Lucy Austin is a special deputy commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Commission in Raleigh. Previously she served as a senior law clerk for NC Court of Appeals Judge Robert N. Hunter Jr. Austin received her undergraduate degree in psychology from NC State University and graduated cum laude with a doctorate of law from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
Elizabeth Campos is a sales representative at Twins Creek Distillery in Rocky Mount, Virginia. Before coming to Twins Creek, Campos owned and operated her own CrossFit studio in Eden, NC, and taught social studies at Magna Vista High School in Virginia. She earned a BS in History from Ferrum College in Virginia and her MA in teaching from Hollins University.
Sarah Child is an associate attorney at Storzer and Associates. She’s a former federal judicial law clerk for the US Federal Court and public relations assistant at Rueckert Advertising and Public Relations, LLC. At Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester NY, Child graduated Summa Cum Laude in communications and was captain of the women’s basketball team. In 2017 she received her Juris Doctorate degree from Regent University School of Law.
Justin Davis is a team leader at Keller Williams Realty Inc. He previously worked with Nease Personnel Services as their business development coordinator and at Tar River United Way as a program developer for Hometown Hires. Davis received his BS in public policy and leadership studies from Eastern Carolina University, where he also served as student body president and assistant director of the Shelton Leadership Challenge.
Joseph E. Houchin is an equity partner and criminal defense attorney at Dysart Willis. A former Blackstone fellow at Alliance Defending Freedom, Houchin has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, and won the Daniel Corker Horton & Bell Appellate Advocacy competition, among other honors and awards. Houchin earned his undergraduate degree in government and international politics from George Mason and University and his JD from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
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 a budget analyst for the United States Army Installation Management Command (INCOM). Raupp previously worked as an administrative assistant at Garrison Internal Review & Audit Compliance, USASOC, at Fort Bragg, and served as a unit supply sergeant for four years in the US Army. She graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in business administration.
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, providing adjudication and resolution of controversies arising under the NC Worker’s Compensation Act and NC Tort Claims Act. He also serves on the board of directors for several non-profit organizations, including Old Wilmington Riverfront Celebration Inc. and the New Hanover County Bar Association. Scalise obtained a B.A. in English and History from UNC Greensboro and his Juris Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill’s law school.
Michael Schietzelt joined the John Locke Foundation in 2019 as Criminal Justice Fellow. Schietzelt spent four years in the US Marine Corps, including service as a soloist in the “Commandant’s Own” Drum and Bugle Corps, and is a former clerk for Chief Justice Mark Martin of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree in music performance from UNC Greensboro and holds a Juris Doctorate from Duke University School of Law.
Matthew Turrentine is the manager of support services for Duke Health Access and has previously held other positions within the Duke University Health System. He graduated from Campbell University with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, pre-medicine, and mathematics and volunteered for Family Health Ministries in Leogane, Haiti. As a fellow for the NC Institute of Political Leadership, Turrentine educated community leaders in the ethics of campaigning and governing.
Alfred White is the Regional Vice President at nCino Inc., a cloud-banking company in Wilmington. He worked as a product specialist at the same company, and formerly held positions at First Citizens Bank, Bank of America, and Wells Fargo. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business/corporate communications from Elon University and completed an MBA program at UNC Wilmington. For over four years, White has volunteered as the treasurer board of directors for the Community Boys and Girls Club of Wilmington.
Emmanuel Wilder’s experience as a quality assurance engineer and technical lead for Fidelity Investments informs his current position at Red Hat, where he is a Senior Systems Analyst. He also previously worked for the City of Raleigh’s Parks and Recreation Department. He graduated from Eastern Carolina University with a B.S. in computer science and serves as community director for his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.
Augustus Willis is the assistant district attorney for Carteret, Craven, and Pamlico county. Willis has a breadth of experience in law, formerly serving as a staff attorney at the North Carolina General Assembly, a special assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, and a public defender in Wake County. Willis received his undergraduate degree in financial services from East Carolina University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brad Young is the executive director for the NC Institute of Political Leadership (NCIOPL). Young is also the former director of external affairs for the NC Office of State Auditor and former press secretary for the Office of State Treasurer. Before entering the public sector, he served as marketing and communications manager for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Young earned a B.S. in business administration from NC State University and his MBA from Campbell University.
