YAL National Staff

Full-Time Staff

Cliff Maloney
Executive Director

Cliff served as National Youth Director for Rand Paul's 2016 Presidential Campaign Committee. He managed "Students for Rand" and mobilized 500 chapters nationwide. Prior to the campaign, Cliff worked as the YAL Northeast Regional Director. 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.

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Lauren Evans
Lauren Elizabeth Evans
Director of Events

Lauren is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a BA in Radio and Television Production. She is a Florida native, who loves sunshine and UCF football. 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. Lauren has held multiple roles at YAL -- intern, Florida State Chair, Central Regional Director, Video Productions Manager, and Director of Events. Before joining the YAL team full time, Lauren worked as the Audio Visual Production Assistant for the Cato Institute.

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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
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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CJ Sailor
Director of Free Speech

CJ served as the Southeast Regional Coordinator for Rand Paul's 2016 Presidential Campaign and worked exclusively with National Youth Director Cliff Maloney, Jr. to start Rand Paul's Barbershop Chat events. Prior to the campaign, CJ worked as Director of Programs for The Gloucester Institute a leadership training organization for minority youth leaders in Virginia.  He is a graduate of Morehouse College, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an alumnus, CJ has a B.A. in Political Science & a minor in Dramatic Arts. CJ is a native of Detroit, MI and has dedicated himself to taking the message of Freedom & Liberty to every community in America. 

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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 s 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, traveling, and trying new food.

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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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Garett Roush
Northeast Regional Director

Garett derives from the Great Lake State of Michigan, and is an avid Detroit sports fan. He founded his own chapter at Northern Michigan University, and his love for liberty soared. He became a Michigan State Chair for YAL, along with with becoming a State Coordinator with Students for Rand. With SFR, he created a massive network in the state of Michigan, which helped secure a win for Rand Paul at the Mackinac Straw Poll. Garett transferred to Grand Valley State University, where he was a double major in Political Science and Nonprofit/Public Administration, with an emphasis on local economic development. 

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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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Ian Paris
Central Regional Director

Ian studied Political Science at the University of Missouri - Columbia where he was President of the Young Americans for Liberty chapter. He led the chapter to new heights, achieving numerous instances of National Media coverage for their activism on campus. Ian also founded Mizzou’s Students for Rand chapter before he became the Missouri State Coordinator for Students for Rand, eventually working in the Iowa Campaign Headquarters as an Outreach Coordinator, and as Youth Director on the Tim Neville for Senate Campaign. 

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Jason Hammons
Field Program Associate 

Jason is originally from the state of Arkansas and his favorite hobby is trout fishing. He has a passion for identifying new leaders for the liberty movement. He began his political involvement in September of 2015 and has been very busy since. Jason was formerly an Account Executive for mxHero, State Coordinator for Students for Rand, and State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty. 

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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

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.