County Board of Adjustment.
Matthew Turrentine is a manager of support services for Duke Health Access in Durham, and has previously held other positions within the Duke University Health System. He is a graduate of Campbell University, where he studied psychology and mathematics, and a fellow of the NC Institute of Political Leadership. His community service includes volunteer work in Haiti.
Alfred White is a product specialist with nCino Inc., a cloud-banking company in Wilmington, and formerly held positions at First Citizens Bank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. He received his BA from Elon University and is completing an MBA at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His volunteer activities include serving as board treasurer for the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington.
Emmanuel Wilder works as Leap Technical Lead for Fidelity Investments in the Triangle and serves as a national committeeman for the North Carolina Federation of Young Professional Republicans. He previously worked for the City of Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation department and in other roles at Fidelity. Wilder received his BS in computer science from East Carolina University.
Augustus Willis is a staff attorney at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, a former special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, and a former public defender in Wake County. Willis received his undergraduate degree in business from East Carolina University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brad Young is director of external affairs for the NC Office of State Auditor and former press secretary for the Office of State Treasurer. He previously worked as marketing and communications manager for Susan G. Komen for the Cure (North Carolina Triangle to the Coast). Young received his BS in business administration from NC State University and his MBA from Campbell University.
Josh Adams is an associate attorney at Willson Jones Carter Baxley in Charlotte and a former associate at Patrick, Harper & Dixon in Hickory. He received his undergraduate degrees in economics and speech communications from Carson-Newman University and his law degree from Wake Forest University.
Andrew Atkins is an associate at Smith Anderson in Raleigh, where he specializes in construction and commercial litigation. He also serves on North Carolina’s Rules Review Commission and helped staff Chief Justice Mark Martin’s NC Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. Atkins received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Elliot Engstrom is a legal method and communication fellow at the Elon University law school and a practicing attorney in Greensboro. He formerly served as lead counsel for the Civitas Institute’s Center for Law and Freedom and as director of communications for Young Americans for Liberty. Engstrom received his BA from Wake Forest University and his JD from the University of Georgia.
Hope Gilley is a financial advisor at Edwards Jones in Eden, North Carolina. She previously worked at the Eden Family YMCA, the Jesse Helms Center, and as a regional director for the Romney/Ryan campaign in 2012. She received her undergraduate and MA degrees from Wingate University, where she also worked as a resident director and ad team director.
Daniel Gore is co-owner of Grey Area Solutions, a consulting firm in Fayetteville, and has advised clients on emergency preparedness, security, and strategy. Gore spent 10 years in the US Army as an airborne infantryman and recruiter. He is a graduate of Methodist University with dual degrees in business administration and financial economics.
Ashley Taylor Jacobs is a grants analyst at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously served as community impact director for the United Way of the Greater Triangle, a residential advisor for UNC Horizons, and an HR specialist for the NC Office of Human Resources. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from NC State University and her MPA from NC Central University.
Michael McKnight practices law at Ogletree Deakins in Raleigh, where he specializes in employment and OSHA counsel for businesses and nonprofits. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from Campbell University. McKnight is treasurer of the NC Center to Reduce Underage Drinking and previously served as general counsel for the NC Republican Party.
Ashley Moore is a legal specialist at the North Carolina Industrial Commission. She formerly practiced family and real estate law at McWilliam, Henderson & Wall in Garner. Moore received her BA in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from NC Central University.
Asia Prince is director of claims administration at the North Carolina Industrial Commission in Raleigh. He received his BS in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is currently a fellow of the NC Institute of Political Leadership. Prince’s community service includes being a judge for Capital Area Teen Court.
Angela Sherrod is an enrolled agent and tax accountant at KB Morgan PLLC in Greensboro. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Sherrod previously worked for the Internal Revenue Service. She serves on the board of directors of Triad Local First and formerly served as president of the Greensboro/Winston-Salem chapter of Mocha Moms.
Michael Silver is a deputy commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission and a former assistant district attorney in Forsyth County. Silver received his BS in elementary education from North Carolina A&T State University and taught fifth grade before returning to school to earn a law degree from NC Central University and an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Jonathan Strange is an attorney in private practice in Fayetteville, N.C., and a former assistant district attorney for Cumberland County. He previously taught social studies in the Wake County public schools. Strange received his BS in secondary education from Louisiana State University and his law degree from Campbell University.
Kevin Daniels is managing director of the Daniels Development Group and an advisory council member of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council. Previously the director of community and constituent affairs for former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Daniels has served on the state’s Human Relations Commission and as president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina.
Anna Beavon Gravely is deputy director of the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity. She previously served as state director of Generation Opportunity, director of field operations for Family Action, and on the campaign of Mark Harris for U.S. Senate. Gravely is a graduate of Meredith College.
Jefferson Griffin is a District Court judge in Wake County, NC and a former assistant district attorney. A first lieutenant in the Army National Guard, he received his BA in history and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from NC Central University. He initially practiced law with the firm Wallace, Morris, Barwick, Landis & Stroud in Kinston.
Destin Hall is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives and an attorney with Wilson, Lackey & Rohr in Lenoir, N.C. Hall received his law degree from Wake Forest University and his B.S. in business from Appalachian State University. Hall has worked as a youth sports coach and a volunteer for the Caldwell County Youth Football League.
