YAL National Staff

Full-Time Staff

Cliff Maloney Jr.
Executive Director

Cliff joined YAL in 2011 as a Chapter President and quickly took on the role of Pennsylvania State Chairman. He now serves as YAL's Executive Director. Last year, he served as National Youth Director for Rand Paul's 2016 Presidential Campaign Committee where he managed "Students for Rand" and mobilized 507 chapters nationwide. Prior to the campaign, Cliff worked as the YAL Northeast Regional Director where he grew the Northeast to over 160 YAL chapters. In 2014, he served as Youth Director on the Igor Birman for Congress campaign and decided to dedicate his life to the cause of liberty. Cliff was named the 2013 Ron Paul Liberty Scholar. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Class of 2014, with a B.A. in Education and a B.S. in Theatre Arts. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan.

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Ty Hicks
Ty Hicks
National Field Director

Ty first got involved with YAL when he founded the Central Michigan University chapter, where he attended. Ty later became Michigan State Chair with YAL and supported the network of chapters in the state of Michigan and helped found several chapters. Ty later joined Students For Liberty's Campus Coordinator program and participated in SFL's inaugural Professional Advancement Fellowship as a Data Associate. He is the Project Director for SFL's Liberty in North Korea activism initiative and is active in humanitarian efforts to rescue North Korean refugees.

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Kyle Hanlin
Director of Development
Kyle is a native North Carolinian and an avid sports fan, particularly NC State football and basketball. Before joining YAL, he served as the Senior Development Officer at the Nevada Policy Research Institute in Las Vegas where he grew their operations budget by more than 30%. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in political science and a concentration in economics. Kyle was taught U.S. History from a liberal professor in high school and decided then to spend his life advancing free-market solutions and limited government. 

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Derek Spicer
Development Administrator

Derek graduated from North Carolina State University in 2012, where he earned a degree in political science with a concentration in American politics. Derek helped co-found and co-lead the YAL chapter at NC State, where their first big event was to host Congressman Ron Paul, garnering a crowd of 1,200. During his time at NC State, Derek helped roll back an unconstitutional speech code that earned him attention from the local press, and he made an appearance on the John Stossel show for his efforts. Beyond politics, Derek is a self-described nerd and huge Star Wars fan.

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Matthew Boyer
Director of Communications 

Matthew Boyer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he first got involved with YAL. At Rutgers Matthew studied political science and German, and received a great deal of publicity for his activism on campus. He became the New Jersey State Chair, and was recognized as the Northeast State Chair of the Year in 2015. Matthew was also a contributor to The Daily Targum and The College Fix. Matthew is a Pennsylvania native who enjoys the outdoors and traveling.

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Mary Hannah Lott
Director of Events

Mary Hannah is a graduate of Jacksonville State University where she studied Political Science and English. Following college, she spent time overseas teaching English in Asia. Her love of Liberty began in college where she worked on numerous grassroots campaigns. Mary Hannah is an avid Alabama football fan and enjoys spending the weekends traveling with her two dogs. 

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Alexander Staudt
Direct or Free Speech

Alex recently served as the Students for Rand chapter president at the University of Iowa. He previously worked on congressional campaigns, and interned with Jamestown Associates. Alex has a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of Iowa. As a true Iowan through and through, Alex enjoys hunting for vinyls, cheering for the Hawkeyes, and enjoying the outdoors.


Lydia Schwertfeger
Southeast Regional Director

Lydia joined her YAL chapter at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay as an undiscovered libertarian. She assisted the group with event programming organizing several tabling events and multiple trips to conferences/conventions. As a State Chair she worked diligently to strengthen the network in her state and even developed the first Wisconsin YAL Leadership Forum. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, painting, and binge watching Netflix.

