YAL National Staff

Full-Time Staff

Jeff Frazee
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.

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Edward King
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, a position he held since its founding in 2008. Since returning to YAL, he has served as Director of Programs & Operations. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in Business. He has since dedicated himself to advancing liberty through political activism and campaign work.

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Steve Thomas
Steven Thomas
Director of Development

Steven, a father of three 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.

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Lauren Evans
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.

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Deirdre Hackleman
Deirdre Hackleman
Director of Communications

Deirdre hails from Southern California where she studied Political Science at University of California, Riverside. There, she served as President of her UCR YAL chapter. After choosing to pursue liberty full time, she interned at the Leadership Institute in the events department. After spending two years as a Fine Art major in Washington, Deirdre spends her free time yearning for her pottery wheel and the Great Pacific Northwest.

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Derek Spicer
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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Justin Greiss

Justin Greiss
Southeast Regional Director

Justin graduated from Elizabethtown College in December 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Philosophy and Business Administration. Justin’s involvement in the liberty movement began when he attended Cato University in the summer of 2012 where he was introduced to Students for Liberty and Young Americans for Liberty. The following summer, he became an SFL Campus Coordinator and founded a YAL chapter on his campus. In the fall of 2014, Justin joined YAL’s leadership team as a Pennsylvania State Chair. Justin has also interned with American’s For Prosperity as part of the Koch Internship Program and volunteered on a number of campaigns.

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Anthony Rordriguez
 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.

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Nathan Fatal
Nathan Fatal
West Regional Director

Nathan attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, and obtained a minor in Spanish after studying at the Pontifical University of Salamanca in Spain. Before he was involved with YAL, he built up pro-liberty networks around Massachusetts with the help of Students for Liberty. Shortly after graduating he became a board member of Alumni for Liberty and came on board as Massachusetts State Chair of YAL, overseeing the creation of 10 chapters in MA, VT, and CT. During the 2014 election cycle Nathan was a Deputy Field Director for the Massachusetts Republican party, recruiting more than 50 volunteers to canvass over 11,000 households. He has given presentations on the liberty movement and campus activism at UMass leadership seminars, Tea Party meetings, Students for Liberty conferences, and the New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Outside of politics he enjoys the occasional wine tasting, kayaking, and House of Cards. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese. 

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Ty Hicks
Ty Hicks
Midwest Regional 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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Cliff Maloney Jr.
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.

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 Eric Shimpach
Eric Shimpach
Field Director 

Eric Shimpach visits college campuses nationwide, advising newly forming YAL organizations with recruitment and leadership coaching. As a State Chair for YAL from 2013-2014, Eric built his network up to over 80 campuses through the campus invasion program. Eric also currently serves as the Treasurer for Wisconsin Liberty Movement PAC, helping local liberty candidates running for office. Prior to joining Young Americans for Liberty, Eric managed various campaigns for public office, including the Campaign Manager for a Wisconsin Assembly campaign. An alumnus of University of Wisconsin - Baraboo, with a degree in Business, Eric founded the Young Americans for Liberty chapter and served as President from 2012-2014. He also served as Outreach Coordinator for College Republicans and Youth Coordinator for the Columbia County Republican Party. His ambition is to one day represent the people of Wisconsin through public office.

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 Part-Time Staff

Bonnie Kristian
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.

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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


Nathan K

Nathan Kelly

Nathan graduated in May of 2014 from Ohio University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in economics. He was an active student leader for liberty on campus, serving on the executive board of Ohio University Students For Liberty. Nathan also served as a Campus Coordinator for Students For Liberty for two years. He also led protests and brought speakers to campus to address topics ranging from drug legalization to rules for dealing with police encounters.


Brittany Wilson

Brittany is currently a student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte double majoring in Political Science and Public Advocacy Communication, and minoring in Journalism. She enjoys playing an active role on campus and in her community and can often be found writing pro-liberty articles for her school’s newspaper and helping lead a Young Americans for Liberty chapter as chapter secretary. Brittany eventually hopes to find a meaningful career as an advocate for liberty.