Alex Haynes is a producer at Hood Hargett & Associates, an insurance firm in Charlotte. He formerly worked at the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce and at two charter schools, Invest Collegiate in Charlotte and Rocky Mount Prep. He also taught English for two years in South Korea. Haynes is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
Andrew Heath is a Superior Court judge in North Carolina. He previously served as state budget director under Gov. Pat McCrory, as chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and an attorney with Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo. Heath is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Asheville and the Indiana University school of law.
Jamie Liles Lassiter is Executive Director of the North Carolina Conference of Clerks of Superior Court, based in Raleigh. She previously worked at the Governor’s Crime Commission, the office of the N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem, and as a deputy clerk in Superior Court. Lassiter has BA and MA degrees from North Carolina State University.
Alex Lewis is the business development manager at Edwards Inc., an industrial contractor based in Spring Hope, NC. He previously worked for Freedom Industries in Rocky Mount and City Electric in Wilson. Lewis received his undergraduate degree in business administration and finance from East Carolina University. His political activities include a 2012 run for Wilson County Register of Deeds.
Scott McKaig is a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Raleigh. He formerly worked at the N.C. Department of Information Technology, the Governor’s Crime Commission, the N.C. Department of Commerce, and as an attorney in private practice. McKaig has a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MBA and law degree from Campbell University.
Matt Mumpower is the marketing director for Med First Urgent Care & Family Practice, which operates locations in North and South Carolina from its headquarters in Jacksonville. He previously worked for Colonial Life, the Training Network, and Johnson Properties. Mumpower is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Derrick Raphael is a co-founder and CEO at Global Trailblazers of Today, based in Toronto Canada, and a legal education and policy research consultant at Lexis School Law Services Firm in Chapel Hill. Raphael formerly worked for the Charlotte School of Law and Kaplan University. He received his BA from Princeton, his JD from Duke University, and his LLM from the University of Toronto.
Joanie Reeder is a grant writer at Novant Health and the former development coordinator at Cooperative Christian Ministry in Concord, NC. Previously, she served as editor of the Kannapolis Citizen newspaper and a reporter at the Salisbury Post and the Elizabeth City Daily Advance. Reeder received her BA in communications from Catawba College and additional education at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Arthur Rich is a tax accountant, farmer, and entrepreneur in Garland, North Carolina. He received his BS in economics and accounting from East Carolina University. In 2014, Rich ran for Congress in the state’s 1st District, and also previous sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2012.
Clark Riemer is a Raleigh-based policy advisor and research assistant to state Rep. Jason Seine and serves as chairman of the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans. He previously worked at the Civitas Institute and at Wonders of Wood, a woodworking company. Riemer received his BA in political science from Elon University and is a fellow of the NC Institute of Political Leadership.
Kelley Rooney is the political and digital director at Cornerstone Solutions in Raleigh and a former regional field director for the North Carolina Republican Party. Formerly a staffer for campaigns in Mississippi and California, Rooney received her BA in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Ryan Simons in president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce in Wilson, NC. He previously served as director of planning and economic development for the town of Selma and as a planner for Dare County. Simons received his BS in urban and regional planning from East Carolina University and his MBA from the University of Maryland University College.
Jessica Thompson serves as a law clerk to North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Martin in Raleigh. Formerly a practicing attorney with Bailey & Dixon and the Brown law firm, Thompson also worked for the Institute for Justice, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the John Locke Foundation. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jeffrey Zimmerman is a Social Sciences Research Scientist at the North Carolina Justice Academy in Salemburg and formerly served as Director of Processing Services for the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. He is a former state trooper, Fayetteville police officer, and sergeant in the U.S. Army. He is a graduate of Fayetteville State University and is currently pursuing a law degree at N.C. Central University.
Kevin Ceglowski is a partner at Poyner & Spruill LLP and a board member of SAFEchild, which combats child abuse in Wake County. He has also been active with the Friends of WakeMed Foundation, the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, and the Wake County Citizens’ Energy Advisory Commission. Ceglowski is a graduate of NC State University and Campbell University’s law school.
Richard Dietz is a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He previously worked as an appellate lawyer at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, arguing cases befor the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal and state appellate courts. Dietz is a graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and the Wake Forest University law school.
Christopher Dooley is a supply chain analyst at Delhaize Group and a web designer for A Break Apart. A former operations coordinator for the Mecklenburg County government, he has degrees from Virginia Tech, Central Piedmont Community College, and Virginia Western Community College. He also volunteers with Rowan Helping Ministries, Special Olympics of North Carolina, and China Grove.
Beth (Onyenwoke) Friedrich serves as an attorney at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and served as special assistant to the general counsel for former Gov. Pat McCrory. She worked at Paul Coble for Congress and the DCI Group. Onyenwoke received her undergraduate degree from Georgia State, her masters from Central European University, and her law degree from North Carolina Central University.
Katelyn Garlow serves as field director at the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a grassroots organization that promotes free markets and limited government. She previously held other positions at AFP, worked at the Jerry Long Family WMCA, and interned with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr. Garlow is an NC State University graduate and a resident of Winston-Salem.
