Chairman+ View Bio
Sarah Longwell joined the Log Cabin Republicans National Board in 2011 and currently serves as Chairman. She is the organization’s youngest board member and the first woman to ever serve as Log Cabin Republican’s National Chairman. She has also served on the Leadership Committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.
Sarah is a Senior Vice President and Partner at a communications firm in Washington D.C. She has delivered expert testimony before numerous state legislatures, appears frequently in the national media, and is quoted in hundreds of news stories each year. Her opinion pieces have been published in top tier newspapers including in the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections’ Politics Magazine and was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants as a member of the class of 2016’s “Top 40 under 40.”
She is a graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio and lives in Washington D.C. with her wife and son.
Treasurer+ View Bio
Eli Lehrer is president and co-founder of The R Street Institute, a conservative think tank. He oversees R Street’s central headquarters in Washington, D.C., as well as its field offices in Tallahassee, Fla.; Columbus, Ohio; and Austin, Texas and manages the organization’s $2.5 million budget.
Prior to co-founding R Street, Lehrer was vice president of the Heartland Institute. He also played a major role in founding SmarterSafer.org, a coalition of taxpayer, environmental, insurance and free-market groups dedicated to risk-based insurance rates, mitigation and environmental protection.
He is the author of several academic book chapters on emergency management and insurance topics; and was editor of Heartland’s “Seven Big Ideas for Congress.” His research has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today.
Lehrer worked as speechwriter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. He previously worked as a manager in Unisys Corp.’s Homeland Security Practice, was senior editor of The American Enterprise magazine, and a fellow for the Heritage Foundation.
Lehrer earned a bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Cornell University and a masters’ with honors from Johns Hopkins University, where his master’s thesis focused on the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Washington Times, Weekly Standard, National Review, Public Interest, Salon and dozens of other publications.
Lehrer lives in Herndon, Virginia with his wife, Kari and son Andrew.
Joseph M. Zanetta
Secretary+ View Bio
Joseph M. Zanetta is Chief Executive Officer of Citrus Valley Health Foundation, affiliated with Citrus Valley Health Partners, a nonprofit, integrated community healthcare system based in the San Gabriel Valley, serving nearly one million residents. Mr. Zanetta, a seasoned nonprofit executive with over thirty years of strategic fundraising experience for educational and medical institutions, was appointed to his present position in November 2013.
He previously served as President of Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation. During his twelve year tenure, the Foundation created the Schneider Institute for Nursing, the San Pedro Institute for Nursing, opened several Centers of Excellence; the Hannon Tower and the DeMucci Education Center. He also directed the Legacy Campaign, a comprehensive campaign to secure funds for two medical centers, which included building a $50 million endowment and opening the Vasek Polak Health Clinic. Mr. Zanetta also served as Senior Philanthropic Advisor for Providence Health & Services.
Before he entered the healthcare philanthropy community, he taught at an independent school and was a development officer at a liberal arts college and two research universities. He is active in many civic, professional, and community organizations. Currently, he is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Robert H. Jackson Center and a member of the Board of Regents at LaSalle High School. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Log Cabin Republicans. Mr. Zanetta has served as Chair of the Board of Holy Family Services Adoption Agency, Chair of the Pasadena Enterprise Center, and was a long-time member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District Board.
Mr. Zanetta is a well-known speaker and author on topics related to philanthropy, and consults with nonprofit organizations in fundraising and board development. He has been interviewed on issues regarding charitable giving and philanthropy by the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, American Benefactor, Dallas Morning News, Pasadena Star News, and Whittier Daily News. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and is a graduate of the Cornell Law School. He is a native of Jamestown, New York and a member of the New York State Bar Association. A resident of Altadena, California, he is the proud father of Samuel Leggett Zanetta, a junior at Willamette University in Salem Oregon.
Chairman Emeritus+ View Bio
Leonard Olds’ activism with Log Cabin Republicans began in 1982 when he helped start the Log Cabin Republicans of Orange County California Chapter, then in 1991 he founded the Log Cabin Republicans of Riverside County Chapter. Olds served continually as President of LCR Riverside from 1991-2005 and is still a member. He is a continuing Board member of both the Log Cabin Republicans National organization and our sister think tank Liberty Education Forum. He served as an appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger on the California Council for the Humanities from 2007-2010.
Leonard and his partner of 43 years Hugh Rouse began a Foundation at the University of Minnesota Library for the support of the GLBT archives several years ago. They now house the original and ongoing collection of Log Cabin Republicans papers and publications.
Immediate Past Chairman+ View Bio
Jamie Ensley joined the Log Cabin National Board in 2008, and is now the organization’s Immediate Past Chairman. He also serves as President of Georgia Log Cabin Republicans, Board Treasurer for Georgia Equality, and Campaign Treasurer for Georgia State Representative Mike Jacobs.
