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Professor Robert G. Natelson 

INDEPENDENCE & MONTANA INSTITUTES

Robert G. Natelson, a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence at the Independence Institute who is a retired professor of Constitutional Law at University of Montana Law School and the author of many books including The Original Constitution • What it Actually Said and Meant.

Dr. Thomas Krannawitter

PH.D. GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Thomas Krannawitter is a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute with a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Krannawitter is a speaker, teacher, the President at Speakeasy Ideas and author the book Crisis of Our House Divided • A Guide to Talking Politics Without the Noise.

Brian Blumenfeld, J.D., M.A.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, J.D., M.A.

Brian is an attorney for the marijuana industry and a proud resident of Grand Lake. He has published original scholarship on federalism and marijuana legalization with the University of Virginia's Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law. He now consults for marijuana-related business nationwide and writes on the law and politics of marijuana reform for the Cannabis Industry Journal. Brian graduated from Rutgers Law School in 2011 and also holds a master's degree in American Studies from Rutgers.

Grant Martin

ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF STATES

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John C. Eastman, Ph.D.

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF BOULDER

Eastman is a Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, University of Colorado Boulder, Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute, Salvatori & Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Elizabeth C’de Baca Eastman, Ph.D.

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF BOULDER

Eastman is a Senior Scholar in Residence, Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, University of Colorado, Boulder

Seth Stern

SSGT, RETIRED USAF

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Kim Monson

HOST OF THE KIM MONSON SHOW KLZ 560

Host of The Kim Monson Show on KLZ 560 Radio

Josh Dunn

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, COLORADO SPRINGS

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Author, Actor, Producer & Director

Sorbo received international stardom as the lead role in “Hercules, the Legendary Journeys” (1993-1999) the most watched TV show in the world! Sorbo directed/acted in “Let There Be Light”, a faith/family movie, which ranked number 4 out of the top 10 family movies of that year. For release in 2019, “One Nation Under God”, deals with the controversy over that quote in our Nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.   Also, “The Reliant”, which is a faith/drama dealing with the economic collapse of America. “The Mustard Seed” will be in theaters in 2020. Sorbo acted/directed “Miracle in East Texas”, a comedy based on a true story set in 1930, which will open nationwide in Spring of 2020.  Kevin released his memoir in 2012, “True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life”.  The book chronicles his near-death experience when he suffered three strokes and the battle back to regain his life.  Sorbo also co-authored a Chicken Soup for the Soul, “Think Positive for Kids”. In real life, Kevin leads "A World Fit for Kids”, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness, sports and positive role models for themselves.

Stan Everitt

LEGACY PROJECT

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Dr. Stephanie Hartman

Colorado Dept. of Education

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Chris Elnicki

Co Center Civic & Engagement Learning

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Penn Pfiffner

Tabor Committee

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Lilt Tang Williams

DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN INITIATIVE & USPIE

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Karin Smith, Aida Witt, Marilyn Salabarria Cappuccio

NATURALIZED CITIZEN CONFERENCE

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Abbas Rajaba

FORMER ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR

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Dennis Gallagher

PH.D. UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

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Rodney Smith

PH.D. UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

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David Garrow

1987 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER

David J. Garrow is the author of Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, a 1,460 page pre-presidential biography which HarperCollins published in May 2017 and which Garrow began working on in 2008. A HarperCollins paperback edition will appear in May 2018.

Americhicks

KIM MONSON & MOLLY VOGT

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David A. Clarke

MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF

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Nancy Leong

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

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Helen Norton

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

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Deena from Dearborn

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS

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Michael Cutler

RETIRED SPECIAL AGENT OF THE IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION SERVICE

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Richard Reir

ATTORNEY, LINCOLN NEBRASKA,

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Robin Peterson

BROOMFIELD PEAK TO PEAK HIGH SCHOOL

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Juliet Shams

MIDDLE PARK HIGH SCHOOL

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Dr. Joseph Postell

ASST. PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

Dr. Joseph Postell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and holds a B.A. from Ashland University and a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Dallas. He is a speaker, teacher, contributing non-staff member of the Heritage Foundation and has contributed to several publications including Freedom and the Rule of Law.

Professor Vincent McGuire

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

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Dr. Thomas E Woods

HISTORIAN & NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Dr. Thomas E Woods, Jr. who holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in History and is a Senior Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and is an American historian, political analyst, and author of twelve books including Rollback • Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse.