Pearce Godwin is the founder and CEO of the Listen First Project, a global nonprofit organization promoting greater understanding, respect, and cooperation. Previously Godwin was a market research director at The Stone Agency, director of Raleigh-based American Insights, and managing director of Faith Driven Global. He has a degree from Duke University and is anticipating an MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018.
Grayson Greco is a business development strategist at Connected Investors in Wilmington N.C., and previously served as field director and lobbyist for the Susan B. Anthony List. A platoon leader in the North Carolina National Guard, he is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Hank Henning is a member and former chairman of the board of commissioners of Guilford County, and an account manager at Brady Services. He served two tours in Iraq as a United States Marine, and previously worked as an aide to former U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham. Henning is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in High Point.
Alan Jefferies is a human capital analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Research Triangle Park campus and an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central University. A graduate of East Carolina University with a graduate degree from NC Central University, Jefferies served as vice president of the Durham Jaycees and a mentor for Big Brothers of the Triangle.
Hugh Johnson is government relations coordinator for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners. He previous served as a policy analyst for Gov. Pat McCrory, a policy research associate at Americans for Tax Reform, and a volunteer manager for Habitat for Humanity. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University, and a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s public-policy program.
Misty Odell serves as outreach director for the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and resides in Durham. She previously worked at Duke University Health System, and owned a retail pharmacy. Odell received her degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and has been selected as a William Friday Fellow at the Wildacres Leadership Initiative.
Ashley Perkinson is an attorney at the Perkinson Law Firm and a lobbyist at North State Strategies. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. Perkinson is a board member at the North Carolina Symphony and serves on the government affairs committee of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
Katie Trout is a marketing and communications officer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and previously served as operations director at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. She also worked as communications director at the Civitas Institute, and as a producer at WBT-AM in Charlotte. Trout is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University.
Tyler Younts is a deputy commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission and a former staff attorney at the NC Institute for Constitutional Law. He received his BS in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was speaker of the student congress, and his law degree from Campbell University.
John Amanchukwu is youth pastor and first assistant to Bishop Patrick L. Wooden, Sr. at Raleigh’s Upper Room Church of God in Christ, where he started as executive director of Upper Room Christian Academy. Amanchukwu previously served as a territory manager for Novartis Animal Health. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he played on the football team.
Davis Bourland is currently an MBA candidate at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in Germany. He was previously an analyst at ScottMadden Inc., a management consulting firm, and prior to that was an administrator and project manager for the City of Winston-Salem. Bourland’s public service includes the Winston-Salem Chamber and the United Way. He holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Denison University.
Ellis Boyle practices law in Raleigh and is a partner at Knott and Boyle, PLLC. He formerly served as deputy secretary and general counsel at the NC Department of Public Safety, assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, and captain in the United States Army. His degrees are from Davidson College and Wake Forest University School of Law.
Josh Ellis is the associate vice president for media relations at the University of North Carolina. Previously he was the communications director for Gov. Pat McCrory. He has also served as deputy secretary for communications and external affairs at the NC Department of Commerce, capitol reporter for WPTF-AM, and producer at Curtis Media Group. Ellis is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism and mass communication.
Wesley Fricks was most recently the deputy secretary for interagency affairs at the NCDOT. Previously he was assistant vice president of Grandbridge Real Estate Capital and served on the NC Board of Community Colleges. An Auburn University graduate and former White House aide for President George W. Bush, Fricks co-founded the 12th State Forum, a statewide network of conservative professionals.
Lindsay Hollandsworth is communications director at the John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh. She previously served as programs and communication manager for the Jesse Helms Center and as an administrative assistant at Commercial Defeasance in Charlotte. Hollandsworth is a graduate of Wingate University.
Brad Langston is a constituent advocate for US Senator Richard Burr. Previously he served in staff positions for US Reps. Mark Walker, Howard Coble, and Virginia Foxx and in campaign roles for gubernatorial, congressional, and legislative candidates. Langston is a graduate of UNC-Wilmington and James Sprunt Community College.
Kristen Laster is a fundraiser at zdl solutions, LLC as well as a senior stylist at at Stella & Dot. Previously she was a managing partner of Southern Strategy Group’s North Carolina office in Raleigh, vice president of Fetzer Strategic Partners, and a lobbyist at Messer Caparello & Self PA. Laster is a graduate of Western Carolina University
Alanna Linden – Alanna Linden is the senior vice president of network relations at the National Christian Foundation and also the co-owner of Provision Audio/Video Services. Linden’s previous employment includes House of Hope of NC and Crossroads Fellowship. A resident of Raleigh, NC, she has degrees from the University of Memphis and SUNY-Geneseo.
Derrick Nantz is an instructor at Wake Tech Community College, where he advises the C-STEP program that prepares community college students for transfer to UNC-Chapel Hill. Nantz earned his undergraduate degree at UNC-Wilmington, his MA in philosophy at Georgia State University, and his MBA at Methodist University.
Neil Oakley is an attorney with Robbins May & Rich and the Alliance Defending Freedom. He resides in Whispering Pines, NC. A former field coordinator for Americans for Prosperity and public school teacher, Oakley received his undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and his law degree from Elon University.
