Constituting America’s Mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, television, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America's adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Our multi-tiered approach features a contest for kids, a school speaking program, academic forums with Constitutional Scholars, and Patriot Clubs. National Youth Director Juliette Turner reaches youth across America with her bestselling book, Our Constitution Rocks, and motivational speeches, videos and media interviews.
Janine TurnerFounder & Co-Chair of Constituting America
Cathy Gillespie Co-Chair of Constituting America
A Pennsylvania native, Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors, in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in the top 5 percent of his Class. Following graduation Brian completed U.S. Army Ranger School where he was the Distinguished Honor Graduate and spent the next seven years serving as an airborne infantry officer. As a member of a Special Rapid Deployment Force, he deployed on several contingency operations including the capture of General Noriega in Panama, the defense of Saudi Arabia and liberation of Kuwait as an operations officer during Desert Shield/Storm and commanded a light infantry company at Fort Ord, California.
Brian left the Army to attend Harvard Business School, from which he received his MBA in 1995. Upon graduation he joined the Atlanta office of McKinsey & Company, one of the world's foremost strategic consulting firms. Brian has served Fortune 500 clients in the transportation, telecommunication and basic materials industries and has focused on corporate strategy, operations excellence, supply chain management, and organization development.
One of the principal founders of Thayer Aerospace, Brian led the company during its dramatic growth from a startup in 1997 to a $100 million business while earning numerous awards and recognition from its aerospace and defense customers. Brian has received the "Forty under Forty" award from the Wichita Business Journal for his business and community leadership. He served on the Board of Trustees for the Wichita Art Museum where he chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, Chaired the Board of Trustees to the Wichita Area Technical College, served on the Advisory Council to the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department at Wichita State University, was a member of the Business Roundtable for the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Business Investment Group.
From Thayer Aerospace, Brian was recruited by the owner (former Goldman Sachs partner) of Chick Packaging to transform the business into the partner of choice for industrial packaging solutions. Three and a half years after joining Chick Packaging, the company was sold to Nefab Inc., headquartered in Sweden, at a 40% valuation premium to then-current market comps. He led the post-merger integration with Nefab and sat on the eight-person, Executive Nefab Management Team. As President of Nefab Americas, Brian had responsibility for fifteen manufacturing sites in the US, Canada, Mexico and Brazil and over 1,000 employees.
Currently, Brian serves as Managing Director and Founder of Pallas Capital Partners, an independent sponsor private equity firm focused on growth buyouts in the lower middle market,
with emphasis on partnering with talented founders and executives to build market-leading companies and creating value through strategic growth initiatives and acquisitions.
Brian currently resides near Dallas, Texas and proud father of his daughter, Tristan (16) and a son, Connor (7). ________________________________
Cindy Sue Clark is a proven businesswoman and grassroots political activist who is deeply involved in private and political leadership at the state and national level.
As a successful businesswoman, Cindy Sue had served as an executive with Triple Five Corporation, and continues to provide business strategy counsel for them. Some of the projects of Triple Five Corporation are Mall of America, West Edmonton Mall and other mega properties. She had owned numerous business including Avru International Trading Inc. and Clean Sweep which she started up and eventually sold before working for Triple Five. She currently owns A. Clark Roofing company with her husband.
Cindy Sue has done various fund raising events for political and non political causes. Some include private events for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, ChilpHelp, La a' Kea Foundation, Autism Bridges to name a few. She was given the title of Pioneer fundraiser for the Bush/Cheney campaign with members nationally totaling 250 people only. She has actively campaigned for Governor Linda Lingle, Mayor Alan Arakawa and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. Cindy Sue had served as Speaker Gingrich's Campaign Chairwoman for his presidential campaign where she served as a Gingrich media surrogate during the campaign.
Locally she served a leader in the community and as the Maui County GOP Chairwoman, the Vice President of the Maui Tea Party and has been a Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the 2004, 2012 and the upcoming 2016 National GOP Conventions.
Giving back to the community is a large part of Cindy's life. She served on the La a' Kea Foundation for Mentally Disabled Children, a Founder of Autism Bridges Maui, board member of Childhelp, Maggie's List and previously served on the commission for Disabled of Maui.
Her fondest memories include meeting Newt and Callista Gingrich at a Whitehouse party and becoming lifetime friends, shooting with former Vice President Cheney in Georgia and fund raising for charities with Steven Tyler of Areosmith, guitarist prodigy Johnny Lang, and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac to name a few. A special shoutout to Lee Greenwood and his beautiful wife, Kim. She treasures the times they spent together and considers them true American patriots. God Bless the USA!