Josh Adams is an associate attorney at Jackson Lewis P.C. in Charlotte, where he represents employers in workplace matters, including litigation and counseling. He’s a former associate at Willson Jones Carter Baxley and Patrick, Harper & Dixon. Adams graduated Cum Laude from Carson-Newman University with undergraduate degrees in economics and speech communication and rhetoric. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University School of Law.
Andrew Atkins is an associate at Smith Anderson, a member of the firm’s Construction and Commercial Litigation Practice Group, and the commissioner for North Carolina’s Rules Review Commission. Atkins previously served as a judicial clerk to North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark D. Martin and as a reporter to the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Elliot Engstrom is a deputy county attorney at Cleveland County. He has also represented and advised all departments of Cleveland County Government and was a Legal Method and Communication fellow at Elon University. Prior to his fellowship with E. A. Morris, Engstrom 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 in French 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. During 2012, Gilley worked as regional director for the Romney/Ryan campaign, leading the “get out the vote” initiative, and in 2015, she was awarded the Ted Jones Prospecting Award. She received her undergraduate degree in Finance and her Masters of Accounting from Wingate University, where she also served as an ad team director and resident director.
Daniel Gore leads capital and resolution planning at Credit Suisse in Morrisville. Formerly he was the chief financial officer at Southern CC, Inc. and co-owner of Grey Area Solutions, where he consulted with clients on emergency preparedness, security, and strategy. For ten years, Gore served his country as an Airborne Infantryman and Army Recruiter. Gore graduated Cum Laude from Methodist University with dual degrees in financial economics and business administration.
Ashley Taylor Jacobs is a grants analyst at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked as a residential advisor for UNC Horizons and an HR specialist for the NC Office of Human Resources. She is an active member of her community, serving as chair elect for the Durham Crisis Center and a board member for the Durham Partnership for Children. Jacobs earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from NC State University and her Masters in Public Administration 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 deputy commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission. She formerly served as law clerk to Chairman Allen, Commissioner Linda Cheatham, and Vice-Chairman Yolanda K. Stith. Moore also practiced family and real estate law at McWilliam, Henderson & Wall in Garner. She earned her undergraduate degree in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctorate from NC Central University.
Asia Prince is an assistant US attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office. In 2018, he served as campaign manager for Judge Andrew Heath, and before that he worked as director of claims administration for the North Carolina Industrial Commission. In his free time, Prince is a volunteer judge for Capital Area Teen Court. Prince graduated from UNC Greensboro with a BS in business administration and received his Juris Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill.
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 NC Industrial Commission and a former assistant district attorney in Forsyth County. He is an active big brother in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, an appointee to the North Carolina Domestic Violence Commission, and serves on the board of directors for the Riverrun International Film Festival. Silver received a BS in elementary education from NC A&T State University. He taught fifth grade students for several years before going on to earn his Juris Doctorate and MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Jonathan Strange has spent over ten years at The Strange Law Firm in Fayetteville, NC as a general practice attorney, focusing on criminal defense and civil litigation. He’s also a former assistant district attorney for Cumberland County and social studies teacher for Wake County public schools. Strange attended Louisiana State University, where he received a BS in secondary education. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Campbell University Normal Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
Kevin Daniels is a government and military affairs liaison at Carteret Community College and the director of government relations at the Daniels Development Group. Previously he served as the director of community and constituent affairs for former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and as president of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of North Carolina. In his free-time, Daniels is a board member for Carteret County Area Transportation Services and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Anna Beavon Gravely is the executive director for the North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation. Formerly, Gravely was the political director for the campaign to elect Mark Harris for U.S. Senate, the state director at Generation Opportunity, and the director of field operations for Family Action. She has also filled several roles within the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Gravely earned her undergraduate degree in political science, writing, and ethics from Meredith University.
Jefferson Griffin is a District Court judge in Wake County, NC and a former assistant district attorney. He also serves as Captain and JAG officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard. Griffin 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, focusing on civil litigation and criminal defense.
Destin Hall is a state representative for Caldwell County – District 87 and majority freshman leader in the North Carolina General Assembly. Hall serves on a variety of committees addressing insurance, finance, K-12 education, and commerce and job development, and is also a practicing attorney with Wilson, Lackey, and Rohr in Lenoir, NC. Hall earned his law degree from Wake Forest University and his B.S. in business from Appalachian State University.
