Mark W. Rutherford is an Indianapolis lawyer and a shareholder with Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel, PC. He practices business law, concentrating on representing entrepreneurs, and also represents businesses accused of crimes and/or serious administrative law violations. Mark currently serves as the Chairman of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee, which concentrates on non-Presidential campaign support.. He was Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Indiana for seven years. He also serves on the board of the Advocates for Self-Government. Racquet sport takes a lot of his “spare” time, and he is a leader in the tennis community in Indianapolis and Indiana, serving at various times as an officer and/or director of three tennis organizations. He is a graduate of Wabash College and Valparaiso University School of Law.
Marilyn Rickert is cofounder and president of Fair Tax Nation (FTN), a grassroots organization promoting tax reform by replacing the income tax with a single rate personal consumption tax on new goods and services above the poverty level. FTN's goal is to educate the public and elected officials on the benefits of the Fair Tax through press releases, congressional briefings, staffing booths at events, hosting tax forums, promoting debates and speaking at small local gatherings. The organization has an IRS expose coming out in April, 2014, "UnFair the Movie", (trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KyBq_Cb01I). Ms. Rickert also cofounded Illinois Fair Tax where she serves as president. Previously Marilyn ran a nonprofit organized to provide a safety net for families on the verge of becoming homeless. She has a BS in Social Science from Roosevelt University, Chicago.
William Redpath, a former National Chair of the Libertarian Party, is a Vice President of BIA Kelsey, a financial consulting firm in media and telecommunications. He serves as Treasurer for FairVote and serves on the Board of Citizens In Charge Foundation. Previously, he was a Senior Financial Analyst with NBC in New York, an Internal Auditor with ABC in New York, Assistant Financial Manager of WISH-TV in Indianapolis and an auditor with Arthur Andersen in Cincinnati. Redpath is noted within the Libertarian Party for his ballot access work; during his tenure as chairman of the LP's Ballot Access Committee, the party's presidential ticket achieved ballot access in all 50 states in two consecutive elections, a first for a minor party. He was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2001, using as his theme "Anything That's Peaceful," which is the title of a book written in 1964 by Leonard Read. Redpath is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Financial Analyst, and an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation in the American Society of Appraisers. He also holds the Accredited in Business Valuation designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has earned the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement from the CFA Institute. Redpath graduated from Indiana University and then earned an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Lauren Chrissos McCann currently serves as national director and Vice President, Strategic Development for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Previously Ms. McCann was vice president of The Heartland Institute, corporate relations manager at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and corporate and government external affairs director at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Ms. McCann also has worked at the Adam Smith Institute in London and Americans for Tax Reform, tackling policy issues including health care, energy, environment, telecommunications and tax policy. She attended Catholic University where she studied political science and philosophy.
Brad DeVos is Executive Director of the Bastiat Society, whose mission is to give those who create wealth and jobs the tools they need to defend them. His roles include planning the Society’s monthly educational program as well as the general operations of the organization including fundraising and coalition building. Mr. DeVos currently is overseeing the expansion of the organization by developing additional chapters around the world. Prior to his work in philanthropic education, Brad was an electrical designer and engineering project manager working on over 250 construction projects. Brad has a B.S. in Economics and a B.A. in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston.
After more than three decades in political work -- including the administrations of three governors, a stint on Capitol Hill in Washington, and nearly twenty General Assembly sessions in Virginia and other states, Chris now serves as a lecturer for the Leadership Institute and travels around the U.S. and abroad teaching campaign and grassroots strategies. Chris did his undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and his graduate studies at Norway’s University of Oslo.
Randall C. Stufflebeam was elected in 2012 as the National Vice Chair of the Constitution Party and set a record for third-party vote totals in a 2006 gubernatorial run in Illinois. Randall serves also as Illinois state chairman of the Constitution Party. A retired Marine, Mr. Stufflebeam is a board member of the Veterans Coalition, formed to involve more retired veterans in defending the Constitution. Randall is on the board also of FREE (Free and Equal Elections), a movement to grant equal access for all parties to the ballot.
