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Our team is comprised of the brightest, most accomplished experts and specialists. Together they help craft and implement solutions for leaders throughout the states. Combined our staff has testified in at least 30 states and before Congress and our work is frequently featured in influential publications such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, among many others.

Leadership

Tarren Bragdon
President & Chief Executive Officer

Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which he founded in 2011. In just four years FGA has grown to one of the top five biggest state-based think tanks in the country with $4 million in revenue and fourteen staff.

Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health reform issues. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Ohio, and New York; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland. His work has been featured on Fox News’ Sean Hannity show, National Public Television’s NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio. His research has been published with The Heritage Foundation and The Manhattan Institute.

From 2008 to early 2011, Tarren was CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nation’s free market movement.

From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Tarren and his wife Anna have four children; Wyatt, Waverly and the twins, Jude and Asher.

Email    |     @TarrenBragdon
Jonathan Bechtle
COO and General Counsel

Jonathan Bechtle, Esq., Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at the Foundation for Government Accountability, is a seasoned nonprofit leader and a nationally-recognized expert on election law and government transparency. Prior to joining FGA, Jonathan served as chief operating officer and then chief executive officer of the Freedom Foundation, a free-market think tank based in Olympia, Washington. He has testified before Congress and has been a guest lecturer at the National Republican Lawyers Association Election Law School and the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s FOI Summit.

Jonathan has been published in many national and state media outlets, including the Seattle Times, Washington Post and National Review Online, and has appeared as a guest commentator on the Lou Dobbs Show. He is co-author of the book, “To Protect and Maintain Individual Rights,” a citizen’s guide to Article I of the Washington State Constitution.

Jonathan earned a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law in Fresno, California, and is a member of the California Bar and is license by the Florida Bar as an Authorized House Counsel. He and his wife Melissa live in Naples, Florida with their four children.

Email    |     @jbechtleFGA

Policy

Sam Adolphsen
Senior Fellow

Sam Adolphsen is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability. He is also the Vice President at Rockwood Solutions. Sam previously served as Chief Operating Officer at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for three years. Prior to his time as COO, he served a short term as Deputy Commissioner of Finance for DHHS with oversight over a $3.5 billion annual budget that included the state’s Medicaid budget. In his role as COO of DHHS, Sam was responsible for oversight of the welfare fraud and welfare eligibility offices as well as all operations for Maine’s largest government agency.

Prior to his time at DHHS, Sam was the Director of Governmental and External Affairs for the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a public policy, free-market think tank. Before that he served as the Director of the Center for Open Government at the Maine Heritage Policy Center for three years.

Sam earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Husson University in Bangor, Maine. He lives on the coast of Maine, in the town of Hope with his wife Kara, and their two children, Troy and Karlyn.

Joel Allumbaugh
Visiting Fellow

Joel Allumbaugh a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability. He is also President and CEO of National Worksite Benefit Group (NWBG), Inc., dba The Allumbaugh Agency. He founded NWBG in 2004, a full service employee benefits insurance agency specializing in patient-centered health plan strategies. Joel served as the Director of the Center for Health Reform Initiatives at The Maine Heritage Policy Center in Portland, Maine and is past director of the Maine Association of Health Underwriters. He hosted Inside Maine Healthcare, a television program aired on the Time Warner Cable network from 2010 to 2012.

Joel has been published and cited in many state and national media outlets. His research has been published with The Heritage Foundation. He has been appointed to multiple state committees and boards and currently serves on the Board of the Maine Guarantee Access Reinsurance Association and the Maine Health Data Organization.

Josh Archambault
Senior Fellow

Josh Archambault is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Josh served as the director of the Center for Healthcare Solutions and as program manager for the Middle Cities Initiative at Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based free-market think tank. While at Pioneer he co-authored the nationally acclaimed book The Great Experiment: The States, The Feds, and Your Healthcare (2012) and published numerous studies on the potential impact of payment and delivery system reform proposals on patients and Obamacare’s impact on Massachusetts residents and businesses. He testified before several state legislative committees and before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health.

Josh was previously selected as a health policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., where his research concentrated on the impact of Obamacare on small businesses and the lessons that could be learned from the Massachusetts experiment.

In the past, Josh served as a legislative director in the Massachusetts State Senate for Scott Brown and as senior legislative aide for then-Governor Mitt Romney in his Office of Legislative Affairs.

Josh’s work has earned coverage in outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Fox News, NPR, Money Magazine, and National Review Online. He is also a regular contributor to the influential Forbes.com blog, The Apothecary.

Josh holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in political studies and economics from Gordon College.