Ron Cole

GREAT SEAL AWARENESS PROJECT

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David Kopel

INDEPENDENCE & CATO INSTITUTE

David Kopel is an Attorney with a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Brown, is a Research Director at the Independence Institute, Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law, Denver University, Sturm College of Law, Associate Policy Analyst at the CATO Institute, and is a member of the National Rifle Association (Life-Benefactor Member), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (Life Member), Mariological Society of America, American Bar Association, and American Association for Chinese Studies. Mr. Kopel is an author, political science researcher, gun rights advocate, bestselling author of 17 books and has written over 97 scholarly articles.

Jed Henry & Lawrence Gordon

FILMMAKER: HONORING A COMMITMENT

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Michael Brown

KHOW RADIO & FEMA DIRECTOR BUSH ADMINISTRATION

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Ryan Murphy

PH.D COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

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Bill Hamilton

SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

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Dr. Thomas Krannawitter

PH.D. GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

Dr. Thomas Krannawitter is President of Speakeasy Ideas. He knows that every valuable human creation begins with an idea, and he specializes in distilling the most important ideas—starting with the idea of human liberty—so that others can understand them and use them to improve their own lives.


He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Politics & Economics at
the Claremont Graduate University. He has taught at
Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, Ashland
University, and George Mason University, among other
places. He was Director of Academic Programs and Vice
President for Development at The Claremont Institute in
California.


He’s one of the principal instructors for the Leadership Program of the Rockies, based in Colorado, and the Charter Oak Leadership Program in Connecticut. He frequently
advises businesses and charitable organizations on communications, cultural development, and strategy.


Dr. Krannawitter has testified before state legislatures, though he doesn’t put much faith in politicians. That’s among the reasons why he focuses on teaching citizens, helping teachers, students, business owners, and others to improve our modern American culture through persuasion and moving stories. Americans won’t get better policies from their government until they demand better politicians to serve in government.


Dr. Krannawitter’s research and published writings have ranged from politics to constitutional law to economics to social commentary, from specific historic events to
timeless philosophic questions. His 2008 book, Vindicating Lincoln, was featured by The History Book Club and endorsed by the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.


His 2014 book, Crisis of Our House Divided: A Guide To Talking Politics Without The Noise, applies the lessons of Lincoln to our challenges today. His most recent book,
Save the Swamp: Career Guidebook for Budding Bureaucrats, is different. Swamp is funny. It’s satire. Feel free to check out Dr. Krannawitter’s author page at Amazon.


Dr. Krannawitter has received numerous research fellowships throughout his career, including an H.B. Earhart Fellowship. He was a Winston Churchill Society Fellow, a
Henry Salvatori Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and a Richard Weaver Fellow at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Grant Martin

ARTICLE V CONVENTION OF STATES

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Elizabeth C’de Baca Eastman, Ph.D.

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF BOULDER

Eastman is a Senior Scholar in Residence, Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization, University of Colorado, Boulder

Author, Actor, Producer & Director

Sorbo received international stardom as the lead role in “Hercules, the Legendary Journeys” (1993-1999) the most watched TV show in the world! Sorbo directed/acted in “Let There Be Light”, a faith/family movie, which ranked number 4 out of the top 10 family movies of that year. For release in 2019, “One Nation Under God”, deals with the controversy over that quote in our Nation’s Pledge of Allegiance.   Also, “The Reliant”, which is a faith/drama dealing with the economic collapse of America. “The Mustard Seed” will be in theaters in 2020. Sorbo acted/directed “Miracle in East Texas”, a comedy based on a true story set in 1930, which will open nationwide in Spring of 2020.  Kevin released his memoir in 2012, “True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life”.  The book chronicles his near-death experience when he suffered three strokes and the battle back to regain his life.  Sorbo also co-authored a Chicken Soup for the Soul, “Think Positive for Kids”. In real life, Kevin leads "A World Fit for Kids”, a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness, sports and positive role models for themselves.

Dr. Stephanie Hartman

Colorado Dept. of Education

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Penn Pfiffner

Tabor Committee

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Karin Smith, Aida Witt, Marilyn Salabarria Cappuccio

NATURALIZED CITIZEN CONFERENCE

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Dennis Gallagher

PH.D. UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

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David Garrow

1987 PULITZER PRIZE WINNER

David J. Garrow is the author of Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama, a 1,460 page pre-presidential biography which HarperCollins published in May 2017 and which Garrow began working on in 2008. A HarperCollins paperback edition will appear in May 2018.