Bio Coming Soon. ________________________________
Chuck Clowdis is the Managing Director for Transportation for HIS Economics and Country Risk. Mr. Clowdis is a frequent speaker for industry and civic groups on the current happenings in transportation and logistics.
Mr. Clowdis leads IHS consulting projects tailored for both private and public sector clients, such as Federal and State Departments of Transportation, municipal planning organizations and transport service providers, including river barge operators, railroads, air cargo operators, motor carriers, steamship lines and dray operators, as well as providers of third-party logistics (3PL) services. He has assisted transport providers in refining their markets, streamlining their operations and focusing and pricing their service to offer optimum price versus service levels. He often works with transport planners and planning firms on freight flow plans, as well as airport master planning for enhanced cargo operations.
Mr. Clowdis has assisted both Fortune 500 and smaller companies in designing their supply chain operations to achieve maximum service via the most cost-efficient means. In addition to being experts in the various modes of transport, the team Mr. Clowdis leads provides consultation on commodity flows and commodity transport throughout North America.
Prior to joining IHS, Clowdis served as a senior vice president of marketing and national account sales at TNT North America and senior vice president of marketing at Transcon Lines, Inc. He also has held other executive positions with major transportation organizations. He was an executive consultant for the national transportation practice of Ernst & Young LLP from 1983 until 2000. Mr. Clowdis formerly served as chairman and president of the American Trucking Associations' Sales & Marketing Council, for whom he authored the best-selling book, "The ART of Giving Quality Motor Carrier Service," and also wrote, "The Driver Makes a Difference." He has contributed to several other books and authored white papers and trade magazine articles on transportation, supply chain activities and logistics. Mr. Clowdis holds degrees from Young Harris College, Young Harris, Ga., U.S., and University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., U.S. ________________________________
Kristie McCrary is an attractive, articulate, seasoned executive with 21 years experience in making things happen where others were not able to. She is one of those unusual people who not only arranges for others to appear on TV but has been personally featured in bumper segments herself. http://www.cbn.com/tv/1412974990001
Kristie is trusted and respected by the top people in the TV industry reporting directly to Pat Robertson, CBN Chairman where she was recognized with the 2009 Presidents Award for Excellence for outstanding performance demonstrating, innovation, integrity and excellence. As Special Events Coordinator for the Christian Broadcasting Network, Kristie was responsible for the Development of dozens of programs, guest lists and ideas for the 700 club and the creation and development of new fundraiser ideas and events Resulting in an increase of 83% in giving.
Kristie manages people and is known as the "Idea Jedi" filled with new ideas. She developed and led the implementation of a live 2008 Webcast event featuring Dr. Pat Robertson, Gordon Robertson and Terry Meeuwsen of the 700 Club. She also had the coveted responsibility of kicking off the 2009 SuperBook Premier night. http://www.cbn.com/tv/1412974990001
Kristie has the innate ability to open doors, cultivate new partnerships and sustain & re-establish relationships with part partners, film pr
oducers and PR relationships, which she did with I am Second www.iamsecond.com and 3Partners. She negotiated deals with the top executives of firms such as: FOX News, ABC,O Magazine, NBC Today Show,
Socrates in the City-Eric Metaxas, the Q and others. She was also responsible for the planning and implementation of the 911 Ten Year Anniversary Dinner and program for 330 guests. Recruiting and hosting featured 9/11 Survivors and speakers: Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell-Pentagon Survivor and Sujo John – North Trade Tower survivor. Both films are at iamsecond.com. She was entrusted with setting up high-profile back to back events in Manhattan with Pastors of large Churches and media affiliates.
"Kristie is the most organized person I think I have ever met. She could organize a bowl of spaghetti and get it all straightened out. She is amazing." Governor Mike Huckabee
Kristie has a passion for people and understands the dynamics of relationships. She has been called the "Hope Whisperer" for her ability to put the spin on anything. Some of the outstanding celebrities and sports figures she was able to bring on were:
LA Dodgers Ace Pitcher, Gold Glove Winner & MLB All Star
LA Dodgers, Center Fielder, two time Gold Glove Winner
Brady James: Dallas Cowboys & Houston Texans
She holds a B.S. in Telecommunications from Oral Roberts University
where she was on the National Deans List and Presidents Council, served in the Student Senate and was voted Student Body Vice President for 2 ½ years. Additionally she has taken steps to keep abreast & ahead of the curve with courses such as: Executive Coachingby Elaine Morris and Ultimate Leadership by Dr. John Townsend. ________________________________
Linda Moak is a former dental hygienist and homeschooling grandmother. She has been involved with Constituting America since its inception. Linda is the founder of one of Constituting America's first Patriot Clubs, and her grand daughter, Halley Moak, was the first winner of Constituting America's We The Future poetry contest in 2010. Linda's mother was Constituting America's first Senior Essay winner in 2013. Linda lives in Colorado. She enjoys horses and reading...especially history. Linda loves to travel, snow ski, hike and occasionally golf. ________________________________
I'm originally from West Memphis, Arkansas, but Corsicana, Texas is my home. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Arkansas, and I am a Certified Public Accountant. I have 5 children and a wonderful husband Bob.
