Mike Rothfeld has more than three decades of experience as a political activist. He works with major organizations on virtually every conservative issue, both as a political operator and professional direct marketer. In addition, he has decades of senior campaign experience at the local, state, federal, and presidential levels.
He founded and built the National Association for Gun Rights and is the founder and President of the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership. He is a retired homeschooling father of four and grandfather.
Kirk Shelley started working in grassroots politics in North Carolina as a college activist on the late Senator Jessie Helms’ 1984 campaign. Following college, he completed his Officer Basic Course for the Army, and was then hired to work in state legislation by the National Right to Work Committee.
In seven years with the Oklahoma Freedom to Work Committee, Kirk created a 110,000-member organization.
As a general consultant, Kirk has worked on 237 State House and Senate campaigns in ten states, with a success rate of 89 percent. He has worked on a number of Congressional and statewide races and was a senior consultant for both the Ron Paul and Rand Paul presidential campaigns. He also worked for eight years as the senior consultant for State Operations for Campaign for Liberty. He has successfully completed legislative and election projects in 49 states.
Kirk has worked on a range of issues, including gun rights, homeschooling, right to life, medical scope of practice, property rights, superfund reform, tort reform and transportation issues. His work has included grassroots and grasstops mobilization, media work, campaign management, convention consulting and candidate recruitment.
He has taken the lessons learned from many years of practical political experience and created much of the material taught by the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership and was the Foundation’s first instructor.
Kirk is a graduate of East Carolina University. He is a father of four, lives in Oklahoma City, and is an active member of Crossings Community Church. He is an honorably discharged Captain of the U.S. Army Reserves and is a veteran of Operation Just Cause.
Nathan Adams began working in grassroots politics as a volunteer for the 2008 Ron Paul presidential campaign, and later as a county chapter organizer for Campaign for Liberty.
As a grassroots activist, Nathan fights to reduce and eliminate property taxes and wasteful spending in Georgia counties and municipalities, to pass Constitutional Carry for all law-abiding Georgians, to ensure health care freedom, to stop federal encroachment on Georgia citizens’ lives, and to hold politicians accountable at all levels of government.
In 2012, Nathan helped lead a grassroots effort to defeat what would have been the largest tax increase in Georgia’s history, the so-called “T-SPLOST,” in 9 of 12 regions in Georgia. During that same time, he helped to elect Charles Gregory, Georgia’s state coordinator for the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign, as a Representative to the Georgia General Assembly, in the process defeating a well-funded 16-year liberal Republican incumbent. Since then, he has helped elect two other legislative champions to the Georgia General Assembly while defeating numerous tax hikes, no-knock warrants, the Gag Act, and other freedom-crushing schemes from both parties.
Nathan lives with his wife, Melissa, in Mableton, Georgia where they are busy raising their two children, attending church, visiting family, and working.
Nathan is an engineer by training and holds a Professional Masters in Applied Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. During his engineering career, he has worked on a wide variety of projects, including multi-million-dollar programs to upgrade aircraft avionic systems, high-fidelity real-time simulation frameworks, data acquisition and test software, and medical systems for critical care patients.
Nathan Adams is the Founder and Executive Director of Georgia Taxpayers United and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Georgia Campaign for Liberty.
Shawn Dow is a small business owner from Arizona. In 2009, after attending a training school put on by the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership, he began putting the principles he learned into action.
Now, removing politicians from office, killing bad legislation, and forcing politicians to pass legislation that expands our liberties are just a few of his favorite activities.
Shawn has taken the model of confrontational politics to 29 states, winning over 70 elections and writing legislation that has ultimately been passed into law in over 15 states.
He has led the fight to remove red light cameras all across the country, winning 100 percent of elections involving these automatic ticketing machines. Ending these contracts has saved Americans an estimated one billion dollars per year.
In 2012, Shawn served as Ron Paul's State Director, and worked on Rand Paul's presidential campaign in 2016.
Shawn is considered by many to be the most inspiring of the Foundation’s trainers, and is universally recognized as the most energetic.
Shawn and his lovely wife of more than 20 years live in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Talbert Black is the President of South Carolina Campaign for Liberty and founder of Palmetto Liberty.