David A. Clarke

MILWAUKEE COUNTY SHERIFF

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Helen Norton

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

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Michael Cutler

RETIRED SPECIAL AGENT OF THE IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION SERVICE

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Robin Peterson

BROOMFIELD PEAK TO PEAK HIGH SCHOOL

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Dr. Joseph Postell

ASST. PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

Dr. Joseph Postell is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and holds a B.A. from Ashland University and a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Dallas. He is a speaker, teacher, contributing non-staff member of the Heritage Foundation and has contributed to several publications including Freedom and the Rule of Law.

Dr. Thomas E Woods

HISTORIAN & NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Dr. Thomas E Woods, Jr. who holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in History and is a Senior Fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and is an American historian, political analyst, and author of twelve books including Rollback • Repealing Big Government Before the Coming Fiscal Collapse.

Michael Brown

KHOW RADIO & FEMA DIRECTOR BUSH ADMINISTRATION

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Bill Hamilton

SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

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Professor Alan Kahan

Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado Benson Center

Alan S. Kahan is the 2021-22 visiting scholar at the University of Colorado Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization in Boulder, Colorado.

Kahan received his PhD in History from The University of Chicago in 1987, and is currently Professor of British Civilization at the Université de Paris-Saclay. He has been living in France since 2007. Previously he taught at Florida International University in Miami. Professor Kahan is the author of Aristocratic Liberalism: The Social and Political Thought of Jacob Burckhardt, John Stuart Mill and Alexis de Tocqueville (Oxford, 1992); Liberalism in Nineteenth-Century Europe: the Political Culture of Limited Suffrage (Palgrave, 2003); Alexis de Tocqueville (Bloomsbury, 2010); Mind vs. Money: The War Between Intellectuals and Capitalism (Transaction, 2010, Routledge 2017); and Tocqueville, Democracy, and Religion  (Oxford, 2015). He is currently working on “Liberalism – An Incomplete History," which will be published by Princeton University Press.

Professor Akhil Reed Amar

Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, where he teaches constitutional law in both Yale College and Yale Law School. After graduating from Yale College, summa cum laude, in 1980 and from Yale Law School in 1984, and clerking for Judge (later Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty in 1985 at the age of 26. He is Yale’s only currently active professor to have won the University’s unofficial triple crown — the Sterling Chair for scholarship, the DeVane Medal for teaching, and the Lamar Award for alumni service.​

Amar’s work has won awards from both the American Bar Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in over 45 cases — tops among scholars under age 65. He regularly testifies before Congress at the invitation of both parties; and in surveys of judicial citations and/or scholarly citations, he typically ranks among America’s five most-cited mid-career legal scholars. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has written widely for popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, and The Atlantic. He was an informal consultant to the popular TV show The West Wing and his scholarship has been showcased on many broadcasts, including The Colbert Report, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Morning Joe, AC360, 11th Hour with Brian Williams, Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream, Fareed Zakaria GPS, Erin Burnett Outfront, and Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

He is the author of more than a hundred law review articles and several books, most notably The Bill of Rights (1998 — winner of the Yale University Press Governors’ Award), America’s Constitution (2005 — winner of the ABA’s Silver Gavel Award), America’s Unwritten Constitution (2012 — named one of the year’s 100 best nonfiction books by The Washington Post), and The Constitution Today (2016 — named one of the year’s top ten nonfiction books by Time magazine). His latest and most ambitious book, The Words That Made Us: America’s Constitutional Conversation, 1760-1840, came out in May 2021.

 

A FREE AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF PROFESSOR AMAR’S BOOK WILL BE GIVEN TO ALL ATTENDEES OF HIS PRESENTATION. He has recently launched a weekly podcast, Amarica’s Constitution. A wide assortment of his articles and op-eds and video links to many of his public lectures and free online courses may be found at akhilamar.com

Kelly D. Johnston

Former Secretary of the US Senate

In 2021, Kelly Johnston returned to his roots in journalism and politics with his blog, Against The Grain, where he does deep dives and provides unique insights on politics, history, and public policy. He’s also one of the top contributors at Ricochet.com, a popular national conservative blog site. His work can be found at kellyjohnston.substack.com and, occasionally, at the North State Journal, a statewide newspaper in North Carolina.

 

Kelly retired from the Campbell Soup Company in October 2018 after a 16-year career as Vice President for Government Affairs. His work in the food industry spanned 26 years, including his first job in high school behind the counter at a Braum’s Ice Cream Company store in southwest Oklahoma City.