Email    |     @josharchambault
Andrew Brown
Visiting Fellow

Andrew Brown is a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability, with a focus on community-based alternatives to government welfare.

He is also the Executive Director for FlourishNow, a sister nonprofit organization that focuses on directly ministering to the needs of families and children in crisis. Prior to joining FlourishNow, Andrew worked as a Senior Fellow at FGA, with a focus on child welfare policy.

Prior to joining FGA, he served in-house with an international adoption agency in Northern Virginia where he was responsible for legal compliance and risk management. In 2012, Andrew was instrumental in the successful passage of legislation protecting the rights of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies.

Andrew’s work has been published in leading legal journals and on Forbes.com. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and is a member of the Texas and Virginia bars. Andrew and his wife, Jen, live in Arlington, Virginia.

Email    |     @acbrown84
Christie Herrera
Vice President of State Affairs and Policy Fellow

Christie Herrera is vice president of state affairs and policy fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability. FGA promotes better lives by equipping policymakers with principled strategies to replace failed health and welfare programs.

Christie leads the Foundation’s Medicaid work and provides strategic direction for FGA’s other policy initiatives. In 2014, FGA was named a finalist for the Atlas Network’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award, which recognizes the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of human enterprise.

Before joining FGA in 2012, Christie served as director of the Health and Human Services Task Force at the American Legislative Exchange Council, a nationwide, nonpartisan association of state legislators. During her seven years at ALEC, 38 states enacted model legislation drafted by ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force.

Christie has testified before Congress and legislative committees in 27 states. Her policy work has been covered by the New York Times, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” among other media outlets.

Christie holds a B.S. in communications studies and an M.S. in political science from Florida State University. When out of the office, Christie enjoys cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies and three-time national champion Florida State Seminoles.

Nicholas Horton
Senior Research Fellow

Nicholas Horton is a senior research fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Nic worked as a policy specialist, reporter, and commentator for a free-market think tank in Little Rock. As editor of the largest conservative news outlet in the state, his work was regularly cited by lawmakers, activists, and commentators as a key resource in the fight for limited government. Nic's critical reporting has played and continues to play a key role in the debate over Arkansas’ ObamaCare Medicaid expansion.

Since joining FGA, Nic has regularly contributed to Forbes.com and coauthored numerous policy papers on ObamaCare and food stamp reform. His work has been cited by various national news outlets including Fox Nation, The Washington Free Beacon, The Daily Caller, and the Associated Press. He has received national recognition for his social media work and is a frequent contributor on talk radio.

Nicholas lives in central Arkansas with his wife Leah. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harding University.

Email    |     @nhhorton
Jonathan Ingram
Vice President of Research

Jonathan Ingram is vice president of research at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Before joining the FGA, Jonathan served as the director of health policy and pension reform at the Illinois Policy Institute, a non-partisan research organization dedicated to promoting personal freedom and prosperity in Illinois. Jonathan has also previously served as a staff writer and editor-in-chief for the Journal of Legal Medicine, an internationally-ranked peer-reviewed academic journal.

Jonathan’s work has earned coverage from The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Washington Examiner and Fox Business News, among other media outlets.

Jonathan earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he specialized in health law and policy, and his Bachelor of Science from MacMurray College. In 2016, Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed him to serve on the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. He is a member of the Illinois Bar and lives with his family in Springfield, Illinois.

Email    |     @ingramlaw
Jared Meyer
Senior Research Fellow

Jared Meyer is a senior research fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability. At FGA, he researches the economic effects that various government regulations have on labor markets.

Meyer is the coauthor of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young (Encounter Books, May 2015) and the author of Uber-Positive: Why Americans Love the Sharing Economy (Encounter Books, June 2016). He has testified before various congressional committees, including the Joint Economic Committee, House Education and the Workforce Committee, House Budget Committee, and House Judiciary Committee. Meyer is also a member of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy.

Meyer’s research has been published in outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New York Post, and National Review. He has appeared on many radio and television shows, including the BBC World Service, ABC, Fox News, and NPR.

Prior to joining FGA, Meyer was a fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He has also worked as a research assistant for the political philosopher Douglas Rasmussen. Meyer received a B.S. in finance and a minor in the philosophy of law from St. John's University in New York City.

Email    |     @JaredMeyer10
Tom Newell
Senior Fellow

Tom Newell is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Tom served as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2010 to 2016. During his tenure, Tom championed numerous bills seeking to limit the size and scope of government. He was appointed to Chair of the Government Oversight and Accountability committee for the 2015-16 legislative session and as Vice-Chair of the Appropriations and Budget committee in the 2013-14 session.

