Ericka Andersen

Ericka Andersen is a Senior Digital Consultant to the Steamboat Institute. She is currently the Digital Media Director at National Review and has a decade of experience in the digital and social media fields. Previously, she served as the Digital Media Manager at the Heritage Foundation and the Daily Signal. She worked for Indiana Governor Mike Pence when he was the House Republican Conference Chairman, as Director of Online Media Outreach. Read More

Spencer Blankley

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Spencer Blankley grew up in a political household absorbing the arguments for conservative principles and proposals. The disconnect between the quality of the case and its public impact impressed on him the challenge of reaching those who do not already pay attention and already agree. As an undergraduate he studied economics at Princeton University, enhancing appreciation of the rationale for free markets and limited government. Read More


Mindy Decker

A Jefferson County resident since 2007, Ms. Decker is the Co-Organizer of Young & Active Conservatives of Denver, a grassroots organization designed to engage young adults in conservative conversations and political processes while bridging relationships with established political communities and engagement opportunities in the Denver metro area. Read More


Marcus Fotenos

marcus fotenosMarcus Fotenos is the Student Body President of External Affairs at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In this position, he works and fights for the students of CU in regards to the administration, Boulder County, the State of Colorado, and any other external bodies. He truly believes that college is an environment that should be a marketplace of ideas leading him to author a resolution that calls for the administration to make every square inch of campus a “free speech zone.” Read More

Joseph Greenlee

Joseph Greenlee is a general practice attorney in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, with a special interest in firearms law.  Most notably, Joseph is working on a challenge to gun-control legislation enacted in Colorado in 2013, which imposed a standard capacity magazine ban and burdensome background check requirements. He also filed an amicus brief in the 11th Circuit in defense of Second Amendment rights in what is commonly referred to as the “Docs vs. Glocks” case. Read More

Amelia Hetfield

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Amelia Hetfield has always been an active participant in the political process. As a young girl, she participated in campaign activities and volunteered for conservative candidates. Her interest in politics culminated in earning her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government from Bryan College in Dayton, TN. However, Amelia saw the potential to change the world through the free market, and started her career in the private sector. Read More

Catherine Holtgrewe

Catherine HoltgreweCatherine Holtgrewe is a political and election law attorney living and working in Denver, Colorado. Catherine has worked in varying capacities on state and federal political campaigns for over a decade. She previously served as the Deputy Counsel, Career Development for Alliance Defending Freedom’s Blackstone Legal Fellowship. During the 2012 election cycle, Catherine served as the Associate Counsel & Deputy National Election Day Operations Director for Romney for President. Catherine earned her J.D. from the University of Colorado – Boulder and her bachelor’s degree in biology from Westmont College. Read More

Charlie Katebi

Charlie Katebi is a healthcare policy analyst at the Wyoming Liberty Group, an SPN-affiliated think tank in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He frequently writes and comments on healthcare, poverty, and entitlement issues. His work has been featured in publications including the Washington Examiner, the Hill,, Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming Tribune Eagle, and Wyofile. Charlie graduated from the University of British Columbia with a major in Economics and a minor in Political Science. Read More

Charlie Kirk

charlie-kirkCharlie Kirk is the founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to educating, empowering, and mobilizing young people behind the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government. Since the inception of Turning Point USA on June 5th of 2012 Charlie has grown Turning Point USA from nothing to having representation on over 750 high schools and colleges nationwide. Read More

Colton Lyons

Colton LyonsColton Lyons is the Student Body President at the University of Colorado Boulder. In this position he oversees a 24-million-dollar budget and numerous campus facilities such as the Recreation Center and the University Memorial Center. In addition, Colton works with local, state, and federal officials to ensure that the rights afforded to students under the United States Constitution are protected. Colton is driven to get more students involved with student government that way their voices can be heard. Because Colton truly believes that feisty debate is a necessity on college campuses, he is striving to promote an increase in intellectual diversity at CU Boulder. Read More

Hadley Heath Manning

Hadley Heath Manning is a senior policy analyst and director of health policy at the Independent Women’s Forum. She frequently comments on health care, entitlements and economic policy, and manages IWF’s health policy projects and publications. Manning appears frequently in radio and TV outlets across the country, including Fox Business’ Stossel Show and Fox News’ Your World with Neil Cavuto. Read More

Jillian Melchior

jillian melchiorJillian Kay Melchior, political editor at Heat Street, is a fellow for the Steamboat Institute and Independent Women’s Forum. She does investigative reporting on domestic issues, including government waste, fraud and abuse, energy and environment issues, and organized labor. She has lived in China, reporting on Christianity and persecution, and has also done foreign correspondence in Iraq, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Eastern Europe and elsewhere. Read More

Liz Miller

Liz Miller is a student at The University of Oklahoma, where she is majoring in Public Relations, with a minor in Political Science.  She is on schedule to graduate in 2018.  Liz was selected to attend Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas in 2016.  She is a co-founder of the Turning Point USA Chapter which is being formed at OU. Read More

Stephanie Muth

Stephanie Muth currently works for Shari Williams Consulting, where she is the Director of Outreach for the Leadership Program of the Rockies. As well as, the Grant Manager for the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and the Krieble Foundation. Stephanie is also the Political Director of the Denver Metro Young Republicans. She’s previously worked on several political campaigns, including campaigns for Colorado State Senate and County Commissioner. Read More

Emily Norcross

emily norcrossMs. Emily Norcross became a founding member of Steamboat Institute’s Emerging Leaders Advisory Council in 2016. A Denver County resident since 2014, Ms. Norcross is the Co-Organizer of Young & Active Conservatives of Denver, a grassroots organization designed to engage young adults in conservative conversations and political processes while bridging relationships with established political communities and engagement opportunities in the Denver metro area. Read More

Greg Pulscher

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Greg Pulscher joined the Civitas Institute as a development associate in 2015. Since moving to North Carolina, Greg established a networking social group in Raleigh devoted to liberty minded individuals, is a contributor to Opportunity Lives, began a podcast called “Free To Brew” tackling the misunderstood and widely criticized world of alcohol using a free market approach, and has been invited to multiple speaking engagements to discuss the issues behind regulation in the alcohol industry. Read More

Tom Rogan

tom roganTom Rogan is an American writer who grew up in London, England but now lives in Washington D.C. He writes for National Review and is a contributor to The McLaughlin Group. In addition, he’s written for The Weekly Standard, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Spectator, USA Today, The Week, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The Commentator, and The Christian Science Monitor. He is a frequent contributor on CNN, Fox News, and Real Time with Bill Maher. Read More