Jim Babka is the co-founder and President of DownsizeDC.org, Inc. For a decade, he and his team have mobilized a brigade of concerned citizens, many of whom, in turn, instructed their employees on Capitol Hill on how they wanted to be represented. This includes the creation of the Read the Bills Act, One Subject at a Time Act (Rep. Marino), and the Write the Laws Act (Rep. Stockman), all introduced by Senator Rand Paul. Recently, Jim Babka co-founded a “Voluntaryist” initiative called the Zero Aggression Project. ZAP is a fresh concept, which demonstrates how The State violates the Golden Rule and the Zero Aggression Principle. For nearly four years he hosted The Downsize DC Conference Call on the Genesis Communications Network. He continues to guest-host other programs. Previously, he was the project manager for Armed & Secure, as well as the pre-Iraq War “Truth About War.” Simultaneously, he served as the Executive Director of RealCampaignReform.org, Inc. which took a lawsuit challenging the campaign finance laws all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Before that, he was the Press Secretary for Harry Browne 2000. He and his wife, Susie, home-schooled all three of their children through completion of the ninth grade.
Kelly Boudreaux is currently a regional manager for National Write Your Congressman (NWYC), a nonpartisan business organization that provides a service to help Americans get involved and make a real difference in the future of our great nation. Previously, she spent 10 years with National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), an organization that lobbies on behalf of small business at the state and federal level. Ms. Boudreaux has garnered awards with both organizations. With NFIB Kelly obained for division revenue and membership growth the Presidents club, Summit club, and Hall of Fame awards. With NWYC she earned the Founders Club as well as Champions Ring recognitions.
Brett H. Pojunis is the Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Nevada and previously served as their Secretary. Mr. Pojunis also is currently serving his second term on the Libertarian National Committee where he is on the Information Technology Committee as well as the Audit Committee. Mr. Pojunis is Co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Young Libertarian National Alliance (YLNA), a grassroots partisan political youth organization which provides essential leadership training and experience to young Libertarians.
Robin Koerner is the founder and publisher of WatchingAmerica.com, an organization of over 300 volunteers that is dedicated to translating and posting in English news and views about the USA from all over the world. He holds degrees in physics and philosophy from Cambridge University (UK). He is a widely followed political writer on such sites as the Huffington Post, Ben Swann, the Daily Paul, the Moderate Voice etc. . He is best known as the person who coined the term “Blue Republican” to refer to Independents and Democrats who are registering Republican specifically to secure a Ron Paul victory in 2012. The article in which he coined the term spawned a political movement, with state chapters’ being established across the country. The Blue Republican movement is a non-dogmatic group that reaches out to the liberty-curious with the purpose of mainstreaming liberty, peace and the Constitution, and always promoting principle over party.
Tom Jenney is director of the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity, formerly the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers (www.aztaxpayers.org). Jenney helped lead the fight to pass Prop 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act; Prop 106, the Arizona Health Care Freedom Act; and Prop 113, the Save Our Secret Ballot Act. Jenney has overseen the publication of the AFT-AFP “Friend of the Taxpayer” Legislative Scorecard and AFP-Arizona’s Local Government Scorecard. Jenney has a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Georgetown University. Jenney has worked for the Institute for Justice and the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., and the the Goldwater Institute in Arizona. Jenney taught government, economics and Spanish at St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, and worked for the UNIQUE Learning Center, an inner-city after-school program in Washington, DC. He is treasurer for the Arizona School Choice Trust and a deacon at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix.
Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation, is a prominent voice for limited government and individual liberties in policy areas including: Constitutional liberties, taxes, health care, education, and transportation. Previously Gessing lobbied for the National Taxpayers Union (NTU). He has published articles in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, US News & World Reports, The Albuquerque Journal, Barron's and several other major publications. Paul has also testified in Congress and before a variety of state and local bodies. Paul graduated in Political Science from Bowling Green State University and received his MBA from the University of Maryland in 2005. Paul is on the Board of New Mexico Connections virtual charter school and the Citizens' Alliance for Responsible Energy.
Audrey Clement, an IT professional, has served as the Green Party of Virginia's female co-chair since 2006. She's had several terms as delegate or alternate for the Green Party of the United States (GPUS), and served on the GPUS Steering Committee in 2011-12. She currently chairs the GPUS Ecoaction Committee and sits on the GPUS Ballot Access and rules committees. She has run for local office and for years has been one of the top volunteer signature-gatherers for petitions to add the Green Party to the ballot. Ms. Clement has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Temple University, 1993.