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Erin Yeoman
West Regional Director

Erin is a New Hampshire native. She moved to Montana in 2014, where she attended Montana State University in Bozeman. Through school, she worked as a veterinary technician and volunteered at wildlife sanctuaries, working with animals ranging from dogs and cats to wolves and Grizzly Bears. She began her education in Liberty by attending Liberty pubs and volunteering within the movement. From there, she became the Montana State Coordinator for Students for Rand Paul, starting several chapters throughout Montana and Wyoming. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading and cooking. 

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Matt D'Alesio
Midwest Regional Director

Matt served as the Office Manager for Rand Paul's 2016 Presidential Campaign in Des Moines, Iowa. In this role, he mobilized and managed hundreds of volunteers in a campaign that made over 1.2 million phone calls. Previously, he interned at a foreign policy NGO in Washington, DC as well as the Irish Government in Dublin, Ireland. He graduated from The State University of New York at Cortland in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science.

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Moorea O'Donnell
Central Regional Director

Moorea studies political science and communications at the University of Colorado - Denver where she was President of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter. She led the chapter to new heights, and soon became the Colorado State Chair. In her spare time, Moorea enjoys playing the drums.

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John Goodnight
Northeast Regional Director

John served as an Outreach Coordinator on the Rand Paul campaign in Iowa. He is currently a student at Liberty University online and studies public policy. John started his contributions in the liberty movement at the University of New Mexico where he served as the Recruitment Coordinator for Students for Rand. In addition, John has recently become a part of the Koch Associate Program. John originally wanted to go into medicine but found an interest for politics in 2012 because of his U.S. history teacher. Since then, John has found a passion for promoting free societies and spreading the message of liberty. John was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Sean Themea
Midwest Regional Director

Sean founded the Ithaca College YAL chapter during his senior year of college. He quickly earned the title of New York State Chair, and created over a dozen chapters in his region. Sean was named Northeast State Chair of the Year for 2016, and joined the national staff shortly after. He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from Ithaca College, where he sang with a nationally-touring a capella group.



Michael Fellner
Field Program Associate 

Michael graduated from West Virginia University where he studied environmental economics and business administration. He founded the WVU YAL chapter and served as President. After school, Michael joined YAL as an intern for event planning. He then went on to become the National Field Coordinator for Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow. Michael has a passion for free-market environmentalism, and when not defending liberty, is an avid chess and poker player. 

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Lukas Grund

Lukas is from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania and is a student at the George Washington University pursuing degrees in political science and history. He previously worked on Senator Rand Paul's presidential campaign. Lukas is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and is a supporter of VfB Stuttgart and Everton FC.

Jason Stewart

Jason is a senior at the University of Delaware and a native Delawarean. He is working towards a bachelors degree in public policy with a minor in political science. Jason has been a YAL chapter president since 2014, and served as Delaware State Chair in 2015. Has was the Delaware State Chair for Students for Rand, in which he helped prepare for the New Hampshire primary. He enjoys acting, snowboarding, and wakeboarding.

Betsy Pearson

Betsy is from the Southwest suburbs of Chicago, but goes to the University of Iowa. She is in the graduating class of 2017 earning her degree in ethics & public policy, and communications. She has been involved with Students for Rand, and is now the YAL chapter president at Iowa. She enjoys writing in her free time.



Garrett Kehr

Garrett is studying at Capital University and will graduate in 2018 with a degree in political science. While at Capital, Garrett became involved in the liberty movement when he founded a Young Americans for Liberty chapter during his freshman year. In addition to activism, Garrett is a student of liberty and continues to be an avid reader of libertarian texts.

Chairman of the Board

Jeff Frazee 

Jeff served as National Youth Coordinator for Ron Paul's 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee and worked exclusively with Congressman Paul to start the Campaign for Liberty and host the Rally for the Republic. Prior to the campaign, Jeff worked as a Deputy Campus Services Coordinator for the Leadership Institute and interned for Ron Paul's congressional office in the summer of 2005. He is a graduate of Texas A&M, Class of 2005, with a degree in Telecommunications & Media Studies and a minor in Political Sciences.