Alex Haynes is an insurance advisor at Hood Hargett & Associates in Charlotte. Haynes formerly served as investor relations manager for the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, director of operations at INVEST COLLEGIATE charter school, and internship coordinator at Rocky Mount prep. He also taught English for two years in Seoul, South Korea. Haynes graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in industrial and product design.
Andrew Heath is a Superior Court judge in North Carolina. Before taking office in 2017, Heath was a state budget director under former governor Pat McCrory, chairman of the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and an attorney with Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Asheville with a BS in business administration and management, and earned his JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Jamie Liles Lassiter is a public notary and the Executive Director of the North Carolina Conference of Clerks of Superior Court. She previously worked as a grants specialist for the Governor’s Crime Commission, research advisor to the office of the N.C. House Speaker Pro Tem, and a deputy clerk of Superior Court for the NC Administration Office of the Courts. Lassiter has BA in political science and government and a Master of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.
Alex Lewis is the business development manager for industrial contractor Edwards Inc., where he is responsible for developing new business and client relationships. He is the former director of purchasing for Freedom Industries and a team member at City Electric. Lewis received his undergraduate degree in business administration and finance from East Carolina University. His political activities include serving as communications director for the Wilson, NC GOP and a 2012 run for Wilson County Register of Deeds.
Scott McKaig is a general counsel for The Lincoln Network and an adjunct professor of business analytics at Wake Tech Community College. He is a former financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, contracting officer at the NC Department of Information Technology, and community development specialist for the Governor’s Crime Commission. McKaig received his BA in English and political science from UNC Greensboro and his MBA and JD from Campbell University.
Matt Mumpower is a marketing consultant for Mumpower Marketing and works in technology marketing for TransPerfect. Mumpower previously served as the marketing director for Med First Primary & Urgent Care, and has marketing experience with Training Network and Johnson Properties Relators & Auctioneers. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BS in marketing.
Derrick Raphael is the CEO and co-founder of ICON Talent Partners and a compliance manager for Toronto-based company TD. Raphael is also an advisor and board member for several organizations including LawHero, EDGE @ Sheridan, ICUBE UTM, and the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals. A certified foreign legal consultant, Raphael earned his BA in sociology from Princeton, his JD from Duke University School of Law, and his Masters of Law (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. Before coming to Novant Health, Reeder 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 certifications from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
Arthur Rich manages accounting procedures for GCW Enterprises in Goldsboro, NC. Rich is actively engaged in politics – in 2014, he ran for Congress in the state’s 1st District, and also previous sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor in 2012. He earned a BS in economics and accounting from East Carolina University.
Clark Riemer works in the North Carolina General Assembly as a policy advisor and research assistant to the senior house finance chair, and formerly served as a legislative assistant and assistant sergeant-at-arms. Riemer volunteers as a board member for several organizations including the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Carolina. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Elon University.
Kelley Rooney is the vice president at Perry Communications Group, Inc in Sacramento, CA, and serves on the executive committee for the Forest County Republican Party. She was formerly the political director for North State Solutions, the political and digital director at Cornerstone Solutions, and the regional field director for the North Carolina Republican Party and Romney for President. Rooney received her BA in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Ryan Simons is the president of the Wilson Chamber of Commerce in Wilson, NC, and previously served as the director of planning and economic development for the town of Selma and a county planner for Dare County. Simons is a board member for several organizations including the Wilson Education Partnership and the Wilson Downtown Development Corporation. He 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 counsel at Cause of Action Institute and is a former law clerk for NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark D. Martin. A former practicing attorney with Bailey & Dixon and the Brown Law LLP, Thompson has also worked for the Institute for Justice, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the John Locke Foundation. She earned her undergraduate degree in peace, war, and defense and her JD 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 practices employment law as a partner at Poyner & Spruill LLP. Ceglowski is also on the board of directors for SAFEchild Inc, an organization dedicated to combatting child abuse in Wake County, and a volunteer for High Climbers of North Carolina, a leadership development program for high schoolers. He graduated from NC State University with a BS in business management and earned his JD from Campbell University.
Richard Dietz is a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He previously practiced law at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton and Covington & Burling LLP. Dietz is a certified specialist in Appellate Practice and a member of the NC Bar Association, the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, and the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and his JD from Wake Forest University School of Law.
