Activist

Karin Agness

Karin Agness is the founder and president of the Network of enlightened Women (NeW), the nation's premier organization for conservative university women and a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women's Forum.

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Upon graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law, she practiced law at Wiley Rein LLP in Washington, DC.

Karin regularly speaks at colleges, law schools, and conferences around the country. She has been interviewed on national television and radio shows, such as Fox and Friends, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and The Laura Ingraham Radio Show, among others.

Her editorials haven been published in The Washington Post, U.S. News Weekly, Politico, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and The Tampa Tribune.

In 2013 Karin was named to the Maverick PAC 40 under 40 list, a list of "up-and-coming leaders for the next generation of Republicans." She was also named to Red Alert Politics 30 under 30 list and in 2012 was selected for the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Law and Policy.

New Hampshire State Representative

Marilinda Garcia

Marilinda Garcia was elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives in 2006 at just 23 years of age. Elected to her fourth term in 2012, she currently serves on the Finance Committee.

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She was elected to the NH Union Leader's special edition "40 under Forty" honors program for the state of New Hampshire. She is a recipient of the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ "Integrative Healthcare Pioneer Award" and the Disruptivate! "Innovation in Healthcare" Award. She also was honored as one of the Republican Security Council's "45 Most Influential Women Under 45" and received the Hildegard Behrens Foundation "Young Artist Humanitarian Award."

Born to an Italian-American mother and a Spanish-American father, Ms. Garcia earned her B.A., cum laude, from Tufts University in 2006 and concurrently completed a B.M. with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. In 2010 she graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she received a Master of Public Policy.

Oklahoma Speaker of the House

T.W. Shannon

On January 8, 2013, T.W. Shannon took the oath of office to be Oklahoma's Speaker of the House, becoming the first African-American speaker in the state's history.

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A sixth generation Oklahoman, T.W. was first elected to the state House of Representative from his hometown of Lawton in 2006 and quickly rose through the ranks.

Speaker Shannon earned a degree in communications from Cameron University and a law degree from Oklahoma City University Law School. He previously worked as a field representative for former Congressman J.C. Watts and for Congressman Tom Cole. An enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, T.W. served as the chief administrative officer for Chickasaw Nation Enterprises. Today, he operates a home-based public relations business.

T.W. serves as a youth Sunday school teacher at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lawton. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Devon, for 11 years and they have two children, Audrey Grace and T.W. II.

Speaker Shannon also serves on the advisory board of GOPAC.

Writer

Scott G. Erickson

Scott G. Erickson is a conservative writer, policy analyst, and law enforcement professional in California. He has spent the past 15 years working as a police officer, directing his professional focus on the recognition and identification of terrorist organizations.

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He holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Cincinnati. In addition to his law enforcement duties, Scott has collaborated extensively with The Heritage Foundation. Frequently contributing to Heritage’s blog, The Foundry, Scott has focused on issues of national security, including foreign terrorist organizations, law enforcement, and missile defense. He has also co-authored several reports at Heritage: A Comprehensive Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) System Requires Action; Changing Today’s Law Enforcement Culture to Face 21st-Century Threats; and the newly released report: Lessons from Benghazi: Investigation Leaves Important Questions Unanswered.

Scott’s writing has been featured in The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The Hill, Defense News, and other publications.

Policy Adviser, Public Speaker and Entrepreneur

Chelsi P. Henry

Chelsi P. Henry serves as a senior advisor to the elected Chief Financial Officer of the State of Florida.

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In 2012 at the Republican National Convention, she was highlighted in National Journal, National Review, TvOne, and MTV, among others. She was a speaker at CPAC 2013, selected for Red Alert Politics "30 under 30," and recognized as one of BET¹s ten "Republicans to Watch."

Chelsi is a serial entrepreneur and a perpetual optimist when it comes to the Grand Old Party. Chelsi holds a J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida.

Arizona State Senator

Kimberly Yee

Arizona State Senator Kimberly Yee represents Arizona's 20th Legislative District and is the first Asian American woman elected to serve in the Legislature in Arizona history.

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She serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, and as a member of the Committees on Health and Human Services, Judiciary, and Elections.

Born and raised in Arizona's 20th Legislative District, Kimberly is the former Chairman of her legislative district's Republican Committee. In 2008, she was elected as a national delegate representing her home state of Arizona at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Prior to elective office, Kimberly earned a distinguished career in public policy and governmental service. She served as Director of Communications and Government Affairs for Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin and as senior staff in the Arizona State Senate. Her career stops also included the U.S. Department of Justice and the Maricopa County prosecutor’s office.