He is a married father of three, a homeschooling dad, a full-time software engineer, is active in his church, and has been a political activist since 1999 when he started fighting for gun rights in South Carolina.
Talbert started leading political fights in 2008 with Campaign for Liberty, beginning with a three-year battle to successfully pass legislation to force the South Carolina state legislature to record their votes on every new law that is passed.
He also gets involved in local battles, like a recent fight to stop a one percent local options sales tax referendum in his home county of Lexington. Despite hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent to promote it by the pro-tax establishment, he led efforts to defeat it with a budget of less than $5,000 by a margin of 70 – 30 percent.
He has led many successful political fights at the state and county levels -- expanding gun rights, stopping tax hikes, limiting government growth, and protecting property rights and free speech.
Talbert is credited with removing many political enemies from office, including a State Senator who had him jailed, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and played a significant role in the conviction of the South Carolina Speaker of the House on corruption and abuse of office charges.
Retired legislator, State Senator Ted Harvey (R-CO), never lost an election, nor his passion for protecting the unborn or promoting core conservative values.
At the age of 22, Ted received a political appointment to serve in the White House of President Ronald Reagan.
He returned to Colorado empowered by the vision of the Reagan Revolution and committed to defending the foundational and constitutional values of our nation.
After returning home, Ted quickly became involved in Colorado politics and secured a staff position in the Colorado House of Representatives as the House Reading Clerk. After two years, Ted became the Program Director at the Independence Institute, a conservative/libertarian Colorado think tank.
In December of 2001, through a vacancy election, Ted was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives and became a conservative champion inside the Capitol. He was re-elected in both 2002 and 2004, and was then elected to the State Senate in 2006 and 2010.
During his legislative tenure, Ted has proven himself to be a leader of the conservative movement. He led the fight against illegal immigration, for the passage of Right to Work, and sponsored the only abortion restriction ever passed in Colorado -- the Parental Notification Act. Ted has also been one of the legislature’s staunchest defenders of the Second Amendment.
Ted is also a founding member and Chairman of the Stop Hillary PAC, renamed the Committee to Defend the President following the election of 2016. It is now the largest pro-Trump PAC in the country.
Ted and his wife, Janie, have been married for 24 years. They are passionate Christians and are very active in their church.
Janie is a highly accomplished dyslexia therapist working with elementary-age children while also teaching at the college level.
Ted and Janie have two children. Their son, Jack, is a student at Colorado School of Mines where he is earning a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Their daughter, Brooke, is a junior in high school and spends her summers doing Christian missionary work throughout China.
Patrick L. McGrady is an expert in robocall marketing for issues and campaigns. He has experience in party politics, issue advocacy, PAC operations, and online marketing.
Patrick's motivation for working with the great activists of the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership is to show activists that our political destiny does not need to be determined by others.
With the right training and learning from every engagement, the good guys can win.
Patrick was elected Mayor of Aberdeen, Maryland in November, 2015. As the Mayor of Aberdeen, Patrick is the CEO of the City and the Chairman of the City Council. When he is not working with city governance, he manufactures stainless steel auto parts for vintage cars and works in real estate development and general capitalism.
Patrick has a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University.
Patrick is married to Liz McGrady and they have two children, Independence and Remy. The McGradys are members of Living Hope PCA Church in Aberdeen, Maryland.
Dave Pridgeon is a grassroots activist from Harford County, Maryland, where he built a successful Campaign for Liberty organization. Dave has participated in numerous local elections, helping get constitutionally-minded candidates elected to office for County Council, Sheriff, Mayor of Aberdeen, and numerous spots on the county Republican Central Committee.
Dave has also been active at the state level, helping defeat both a sanctuary state and a Section 8 housing bill at the Maryland legislature.
He helped lead a successful statewide effort to replace Maryland Republican National Committeeman Louis Pope, who was responsible for numerous RNC rules limiting the ability of the grassroots to affect the party, particularly during election season.
Dave was employed with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign and was responsible for finding and developing state leaders. Since 2012, he worked first with Campaign for Liberty, and now with the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership to help constitutionally-minded individuals start grassroots organizations and to train existing organizations and activists to be more effective and politically dangerous.