Charles Robinson is the CEO of Charles & Whitney and is a resident of Durham, NC. A Duke University graduate, he serves on the board of Image Impact International. Robinson previously worked as a business consultant at Newton & Partners, a fundraiser at Duke, and a business manager at Logistical Athletic Solutions. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he played on the football team.
Bill Southern serves as chief district court judge for Stokes and Surry counties and resides in the town of King, NC. A former state prosecutor, he received his BA degrees in political science and American studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and his law degree from Texas Southern University.
Burwell Stark is the center manager for the North Carolina Department of Commerce. He was previously a liaison officer for government and public relations for the North Carolina Department of Commerce and a director of government affairs for the Triangle Apartment Association. His previous posts include schoolteacher, speechwriter for a gubernatorial campaign, store manager, and communications coordinator at the Civitas Institute. Stark is a graduate of Appalachian State University and resides in Franklinton, NC.
Rhett Bailey is an ESE language arts teacher at West Gadsden High School in Tallahassee, Florida. He previously worked as a substitute teacher and tutor at the Christ Classical Academy and as a team leader at Gutter Glove of North Carolina. Bailey recently completed courses for his teacher certification at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and previously attended the Catholic University of America and Wake Technical Community College.
Julie Bryce is the head of solution marketing for brand and corporate communications at Axiom. She was previously the vice president of solution marketing at Axiom, worked as a consultant at WeddingWire, Inc. and has held marketing positions at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, SanDisk, Oracle, and Red Hat. An NC State University graduate and founding member of its Society for Politics, Economics, and Law (SPEL), she has also served as a board member of the Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Algenon Cash co-founded Wharton Gladden, a boutique investment banking firm based in Winston-Salem. He also serves as an executive board member at Wicked Taco, operating partner at HWY 55 Burger Shakes & Fries, and executive vice president at J&S Cafeteria. Additionally, he teaches a commercial real estate development course at Winston-Salem State University. An NC State University graduate, Cash is active in many community groups and causes, including the NC Council on Economic Education, Triad Real Estate & Building Industry Coalition, and the NC Energy Forum.
Duke Cheston previously worked as a reporter for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Cheston studied Christian Ministry at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he wrote for The Carolina Review.
Katelynd Day is a former office manager at the John Locke Foundation. A graduate of Ursinus College with an MBA from the University of Maryland University College, Day previously worked as assistant director and school liaison officer for the United States Navy’s Child and Youth Programs in South Korea.
Charles Kennedy is a project manager for AVCON, Inc. and a resident of Cary, N.C. He worked previously as a technician at AVCON and Technical Innovation in Morrisville and additionally served as head security supervisor for the Triangle campus of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Donna King is the managing editor at the North State Journal. She was previously a media communications consultant and also served as a policy and communications aide at the North Carolina General Assembly. She has been a news producer for Reuters Television North America, a press secretary on Capitol Hill, and a morning news anchor at America’s Voice Television. King is a graduate of NC State University.
Brian LiVecchi is an attorney for Miller Law Firm in Raleigh. His previous positions include deputy commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission, special counsel at the State Board of Elections, deputy general counsel at the Department of Transportation, officer in the Army National Guard, Rocky Mount police officer, and corporal in the US Marine Corps. LiVecchi received his BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and his law degree from Campbell University.
“Milton” Mai is a summer research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. He is also a teaching assistant and doctoral student at NC State University, where he is a columnist for the campus newspaper, The Technician. A former John Locke Foundation intern, Mai received his undergraduate degree from the Guangdong University of Business Studies in his native China, where he worked in the insurance industry.
B.J. Murphy is the the president & CEO of Magic Mile Media, the mayor of Kinston, NC, and an agent for LegalShield Business Solutions. He is also a member of the NCWorks Commission, a member of the General Government Legislative Action Committee in the NC League of Municipalities, and a member of the board of directors at Wharton Gladden & Company. He has participated in the North Carolina Leadership Forum through Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Murphy formerly worked in the real estate and insurance industries and graduated from East Carolina University.
Bob Numbers is a US magistrate judge in the eastern district of North Carolina, and a former business litigation attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice. A graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Notre Dame law school, Numbers chaired the Triangle Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.
Julie (Gilstrap) Tisdale is the city and county policy analyst and research manager at the John Locke Foundation. She completed her undergraduate degree at Whitworth University and her graduate degree in politics at the University of Edinburgh. She formerly served as a coordinator of research publications at the John Locke Foundation, a John William Pope Foundation program officer, and a policy advisor at the Association of Scotland’s Colleges.
Kolt Ulm serves as a policy advisor in the office of State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and lives in Raleigh. He earned his BA from Bethel University, his MPA from UNC-Greensboro, and his MBA from NC State University. He is now pursuing a public health certificate at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ulm previously worked as a legislative assistant and constituent liaison at the General Assembly.
Jason Abernathy is a realtor and broker at Allen Tate Company, and resides in Mooresville, NC. He previously worked as a senior planner for the Town of Cornelius and the City of Concord. Abernathy has also served as chairman of the Iredell County Republican Party, and head of the North Carolina Federation of Republican Men. He is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte.