In 2010, Jamie was the second witness during the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) trial held in Federal Court in Riverside, California. Federal Court Judge Virginia Philips ruled that DADT was unconstitutional, and in the court’s final opinion, it stated that “Mr. Ensley’s testimony was both candid and credible”. This court victory was the catalyst that finally influenced Congress to repeal DADT. Also in 2010, Ensley was honored to serve as one of the Grand Marshals for Atlanta Pride’s 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Jamie is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, the nation’s 3rd oldest and largest arts and music festival with an estimated 300,000 attendees annually.
Jamie was a Senior SBA/USDA Business Development Officer with Evolve Bank and Trust, and is now a Decatur City Executive at Cornerstone Bank.. He is an Atlanta native, but was raised in the mountains of North Georgia. He holds a B.S. in Economics from Louisiana State University.
Jennifer is president of JWB Associates, a government relations firm in Minnesota established in 1995. Jennifer’s clients include a broad range of corporations and non-profits, including Project 515, an organization dedicated to ending discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Jennifer assisted with the Minnesotans United for All Families campaign, which was instrumental in defeating the recently proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in that state. Jennifer resides in Minneapolis with her husband, John, and daughter, Eva. She has a political science degree from American University and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.
Thomas Dorsey has spent 43-year on Wall Street, and authored 9 books on investing and motivation. The Market Technicians Association has named him a “Living Legend of Technical Analysis,” and Tom speaks worldwide on this subject. He founded Dorsey, Wright & Associates in 1987 and sold the company to NASDAQ in 2014. He is now a consultant to NASDAQ and other Money Managers worldwide. “I accepted a board position as a father of a gay son whose wedding I just attended in Puerto Rico,” Dorsey notes. “I wanted to do what I could to change the minds of conservatives who might not follow the total equality belief I have for all human beings. I am also a staunch conservative in that I want our government to be fiscally responsible and pro-growth.”
John Herrick joined the Log Cabin Republicans National Board in 2002 after joining the Board of Directors of LCR’s sister think tank Liberty Education Forum in 1999 (where he still serves as Secretary).
Mr. Herrick spent 33 years with General Mills, Inc., retiring in 1987. He held several positions in the United States, England, and Canada. His final position was Chairman, President and CEO of General Mills Canada. Following retirement, Herrick served as COO of Borden & Elliott, a large Toronto law firm. He holds a degree in Business from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and currently serves on the board of their law school. He was named Distinguished Alumnus of St. Thomas in 1984. Mr. Herrick served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1957.
Mr. Herrick was a founding member of the Young Republicans in Kankakee, Illinois and was elected Township Auditor in 1960.
He resides in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Rachel Hoff was the first openly gay delegate to serve on the Republican Platform Committee, where last year she proposed an amendment to adopt more inclusive language on the freedom to marry and broader LGBT issues in the official party platform. Rachel currently works on Capitol Hill, and notes that “It’s an honor to join the board of an organization that has done so much to advance LGBT equality. With important work still to be done both here at home and around the world, the work of LCR to engage Republicans and conservatives in the fight for greater LGBT freedom is crucial. I’m proud to be joining so many great LGBT leaders and allies in that effort.”
Daniel E. Innis
Daniel E. Innis, is Professor of Marketing and Hospitality Management at the University of New Hampshire. He is the former Dean of the UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business, and he was the driving force behind the new Peter T. Paul College building, a $50 million project that resulted in a state-of-the-art business building at the University of New Hampshire. Professor Innis is co-author of the book Strategic Planning for Logistics, his papers have appeared in numerous academic journals, and he has made many presentations at professional conferences and meetings. He has also consulted with several Fortune 500 firms in the areas of distribution, channel management, and buyer behavior. Professor Innis earned his Ph.D. in marketing and logistics with a minor in consumer behavior from The Ohio State University in 1991. He lives in Portsmouth, NH with his husband, Doug Palardy.
Robert Kabel returns to the Board after serving as Chairman, and founding Liberty Education Forum in 2001. Mr. Kabel recently retired from the international law and consulting firm of Faegre Baker Daniels, and currently serves as the National Committeeman for the District of Columbia Republican Party. He previously served as a special assistant to President Reagan, and as a member of President Obama’s Presidential Advisory Council on HIV-AIDS. Mr. Kabel states “I am pleased to rejoin the LCR board with so many accomplished and dedicated board members and excellent staff. Log Cabin’s accomplishments over the past twenty years have been remarkable but there is more to do and I am happy to be part of LCR’s efforts.”
Joseph Nucci is the youngest Director to serve on the Board and the founder of a professional networking startup based in DC. “I am so thankful for the work that LCR has done, and I am humbled to be part of their mission going forward,” Joe stated. “As the youngest board member, I look forward to learning the ropes and helping reimagine LCR for the next generation.”