Tom grew up on a small ranch and as a youth was a state champion bull rider and state champion extemporaneous speaker in the FFA. He received his bachelor’s degree from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City and has pastored churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. He is a proud father of three sons and one grandson: Ethan, Andrew, Levi, and Easton. With his master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University, Tom has taught business and economics classes at Seminole State College and is a former member of the board of directors for the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and former executive director of The Liberty Foundation of America.

Gregg Pfister
Legislative Relations Director

Gregg Pfister is the legislative relations director for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining the FGA, Gregg worked in the Missouri House of Representatives as a legislative aide. Additionally, he served on a multitude of policy committees in the General Assembly including Joint House/Senate, Appropriations, Select Standing, and Standing committees.

Gregg holds a B.S. in both Government and History from Evangel University, and an M.A. in History from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He and his wife, Krystie, live in Jefferson City, Missouri, with their three children.

Mary Katherine Stout
Senior Fellow

Mary Katherine is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

After brief tours working for two state agencies and the conservative caucus of the Texas Legislature, Mary Katherine joined the Texas Public Policy Foundation in 2005, first as a policy analyst and director of the Center for Health Care Policy, and later leading the Foundation’s policy work as vice president of policy.

In 2008, Mary Katherine joined then-Governor Rick Perry’s senior staff as director of budget and policy where she oversaw the development of the governor’s policy initiatives and budget priorities throughout state government. In 2012, Mary Katherine became senior adviser to the executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the umbrella agency with over all of the health and human services programs in the state, including Medicaid, women’s health, child protective services, public health programs, and regulatory services, among others.

Mary Katherine is a native Texan and graduate of Texas A&M University. She lives in Austin with her husband and three children.

Communications and Outreach

Whitney Munro
Director of Marketing

Whitney Munro is Director of Marketing for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Whitney served as the Vice President of Communications for the Bill of Rights Institute, where she directed their marketing, digital, branding, media, and communications efforts. From 2012-2014, she was the Director of Grassroots for FreedomWorks, where she championed legislative and electoral reform efforts across the country, often managing more than a dozen campaigns at once. Her work experience also includes corporate public relations and serving as a middle school history teacher.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and a Masters of Public Administration.

Whitney frequently appears on national TV and radio networks including: Fox News, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, The Blaze, and more. She’s spoken to hundreds of groups across the country ranging from small local organizations to crowds of more than 7,000 individuals. Whitney has also testified at the state level to several legislatures on matters relating to education reform and school choice, along with general government transparency and accountability.

A fan of all things Texas - including Mexican food, country music, BBQ, floating the river, and flip flop weather - Whitney also enjoys traveling across the country, meeting new people and spreading the message of liberty. When she’s not trying to change the world, you can find her hanging out with family, catching up on politics, being a complete and total space geek, reading the classics, or cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners, New York Giants, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, and San Antonio Spurs.

Email    |     @WhitneyNeal
John Marzolph
Digital Outreach Director

John Marzolph is the Digital Outreach Director at the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, John spent seven years serving as Director, Digital Strategy for Defero, where he played an instrumental role in growing the agency by gaining expertise in a variety of digital marketing strategies and tactics. During his tenure, he built long-lasting relationships with clientele by driving measurable results, earning him the opportunity to present to the American Marketing Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Social Media Arizona, and other various organizations. In addition, his work has been published in a Digital Thought Leadership Series from ExecSense.

John attended the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, majoring in Marketing. In 2015, John married his high school sweetheart, Crystal, and in June 2016, they welcomed their first child - Julian "Jude" Patrick Marzolph. He and his family live in Phoenix, Arizona.

Email    |     @LibertyFromMarz
Donlyn Turnbull
Digital Content Director

Donlyn Turnbull is the Digital Outreach Director for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Before joining FGA, Donlyn made her way through the ranks of conservative media as a political writer and commentator and also served as Director of New Media and official MC for Tea Party Express.

She’s an accomplished journalist and online entrepreneur, having created and administered several successful conservative websites focused on culture and winning the war of ideas. She also formerly hosted The Donlyn Show on FTR Radio and her work as a groundbreaking blogger was highlighted by her appearance with Glenn Beck on TheBlaze TV.

Her personal experiences underscore her commitment to freeing Americans from the devastating grip of government dependence. Her desire to empower those down on their luck drives her work here at FGA.

Her writings and commentary can be found at several leading national outlets, including, but not limited to: The Daily Caller, Breitbart, and Washington Times online.