Tommy Adams is a broker at Linville Team Partners and resides in Winston Salem, NC. He previously worked as a direct sales representative for Cars.com in Boone, NC. He also has served as a real estate broker at APP Real Estate and has served as the secretary of the North Carolina Republican Party. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University.
Trey Baldwin works with Cloud Managed Backup at IBM. Previously he worked in support at IBM and LogicNow and as an information technology analyst at HCL Technologies, which specializes in a number of information technology processes. A Durham resident, Baldwin is a graduate of ITT Technical Institute and served in the United States Air Force.
Jana Benscoter is a general assignment reporter at The York Dispatch in Harrisburg, PA. She has worked for WatchdogWire, Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, and Civitas Institute. Her newsroom experience includes Rhinoceros Times, York Dispatch, and Boston Globe. She is a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate.
Donald Bryson is the North Carolina state director for Americans for Prosperity. A Garner resident, he previously served as deputy director at AFP, education policy specialist at Parents for Educational Freedom in NC, and assistant debate coach at James Madison University. Bryson attended UNC-Greensboro and Georgia’s Piedmont College.
Michael Cote is a Charlotte-based developer in the business intelligence division at Vanguard. He previously worked as a software developer and SEO specialist for Sabre Hospitality Solutions. Cote spent five years in the 82nd Airborne Division, rising to the rank of sergeant. Cote has a Computer Science degree from NC State University and is currently in an MBA program at Drexel University.
Aaron Harper is the manager of military and veterans affairs within the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for the Carolinas HealthCare System and volunteers as an Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve Ombudsman at the Department of Defense. A retired sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, he also serves as president of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Charlotte. Harper is a graduate of North Carolina State University and the Queens University business school.
Patrick Holland serves as emergency response coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health. He previously worked for Richmond, VA, and advised the city of Greenville, NC. He received his undergraduate degree from Campbell University, and an MPA from East Carolina University.
Josh Holloman is the EMS division chief for Johnston County, NC, where he used to be an EMS training officer for local communities. He began his career in EMS at the age of 15, made lieutenant at 21, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Carolina University.
Doug Hutton is the global operations director at Mind Gym. He was previously the vice president of operations at Second City Works, director of solutions development for the Chicago-based Second City Communications, and senior director at CEB. Hutton completed his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University and a graduate degree at George Washington University.
Brett Moore a magistrate judge in North Carolina and the vice president of Component Signage, Inc. Previously Moore was an attorney in private practice in High Point, NC. He is a graduate of the law school at Elon University and runs seminars on child welfare representation for CourtWatch of North Carolina. His community service includes Legal Aid of NC and Reading Connections.
Marjorie Morris is a business and technology applications analyst at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Her previous work in HHS included disability determination and Medicaid administration. Morris received her degree in applied sociology from NC State University.
Jesse Schaefer is a business litigation attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Raleigh, and serves as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy. Schaefer received his undergraduate degree in communication from NC State University, and his law degree from Campbell University.
Johnny Shull is the COO & managing partner at Red Wolf Public Sector, LLC. He was previously the manager of academic programs at the Charles Koch Foundation in Washington. A former instructor at Wake Tech Community College and Central Carolina Community College, he also served as mayor of Coats, NC and owned an internet provider. Shull has BA and MBA degrees from Campbell University and a masters in economics from NC State University.
Howard Stearn serves as the safety officer at The Urban Electric Co. He previously served as safety and training supervisor at RJ Martin National in Charleston, SC, and worked for Sanders Brothers Construction and Barnhill Contracting Company, among other firms. Stearn is a graduate of Old Dominion University and Pitt Community College.
Mitch Yelverton is the research agreements manager for the Duke University School of Medicine and a private practice attorney. He previously worked as the assistant team lead at Consilio Services and was the former director of affinity & volunteer programs for Duke University. He earned his BA at Duke and his law degree at Campbell University. Yelverton has also worked as a freelance journalist and interned in a congressional office.
Deanna Ballard is a North Carolina Senator representing North Carolina’s 45th district. She is also the director of the president’s office at Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. She formerly served as special assistant to First Lady Laura Bush and worked for Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Ballard is a Belmont University graduate and lives in Blowing Rock, NC.
Jonathan Bandy is the communications & events coordinator for the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and currently lives in the Raleigh-Durham area. Bandy was previously the CEO of Red Advantage, a consulting and marketing firm. He also has served as communications director at the NC Office of State Human Resources, field operations coordinator at Americans for Prosperity, and chairman of the NC Federation of Young Professional Republicans. He is a graduate of High Point University and Northeastern University.
Chad Barefoot is the vice president for institutional advancement at Louisburg College. A Wake Forest resident, he is currently serving his third term in the North Carolina Senate, and previously worked for Cary Reconstruction and NC Rep. Skip Stam. Barefoot is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Appalachian State University.
Andy Cagle is a communications and public relations manager at Vitalsource and resides in Raleigh, NC. He also works as a public relations director for the RBR Enterprises NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team and as a columnist for Civitas Media. Cagle has previously worked for Richmond Community College, Duke Energy Corporation, and the Rockingham Speedway. Cagle previously taught social studies courses for Richmond County Schools and covered sports for the Southern Pines Pilot and Richmond County Daily Journal. He has degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Pembroke.