Christopher Dooley is a business planning and information analyst for Retail Business Services, as well as a development and visual engineer for A Break Apart. He has previously held positions with US Foods, Mecklenburg County government, and Ahold Delhaize, and also volunteers with Rowan Help Ministries, Special Olympics of North Carolina, and China Grove. Dooley earned his BA in management and operations from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Beth Friedrich is deputy general counsel at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Before coming to the Department of Commerce, Friedrich was general counsel to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, special assistant to the general counsel for former Gov. Pat McCrory, and an account executive at DCI Group. She received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Georgia, and her JD from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Katelyn Garlow Griffin is a legislative assistant in the North Carolina General Assembly and a content specialist at ICUC, a social media management firm from Montreal, Canada. Griffin is a former field director and grassroots communications coordinator for Americans for Prosperity and the associate aquatics director at the Jerry Long Family YMCA. She graduated from NC State University with a BA in public relations and journalism.
Pearce Godwin is the founder and CEO of the Listen First Project and the executive director for the National Conversation Project, global nonprofit initiatives dedicated to promoting greater understanding, respect, and cooperation. Previously Godwin was the market research and insights director at The Stone Agency and the director of Raleigh-based organization American Insights. Godwin has a BA in public policy from Duke University and an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler business school.
Grayson Greco is an executive officer in the North Carolina National Guard and the owner of Master’s Method Solid Craftsmanship. He formerly worked as a business development consultant with Connected Investors and a lobbyist for the Susan B. Anthony List. Greco graduated Cum Laude from UNC Wilmington with a BA in Anthropology and received his MA in ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Hank Henning is a Guilford County commissioner and an account executive at Energy Systems Group. He’s also a former sales representative for Cook Medical and a strategic account manager at Brady, a building solutions provider in Greensboro, NC. Hanning 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 .
Alan Jefferies is a program analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He was also a human capital analyst and human resource specialist for the EPA and a special projects manager for ReStart, Inc. Jefferies earned his undergraduate degree in political science from East Carolina University and graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina Central University with a Masters of Public Administration.
Hugh Johnson is a senior government affairs manager at WellCare Health Plans. He has experience as a government relations coordinator for the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, analyzing policy for former governor Pat McCrory, and leading volunteer groups completing projects for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. Johnson graduated from Wake Forest University with a BA in political science and communications and from Georgetown University with a Masters in public policy.
Misty Odell is a community engagement director for the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity. She has previously filled other roles within the organization and worked in pharmacy for the Duke University Health System. A board of trustees member for the North Carolina Humanities Counsel, Odell earned a BS in chemistry and graduate degree in organic chemistry from the College of William and Mary.
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 member of the board of trustees 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. She previously served as managing editor and communications director at the Civitas Institute, a producer at WBT-AM in Charlotte, and the director of marketing and project management at Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. Trout graduated from Garner-Webb University with a BA in English.
Tyler Younts is a deputy commissioner at the North Carolina Industrial Commission (NCIC). He’s also a former law clerk for NCIC, staff attorney for the NC Institute for Constitutional Law, and contract attorney for Synergy Legal Professionals. Younts earned his BS in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a speaker of the student congress, and his JD from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
John Amanchukwu is a 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 and a senior sales consultant at Carmax Auto Superstore. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he played on the football team and earned a degree in sports management.
Davis Bourland is an investment analyst at FinLab AG in Frankfurt, Germany. He is a former business analyst for ScottMadden Inc. and a former administrative services and project manager for the city of Winston-Salem. Bourland earned his undergraduate degree in communications from Denison University, an MA in communications from Wake Forest University, and an MBA from the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.
Ellis Boyle practices law in Raleigh as a partner at Knott and Boyle, PLLC and a lawyer at Ellis Boyle Law. Boyle has experience serving as deputy secretary and general counsel to the NC Department of Public Safety, an assistant US attorney for EDNC, and a captain in the United States Army. He graduated from Davidson with a BA in history, where he played on the football team, and earned his JD from 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, deputy secretary for communications and external affairs at the NC Department of Commerce, capitol reporter for WPTF-AM, and a producer at Curtis Media Group. Ellis graduated with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in journalism and mass communication.