For over 30 years, he has been a Civil War reenactor and has helped raise millions of dollars for battlefield preservation. One of his proudest accomplishments is burying the modern-day power line at the scene of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. For his tireless work in helping to preserve our nation’s history, he has received awards from organizations such as the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.
Dave and his wife have been married nearly 40 years. He is a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Joseph W. Neville brings a wealth of political experience as a seasoned veteran in business management and politics.
Career highlights include serving as senior staff for several Colorado State Senators and working for the Republican Party, where he developed legislative tracking and analysis prowess.
He has managed campaigns from local City Council races to U.S. Senate elections, and has directed and lobbied for
several different issue groups fighting for Christian values, Second Amendment rights, and the Right to Work.
As Political Director for Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Joe grew the grassroots group to defend the constitutional right to bear arms into the largest state-based gun rights organization in the country.
As a campaign manager, Joe is a trusted consultant and advisor both on and off the campaign trail. Through his leadership, Colorado won back the Senate majority in 2014 for the first time in over a decade. He has since managed two U.S. Senate campaigns.
Joe is a staunch conservative activist. He has been the catalyst for forming and building several PACs and issue groups to tackle emerging issues in liberty, education and healthcare.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Project Management, and a certificate in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University in Denver. He honorably served four years in the U.S. Navy, including responding to 9/11 aboard the USS John F. Kennedy in 2001.
Joe and his wife, Jennifer, and their three children reside in Colorado, where they spend as much free time as possible shredding fresh powder on the slopes in the winter and cutting through the clean glass of mountain lakes in the summer.
Joe Neville is now President and Principal Consultant of Rearden Strategic, LLC.
Chanel Prunier is the former Executive Director of the Renew Massachusetts Coalition, and currently consults for Saber Communications, Inc.
She attended her first Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership School in 2011 and used what she learned to lead the grassroots of Massachusetts to elect many new conservative and liberty members to their Massachusetts Republican State Committee in 2012.
Chanel was then elected Republican National Committeewoman in 2013 and encouraged reform of the state Party to focus more on building a ground game and electing state legislators.
She’s been involved in hundreds of municipal campaigns and dozens of successful state legislative races, and has helped found a number of conservative 501(c)4s, from the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance to the Massachusetts Association for Gun Rights.
Ms. Prunier is a graduate of Assumption College and now resides in Hudson, Florida with her Labradoodle named “Sarah Palin.”
Rep. Jonathon Hill is a stalwart defender of liberty and has been a driving force behind defunding Planned Parenthood, reforming Civil Asset Forfeiture, and defending our Second Amendment rights. His positions are sometimes irritating to his less enthusiastic Republican colleagues.
In 2008, Jonathon entered politics as a campaign volunteer, and shortly after, started the Anderson County Tea Party.
He has served in the South Carolina House of Representatives since 2015, and is the Second Vice Chairman of the Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee.
One of his favorite political maxims is, “Every act of government is an act of force, and should be used sparingly.”
Born in Anderson, South Carolina, Jonathon was home educated in the rural upstate town of Donalds. He skipped college, taught himself software development, and achieved professional success at tech firms from Atlanta to Silicon Valley.
Dan Thiele is a veteran of legislative and electoral politics, both on the grassroots and the professional level.
He has planned and managed successful campaigns for local and state political offices, ranging from city council, to school board, to state legislator.
Dan has also engaged in many local issues, including successful opposition to increased school district taxes. He has trained and mentored conservative activists across the country on a variety of issues, including Life, the Second Amendment, and taxation.
Dan Thiele is the son of two retired educators, and he brings his parents’ enthusiasm for teaching to his own instructional style.
In addition to teaching for the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership, Dan is a contractor with the National Association for Gun Rights, an advisor to the anti-abortion group Hoosiers for Life, and Chairman of the Northern Indiana Citizens Coalition.
Dan resides in northern Indiana.
Alex Salsman is a gun rights activist and Republican campaign strategist from the outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri.
Inspired by her first FACL class, Alex co-founded NoMoCommonCore, an effort aimed at ending Common Core State Standards in Missouri.