Abeni El-Amin is a relationship manager at Bellevue University and the director of business development at Titan & Mogul. Previously she was an ADA complaint resolution officer with Delta Global Staffing. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kentucky State University and received her Ph.D. from Northcentral University in 2016. She has taught classes at St. Augustine’s University, Shaw University, and the University of Dubuque, where she also directed the Multicultural Family Center.
Chris Faison serves as the coordinator of Men of Color Engagement for UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for Student Success & Academic Counseling. A former public school teacher and administrator, Faison is a resident of Durham, NC.
Matt McCall is the assistant general manager for GoRaleigh, part of Transdev North America. He previously was the COO for the NC Industrial Commission in the Department of Commerce, the Register of Deeds in Iredell County, NC, and an Allstate Insurance agent. A graduate of NC State University, McCall has been vice president of the Iredell County Republican Party and is active in numerous civic and community groups, including Rotary and Civitan.
Brandon Mills is the president of Regal Specialists as well as the owner of RAMPANT, LCC, a web design company. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington and Gardner Webb University, Mills has served as a Teaching Fellows program assistant, communications director at Fellowship of Christ EPC, and webmaster for the NC General Assembly.
Brian Rice is a regional technical sales manager for Durr Systems, Inc. He previously managed regional sales and business development at Obara Corporation in Birmingham, AL, and worked for Laser Cladding Services in Houston, TX and Rockwell Automation in Charlotte. He also works as a consultant and motivational speaker. Rice is a graduate of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he played on the baseball team.
Edward Smith is an insurance specialist at Bank of America in Charlotte, and a former school teacher. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University and St. Thomas University law school. Smith served as president of Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County.
Sarah Stogner is the director of business process optimization at MaxPoint and a resident of Morrisville, NC. A Duke University graduate, she formerly served as director of MaxPoint Express, a development associate at Anthony & Company, and a cheerleading coach for the Duke athletic department. She is currently an advisory board member for The Gloria Borges WunderGlo Foundation and the Durham/Orange Counties chair of the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee.
Kelly Tain is a political consultant based in Washington, DC. She previously worked on a US Senate campaign and chaired the Mecklenburg County GOP’s voter registration program. Tain received her BA and MA degrees from the George Washington University.
Brett Thompson is an attorney in private practice in Cary, NC. He was previously an associate attorney at Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers in Raleigh and before that practiced the Law Offices of Cheryl David in Greensboro. Before obtaining his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, Thompson was a TV producer for Time Warner Cable News, Bay News 9 in St. Petersburg, FL, and CNN. He earned his undergraduate degree from The University of South Florida.
Matt Wilson is an IT business consultant at BB&T, where he previously worked as a technical process analyst. His former employers include SoftPro and Tech Resource Group. Wilson is a graduate of American-Intercontinental University and also attended NC State University.
Andy Esser is a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments. A Chapel Hill resident, he formerly practiced law and clerked for a federal judge. Esser receives his undergraduate and law degrees from the College of William and Mary.
Bill Gilbert is the vice president of operations at the John Locke Foundation, a think tank based in Raleigh. He previously worked as a field operations coordinator for the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and spent 10 years in the private sector as a systems and database engineer.
Karen Hawkins is a social studies teacher at Voyager Academy High School and works as a private tutor for high school social studies and SAT prep. She is part of the adjunct faculty for the history departments at Campbell University, North Carolina State University, University of Mount Olive, and NC Wesleyan College. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University and her doctorate from UNC-Greensboro.
Gary Hill is an executive director for the Community Academy for Leadership & Life Skills, Inc. He previously worked as an assistant professor at both Duke University and N.C. Central University, directed Junior ROTC at East Duplin High School, and served in finance posts at United States Army installations in Virginia and Europe. Gary has degrees from Campbell University and Webster University.
Stephen Lair is the owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Chapel Hill, and a certified senior advisor. His many volunteer activities include Alzheimers North Carolina and Mission Medicine. Lair was honored by WCHL-AM for his community service in 2010. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University.
Rocky Norkum is a managing partner at the Barnabas Group and the executive director of Charlotte Awake. He was the director of ministries at World Worship Church in Charlotte, previously worked for Lincoln Financial Securities Corporation, and chaired the Charlotte Jaycees. Norkum attended NC State University and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill.
James Rich is the senior director for construction property redevelopment at Extra Space Storage. He was previously a capital asset development manager at the Salt Lake City Corporation and former vice president for development at DeNovo Properties Holdings in Durham, NC. He received his BS in civil engineering from Brigham Young University and his MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Brian Rogers serves as chief operating officer for the Jesse Helms Center at Wingate University. He formerly worked as executive director at Defenders of Property Rights, general manager of Century Commications, and director of special projects at the Leadership Institute. He is a Wingate graduate.
Mary Jo Shepherd teaches political science and public policy at UNC-Charlotte and chairs the platform committee of the North Carolina Republican Party. She formerly worked as a business manager at Maersk Group and Sea-Land Service. Shepherd earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from UNC-Charlotte, and her masters from Baylor University.
Dan Soucek served three terms in the North Carolina Senate before announcing he would not seek reelection in 2016. He worked previously as Asia regional director for Operation Christmas Child at Samaritan’s Purse in Boone, NC where he currently resides. A captain in the United States Army, he previously served as area director of Young Life. Soucek is a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point.
