YAL National Staff
Jeff Frazee · Executive Director
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 Science.
Edward King · Director of Programs & Operations
Edward worked for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign as its National Youth Director, recruiting more than 125,000 young people and organizing more than 700 Youth for Ron Paul chapters in all 50 states. He organized the campaign's GOTV programs in six early primary and caucus states. He also managed Ron Paul's 33 on-campus campaign events, which drew more than 100,000 attendees in key states. Before the campaign, Edward served as YAL's National Field Director since its founding in 2008. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in Business in 2003. He has since dedicated himself to advancing liberty through political activism and campaign work.
Bonnie Kristian · Director of Communications
Bonnie graduated from Bridgewater College of Virginia with a degree in political science after serving as an intern at the national headquarters of Ron Paul's 2008 Presidential Campaign. Before joining YAL full time, she worked at the Leadership Institute as Communications Manager for LI's campus programs while managing the YAL blog. Bonnie spends too much time on the internets and with her guinea pig.
Jack Hunter · Director of Outreach
Jack Hunter (also known by his moniker the “Southern Avenger”) is a columnist for The American Conservative and assisted Sen. Rand Paul with his book The Tea Party Goes to Washington. Hunter is a regular guest on FOX Business “Freedom Watch” with Judge Andrew Napolitano, talk radio host Michael Savage’s nationally syndicated program “The Savage Nation” and a regular guest host for Mike Church on Sirius/XM Patriot 125. Hunter is a longtime radio personality for WTMA talk radio in Charleston, South Carolina and is a columnist for the Charleston City Paper. Hunter now resides in Washington, DC.
Joshua Parrish · National Field Director
Joshua Parrish attended the University of Central Florida where he pursued a Bachelors in Pre-Clinical Health Sciences. He is the Co-Founder of the UCF Chapter of Young Americans for Liberty and the former Seminole County Campaign for Liberty coordinator. He has been a liberty activist since 2008 and specializes in political theater and satire.
Piyali Bhattacharya · Development ExecutivePiyali attended Case Western Reserve University, where she co-founded a Young Americans for Liberty chapter. While in school, she worked in a development role with the school's Office of Annual Giving and was a selected as a 2009 Koch Summer Fellow with the Institute for Humane Studies. Prior to joining the YAL national staff, she served as YAL's Ohio State Chair and Field Representative for the Leadership Institute.
Ani DeGroot · Director of ElectionsAni DeGroot attended the University of Iowa, where she studied political science and economics. After learning about Ron Paul in 2007, Ani committed her time and talent to advancing liberty through education and the public policy process. She served as president of the University of Iowa YAL chapter and YAL's Iowa State Chair, and was one of the first paid staff members for the Ron Paul 2012 campaign. She was later asked to manage Youth for Ron Paul -- the official youth effort for the campaign -- in the midwest, and she was ultimately promoted to Deputy National Youth Director. Ani joined YAL in May of 2012 as Director of Elections, a position which manages the YAL PAC and connects trained pro-liberty activists with candidates and campaigns. When she's not busy defending the Constitution, you can catch Ani scanning the cosmos from Iowa's corn fields in search of super massive black holes and other points of singularity -- she's also a fan of the Helix Nebula and neutron stars.
Brandon Cestrone · National Field Executive & Director of Data
Brandon is a graduate of Slippery Rock University where he earned a master’s degree in history. While attending SRU Brandon co-founded the Slippery Rock Young Americans for Liberty and ran the chapter as president from August 2011 until May 2012. He was also the State Chair for Pennsylvania. Outside of academics, Brandon has been a sales consultant for over five years and when he’s not spreading the message of liberty, you can find him reading about politics, health, and the laws of success.
Lauren Elizabeth Evans · Director of Events
Lauren Elizabeth Evans is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida with a BA in Radio and Television Production. She is a native Floridian, who loves sunshine and her Central Florida Knights. Lauren’s interest in public policy was inherited from her mother but her passion for liberty was sparked through campus activism with her YAL chapter at UCF. Before join the YAL team full time, Lauren worked as the Audio Visual Production Assistant for the Cato Institute.
Justin Page Wood · Graphic Designer
Justin has his Bachelors in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. He is an avid minimalist designer, plays piano and guitar, composing and recording music. Justin grew up in Southern Orange County and currently resides in Laguna Beach, California.
Matt Holdridge · Design Director
Matt holds an Associate of Science degree in Digital Media Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Communication Technology from Bowling Green State University. Matt is a long-time political activist who has worked with several local, state, and national groups. He currently serves as Director of Marketing for Campaign for Liberty and is a Managing Partner of ExchangePrinting.com and Exchange Marketing Group, LLC.
Shane Helm · Creative Director
Over the course of his storied career, Shane has produced work for clients as diverse as ESPN, Franklin Covey, Pepperdine University, Congressman Ron Paul, and The Dave Ramsey Show. His design work has been showcased on several online design galleries to critical praise. In 2008, Shane was prominently featured among other influential artists in The Web Designer’s Idea Book and has had worked published by Smashing Magazine. He currently works as Senior Graphic Designer for DaveRamsey.com and is co-founder and chief designer for www.SeenTh.at
Aaron Tao · Communications Intern
Aaron is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he studied anthropology, evolutionary biology, and political science. During college, he helped found a YAL chapter and served as Outreach Director and Vice President. Prior to joining YAL, he worked as a legal intern for the Rutherford Institute. Outside of libertarian activism, he enjoys reading, running, and classic rock.
Ryan Michie · Field Program Intern
Ryan is a Senior at Northern Illinois University where he founded the Young Americans for Liberty chapter there. He previously served as the State Chair in Illinois for "Youth for Ron Paul" and was the co-campaign manager for the Illinois' Ron Paul campaign. Before politics, Ryan worked in restaurant management and counseling through the "8 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" program. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, competing in powerlifting events and playing with his pet cat, Bella.
Linnie Leavines · Events Intern
Linnie Leavines attended Louisiana State University, where she studied mass communication and specialized in political communication. After spending years writing about politics for local publications, she decided to get directly involved in electoral politics in 2012. Linnie volunteered for the Ron Paul 2012 Presidential campaign in Louisiana and New Hampshire, and was ultimately elected to represent Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District as a Republican delegate. Following this, she worked for the Andy Sanborn for State Senate campaign in New Hampshire and completed an internship with the Leadership Institute. In her spare time, Linnie enjoys traveling and writing.
Zackary Martin · Development Intern
Zackary is a graduate of Ohio State University, where he studied political science with a focus on international relations and contemporary politics. He previously served as YAL's Ohio State Chair and volunteered in Iowa for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign through the "Christmas with Ron Paul" program. Outside of studying libertarianism and Austrian economics, Zackary enjoys jet skiing, playing recreational golf, listening to rock music by artists such as Mutemath and The Killers, and reading astronomy and astrophysics.