She later joined the Missouri Firearms Coalition, a no-compromise gun rights advocacy group, as their
Political Director, lobbying for gun rights in the halls of her state Capitol and has recently been appointed to their Executive Board. She has also facilitated tens of thousands of legal gun sales to law-abiding citizens as the Executive Director for Militia Armaments Gun Shows.
Alex manages political campaigns ranging from Mayoral to Congressional races. Her proudest victories include ousting her two-term incumbent Prosecutor and her two-term incumbent Sheriff in heated hometown primaries. She has also replaced her local politicians with liberty-loving fiscal conservatives for State Representative, Mayor, and Public Administrator, has managed and directed Congressional and Gubernatorial races, and has worked as an Election Director for YAL’s “Win At The Door” program.
Alex was recently elected Vice-Chairman of the Lincoln County Republican Central Committee and is proud to be an instructor for the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership.
DJ Parten is a real estate investor and political activist from Alabama. His top issues are ending the murder of the unborn and defending the right to keep and bear arms.
An ardent defender of the Second Amendment, DJ spent three years as the Executive Director of Florida Gun Rights where he successfully mobilized gun owners to defeat a Republican-backed bill that would have implemented Universal Background Checks (a.k.a. Universal Gun Registration) and expanded the “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation law. He also worked as an employee of the National
Association for Gun Rights where he fought aggressively for Constitutional Carry and against radical gun control in nearly a dozen states.
As a former Floridian, DJ served on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Florida where he worked to grow their list and build support for key liberty issues within the state. He also served six years as an Airborne Infantryman in the Alabama Army National Guard.
When he is not training activists and punishing bad politicians, DJ enjoys spending time with his wife Mikendrah and son Samuel.
S. Chris Anders is the Executive Director of the Virginia Constitutional Conservatives. Chris has also worked with the National Association of Gun Rights, West Virginia Christian Conservatives, Campaign for Liberty, We the People, West Virginia Liberty Political Action Committee, and the Educational Freedom Foundation.
Chris is the President of Acton Advocacy Group, a state level political consulting firm and an instructor for the Foundation for Applied Conservative Leadership.
With over 15 years’ experience in politics, he has served on Congressional and state level campaigns while also working with issue-focused groups to promote the Constitution and individual liberty.
Chris led the effort to successfully stop Northam’s Gun Ban and is also the point leader for several national organizations on taking back the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2021 State Election.
Chris lives in Lovettsville Virginia and his daughter is a student in a four-year nursing program. He is an avid hunter and self-proclaimed ‘gun nut’. He is also an amateur historian and has organized large scale historical reenactments across the Country.
John Tate is a life-long political and public policy activist. He started working the polls at age 8 and managed his first campaign at age 14.
He is the founder and President of JFT Consulting, Inc., a political non-profit consulting firm specializing in political strategy and management, fundraising, strategic planning, and grassroots lobbying. He’s worked on hundreds of campaigns at the local, state and federal levels in more than 40 states.
John has over 40 years of political experience in fundraising, direct mail, political strategy, and grassroots activism. A long-time convention operative, John has worked conventions for races from County Supervisor to U.S. Senate, including Oliver North for Senate, where he also served as Chairman of the Convention Rules Committee, and Mike Farris for Lt. Governor (the two largest assembled political conventions in American history).
He has worked conventions in more than 40 states, including for presidential races like Pat Robertson’s 1988 run. John was the Campaign Manager for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Campaign and served as National Political Director for the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign.
Previously, John served as President of Campaign for Liberty, a 501(c)4 grassroots lobbying organization that he founded and grew out of the 2008 Ron Paul Presidential Campaign.
After its founding in June of 2008, Campaign for Liberty grew to over 700,000 active members nationwide, with 23 state chapters and an annual budget of over $8 million.
Prior to joining Campaign for Liberty, John served as a Vice President at Leadership Institute and spent 14 years at the National Right to Work Committee, including five years as Vice President.
In 1996, John was the GOP nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 2nd District.
John is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in History. He has five children and five grandchildren (and counting). He and his wife, Beth, currently live in Ruckersville, Virginia with their three rescue dogs and a 29-year-old Goffin’s cockatoo.
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