Wesley Fricks is a board member for the US Chamber of Commerce’s US-Iraq Business Initiative and vice chair of the NC Research Triangle chapter of ASIS International. He is the former vice president of TigerSwan and deputy secretary for interagency affairs at the NC Department of Transportation. An Auburn University graduate in agricultural business and economics and a 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 the communications director at the John William Pope Foundation in Raleigh. Before coming to the Pope Foundation, Hollandsworth was the programs and communications manager for the Jesse Helms Center Foundation and an administrative assistant for Commercial Defeasance LLC. She received a BLS in organizational communication and management from Wingate University.
Brad Langston is a constituent advocate for the office of US Senator Richard Burr and a board member for Boundless Impact, a non-profit championing inclusive leadership and innovation. He has held staff positions for US representatives Mark Walker, Howard Coble, and Virginia Foxx and campaign roles for gubernatorial, congressional, and legislative candidates. Langston graduated from UNC Wilmington with a BA in political science and history.
Kristen Laster is an instructional assistant in the Wake County public school system. Laster used to be a managing partner for Southern Strategy Group of North Carolina, the vice president of Fetzer Strategic Partners, and a lobbyist for Messer Caparello & Self PA. She earned her undergraduate degree in communication from Western Carolina University, and is also a member of the Theta Iota chapter of the Delta Zeta sorority.
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 was previously employed with House of Hope of NC and Crossroads Fellowship. She graduated from SUNY-Geneseo with a BA in interpersonal and organizational communication and earned her MA in organizational communication from the University of Memphis.
Derrick Nantz is an assistant professor at Wake Tech Community College, where he teaches philosophy. Nantz earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and economics from UNC-Wilmington, his MA in philosophy at Georgia State University, and his MBA at Methodist University. His interests include Ancient Greek philosophy, Nietzsche, and business ethics.
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 a business consultant with the Newton Law Group. Before founding his own company, Robinson was the senior business development manager at Logistical Athletic Solutions and the VP of business development at Vstrator. He graduated from Duke University – where he played on the football team – with Bachelor’s Degrees in psychology and marketing and management solutions.
Bill Southern serves as chief district court judge for Stokes and Surry counties and resides in the town of King, NC. A former prosecutor in the district attorney’s office, Southern graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with degrees in political science and American studies, and earned his JD from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Burwell Stark is a manager in the North Carolina Department of Commerce. He has held roles in organizations including Triangle Apartment Association, ValueNet Consulting, Civitas Institute, JR Hill and Associates, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Stark is a graduate of Appalachian State University – where he received a degree in English literature – , a proud foster parent, and a certified global career development facilitator.
Rhett Bailey is an ESE learning strategies and resource teacher at West Gadsden High School in Tallahassee, Florida. He previously worked as a substitute teacher and tutor at the Christ Classical Academy, as a team leader at Gutter Glove of North Carolina, and as a coatings technician at Wake Paint and Decorating. Bailey earned his undergraduate degree in religious studies from NC State University and has completed coursework at the Catholic University of America and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Julie Bryce is co-chair of The Alliance of Women in Tech Leadership, the fractional chief marketing officer for juliebryce.com, and a board member for 10ThousandWidows. Bryce has worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, SanDisk, Oracle, Red Hat, WeddingWire, and Axiom. She graduated from NC State University with a BA in economics and was a founding member of the Society for Politics, Economics, and Law (SPEL).
Algenon Cash co-founded Wharton Gladden, where he is chair of the operating committee and fund advisory council. He is also an operating partner for Zestos Burgers and Ice Cream, a columnist for The Winston-Salem Chronicle, and a commercial real estate development course instructor at Winston-Salem State University. An NC State graduate in computer science, Cash is involved in several community groups and causes, including Forsyth Futures, Center for Design Innovation, and the Winston-Salem Foundation.
Duke Cheston previously worked as a writer and reporter for the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Cheston received his Master’s degree in Christian ministry at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he earned a BS in Biology and wrote for The Carolina Review. He has volunteered for UNC Health Care and preached in West Africa with the Timothy Initiative.
Katelynd Day is stay-at-home mom and 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 former project manager for AVCON, Inc. and a resident of Cary, N.C. He has experience as an audio visual technician at AVCON, a technician for Technical Innovation, and the head security supervisor for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.
Donna King is an independent media communications consultant and the host of WPTF Triangle Morning News. King is the former managing editor at the North State Journal, a former press secretary to the US Senate, and worked policy and communications in the North Carolina General Assembly for the majority leader. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in mass communication and journalism.
