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.
Ani DeGroot · Director of Elections
Ani 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.
Steven Thomas · Director of Development
Steven, a father of two and New Jersey native, holds both a B.S. and an M.A. from Georgetown University. During his ten years of experience in political fundraising, he has raised over $10 million for various organizations and candidates. In his free time, Steven roots for his Washington Nationals, Georgetown Hoyas, and Cincinnati Bengals. He also is a fluent speaker of Spanish and Portuguese.
Brandon Cestrone · Development Executive
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 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 joining the YAL team full time, Lauren worked as the Audio Visual Production Assistant for the Cato Institute.
Elliot Engstrom · Director of Communications
Elliot holds a J.D. from the University of Georgia and a B.A. from Wake Forest University, where he majored in French with minors in journalism and history. He has been active in the liberty movement since 2009, when he joined YAL and became a frequent blogger. His experience includes time as managing editor of his university newspaper, a Ronald Reagan Fellowship at the Goldwater Institute, and a research fellowship focused on federalism in law school. In his free time Elliot is an avid sports fan, fitness nerd, and history buff. He also speaks fluent French and has lived in France on two occasions.
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.
Joshua Parrish · Southeast Regional Director
Joshua Parrish attended the University of Central Florida where he studied 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. Since joining the YAL team in 2011 he has personally started over 100 YAL chapters and trained over 1,000 student activists. When not working to advance liberty, Joshua enjoys hiking, the beach, and binging on Netflix.
Anthony Rodriguez · Central Regional Director
Anthony attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and helped start the university's YAL chapter. He then served as Southeast Regional Director for YAL and Director of Advocacy for the NC Public Charter Schools Association. In his spare time, Anthony enjoys running, the beach, and the mountains.
Ryan Michie · West Regional Director
Ryan attended Northern Illinois University, where he founded a Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Since then, Ryan has dedicated himself to advancing liberty through political activism, mobilizing & training grassroots activists, and working on campaigns. He recently came off the campaign trail to join fellow liberty warriors at YAL. Ryan continues to advise liberty and conservative candidates in his home state of Illinois and Virginia. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the outdoors and playing with his pet cat, Bella.
Creighton Harrington · Midwest Regional Director
Creighton Harrington began his involvement in the liberty movement and Young Americans for Liberty back in 2009 at the tail end of Rep. Ron Paul's 2008 presidential run. He has since been a chapter officer at IUPUI, a state chair for Indiana, has taken part in various YAL national events, and, thanks to YAL, has even been able to help out on a couple campaigns. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing guitar, and visiting historical sites in DC and Virginia.
Cliff Maloney · Northeast Regional Director
Cliff attended the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown where he graduated with a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in Theatre Arts. He got his start in the liberty movement interning for Congressman Ron Paul's congressional office in 2011. He went on to volunteer as the Pennsylvania Campus Coordinator for the Ron Paul 2012 presidential campaign and worked as a Staff Assistant in Ron Paul's congressional office. He previously served as the Political Director of Igor Birman for Congress and the Pennsylvania State Chair of Young Americans for Liberty. When not working to advance liberty, Cliff enjoys teaching, performing, and a good laugh.
Bonnie Kristian · Communications Consultant
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 is now enrolled in a master's degree program at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and expects to graduate in 2016.
Justin Page Wood · Graphic Designer
Justin has his Bachelors in Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona. He is an avid minimalist designer and runs a minimalist website design firm, plays piano and guitar, composing and recording his own solo piano 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
Caitlin is a rising senior at Marshall University where she founded a YAL chapter and serves as the West Virginia State Chair. She is studying political science and hopes to someday go into non-profit management or communications. When she isn't advancing the cause of liberty, Caitlin enjoys working with the American Cancer Society, hiking, mixed martial arts, and extreme sports like wakeboarding.
Aly studies philosophy at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. She first became involved in the liberty movement by starting a YAL chapter. Her main focus at YAL national is assisting with event planning, and last semester she interned with the Leadership Institute in their events department. Outside of politics, Aly's interests include boy bands, Ayn Rand, and the eighties.
Richard was born and raised in Southern California and currently attends the University of California, Irvine where he studies history and environmental science. He is Chairman of the 52nd AD of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County and California State Chair for YAL. Richard has served as president of both YAL and College Republicans at UC Irvine since the end of Dr. Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign. When he's not working, you can probably catch Richard enjoying a nice day surfing, backpacking, hiking, or rock climbing.