Our family business is Collin Street Bakery. And we have M Crowd restaurant group with Mi Cocina, Taco Diner, and Mercury restaurants.
I stay busy with family and my cattle and quite a bit of traveling. ________________________________
Pam Pryor is the president and owner of Pryor Works – a public affairs firm that focusses on communication, strategy, marketing and training. With both political and corporate clients, she teaches organizational skills and team building such as StrengthsFinders, for which she is Gallup-certified.
She taught speech communication on the university level and was a television news anchor and reporter. After having her own radio talk show in Oklahoma City, she moved to Washington, DC where she served as Representative J.C. Watts' chief of staff in his leadership office of the U.S. House. Named as one of the hundred most powerful women in Washington, Pam has held a number of appointments.
After Watts' retirement, she spent time in the faith and community-based public affairs world and built capacity for several organizations through We Care America. She also helped launch an organization preserving religious freedom.
She served as the RNC liaison for the McCain campaign and later launched Sarah Palin's political action committee.
She has worked coalitions and collaborations in the issue campaign space from health care to spending to energy. During the 2012 election cycle, she ran the largest non-candidate, non-party grassroots field team made up of more than 9 coalition groups in 16 states. At that time, she also helped to stand up the training organization that taught all of the field directors. She has worked for Freedom Partners and Philanthropy Roundtable.
Being a daughter of first generation Italian-Americans, she loves to cook and entertain and talk about people's strengths every chance she gets. ________________________________
Mr. Roff has more than two decade's experience navigating Washington's highways and byways, both in and out of government and is currently a contributing editor at U.S. News & World Report, where he writes for the magazine's "Thomas Jefferson Street" blog and a senior fellow at the non-partisan Institute for Liberty.
At one time the political director of Newt Gingrich's GOPAC, Mr. Roff planned and directed political education programs training candidates for public office and political activists. Leaving politics for a career in journalism, Mr. Roff spent five years as the senior political writer for United Press International. While at UPI he worked on some of the biggest political stories of the 20th century -- including the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the election of George W. Bush in one of the narrowest political contests in U.S. history.
A frequent commentator on politics and public issues, Mr. Roff has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs including "CBS News Overnight," "Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher," "The Dennis Miller Show," "Hannity & Colmes," "The O'Reilly Factor," "C-SPAN's Washington Journal," and even once appeared as himself on the hit ABC comedy "Spin City."
Mr. Roff has been quoted in major publications including USA Today, The New York Times, the online version of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and National Review.
A 1988 graduate of The George Washington University, Mr. Roff has lived in Northern Virginia for much of the last 25 years along with his children and his beagle Shaggie. ________________________________
Mr. Roper graduated in 1982 from the University of Missouri in Rolla with a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Mr. Roper has 31 years of experience in the natural gas and oil and gas production business. After 7 years in various engineering and business positions with Tenneco Oil Company and various affiliates of Tennessee Pipeline, Mr. Roper joined Aquila Energy in 1989 in Transportation and Marketing. In 1990, he became Vice President of Marketing as part of the acquisition of Clajon Gas Company a large gatherer of Austin Chalk gas. In 1993, this operation completed a successful IPO and Mr. Roper was Managing Vice President.
Mr. Roper joined Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co. in 1998 as Sr. Vice President managing the growth, development and operation of Sid Richardson Energy Services (SRES). In March 2006, Mr. Roper joined Southern Union Energy Services as Sr. Vice President upon Southern's acquisition of SRES. In January 2007, Mr. Roper was appointed President of Southern Union Gas Services, retiring from this position in June 2007.
Mr. Roper is President of BOPCO, L.P. and has held this position since July 2007. ________________________________
Phil Rosenthal graduated from WVU in 1964 with a business management degree. He has been the President of Nationwide Credit Corporation, a third party debt collection agency, since 1970. Under Phil's guidance, the company continues to grow and prosper.