Brian LiVecchi is a litigation attorney at Cumalander Adcock, LLP. LiVecchi previously served five years as a corporal in the US Marine Corps, two years as a police officer in Rocky Mount, and four years as an infantry officer in the Army National Guard. He has also held positions on the NC Industrial Commission, the NC Department of Transportation, the Wake County Planning Board, and the NC Board of Elections. He’s a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill in peace, war, and defense, and earned his JD from Campbell University.
Ziyi “Milton” Mai models risk management as a quantitative analyst for BB&T. He was previously a summer research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research and a human resources associate at PICC Property and Casualty Co. Mai received his undergraduate degree in economics from Guangdong University of Finance & Economics and his Master’s and PhD in economics from NC State University, where he also worked as a teaching assistant and columnist for the campus newspaper, The Technician.
B.J. Murphy is the the president & CEO of Magic Mile Media and a publisher for Neuse News. Formerly, Murphy was the VP of operations at Chris Humphrey AllState Insurance, an independent agent for LegalShield Official, and the mayor of Kinston, NC. An East Carolina University graduate, Murphy has served on several boards for the NCWorks Commission, the General Government Legislative Action Committee, and Wharton Gladden & Company.
Bob Numbers is a US magistrate judge in the eastern district of North Carolina. Before becoming a judge, Numbers worked nine years as a business litigation attorney at Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and chaired the Triangle Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. He earned his BA from Wake Forest University in political science and economics, and graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he wrote for the Notre Dame Law Review.
Julie (Gilstrap) Tisdale is a freelance writer for the North Carolina Family Policy Counsel and proud foster parent. She has also worked with the John Locke Foundation as a city and county policy analyst and research manager, a senior research associate at the Centre for Civil Society, and a programs officer at the John William Pope Foundation. Tisdale graduated from Whitworth University with a BA in international political economy and earned her MS in politics from The University of Edinburgh.
Kolt Ulm is a senior appropriations advisor for the North Carolina Senate in the General Assembly. Ulm has served several other roles within the General Assembly, including as a policy advisor and constituent liaison for the Office of the Senate President Pro Tempore. Ulm graduated from Bethel University with a BA in political science, from UNC Greensboro with an MPA, and from NC State University with an MBA.
Jason Abernathy is a realtor and broker at Allen Tate Company. He has experience in city planning for the towns of Cornelius, Newton, and Concord, NC. 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, a real estate firm specializing in brokerage and consulting services. He previously worked as a direct sales representative for Cars.com, a real estate broker for APP Real Estate, and secretary of the North Carolina Republican Party. He graduated from Appalachian State University, where he was a member of the intercollegiate golf team, with degrees in finance and economics.
Trey Baldwin works with Cloud Managed Backup at IBM in the Research Triangle Park. He has worked in support at IBM and LogicNow and as an information technology analyst at HCL Technologies. Baldwin also served in the United States Air Force. He earned degrees in network systems administration and information technology from ITT Technical Institute in Durham.
Jana Benscoter is a reporter for PennLive.com in Harrisburg, PA, as well as an editor and writer for Creative Writer’s Bloc. Benscoter previously served as a general assignment reporter and correspondent for The York Dispatch, an editorial assistant for Boston Globe, an executive editor at the Civitas Institute, and the digital content manager for WPMT-FOX43. She earned her degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Donald Bryson is the president and CEO of the Civitas Institute. He formerly served as the North Carolina state director for Americans for Prosperity, and has worked with other organizations including Parents for Educational Freedom in NC and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. A former assistant debate coach at James Madison University, Bryson attended UNC-Greensboro and Georgia’s Piedmont College.
Michael Cote is a technical program manager for Google and a developer for Vanguard. He served over five years in the 82nd Airborne Division as a logistics specialist, rising to the rank of sergeant. Cote has experience as a project manager, technical lead, and chief of staff for Vanguard, and as an SEO specialist for Sabre Hospitality Solutions. A 4.0 student, Cote graduated valedictorian from NC State University with a computer science degree, and completed an MBA program at Drexel University.
Aaron Harper is the president of VetCarolinas and the manager of military and veterans affairs within the Office of Diversity & Inclusion for the Carolinas HealthCare System. He also serves as chairman of the NCESGR Freedom Award Nomination Committee, president of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Charlotte, and a volunteer for the Department of Defense. A retired sergeant in the US Marine Corps, Harper earned degrees from North Carolina State University and 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 deputy director for Johnson County Emergency Services. He has served other roles for Johnson County as EMS division chief and an EMS training officer for local communities. Holloman was also a paramedic for Clayton Area EMS and an EMT for Selma Rescue and EMS. He received a Bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care and a Master of health science from Western Carolina University.