Jo-Anne P. Sears
Jo-Anne is a defense and intelligence expert, military spouse of a combat veteran, and mother. She was assigned to the Department of State as a spokesperson during the George W. Bush Administration, where her portfolio included counter-terrorism, diplomatic security, and Central Asia.
She has worked at the grassroots level for the Republican Party for over two decades, has served as the Executive Director for the Young Republicans in Virginia, and was an alternate delegate for George W. Bush at the 2000 GOP Convention in Philadelphia, representing Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. She and her family reside in Northern Virginia.
Rich Tafel returns to the LCR Board having served as the founding executive director of Log Cabin Republicans from 1993-2002. Prior to that, he served as the first President of Log Cabin Federation. Rich is the Managing Director of Raffa Social Capital Advisors, where he works with impact investors and social ventures. He is the National Director of the American Project at Pepperdine School of Public Policy focused on the future of America’s conservative movement, and pastors Church of the Holy City in Washington, DC. Rich notes, “This is a critical time for LCR to play an important role. It is an important moment as LCR 2.0 evolves to the needs of the next generation.”
Mr. Tisei is a realtor and owner of Northrup Associates located in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He served as a State Senator for 26 years, ultimately becoming the Senate Minority Leader, during which time he fought for balanced budgets and opposed tax increases. He was the 2010 GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts running alongside the current Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker, as well as the Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives in the 6th Congressional district of Massachusetts in 2012 and 2014. The son of a father who suffered from ALS and the brother of a sister who is disabled, Richard has also earned a reputation as a steadfast advocate for the disabled, senior citizens, children, and the LGBT community. He married his longtime partner Bernie Starr in 2013.
Tom Wahl, Jr.
Pete WebbPete Webb is a business professional with over a decade of leadership experience in real estate, finance, technology, philanthropy, marketing, digital strategy, brand management, public affairs, community events, and corporate recruitment. He is currently a NYC appointee to Manhattan Community Board Five. Mr. Webb’s commitment to civic engagement extends to number of causes which includes the Jewish National Fund, God’s Love We Deliver, Women’s National Republican Club, Republican Jewish Coalition, Log Cabin Republicans, Bipartisan Policy Center, Human Rights Campaign, and the NALEO Educational Fund.
Mr. Williams is a member of the Nevada Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights, the current President of Log Cabin Republicans of Nevada, and an elected representative of the Clark County and Nevada Republican Central Committees.
During his tenure, both the Clark County Republican Party and the Nevada Republican Party removed opposition to same-sex marriage from their platforms. In 2015, Mr. Williams was elected Chairman of the Clark County Republican Party and is the first openly-gay party chairman to serve in Nevada.
Mr. Williams was most recently elected to the National Board of Directors of Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s original and largest organization representing gay conservatives and their allies.
In the private sector, Mr. Williams was Chief Technology Officer of American Web for 18 years. During the explosive growth of the Internet, his responsibilities included serving as webmaster of the California Lottery and IT Director at the 2004 RNC Convention in New York.
Mr. Williams has since sold his interest in the company and moved to fabulous Las Vegas. He now provides “virtual CTO” expertise to companies and organizations wanting to grow and succeed in the modern information economy.
Gregory T. Angelo
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Gregory T. Angelo is the current President of Log Cabin Republicans. Prior to his current position, Mr. Angelo served as the Chairman of Log Cabin Republicans of New York State, where he led Log Cabin Republicans as part of New Yorkers United for Marriage, a coalition that collaborated to make marriage equality legal through legislative vote for the first time in a Republican-controlled legislature. Angelo is also the President of the Liberty Education Forum, a non-partisan think tank that advocates a message of gay acceptance among conservatives and people of faith throughout the United States. He was an Alternate Delegate for Newt Gingrich in the 2012 election cycle and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, ABC News, NPR, NBC, C-SPAN, and more.
About the Board of Directors
The National Board of Directors is the chief governing body of the national Log Cabin Republicans, representing the interests of the organization’s members and constituents. The Board of Directors has the responsibility to ensure the success of the organization through the approval of an annual budget, setting policy, and providing support, input, guidance, oversight and expertise, including voting on endorsements of federal candidates for House, Senate, and President.
Board members serve three-year terms and are expected sit on various Board committees, dependent upon their expertise, skill-sets, and interest levels. These committees will develop policies, review goals, and administer strategic objectives that directly impact the Log Cabin Republicans mission. It is expected that Directors are active and participatory, not just in meetings, but also as representatives of the Log Cabin Republicans in their local communities.
Prospective board members should expect to attend three meetings throughout the course of the year, and to contribute significantly to the financial well-being of the organization. There are also interim discussions and meetings held via email and conference call that occur on an as-needed basis, no less than once a quarter between in-person meetings.