Auburn, AL – Friday the Board of Directors for Take Back Our Republic elected LaNell Morold as its first full-time President to build the national effort leading up to the September 28 Annual Board Meeting in Washington. The 13 Board Members (see bios below) who elected Morold remains unchanged since May 2016, and include distinguished business, political and community leaders from across the country.
The election was by a unanimous 11-0 vote, with Morold abstaining from votes regarding her new position and only Dr. Richard Painter unable to participate because he was out-of-country speaking during the Board Meeting.
“I appreciate the confidence of my fellow Board Members, and look forward to expanding to the few Regions in which we are not yet represented, which include Boston, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City,” said Morold, an operational and crisis management consultant, author and talk radio personality. In the past she was a groundbreaking title insurance and real estate executive, who oversaw cash management and P&L, including an annual budget exceeding $100 million, and listed real estate in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and the Caribbean as well as her local market of Dallas/Fort Worth.
Morold immediately began planning expanded efforts in the regions of the 12 other Board Members, and also named an Executive Board to meet on a monthly basis to plan.“Take Back Our Republic’s success is beyond my wildest dreams when we first envisioned a home for the majority of conservatives who support reform of our political system,” said Mark McKinnon, who becomes President Emeritus after serving as President since the group’s inception. He added, of his fellow Texan, “I am grateful to LaNell for stepping up at a time when this Take Back Board is ready for full-time direction, and the success of my darn TV show (the Circus on Showtime) is taking off to prevent me from dedicating the time required.”
Top Photo: Board Membership is unchanged from the May 2016 photo above. The Board Elected LaNell Morold (bottom left) as President and Mark McKinnon (top right) will serve as President Emeritus. Bottom Photo: Not pictured in the photo above, from left, are Juleanna Glover of the Governing and Executive Board, and non-voting Board Members Lacy Campbell (Assistant Treasurer and Secretary), Anna Carter (Treasurer) and Justin Hill (Secretary).
“LaNell’s decision to serve as Deputy Director the past six months before becoming Board President was invaluable,” said Executive Director John Pudner. “Mark’s willingness to serve as President for an additional six months to enable LaNell to first work in a staff position to streamline our budget, learn the requirements of every position, understand the talent of every team member, and ultimately train a replacement as Deputy Director will make her an even more effective Board President.”
“Now when she talks to donors and board members she will know every detail of the operation, and make sure I am focused on highest and best use at all times.”
The bios for the other Board Members are as follows:
Bruce McEver, NY, founded Berkshire Capital in 1983, pioneering the concept of providing independent merger, acquisition and strategic advisory services for investment managers and securities firms. Based in New York, Bruce is an avid biker, hiker and reader. He hosted a TBOR fundraiser and a Board Meeting in New York.
Camille Solberg, WI, served with John Pudner on the National Faith and Values Coalition for Romney 2008. Camille is a Latina leader and a distinguished alumna of one of the most conservative Catholic college in the nation (Catholic University). Camille also serves as Regional Director for US Senator Ron Johnson.
Francis Johnson, CA, was featured in Black Enterprise and Ebony Magazine as one of the top five Black Republicans in the country for his ability to raise money and organize grassroots. Francis runs a public affairs/public relations firm.
Juleanna Glover, DC, In a 2011 article, The New York Times described this partner of George W. Bush’s Attorney General as the “consummate political insider”. In complete agreement, Bloomberg News when profiling her in September, 2012 said, “She brings Washington power players together in a way others can’t match. If you’re looking for the right introduction in D.C., you need to know Juleanna Glover.” With an impressive background in both public and government affairs, Ms. Glover served on the senior staffs of then President-elect George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, presidential candidate Steve Forbes, and then Senator John Ashcroft. She advised Senator John McCain in his 2008 bid for the White House, traveling with him.
Kahlil Byrd, NY, is a Republican whose expertise is building and leading large, disruptive, technology-based, bipartisan reform organizations. He was president of the education reform effort StudentsFirst and cofounder and CEO of Americans Elect. His current firm, Forward Progress in Politics, is building a national bipartisan community of funders committed to essential and aggressive issue reform.
Kathy Hayden, VA, has served as GOP National Committeewoman for Virginia since 2007; recently ending one of the longest serving committee member terms on April 29, 2016. She brings years of leadership, experience with grassroots efforts, and a wealth of knowledge about the workings of the American political system – all of which will help lead and direct TBOR’s current and future efforts. Kathy understands that sometimes we need to “roll up our sleeves and get to work” to affect much needed change.
Kim Vaughn, AL, currently chairs the Women’s Committee of the Madison County Farmers Federation (Huntsville), part of one of the largest Farm Bureaus in the country, which also runs the largest insurance company in Alabama. Kim is also on the board of the Madison Farmers’ Market, which serves the thriving Huntsville market that is home to high-level engineers for thriving defense companies and NASA. Kim also runs hospitality for Providence Baptist Church.
Judge Ola Lewis, NC, made news by switching to the Republican Party as a judge. She recently felt the full brunt of huge dark money when she ran for State Supreme Court. Elected as the youngest District Court Judge, and first African-American in Brunswick County, North Carolina, she created five Speciality Courts (drug treatment, a true night court, mental health therapeutic, DWI therapeutic, sex offender accountability and rehabilitation court).
Randy Brooks, AL, most recently built a real estate operation of more than 100 people, following years of experience having interactions with politicians involving development deals. Randy is one of the greatest promoters of multifaceted efforts, from Take Back’s mission to supporting youth sports.
Dr. Richard W. Painter, MN, who regularly quotes Barry Goldwater, received his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. From 2005-2007, Painter served as the chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush.
Robert Schaaf, MO, a graduate of Harvard, has worked with his father, Republican State Senator Rob Schaaf, to prepare and promote the Missouri Anti-Corruption Act and other legislation. Some of his additional experience includes advising small business owners at the Cambridge Microfinance Initiative and working with a team to build a successful startup at TILLS Animal Health.
The Advisory Board is Chaired by Beth Coulson (IL) (who last week in Chicago spoke at an event next to Pudner), Peter Schweizer (FL), Ed MacDougall (FL), Curtis Colgate (VA) and Nick Bellas (NY).
Take Back Our Republic (www.takeback.org), or TBOR, is based near the campus of Auburn University just 90 minutes from the Atlanta airport. Its mission is to conduct research, analysis and public education on conservative ideas for improving the financing of campaigns for public office. One such idea is to incentivize small campaign donations from private citizens. TBOR believes that if more Americans have a voice, politicians will focus less on a handful of large check writers at corporations, unions or special interest groups who expect something in return. Press inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.663.3646 and the office can be reached at 334.329.7258.