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Jamie Ensley joined the Log Cabin National Board in 2008 and currently serves as 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 is a Senior SBA/USDA Business Development Officer with Evolve Bank and Trust. 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.
Vice-Chair+ View Bio
Sarah Longwell joined the Log Cabin Republicans National Board in 2011 and currently serves as Vice-Chair. She also serves on the Leadership Committee of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.
Sarah is a Vice President 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.
She is a graduate of Kenyon College.
Joseph M. Zanetta
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
David is the Publications Director at the Cato Institute and the author of dozens of op-eds, book reviews, and analysis pieces championing libertarian ideals and constitutionalism. He is the author of the book “A Fundamental Freedom: Why Republicans, Conservatives, and Libertarians Should Support Gay Rights,” which was distributed to the platform committee at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
David holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Penn State University and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia. He is cofounder of the organization Virginia Republicans Moving Forward (VRMF), which aims to promote social tolerance within the Republican Party of Virginia.
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.
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.
Michael Sorrell is the Executive Director of the Santa Mesa Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Sorrell-Bristow Family Trust. He is also the owner/founder, and currently, Chairman Emeritus, of the Bristow-Norwich Group, International LLC, an international management consultancy that for 28 years has concentrated on critique, analysis, and trouble shooting within the hospitality industry.
Prior to that, Sorrell served for twenty-two years in the United States Armed Forces, retiring in 1989. Sorrell was born & raised in West Hollywood, California and graduated from Fairfax High School in 1963.
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.
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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 Executive Director 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.