Ben Swann is a two-time Emmy Award and three-time Edward R. Murrow award winning journalist. After 15 years as a broadcast journalist, working for NBC and FOX affiliate TV stations, Ben set out to create the Truth in Media Project. The crowd-sourced project has had over 1,000,000 views on Benswann.com, Youtube and Roku. The Truth in Media Project is now headed to Hulu and Amazon Prime. In both 2014 and 2013, Ben was the popular vote winner of the Shorty Award for excellence in social and new media as a journalist. Before setting out on his own, Ben was the prime time anchor at Fox affiliate WXIX where he was the producer/writer/anchor of a segment called “Reality Check”. His Reality Check series was internationally viewed, garnering more than 10 million views on YouTube. Prior to Cincinnati, Ben spent over a decade on the U.S./Mexico border as an anchor, reporter and photojournalist.
Michael D. Ostrolenk, a licensed psychotherapist, is the executive director of the Transpartisan Center and cofounder and National Director of the Liberty Coalition, a transpartisan coalition of groups working to protect civil liberties, privacy and human autonomy. He was the coalition coordinator and public policy counsel for the Campaign for Liberty working on transparency and open government issues including Audit the Fed. He sits on the Steering Committee for Openthegovernment.org and Board Member for Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Mr. Ostrolenk consults for the Swanking and Turner law firm and represented the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. A registered Personal Protection Specialist in the State of Virginia, Michael serves as Program Director and Master Coach for SEALFIT's Unbeatable Mind Academy. Michael has written for a wide variety of publications and speaks frequently about health-care, foreign policy and national security related issues. He completed his Masters Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University.
Dave Nalle is Executive Director of the Texas Liberty Foundation, Chairman of the Center for Foreign and Defense Policy, South Central Regional Director for the Republican Liberty Caucus and an advisory board member at the Coalition to Reduce Spending and the Republican Reason Caucus. He has worked as Texas State Director for the Gary Johnson Presidential campaign, as an adviser to the Ted Cruz senatorial campaign and as Communications Director for the Travis County Republican Party. He is also a consultant with Liberty Torch political consulting. He served four years as National Chairman of the Republican Liberty Caucus. Before focusing on political activism, he owned or was a partner in several businesses in the publishing industry and taught college-level history for 20 years. He has written and lectured extensively on issues relating to propaganda, design history, libertarian politics, entrepreneurism, political activism, military history, economics and demography. His work has appeared in diverse publications including The Washington Times, Liberty Magazine, Whole Earth, What's Next, Renaissance Magazine and Blogcritics. Nalle received his B.A. in English and History from Franklin and Marshall College and M.A. degrees in History and English from the University of Texas where he is also ABD in History. He was a graduate fellow at the Institute for Historical Research in London.
Paul Jacob is president of the Liberty Initiative Fund, a national organization helping citizens place issues on the ballot to protect individual liberty and hold government accountable. For more than a decade, Paul was the term limits movement’s leading voice, running U.S. Term Limits. Currently, Paul Jacob hosts Common Sense, an online and print opinion program sponsored by the Great Communicators Foundation, and writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. Paul won the “Courage Under Fire” award at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference. He has also been named “a rising star in politics” by Campaigns & Elections magazine, received the Society for Individual Liberty’s “Phoenix Award” for “contributions to the advancement of liberty in America,” and was dubbed one of “The Best and the Rightest” by National Journal. His writing has been featured in most of the popular news outlets, and Paul has appeared on numerous television programs and is a consistent guest on talk radio. Paul also served on the Libertarian National Committee – a position he was elected to from his federal prison cell, while serving a six month sentence for refusing to register for the military draft. Paul currently serves on the boards of Citizens in Charge, a non-partisan group working to protect and expand voter initiative rights, and the Citizens in Charge Foundation, a charitable foundation conducting research on the initiative process, educating the public and litigating to defend petition rights – both groups he founded. He also serves on the board of the Great Communicators Foundation, a charitable foundation providing communication training to pro-liberty activists, and on the board of the Taxpayers United of America.