The collection industry's trade association, American Collectors Association International (ACA) elected Phil as an officer in 1996 and Phil because its president in 2000. Phil was awarded a number of ACA honors for his diligent work, knowledge and service to the collection industry.
Phil has also been a member of the Virginia Collection Agency (VCA) since 1972 and served in all positions within the association.
While Phil grew his company and became active within the collection industry, he did not limit all his attention to business. Phil has also serves on the Fairfax County Community Action Advisory Board, Fairfax County A. Heath Onthank Advisory Committee and Good Shepherd Housing. He is deeply committed to help our area's low-income families in their struggles of finding adequate housing, food and caring for their children. The Fairfax County of Fire and Rescue Department has a volunteer division, Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue, which helps underprivileged children. For a number of years Phil has participated in their various drives: school backpack, coats, shoes, haircuts and holiday toys. Recently Phil was awarded the Governor's 2013 Virginia's Fire Service Award for Excellence in Virginia's Fire Service Support Private Sector. ________________________________
W. Dennis Stephens is a government affairs counselor at K&L Gates. He previously served as a senior staff member for several House Republican members, including former Majority Leader Dick Armey. Dennis has more than 35 years working in Republican campaigns, policy, and political matters including more than 19 years experience as a Republican lobbyist.
Dennis works on a wide range of public policy issues including tax, technology, foreign policy, and transportation on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, associations, and small businesses.
Dennis has worked closely with many Republicans in the House and Senate including members of the Republican Study Committee. He has especially close relationships with the House Republican leadership and senior staff as well as many of the incoming freshmen.
In addition, Dennis has worked closely for more than two decades with every leading conservative activist and grassroots organization including The Heritage Foundation, Americans for Tax Reform, FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and the Family Research Council.
Dennis is very active in the conservative movement and is a regular speaker for the Leadership Institute Capitol Hill Staff School. He is also consulted regularly by Republican elected officials to review both policy issues and electoral strategy and tactics.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Dennis spent three years in the second term of the Reagan Administration, including the Office of Presidential Personnel in the White House. ________________________________
Author of How to Raise An American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American, blogger, podcaster and editor for several sites, and Chief Content Creator for Sunrise Business Consulting, her own company. Also currently working full-time as the Local Outreach Director for the largest church in Colorado.
She has done mission work in Africa and Asia and ran for the Colorado State House in 2014. She has been married to her husband for almost 10 years and is a mom to 5 kids. Her family lives in Boulder County, Colorado where they enjoy running, obstacle course racing, hiking, and camping and they have a flat-coated retriever named Eddy. ________________________________
Cathy Tripodi is the director of business affairs at the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Prior she served as the director of energy for former Governor Mitch Daniels, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and lead the state's efforts to attract jobs in energy and automotive advanced manufacturing sectors and assisted existing Indiana companies to grow their investments.
Cathy also served as a policy advisor to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the secretary of the U. S. Department of Energy, under President George W. Bush, where she researched, analyzed and prepared energy policy recommendations and provided subject matter expertise.
Cathy has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Villanova University, Philadelphia, PA. ________________________________
Jocelyn is a Katie and Emmy award-winning Dallas/ Fort Worth television journalist. Shows she have created, produced and hosted include "Hot On! Homes," "Texas Country Nights," "D Magazine on TV," "Designing DFW," "Designing Texas," and "Designing America" as well her new animal program all about pets called "PAWSITIVE Entertainment."
Jocelyn broke new ground as the first weatherwoman on nighttime newscasts in Little Rock, Arkansas, and DFW. While at KDFW in Dallas, Jocelyn received her Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society, one of only five women in the USA to have achieved that status in 1982.
Jocelyn is the Chairman of the Board of SPCA of Texas and the Chairman of the Board of Equest. She is a new Director on the Board of The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden and supports Best Buddies and Kidney Texas and the Equest Women's Auxiliary. She will be Chair of the annual Dallas Arboretum's Women's Council's Mad Hatter's Style Show and Luncheon on April 20, 2016. ________________________________
Constituting America National Youth Director Juliette Turner
Featured Author at the Dallas 2013 Celebration of Reading
for her bestselling Harper Collins/Zondervan book
Our Constitution Rocks
Constituting America National Youth Director Juliette Turner's Mount Vernon Speech!
Click The Video Above to Hear Juliette Discuss the Constitution at the George Washington Symposium at Mt. Vernon.
"The Youngest Scholar ever to Address a Symposium at Mt. Vernon!"