 

Previously, Kelly spent nearly 25 years in Washington, DC in several leadership positions within the executive and legislative branches of the federal government, politics, and the trade association worlds.  He was Executive Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications at the National Food Processors’ Association (NFPA), serving as the organization’s chief government affairs and communications officer for nearly 6 years. He also served as a Deputy Director of Communications for the National Restaurant Association in 1980.

 

From 1995 to 1997, he was the Secretary of the US Senate, the Senate’s chief legislative, financial and administrative officer. How he came into that job was discussed by Bob Woodward in his best-selling book about the 1996 presidential race, The Choice. Kelly has also served as Staff Director of the Senate Republican Policy Committee; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs in the US Department of Transportation; and chief of staff or press secretary to three Members of Congress. 

 

During his time on Capitol Hill, Kelly worked on 35 US Senate and House campaigns in 25 states on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee (1984-86) and National Republican Senatorial Committee (1989-90). He was once named a “rising star” by the magazine Campaigns and Elections.

 

Kelly remains active in the non-profit community. He is a founding board member of the Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communication at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. He also currently serves on the board of Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), which is dedicated to helping employers educate and mobilize their employees on public policy issues of importance to their jobs. He is a former chairman of the Canadian American Business Council and former co-chair of the Congressional Management Foundation.

 

A native of Oklahoma, Kelly earned his B.A. degree in Communications in 1976 from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where he has been named to the Alumni Hall of Fame. He began his career as a state capitol correspondent for the Donrey Media Group in Oklahoma, and later served as editor of the Henryetta Daily Free-Lance. He attended Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Demography in Washington, D.C.  He has guest lectured on politics, government, lobbying and communications at several universities, including Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, Shepherd University, and Burlington County College in New Jersey.

 

He and his wife, Adrienne, live in Arlington, Virginia.  They have two grown sons and a new grandson.

Jay Bowen

Past State Commander, The American Legion

Jay joined the US Army in July 1971, leaving his home in Memphis, TN immediately after graduating High School. His service included three overseas tours in the Federal Republic of Germany and a temporary highly classified assignment to Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield. He rose through the enlisted ranks to Staff Sergeant (E-6) and was appointed by the Secretary of the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer, spending his entire military career supporting current and emerging Air Defense Missile systems.

 

Immediately following the first Gulf War and after 20 years of distinguished service, Jay culminated his US Army career when he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer, CWO-3.

Jay has never stopped serving. After moving to Colorado Springs from Memphis in 2005, he immediately continued his active involvement in The American Legion, and serving our Colorado Springs community and Veterans through organizations such as The Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition (a.k.a. The Crawford House on which he served as President and currently serving as Vice President on the Board of Directors), a safe haven for homeless Veterans.

In 2019, Jay was given the privilege to serve as National Chairman of Membership and Post Activities (M&PA), a position on which he continues to serve. Jay served as The American Legion, Department of Colorado State Commander during the 2016/2017 term and is an active member of the Neal Thomas Jr.-Centennial Post 209 in Colorado Springs, the largest Post in Colorado. He is also currently serving as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Colorado American Legion Boys State.

Jay received his Bachelors of Science degree as Summa Cum Laude from Southern Arkansas University with an emphasis in Industrial Technology and his Masters of Arts degree from Webster University with an emphasis in Procurement and Acquisition Management.

Kim Monson

HOST OF THE KIM MONSON SHOW KLZ 560

Host of The Kim Monson Show on KLZ 560 Radio

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Professor Robert G. Natelson 

INDEPENDENCE INSTITUTES

Rob Natelson is Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Independence Institute in Denver. A former law professor, he has written widely on constitutional law and history. His research into the Constitution's meaning has been cited 39 times by Supreme Court justices since 2013, including 11 citations in 2023 alone. He also has extensive experience in business, journalism and politics and is a frequent guest on talk radio.

Brian Blumenfeld, J.D., M.A.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, J.D., M.A.

Brian is a practicing attorney, published author, and a proud long-term resident of Grand Lake. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Wyoming where he has taught law and constitutional government. Brian has published original scholarship on federalism, international law, and marijuana legalization with the University of Virginia's Journal of Social Policy & the Law and with Pepperdine Law Review. He is also, most importantly, the founder and commissioner of the Grand Lake Pond Hockey Classic. Brian holds a J.D. and an M.A. in American Studies from Rutgers University. 

