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Frank Cannon — President

Frank Cannon serves as president of the APP Foundation and is recognized as one of the architects of the modern social conservative movement. In 2013, Frank co-authored the important election autopsy report, Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012.

For more than 30 years, Mr. Cannon has worked in the public policy arena. Past and current clients include the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, where he currently works as a strategist; the trafficking office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for which his firm was awarded the Silver Anvil by the Public Relations Society of America and the Silver SABRE by PRWeek; the Knights of Columbus; the National Organization for Marriage; and several national campaigns, members of Congress, major grassroots organizations, and non-profit organizations. Mr. Cannon is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

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Terry Schilling — Executive Director

Terry Schilling is the executive director of the APP Foundation. Mr. Schilling is responsible for managing Foundation staff and developing and implementing the organization’s strategy at both the state and federal level.

In the past, Mr. Schilling has worked in communications, development, grassroots, and management positions with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Sen. Sam Brownback, and various state and local candidates. Before joining the APP Foundation team, Mr. Schilling managed his father’s race for Congress in Illinois. Running against a 30-year entrenched incumbent on a shoe-string budget in 2010, Mr. Schilling led the Bobby Schilling for Congress campaign to a 10-point victory. During college, he served as vice president of his student government association and as the director of grassroots operations for the College Republicans. Mr. Schilling is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville.

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Jeff Bell — Policy Director

Jeff Bell is the policy director of the APP Foundation. In 1978 and 2014, Mr. Bell was the Republican nominee for the U. S. Senate in New Jersey. His distinguished career in public policy has spanned several decades, during which time he has served as president of Lehrman Bell Mueller Cannon and as a principal of Capital City Partners, assisting clients advocating the Bush tax cuts of 2001-2003, the President’s faith-based initiative, and immigration reform. Mr. Bell has also served on national campaigns for Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Jack Kemp, and was responsible for developing Reagan’s first proposals for federal tax and budget reduction in 1975.

A graduate of Columbia University and a veteran of the U.S. Army in Vietnam, Mr. Bell has served as a fellow of the Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard, visiting professor at the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers, DeWitt Wallace Fellow in Communications at the American Enterprise Institute, and visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. He has written articles for many publications, most recently The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and National Review. He is the author of Populism and Elitism: Politics in the Age of Equality and The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism.

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Shane Vander Hart — Online Communications Manager

Shane Vander Hart serves as the online communications manager for the APP Foundation. He is a frequent contributor for the Foundation at Mr. Vander Hart is also the editor-in-chief of, a popular Christian conservative blog.

He has been involved in youth ministry since 1992 in church, para-church, and Christian school settings, and currently works with juvenile offenders in the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area. He has also been an interim pastor for a local Evangelical Free Church and provides pulpit supply for area churches. Shane has been a member of the Polk County Republican Central Committee since 2006 and has served on their publicity and communications team. He was recently recognized by Campaigns and Elections Magazine as one of the top political influencers in Iowa.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher — Senior Fellow

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the APP Foundation, and a co-author of the APP report, Building a Winning GOP Coalition: The Lessons of 2012. She has been a thought leader on life, religious liberty, and especially marriage for more than 25 years.

Ms. Gallagher is the author of four books on marriage, including The Case for Marriage with University of Chicago Prof. Linda J. Waite, and her latest book, Debating Same-Sex Marriage, which she co-authored with Prof. John Corvino. After founding and running a think tank on marriage — the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy — Ms. Gallagher went on to co-found the National Organization for Marriage in 2007, which The Washington Post called the “pre-eminent organization” fighting the imposition of same-sex marriage. Her Weekly Standard piece “Banned in Boston” launched a national debate over the religious liberty consequences of same-sex marriage.

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Emmett McGroarty — Senior Fellow

Emmett McGroarty is a senior fellow at the APP Foundation. Emmett leads the Foundation’s initiative to defend parental rights and fight attempts to exclude parents from having a say in what their children learn and who teaches it to them. Mr. McGroarty and his colleague, Jane Robbins, authored Controlling Education from the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America, which was co-published by the APP Foundation, Pioneer Institute, Pacific Research Institute, and the Washington Policy Center. He is a co-founder of, a nationwide network of individuals and organizations that exposes the truth about the Common Core system.

His written works have been published in a plethora of national and local publications, including, among others, Breitbart, Catholic Vote, Crisis Magazine, Townhall, The Daily Caller, Christian Post, New York Post, Public Discourse, The Examiner, The Federalist, and USA Today. Mr. McGroarty has testified before numerous state legislatures and has been a guest on shows such as Breitbart News Sunday with Steve Bannon, The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, Fox News, The Glenn Beck Show, Laura Ingraham, Lars Larson, The Hugh Hewitt Show, and The Steve Deace Show. He is a graduate of Fordham School of Law and Georgetown University.


Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg — Senior Fellow

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a senior fellow with the APP Foundation. Mr. Rummelsburg teaches philosophy and theology at Holy Spirit Prep High School in Atlanta. After graduating with a degree in history from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1990, he worked as a public elementary school teacher in California for 23 years. As an employee of the public school system, he has had extensive training on the methods of the Common Core, which he believes to be the next prolific step in the downward spiraling of American schools. Mr. Rummelsburg is a contributor to Crisis Magazine, The Imaginative Conservative, The Integrated Catholic Life, The Civilized Reader, The Standard Bearers, and Catholic Exchange, where he writes on the Catholic faith and education.

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Kevin Dawson — Operations Manager

Kevin Dawson is the operations manager at the APP Foundation. He is a graduate of the Catholic University of America, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Politics. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Dawson created and managed the technical customer service call center at the American Petroleum Institute, was an intern for the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, and served as an intern in the Parliament in Ireland. Mr. Dawson is a frequent contributor to The National Pulse.

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Alexis McClellan — Investment Relations Manager

Alexis McClellan joined the APP Foundation team as Investor Relations Manager in 2017. She previously attended Ave Maria University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Ms. McClellan first became actively involved in politics in her home state of Mississippi, where she canvassed for Senator Roger Wicker and also volunteered for Congressman Steven Palazzo’s campaign. She first came to Washington, D.C., as an intern for The Heritage Foundation working in Development for Major Gifts. She currently assists APP Foundation’s mission fundraising for its Religious Liberty project.


Jon Schweppe — Communications Director

Jon Schweppe is the communications director for the APP Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Schweppe worked on a number of campaigns during the 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections as a jack-of-all-trades, focusing mainly on media strategy. Mr. Schweppe is known for his willingness to take on controversial "social issues.” He is a frequent contributor to The National Pulse and has had works published at both Townhall and The Daily Caller. He is a graduate of Augustana College, where he double-majored in Economics and Finance.

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Paul Dupont — Editor, The National Pulse

Paul Dupont joined the APP Foundation in the spring of 2013, first as an intern, then full time as a legislative assistant. He has most recently become editor-in-chief of The National Pulse, a project of American Principles Project (APP). In addition to his work on The National Pulse, Mr. Dupont coordinates the intern program for the Foundation and provides operational and research support.

Prior to his time at the Foundation, Mr. Dupont was a fellow at the John Jay Institute and an intern at The Heritage Foundation. He also interned at Senator Pat Toomey’s Philadelphia regional office. He is a graduate of Villanova University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Humanities.

Jane Robbins

Jane Robbins — Senior Fellow

Jane Robbins is an attorney and a senior fellow with the APP Foundation, based out of Georgia. In that position, she has modeled federal and state legislation designed to restore the constitutional autonomy of states and parents in education policy, and to protect the rights of religious freedom and conscience. Her essays on these topics have been published in various print and online media, including Townhall, The Federalist, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, Christian Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Public Discourse, and others.

With Emmett McGroarty, she co-authored the APP Foundation/Pioneer Institute report, Controlling Education From the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America. In addition to her groundbreaking research highlighting the problems with Common Core, including those of intrusive data-collection and threats to student privacy, Ms. Robbins has testified before the legislatures of nine states. She is a graduate of Clemson University and Harvard Law School.

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Ze’ev Wurman — Senior Fellow

Ze’ev Wurman is a senior fellow with the APP Foundation and a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. Between 2007 and 2009, he served as a senior policy adviser with the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Wurman served as a commissioner on the California Academic Content Standards Commission that in 2010 evaluated the Common Core’s suitability for California adoption. In October 2014, Mr. Wurman and the Foundation published Why Students Need Strong Standards [And Not Common Core], a white paper demonstrating significant weaknesses in the Common Core’s math standards.

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Anna Anderson — Director of Religious Freedom

Anna Anderson joined the APP Foundation in 2016, following her graduation from Hillsdale College, where she received a B.A. in American Studies and competed with the school’s varsity shotgun team. During fall semester of her senior year, she interned at APP while taking classes at Hillsdale’s D.C. campus. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Anderson interned with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the National Rifle Association, as well as serving as the NRA’s Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador.

Ms. Anderson serves as editor of the "Love Among the Ruins" blog on Patheos Catholic, where she writes and publishes essays on culture as it encounters John Paul II's Theology of the Body. She has also written pieces for The Imaginative Conservative, First Things, and The National Pulse.

Joshua Pinho


Joshua Pinho is a digital communications associate for APP Foundation. Mr. Pinho has been with the organization since February 2015, when he began as an intern, and in his current role is responsible for helping implement the organization's communications strategy via social media and email. Prior to his work at the Foundation, Mr. Pinho interned for the office of Congressman Jon Runyan, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works, and the 2014 congressional campaign of Steve Lonegan in New Jersey's 3rd District.

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BLAKE UTZ — Investment Relations Manager

Blake Utz is an Investor Relations Manager for APP Foundation. A Michigan native, Mr. Utz graduated from Western Michigan University where he received his B.A. in Political Science. Prior to graduation, he helped manage multiple student organizations, including the Young Americans for Liberty and the WMU Sailing Team. Mr. Utz has previously served as a political campaign intern for State Rep. Martin Howrylak in Michigan as well as a membership programs intern at The Heritage Foundation. Currently, Mr. Utz focuses on fundraising for APP Foundation’s Federalism program.


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