Patriot Voices was founded by Rick and Karen Santorum in 2012 to give a voice to hard working Americans. Our mission is clear: we must fight to protect faith, freedom, family and opportunity. The fight for these bedrock principles is just as important today as it was when our country was first founded. Learn more about the people behind Patriot Voices:
Nadine Maenza, Executive Director
Nadine serves as the Executive Director of Patriot Voices, which requires overseeing a lot of moving parts to ensure Patriot Voices can effectively advocate for issues that further faith, family, freedom and opportunity in this country. While she most recently served as the National Finance Director for Rick Santorum for President, Nadine has worked with Senator Santorum in different capacities since he was considering his first run for the U.S. Senate in 1993. Nadine originally came to politics as a grassroots coordinator for senate races in Oregon and Arkansas. She worked on Capitol Hill for Senator John Heinz and later as his controller and the Finance Director of his campaign committee. She has also served as the Finance Director for the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, and has consulted for the Republican National Committee and Mitt Romney for President in 2008. She has also worked in missions, helped run a homeschooling co-op, and is very involved in her church community. Nadine lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband Terry and three children.
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Shelley Ahlersmeyer, National Grassroots Director
As National Grassroots Director, Shelley helps members connect and activate both online and on the ground, with a special focus on building strong communities using social networking. Shelley served as National Grassroots Coordinator for Rick Santorum for President and also as a National Grassroots Coordinator for Huck PAC. She is on the board for Right to Life of North Central Indiana and serves as campaign coordinator for 40 Days for Life in her community. Shelley lives in Kosciusko County, Indiana.
Jessica Colόn, Political Director
Jessica serves as Political Director for Patriot Voices PAC where she oversees the endorsement process for candidates that Senator Santorum and the PAC endorse. Jessica served as Texas State Director and as a member of the national finance team for Santorum for President during the 2012 Republican primary. Jessica is also the founder of Colon and Company, a firm focused on political consulting, message strategy, fundraising initiatives and public affairs. In addition to managing several congressional, state representative and judicial races, Jessica has been active with the Republican Party of Texas, the Republican National Committee, the Young Republican National Federation, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Colón graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. She lives in Houston with her husband, Miguel, and their delightful children, Carmen and Matthew.
Virginia Davis, Communications Director
Virginia serves as communications director for Patriot Voices, where she serves as a liaison to the news media. She has worked with Rick Santorum in various capacities since 1999 where she had her first internship in his office on Capitol Hill. Virginia served as Senator Santorum’s press secretary during his 2006 Senate race, and worked with him when he was a columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer and a contributor to Fox News Channel. A mother of three, Virginia and her husband Brett live in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Tina Henold, Deputy Grassroots Director
Tina and her husband Bob have been married 27 years, and have three children and two grandchildren. They live in Toledo, Ohio, where she is the Vice President of the Toledo Tea Party. Tina has volunteered for many local and state-wide campaigns and served as the Northwest Ohio Coordinator for Santorum for President and the Lucas County Victory Captain for Romney/Ryan. She recentley graduated with a Communications degree.
John Kile, Deputy Grassroots Director
John currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Heather. A graduate of William and Mary, John spent 20 years in purchasing and sales. Presently, he is working toward his MPS in Strategic Public Relations at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
Jenifer Lee, Assistant Director of Finance Operations
Jenifer lives in Southeastern Connecticut with her husband and three children. She and her husband own a successful, independent hardware store. Jenifer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and is working on her Master’s Degree in Public Policy. She was the State Coordinator for Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign and the Field Director for Brian K. Hill for U.S. Senate and also Christopher Coutu for State Senate. Jenifer serves on her town’s Economic Development Commission, Republican Town Committee, and is on the Board of Directors for Grassroots East which raises funds and provides campaign services to Republican candidates and Republican Town Committees in its Congressional District. Jenifer is an active volunteer in her church and at her children’s school.
Amanda McCormick, Deputy Grassroots Director
Amanda is a resident of Mississippi with her husband and their three children. She and her husband are active in their church and volunteer with various children's ministries. In addition, Amanda serves her community as a weekday preschool teacher. She is active with her children's schools. She is a member of her local Republican women's group and supports the Mississippi GOP with different activities. In the past, Amanda has volunteered with numerous charitable organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and the Make a Wish Foundation. Amanda was also a field director for the Rick Santorum for President campaign. She is the Mississippi State Chair for Patriot Voices.
Angela Moore, Membership Coordinator
Angela is currently serving as Membership Coordinator for Patriot Voices. During the 2012 Presidential primary, Angela served as the Indiana State Coordinator and Assistant to the National Grassroots Coordinator for Rick Santorum for President. Angela is involved in ministry as a church planter with her husband and five children.
Cari Pemberton, Deputy Grassroots Director
Cari now lives in Overland Park, KS, with her husband Rod (an Army veteran) and their younger daughter, while their older daughter is at college in Dallas. The daughter of a multi-term mayor, Cari has been involved in conservative issues such as the pro-life movement and actively participated in presidential races in 2008 and 2012. She graduated from Colorado Christian University with a degree in Organizational Management, launched her residential organizing business, The Clutter Cutters, in 1998 and was named Director of Outreach and Training for Family Manager Coaching in 2009. Cari served as the Colorado State Chair for Patriot Voices prior to becoming a Deputy Grassroots Director.