Who We Are

Patriot Voices was founded by Rick and Karen Santorum in 2012 to give a voice to hard working Americans. Learn more about the people behind Patriot Voices:

Rick and Karen Santorum, Co-Founders 

Rick and his wife of 27 years, Karen, are the parents of seven wonderful children: Elizabeth, John, Daniel, Sarah Maria, Peter, Patrick and Isabella. Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2012 and 2016 – winning the 2012 Iowa caucuses, 10 additional states and nearly 4 million votes. Prior to his campaigns for president, Rick served two terms in both the House of Representatives and Senate, where he gained a reputation as one of the nation’s leading government reformers, pro-life advocates, and national security experts.

Karen Santorum is an accomplished neonatal nurse, attorney, and best-selling author in her own right. In 2012, Rick and Karen co-founded Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to finding ways to restore the American dream for hardworking families.

Rick and Karen are the co-authors of the New York Times bestseller Bella’s Gift: How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation. Bella’s Gift chronicles the inspiring story of life with the Santorums’ special-needs youngest child. Bella was born with a condition called Trisomy 18, and she wasn’t expected to survive her first birthday. Beating all the odds, Bella turned 10 in May of 2018 and is a joyful and loving little girl. Bella’s miraculous life has only strengthened Rick and Karen’s belief in the dignity of each and every life.

                                                                                                                                    Follow Rick on Twitter: @RickSantorum

                                                                                                                                             And on Facebook: Rick Santorum


Nadine Maenza, Executive Director

Nadine serves as the Executive Director of Patriot Voices with a special focus on supporting policies that help working families. She worked closely with Ivanka Trump’s office at the White House to build support for expanding the child tax credit and is currently working to find a conservative solution to paid family leave. She is a founding board member of Hardwired Global, which works to stop religious oppression around the world, and has served as their Chairman since 2015. In this role, she was involved in the advocacy effort to have violence against religious minorities in Iraq labeled genocide by Congress and the Obama Administration. Her work on this subject has been published in the National Review, the Daily Signal, and The Hill. Additionally, she has worked with The Clapham Group in advising The Gates Foundation, The College Board, The Anne E. Casey Foundation, and others on policy engagement and strategic partnerships. She previously worked as the National Finance Director for Rick Santorum for President in 2012 and for Mitt Romney for President in 2008. She also has worked with the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, the Republican National Committee, and several Members of Congress. Her political experience in Washington began on Capitol Hill working for Rep. Denny Smith of Oregon and then Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania. Nadine lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania with her husband Terry and three children.

Follow Nadine on Twitter: @nadinemaenza

Contact Nadine at Nadine@PatriotVoices.com


Val Sommerville, National Grassroots Co-Director

Started Grassroots activism as a Volunteer Chapter Leader for Patriot Voices. She then served as Patriot Voices Grassroots Coordinator and as Grassroots Coordinator for Rick Santorum for President during the last Presidential cycle. It is Val's passion to encourage those that believe they can't make a difference. Through Grassroots Team Building every person has the ability to speak up and be heard. Val is a pro-life warrior with 8 children and has been married to her USMC Veteran for 27 years.

Follow Val on Twitter: @valsthewoman

Contact Val at: ValPatriotVoicesCoDirector@gmail.com 


Shirely Widlacki, National Grassroots Co-Director

Shirley was first inspired into political activism by Senator Santorum’s passionate defense of the unborn during the partial-birth abortion debate in 1996 and later was very active in both of his two presidential campaigns. She also served as a Chapter Leader for Patriot Voices in Virginia. Shirley is a conservative culture warrior, blogger, and a blue collar small business owner with her husband, Tim. They have been married for 34 years and have 3 children. As a deeply involved grassroots activist, She is enthusiastic about teaming with like-minded people committed to building a solid network of local and state leaders and social media activists to have the voices of working families heard loud and clear in Washington and throughout the country.

 Follow Shirley on Twitter: @patriotmom61






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