In 2004, Kimberly was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as Deputy Cabinet Secretary and was a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Cabinet where she advised the Governor on educational issues. In 1997, she was also appointed to serve in a staff position with the State Board of Education under California Governor Pete Wilson.

Kimberly lives in Phoenix with her husband and young son. She and her husband own a small business. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Kimberly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and was the recipient of the university's honored Scholar-Citizen Award.

National Chairman, CRNC

Alex Smith

Alex is National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee, the first female elected as national chair in the CRNC's 120 year history.

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Alex, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Politics. Prior to being elected as National Co-Chairman for the 2012 cycle, Alex served as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. During her tenure as State Chairman, she organized multiple deployments for candidates along the east coast.

Before becoming involved at the national level, Alex served as a chapter leader for the Catholic University College Republicans. She is currently a student at Seton Hall University School of Law and is also an alumna of Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international network of Sacred Heart schools.

During her free time, Alex proudly cheers on the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.

New Mexico State Representative

Monica Youngblood

Monica is on the board of RSLC’s Future Majority Project, focusing on women/minority candidate recruitment and she was named as one of GOPAC’s 2013 Emerging Leaders.

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Born Monica Lopez, a native of New Mexico Monica and her sister were raised by a single mother in Albuquerque. Today, Monica & her husband Chris Youngblood have 2 children between them stepson, Corey who is 20 and her daughter, Mariana who is 17.

In the legislature, Monica serves on the House Labor and Human Resources Committee and House Voters & Elections Committee. During the interim she is a voting member on the Science Technology Telecommunications Committee and the Tobacco Settlement Revenue Oversight Committee. Nationally, Monica is on the board of RSLC’s Future Majority Project, focusing on women/minority candidate recruitment and she was named as one of GOPAC’s 2013 Emerging Leaders.

Monica believes through hard work anything is possible and it’s government’s job to provide an environment of economic freedom and opportunity so that everyone has the ability to prosper.

Conservative Activist

Alison Howard

Alison Howard is the Communications Director at Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.

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Speaking on pro-life, pro-family issues, Howard has appeared in radio and TV outlets across the country, including The Sean Hannity Show, Fox and Friends, The Blaze, The Christian Broadcasting Network, and NPR among others. Her work has been featured in National Review Online, World Magazine, The Blaze, and FoxNews.com. This year, Howard took on Planned Parenthood executives in national media and spoke in defense of traditional marriage at the National March for Marriage march in Washington, D.C.

Howard manages CWA’s internal and external communications projects, covering seven core issues: Sanctity of Life, Defense of Family, Education, Religious Liberty, National Sovereignty, Sexual Exploitation, and Support for Israel. Leading and developing CWA’s Washington D.C. Ronald Reagan Memorial Internship Program, Howard seeks to equip young women with principles and practices to succeed.

Alison regularly represents CWA at colleges, high schools, and conferences around the country. Howard was a founding member of the “Young Women for America” chapter at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and minor in Psychology. Prior to joining CWA, Alison interned at Fox News and worked as a sideline sports reporter for the Flames Sports Network in Virginia.

Business Leader

Veronica Muzquiz Edwards

Veronica Muzquiz Edwards is the founder and CEO of InGenesis, one of the largest and most successful workforce solutions companies in the nation.

InGenesis is recognized as the fastest growing healthcare staffing company in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts. For the last four years, Inc. magazine has ranked InGenesis in the top 10 healthcare staffing firms. Specializing in professional, scientific and technical staffing, the firm provides more than 2,100 employees for over 200 client facilities. In 2013, Inc. magazine awarded InGenesis with the Hire Power Award, recognizing the company as 1st in Texas and 2nd in America for job creation in the healthcare industry. InGenesis has earned over $1 billion in contract awards and maintains explosive growth rates averaging nearly 400% annually.

Edwards has been widely recognized for her accomplishments in business and human resources. In honor of her leadership and national impact, HispanicBusiness magazine named Edwards one of the 50 most influential Hispanic business leaders in the country. In addition, Edwards has been named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and one of the Top 100 middle market CEO’s in the nation by Chief Executive magazine. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the World Affairs Council, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).

Edwards received a master of business administration from UIW, where she is pursuing a doctorate of business administration. Her research interests include global Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) disaster preparedness and healthcare workforce planning.