Doug Hutton is the VP of training services for Corporate Vision. Hutton’s previous work experience includes serving as global operations director at Mind Gym, vice president of operations at Second City Works, and senior director of development for CEB. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wake Forest University with a BA in political science and valedictorian from George Washington University with an MA in political management.
Brett Moore is the vice president of Component Signage, Inc., and an attorney at Dummit Fradin Attorneys at Law. He is a former magistrate judge for the state of North Carolina and attorney at law for M. Brett More, PLLC. in High Point, NC. Moore earned his JD from Elon University; his community service includes Legal Aid of NC and Reading Connections.
Marjorie Morris is a retired health occupations employee living in the Raleigh-Durham area. Morris used to work as a business and technology applications analyst for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and has experience in Medicaid administration and HHS included disability determination. She holds a degree in applied sociology from NC State University and attended Texas Woman’s University and Allegheny College.
Jesse Schaefer is an associate attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson (US) PLLC and has served over 15 years in the United States Navy as a surface warfare officer. A former business litigation attorney for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Raleigh, Schaefer earned his undergraduate degree in communication from NC State University and his law degree from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
Johnny Shull is a senior consultant for Cardinal Point Analytics. His previous experience includes serving as COO & managing partner at Red Wolf Public Sector and Broadcasting, the manager of academic grants for the Charles Koch Foundation, the president of SurrealNET Inc, and the mayor of Coats, NC. An NC State and Campbell University graduate, Shull was also an instructor for Central Carolina Community College, Wake Tech Community College, and the Charles Koch Institute.
Howard Stearn is the owner of Mindset Safety Solutions and a safety manager for Choate Construction Company. He formerly worked as a safety officer for DECO Demolition and Environmental, The Urban Electric Co., and Sanders Brothers Construction, and the safety and training supervisor for RJ Martin National. Stearn studied civil engineering technologies at Old Dominion University and is an East Carolina University graduate.
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 for Consilio Services and the director of affinity & volunteer programs for Duke University. He earned his BA in political science from Duke University and his JD from Campbell University. Yelverton is also the governance chair for the YNPN Triangle NC Board of Directors.
Deanna Ballard is the director of public policy for Samaritan’s Purse and a North Carolina Senator representing North Carolina’s 45th district in the General Assembly. She previously served former First Lady Laura Bush, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, and former Education Secretary Rod Paige. An advisory board member for SHE PAC and Project GOPINK!, Ballard graduated from Belmont University with a BA in hospitality business.
Jonathan Bandy is a financial advisor at Edward Jones in Cary, NC. He was the CEO of Red Advantage and the NC Federation of Young Professional Republics, as well as the former communications director for the North Carolina Office of Human resources and former communications and events coordinator for the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. Bandy graduated Cum Laude from High Point University with a BA in political science and criminal justice, and from Northeastern University with an MA in political science.
Chad Barefoot is the vice president for institutional advancement at Louisburg College. A Wake Forest resident, he previously served three terms in the North Carolina Senate, and worked for Cary Reconstruction, Pioneer Strategies Inc, and NC Rep. Skip Stam. Barefoot graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in political science and from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with an MA in Christian ethics.
Andy Cagle is the content marketing lead at IBM and the founder and owner of RocketFire communications. Formerly, he worked as a communications and public relations manager at Vitalsource, the director of marketing and communications for Richmond Community College, and the director of marketing and public information for Scotland County Schools. A graduate of UNC-Pembroke and UNC-Chapel Hill, Cagle has written for Civitas Media, Richmond County Daily Journal, and The Southern Pines Pilot.
Abeni El-Amin is the director of adult education at UMCM Suncoast and the president of consulting company Titan & Mogul. She is also an instructor at Bellevue University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Fort Hays State University. El-Amin holds doctorate degrees from Clark Atlanta University in political science and government, from the University of Cumberlands in education, and from Northcentral University in philosophy.
Chris Faison is the founder and current 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 earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has served as chairman and executive director observer for the North Carolina State Board of Education and a volunteer education policy analyst for the office of NC Senator Angela Bryant.
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 Executive Vice President 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.