Ryan Swanson is the team lead of clinical review pharmacists at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of North Carolina. He previously worked as a retail pharmacist, director of professional services at the NC Association of Pharmacists, and assistant director of experiential programs at Campbell University, where he obtained his pharmacy degree after graduating from Bob Jones University.
Justin Thibault the senior technical leader at the Electric Power Research Institute and resides in Concord, NC. He was previously a project manager and an engineer at EPRI Generation O&M. A graduate of UNC-Charlotte, he also worked as a simulation engineer at Performance Consulting Services and chaired the Cabarrus County Republican Party.
Sherry Ward is the administrator of career and technical education and work study for the public school district in Mount Vernon, NY. She previously worked as an educational consultant for the NC Department of Public Instruction, served as director of community schools for Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia, and taught middle school students in New York. Ward is a graduate of Hampton University, Mercy College, and Westchester Community College.
Kim Wheeler is a territory account manager at Capital Associated Industries and lives in Raleigh, NC. A graduate of Meredith College, she previously worked as an account manager and implementation & training coordinator at ATCOM Business Technology Solutions in the Triangle region.
Charlton Allen is the chairman and CEO of the North Carolina Industrial Commission and resides in Charlotte, NC. He previously was the commissioner of the North Carolina Industrial Commission. A former resident of Mooresville, NC, Allen has practiced law and served as chairman of the Iredell County Republican Party. Allen received his undergraduate and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he co-founded the student magazine The Carolina Review.
Kim Cotten-West is a senior clinical research associate at the Raleigh-based INC Research. She previously held a research position at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and a development position with the NC Republican Party. A Pittsboro resident, she holds degrees from Appalachian State University and UNC-Greensboro.
Traci Hood is major gifts coordinator for Urban Ministries of Wake County. She formerly served as executive director of the Miracle League of the Triangle and vice president for communications at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. Hood is a graduate of Meredith College and lives in southern Wake County.
Jeff Katz is a content developer at iHeartMedia and has spent almost 30 years in various roles across the country as a broadcaster, marketing professional, coach, and speaker. He is currently serving a two year term as vice president of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. Katz is a former police officer and Boston Herald columnist who graduated from Ashworth College.
Dana Kaufman is a broker with WhistleStop Realty, LLC in Sanford, NC. She has long been active with the North Carolina Jaycees and the Five Star Institute. Kaufman is a graduate of Central Carolina Community College.
Jonathan Martin is vice president for business development at Ceterus Inc., based in Charleston, SC. He previously worked as a senior finance manager at Americans for Prosperity. Martin received his degree in accounting and finance from NC State University.
Gideon Moore works as corporate counsel and corporate secretary at AmeriLife. He received undergraduate degrees in history and political science from UNC-Chapel Hill and his law degree from Duke University. Moore previously served as managing partner of FisherBroyles LLP, corporate attorney in other Charlotte-area law firms, and chairman of the Mecklenburg County Republican Party.
Tom Murry is a pharmacist and chief legal counsel for the NC Administrative Office of the Courts who resides in Morrisville, NC. He served two terms in the NC House of Representatives and three terms on the Morrisville Town Council. A graduate of Campbell University’s law school, the University of Arkansas’s pharmacy school, and the University of Central Arkansas, Murry is a captain in the NC National Guard.
Laurie (Julian) Onorio is a partner and vice president of government affairs at Walk West. She was previously a contract lobbyist at the North Carolina General Assembly, representing a variety of business and association clients. She previously worked for Fetzer Strategies, Jason Deans & Associates, O3 Strategies, and the Stewart Group. Onorio is an NC State University graduate and Raleigh resident.
Jennifer (Eues) Smith is the director of licensing & business development for Carters/OskKosh B’gosh. She was previously a senior merchandising manager at Spanx in Atlanta, manager of global sourcing at Charlotte-based Family Dollar Stores, wholesale manager at the Royal Standard, and account executive at Ben Sherman. Smith received her BS degree in textile and apparel merchandising from Louisiana State University.
Nathanael Snow is an assistant professor of economics at Indiana Wesleyan University and an independent economics consultant. He was previously a consultant at Criterion Economics and a former economist at the International Trade Commission. He previously served as a teacher and co-principal at Agape Corner Boarding School. He received his BA from NC State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from George Mason University.
Joey Stansbury has had a lengthy career in public service, politics, and public policy, including such posts as legislative assistant for the North Carolina General Assembly (current), outreach director at the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, and communications director at Rotterman & Associates. Stansbury is also a member of the Dix Park Master Plan Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.
John Walker is chief operating officer at Q International LLC in Whitsett, NC, and on the management team at RE/MAX Diamond Realty in Alamance County. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Walker is active in the Alamance County Association of Realtors and Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Mebane.
Patricia Boyd is a wellness manager at doTERRA International, LLC, volunteer community choir director for Mountain Ridge Health and Wellness, and a Mary Kay consultant. She resides in Hickory, North Carolina. She was previously a home-health provider in the McDowell County community of Nebo. A longtime community activist with the D.C.-based grassroots organization FreedomWorks, she previously volunteered with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Bill Fields is an associate at JP Morgan Chase in Philadelphia and a former lieutenant in the United States Navy. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, the London School of Economics, and most recently Columbia University, Fields is the co-founder and managing director of First in Education, a nonprofit promoting North Carolina education reform.