Advancement

Judy Cook
Donor Relations Manager

Judy Cook is the donor relations manager for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Judy was utilizing her skills in communications, development, and public relations for various organization the public policy space. In addition, Judy worked for twenty years in corporate America, specializing in sales, advertising, and management at telecommunications giants Verizon, GTE, and Pac Bell.

Judy has also served at the confluence of politics and popular culture as part of the research team for nearly a dozen of Citizens United's political documentary films and as an associate producer for an award-winning education-reform documentary. While living in Los Angeles, she was on the board of directors for the Hollywood Congress of Republicans and was active in conservative politics.

Prior to her career in the professional world, she spent time in the music industry as a recording and performing guitarist.

After living half her life in Los Angeles and Phoenix, Judy is back living in western New York with her husband and son.

Chad Goote
Vice President of Advancement

Chad Goote is the vice president of advancement for the Foundation for Government Accountability, a nonpartisan research and advocacy think tank founded on the principles of free markets and limited government.

Prior to joining FGA, Chad managed the day-to-day efforts of a multi-million dollar multi-state campaign focused on advancing the ideals of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty.

Chad began his career in Washington, DC as a director at a leading public affairs firm. Chad was involved with strategy development, grassroots management, coalition building, and strategic communications for Fortune 500 corporations and trade organizations faced with legislative or regulatory challenges at the federal and state levels.

After his time in DC, Chad accepted a position as the Associate Political Director for the leading national school choice political action committee. His work focused on identifying and working to elect state legislators who supported choice and parental options in education.

Chad also has many years on political campaigns in management and advisory roles. He has been involved in local, state, and federal elections. In 2010, Chad managed the successful Congressional campaign of Congressman Justin Amash (MI-3).

Chad holds a B.S. in Political Science from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Chad and his wife Mardy reside in Orlando, FL with their two children.

Vail Horton
Strategic Development Officer

Vail Horton is a Strategic Development Officer for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Born without legs, improper bone growth in his arms and adopted at birth. Vail has founded and lead for-profit and non-profit businesses, Keen Healthcare, Incight Company & Handicrap Foundation, some of which have been ranked within the Portland, Oregon Business Journal 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies List, as much as eight consecutive years and ranked on the Inc. 5000 for seven consecutive years.

Vail is a world-wide speaker and business consultant. Vail serves to the Secretary of State, Advisory Committee for Worldwide Disability Policy. Vail was chosen as one of the 2007 Ten Outstanding Young Americans by The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) and was chosen as one of the 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders. Vail graduated from the University of Portland and was awarded the Contemporary Alumni Award in 07.

Vail is beautifully married with 4 children and has a true calling to change the world for the better.

Dan Remmenga
External Relations Director

Dan Remmenga is the external relations director for the Foundation for Government Accountability.

Prior to joining FGA, Dan worked in donor relations at the Academy on Capitalism, which sponsors academic research and programming on the benefits of limited government at the University of Illinois. He came to the Academy after three years at the Charles Koch Institute, where he was a Program Manager and Instructor in their educational programs.

Dan started his career as a high school math teacher, where he was twice named as a "Who's Who Among Teachers in American Schools" by his students. Before entering the nonprofit world, he spent time in the private sector as an actuarial analyst at Hewitt Associates (now Aon Hewitt).

Dan lives in Champaign, IL with his wife and two children.

Operations

Erik Makrush
Director of Operations

Erik Makrush is director of operations for the Foundation for Government Accountability, managing the daily operations of FGA as well as major event coordinator and planner including the Annual Solutions Summit. Prior to joining FGA, Erik served as the director of the Center for Government Transparency and Accountability for the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) and worked for IFF since 2009. His prior positions include: director of operations, policy analyst and legislative advisor on policy issues centered on local government, urban renewal, state and federal health care reform programs and higher education. Erik served as the project manager for IFF’s AccountableIdaho. com website and database. He has testified before more than 50 Idaho legislative committee hearings and was a regular guest on local and national radio talk shows.

Erik’s work over the past decade on limited government and the removal of barriers to allow our capitalist society flourish has been noteworthy and he regularly challenges the status quo. He has served as a legislative advisor since 2005 and served on the board of directors for a local charter school. He is an avid proponent for the protection of Constitutional rights.

Prior to moving to Idaho in 2002, Erik lived in the greater Washington, D.C. area and served in the U.S. Navy. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in political science with an emphasis in law and a minor in business from Boise State University. He is currently working on his MBA at the University of West Texas A&M.

Erik was commissioned as a Navy Supply Officer in 2010 and continues to serve in the Navy Reserves. Erik lives in Naples with his beautiful wife Lorie. They have seven wonderful children, three of which are still at home. He is the proud grandfather of one grandson.

Email    |     @erikmakrush