InGenesis is honored to partner with the American Diabetes Association in honor of Edwards’ late brother, Darrell Muzquiz. InGenesis also supports UIW, the Texas Burn Survivor Society, and the Fisher House in order to improve lives, enhance minds and support our country.

Local School Board Member, Maine

Lee Jackson

Lee Jackson is 19 years old and a Political Science major at the University of Maine.

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Lee was born and raised in Maine and has lived in Old Town for the majority of his life. This past November, Lee was elected to represent the people of Old Town on The RSU 34 Board of Directors (Old Town School Board.) Spending under $200, Lee received 614 votes and defeated a 16 year incumbent. Additionally, Lee was recently elected as a Republican State Committeeman by Penobscot County of the Maine GOP.

Colorado State Representative

Clarice Navarro

State Representative Clarice Navarro was elected in November 2012 and she is currently serving her first term in the Colorado State Legislature for House District 47 (Fremont, Pueblo, Otero counties). She is a small business owner, conservative activist, wife and mother of two daughters.

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Representative Navarro was raised by a single mother in Southeastern Colorado; growing up her mother taught her about the value of a hard day's work, the value of a dollar, responsibility and the necessity to give back to the community. Today she is committed to instilling these values in her daughters, to ensure that they grow up to be civic leaders.

Starting from a young age Clarice worked at her grandma's restaurant in various positions and learned what it takes to run and work in a small business. In her adulthood she has worked as an educator for the Colorado Department of Corrections and Las Animas High School and the Rural Development Division of the United States Department of Agriculture. She has also been a community leader in several positions; she has served on the Las Animas City Council, Kountry Kids Advisory Board of Directors and was appointed by Chief Justice Mullarkey to the 16th Judicial Review Committee.

State Representative Navarro was recently named as one of the “TOP 10 UNDER 40” by the American Conservative Union, “One to Watch” by ColoradoPeakPolitcs, and as an “Emerging Leader” by GOPAC.

She and her family currently reside beautiful Pueblo, Colorado.

Mayor of Annapolis, MD

Mike Pantelides

Michael John Pantelides became the 136th Mayor of Annapolis in November of 2013. Mayor Pantelides’ goal is to strike a balance of the City’s innate historic charm, while remaining dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting economic development.

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Mayor Pantelides understand that the 300 + years of historic charm at City Dock comes with aging infrastructure that must be addressed, including replacement of the bulkhead and implementation of flood control measures.

While getting out front on the City’s capital projects, the Mayor’s fiscal prudence is also seen in the early stages of his proposed FY 2014 budget, which prioritizes reductions in spending. To that end, the mayor is also working to nurture a collaborative process with City Council, promoting a robust dialog much earlier in the budget process.

Partnerships are paramount to Mayor Pantelides. He is proud of the numerous outreach efforts already accomplished in his first few months in office with the Anne Arundel County School System, the County Executive, along with local and state elected officials.

The Mayor is a third generation Annapolitian, whose grandparents arrived in Annapolis from Greece and Cyprus in the 1940‘s, and opened The Royal Restaurant in the heart of the City’s historic district.

His personal experience as an Eagle Scout, a volunteer with the Annapolis Jaycees, Habitat for Humanity, 21st Century Education Foundation, and faith-based groups give him a unique perspective of those in need.

Michael John Pantelides was born in Annapolis on September 5, 1983 to parents John and Gloria Pantelides. He attended Kneseth Israel Kindergarden, Germantown Elementary School, St. Martins Lutheran School in Annapolis and Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn. In 2007 he received a B.A. in Philosophy from West Virginia University.

Writer and Commentator

Amber Barno

Amber Barno is a writer and commentator. Her articles have been published in various news sites such as FoxNews.com, Forbes, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, The Commentator, and The Tennessean with topics that include national security, military affairs, foreign policy, politics, women’s issues, and veterans issues.

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Amber appears regularly on TV and radio programs across the country including Fox News, Fox Business, CNBC, The Blaze TV, The Blaze Radio, The David Webb Show among others. She co-hosted USAA’s annual Veterans Day celebration and speaks at events across the country. Amber is a Military Advisor at Concerned Veterans for America and National Security Policy Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.

Amber served in the United States Army as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot for almost eight years. She served in combat during deployments to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. During her service as a pilot, she earned the title of Pilot-in-Command and Air Mission Commander. Amber has extensive experience in security and reconnaissance operations.

Amber has a Master of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management with a specialization and a graduate certificate in Homeland Security from Eastern Kentucky University. Amber has a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.