John C. Eastman, Ph.D.

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF BOULDER

Eastman is a Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy, University of Colorado Boulder, Senior Fellow, The Claremont Institute, Salvatori & Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law

Seth Stern

SSGT, RETIRED USAF

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Josh Dunn

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, COLORADO SPRINGS

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Stan Everitt

LEGACY PROJECT

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Chris Elnicki

Co Center Civic & Engagement Learning

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Lilt Tang Williams

DIRECTOR OF AMERICAN INITIATIVE & USPIE

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Abbas Rajaba

FORMER ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR

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Rodney Smith

PH.D. UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY

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Americhicks

KIM MONSON & MOLLY VOGT

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Nancy Leong

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

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Deena from Dearborn

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MINISTRY TO MUSLIMS

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Richard Reir

ATTORNEY, LINCOLN NEBRASKA,

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Juliet Shams

MIDDLE PARK HIGH SCHOOL

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Professor Vincent McGuire

PH.D. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

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Ron Cole

GREAT SEAL AWARENESS PROJECT

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Jed Henry & Lawrence Gordon

FILMMAKER: HONORING A COMMITMENT

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Ryan Murphy

PH.D COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

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David Kopel

INDEPENDENCE & CATO INSTITUTE

David Kopel is an Attorney with a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.A. from Brown, is a Research Director at the Independence Institute, Adjunct Professor of Advanced Constitutional Law, Denver University, Sturm College of Law, Associate Policy Analyst at the CATO Institute, and is a member of the National Rifle Association (Life-Benefactor Member), Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (Life Member), Mariological Society of America, American Bar Association, and American Association for Chinese Studies. Mr. Kopel is an author, political science researcher, gun rights advocate, bestselling author of 17 books and has written over 97 scholarly articles.

Frank Donatelli

University of Pittsburgh and American University Law School

Donatelli served in various positions in the Reagan administration including Assistant to the President for Political and Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison. He worked on White House Chief of Staff James Baker's team that negotiated the 1984 presidential debates and served as a Regional Political Director for Ronald Reagan. He was also active in the presidential campaigns of George H. W. Bush in 1988 and 1992 and was a senior advisor to Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential election.

Frank has more than 30 years of experience in public policy advocacy and boasts substantial expertise in the legislative process. He has represented a wide variety of companies in such diverse areas as energy, taxes and trade, telecommunication, and Homeland Security and has provided strategic advice and policy guidance to many large companies and trade associations.

Frank Donatelli

University of Pittsburgh and American University Law School

Frank was born on July 4, 1949, in Pennsylvania to Herman and Philomena Donatelli (Paladino). He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and American University Law School, Donatelli served in various positions in the Reagan administration including Assistant to the President for Political and Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison. He worked on White House Chief of Staff James Baker's team that negotiated the 1984 presidential debates and served as a Regional Political Director for Ronald Reagan. He was also active in the presidential campaigns of George H. W. Bush in 1988 and 1992 and was a senior advisor to Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential election.

Frank has more than 30 years of experience in public policy advocacy and boasts substantial expertise in the legislative process. He has represented a wide variety of companies in such diverse areas as energy, taxes and trade, telecommunication, and Homeland Security and has provided strategic advice and policy guidance to many large companies and trade associations.

He has also represented US victims of international terrorism and helped to enact legislation that resulted in compensation for the families of those killed in the Marine Barracks bombing in Lebanon in 1983 and families of U.S. victims killed in the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. Funds were obtained from countries, including Iran—and intermediaries that facilitated these terrorist actions—not from U.S. taxpayers.

In 1992, Donatelli served as chairman of the Christopher Columbus Quincentennial Commission which celebrated the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World. He is Senior Advisor to McGuireWoods Consulting. He has served as secretary and treasurer of the board of the Young America's Foundation, and chairman of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and was selected by John McCain to serve as the deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee under Mike Duncan during the 2008 presidential election. Afterwards, in March 2009, he was chosen to become chairman of GOPAC, succeeding Michael Steele who became chairman of the RNC.

