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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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 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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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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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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Elizabeth Hayes
Elizabeth Hayes
Northeast Regional Director & Director of Free Speech 

Elizabeth attended the University of Iowa, where she graduated with a BA in Political Science and minors in International Relations and Arabic in 2015. Elizabeth was active with the UI YAL chapter, and later became an Iowa State Chair with YAL and contributed to growing the liberty network within the Midwest. She also co-founded the Students for Rand chapter at UI, organized Rand Paul student rallies across the state, and modeled for Rand Paul’s campaign store website. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys running, hiking, and exploring the sites of the city.

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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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 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