Brannon Lambert is a private wealth manager with Canvasback Wealth Management, and a resident of Garner, NC. He previously served clients at TD Ameritrade, Merrill Lynch, and American Express Financial Advisors. Lambert has degrees from Barton College and Campbell University.
Michael Owen is a consulting engineer in computational fluid dynamics, low frequency electromagnetics, and multiphysics at Mallett Technology and a resident of Durham, NC. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in physics from NC State University.
Erik Root works for The Roger Bacon Academy in Wilmington, NC in curriculum development and policy analysis. A former professor of political science at West Liberty University in West Virginia, Root received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Montana, and his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. He previously worked as a local policy analyst at the John Locke Foundation.
Kathryn (Atkinson) Stansbury is the director of business development at the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association. She also serves as an on-air announcer for WCPE-FM, a classical radio station. She previously was the director of membership services at the North Carolina Home Builders Association and resides in Raleigh, NC. Stansbury received her BA in international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Jameson Taylor is vice president for policy at the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, former director of policy and research for the Civitas Institute in Raleigh, and former research director for the South Carolina Policy Council. Taylor holds an AB in government from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.
Dion Terry Clark is director of NC Works Career Pathways. She previously worked in very policy positions for former Gov. Pat McCrory. Her other posts include executive director of the Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County and researcher at the Civitas Institute. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, her MPA from NC Central University, and her Ph.D. from NC State University.
Dallas Woodhouse is the executive director of the North Carolina Republican Party, a Raleigh-based political consultant, and founder/former president of Carolina Rising. He formerly served as state director of Americans for Prosperity and a reporter at WLFL-TV and WNCN-TV. Woodhouse received his BA from Campbell University and his MA from NC State University.
Scott Yow is the pastor at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Broadway, NC, and a driver for Noble Oil Services, a Sanford-based company that collects, re-refines, and resells used oil and provides a suite of other environmental services. Yow is a graduate of Campbell Divinity School.
Warren Cooksey is the director of outreach and community affairs for the NC Department of Transportation, Division 10. A Davidson College graduate, he previously served three terms on the Charlotte City Council and worked as a finance officer for Wachovia Bank. He was also chairman of the board of the Charlotte Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Bryan Dixon is a certified financial planner employed at Edward Jones Investments in Winston-Salem. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business and formerly worked at AG Edwards.
Jeanette Doran chairs the Board of Review at the NC Division of Employment Security. She previously served as executive director of the NC Institute for Constitutional Law, in the federal public defender’s office, and at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute of Government. Doran is a graduate of Auburn University and the Campbell University law school.
Dana (Reason) Evans is a brand manager at North State Media, LLC, owns dana L. Inc., a cosmetics company, and also serves as conference director for the NC Alliance for Public Charter Schools. She is a former Miss North Carolina and a graduate of East Carolina University. Evans previously worked as a Raleigh-based consultant and event planner and currently lives in Wilmington.
Becki Gray is vice president for outreach at the John Locke Foundation, columnist for its newspaper Carolina Journal, and frequent panelist on the statewide TV show NC SPIN. A graduate of Charlotte’s Queens University, she formerly worked at the North Carolina General Assembly and as a private-sector lobbyist.
Kent Lassman is the president & CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He previously was the vice president at DCI Group in Washington, DC. A graduate of NC State University and The Catholic University of America, he has also served as vice president for strategy at FreedomWorks, research fellow at the Progress & Freedom Foundation, and director of technology and communications policy for the Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation.
Shante’ Martin serves as general counsel for the North Carolina Community College System. She previously served as assistant attorney general and a judicial clerk at the North Carolina Supreme Court. Martin received both her undergraduate and law degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is an adjunct professor at Wingate University.
Heather Mobley is a private practice attorney in Mount Pleasant, NC. She previously worked as an associate at Marshall Dotson & Associates. Mobley received her undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University and her law degree from Wake Forest University, where she was a research assistant and law-review editor.
Greg Seamster is a financial advisor at Wells Fargo Advisors in Raleigh. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Hampton-Sydney College, and his MTIM in trust and investment management from Campbell University. Seamster also coaches youth baseball.
Derek Skinner is a commercial banker at BB&T, and a resident of Monroe, NC. He earned his undergraduate and MBA degrees from Wingate University, where he worked as director of marketing and programs at the Jesse Helms Center.
Alan Swart is relationship manager at Heartland Payment Systems and resides in Wilmington, NC. Additionally, he designs and sells wallets through Backslider Gear, which started as a Kickstarter campaign. He previously worked as Latino community services coordinator for Smart Start of New Hanover County and ran a coffee shop. Swart received his BA from UNC-Charlotte and his MBA from Winthrop University.
Ryan Thum is an associate at Mahoney, Naskatka, and Richmond, PLLC. He was previously a senior associate attorney at Poole Mahoney in Virginia Beach and served as vice chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Commission. Thum received his BS and MA degrees from Appalachian State University and his law degree from Campbell University.