CAPT Charles "CM" Wood USN (Ret) 

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CM Wood is a second-generation Naval officer, born in Pensacola, Florida, in 1943 while his father, USNA '40, was in flight training. CM graduated from Annapolis in 1965 and served 22 years in nuclear submarines. His career included tours of USS HAMMERHEAD (SSN 663), USS PATRICK HENRY (SSBN 599), USS SKIPJACK (SSN 585), USS SAM RAYBURN (SSBN 635), and USS ARCHERFISH (SSN 678). He was Commanding Officer of USS DANIEL BOONE (SSBN 629) and USS CASIMIR PULASKI (SSBN 633). When he retired in 1987 he had spent a total of 4 1/2 years underwater. 

After retiring from the Navy he spent another 20 years in the Radiation Studies Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

CAPT L. "Laddie" Coburn USN (Ret)

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Laddie Coburn was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1943 and moved to a small ranch near Tucson, Arizona, with his parents when he was five years old. He went through secondary schools in Marana, Arizona, and graduated from high school in 1961 as valedictorian of his class.  He was nominated by Senator Barry Goldwater to attend all military academies upon graduation from high school and was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1965.   He was commissioned as a Navy Officer and attended naval aviation flight training in Pensacola, Florida, in 1966. 

He was assigned to RA-5C Vigilante flight training in 1966, and after receiving his Wings of Gold as a Naval Flight Officer and Bombardier/Navigator, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard aircraft carriers as a TACAIR Naval Flight Officer from 1967 through 1989, where he specialized in military avionics and electronics, including radar and electronic warfare systems. His military assignments included operational tours flying RA-5C reconnaissance aircraft from the USS SARATOGA (CVA-60) and the USS RANGER (CVA-61) in combat in Vietnam in 1968-1969. For shore duty, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California from 1969-1972, where he received two Master’s Degrees in engineering (MSAE and MSEE) and a Professional Engineers Degree (AeE) in Aeroelectronics in 1972. 

 

   He then returned to operational flying in EA-6B and EKA-3B electronic warfare aircraft aboard three large-deck aircraft carriers, including the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68). After an overseas shore tour with the Office of Naval Research, Branch Office London, he returned to Washington DC, where he served from 1980 to 1989 as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) in the Naval Air Systems Command headquarters and field laboratory scientific and engineering billet assignments. He was promoted to Captain USN in 1986 and assigned as a Program Manager for the Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG) EC-24/EC-135 RDT&E electronic warfare aircraft operating from naval shore stations world-wide.  

   After retirement in 1989, Mr. Coburn worked as a defense contractor program manager and senior engineer on a variety of military classified programs, including naval aviation RDT&E aircraft and weapon systems.  For ten years he served as company vice president and directed the field office in Lexington Park, Maryland.  He specialized as a radar technology analyst and aircraft survivability engineer for tactical jet aircraft programs.  Now retired, for leisure activities he enjoys hiking, fishing, boating, and kayaking in the summer and alpine and Nordic skiing in the winter in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Ambassador Richard H. Jones

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During a 32-year Foreign Service career, Dick Jones served in such foreign countries as France, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Iraq, Israel and Washington, DC. After his retirement from the Foreign Service in 2008, Jones joined the International Energy Agency, an independent international organization, as its Deputy Executive Director. The IEA is charged with furthering the energy security of its 29 member countries, including the United States. In addition to his managerial and policy duties there, Jones conducted outreach on energy issues to member states and important non member countries, including China, Russia, India, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico. Since returning to the US in 2013, Jones and his wife Joan have divided their time between homes in Florida and Colorado and visiting grandchildren in California and Japan. 

Helen Raleigh, CFA

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Helen Raleigh, CFA, CDI.D, is a recognized American entrepreneur, writer, and speaker. She is a senior contributor to The Federalist. Her writings also appeared in various national media, including The Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Newsweek. In addition, she is the author of several books, including the award-winning autobiography Confucius Never Said and
her new book on foreign policy, Backlash: How Communist China's aggression has backfired. 
 
Helen is a highly sought-after public speaker and political commentator. Her media appearances include Fox News, Newsmax, One America News Network, C-Span, PBS, and numerous radio talk shows and podcasts. 


Helen is a community leader. She served as a board member of the Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board and a board member of the Colorado State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2019, Helen became a certified corporate board candidate.


Helen earned her master’s degree in business economics from the State University of New York, College of Oneonta, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wyoming. She graduated from the Leadership Program of the Rockies in 2013 and won the
"Defender of Capitalism" award. In 2021, LPR honored Helen with the "Leader in Action" award.


Her website is helenraleighspeaks.com. You can subscribe to her newsletter at helenraleigh.substack.com, and follow her on Twitter: @HRaleighspeaks.

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