Patriot Voices was founded by Rick and Karen Santorum and provides a way to amplify the voice of one with a million others. Our mission is clear: we must fight to protect faith, freedom, family and opportunity; and 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:
Rick Santorum, Co-Founder and Co-Chair
A native of Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum was a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and became known as a voice for conservatives who didn’t feel their voice was being represented. He and his wife Karen launched Patriot Voices in June of 2012 as a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to promoting faith, family, freedom and opportunity. Read Rick's full biography here.
Follow Rick on Twitter: @ricksantorum
Karen Santorum, Co-Founder and Co-Chair
Karen Santorum, mother of 7 and a former neonatal nurse and attorney, joined her husband Rick in founding Patriot Voices to give conservatives a place to share their voice and affect change on the issues they care most about. Read Karen's full biography here.
Follow Karen on Twitter: @karensantorum
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.
Follow Nadine on Twitter: @nadinemaenza
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.
Melissa Anderson, Senior Advisor
Melissa has worked for Rick Santorum since 2002 in a wide array of roles, first as a Communications Advisor for the Senate Republican Conference, and later as an aide at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Before serving on Capitol Hill, Melissa was a reporter for The Hill newspaper and an editorial associate for National Review magazine where she assisted the Washington bureau editor and wrote frequently on national politics, culture, and the arts. She spent her early years in Washington working for the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies. She and her husband Doug live in Washington, D.C. with their three sons.
Randall J. Brandt, Advisor
During the 2012 Republican primary campaign, Randy served as the Policy Director for Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign, where he provided strategic advice on policy and political matters as part of the senior leadership team. In 2010 and 2011, he was the Program and Policy Director for the Program to Promote and Protect America’s Freedom at the Ethics and Public Policy Center after serving for 13 years in the federal government. He also served as a Senior Fellow for Convergence, a non-profit focused on consensus building efforts to find solutions to public policy challenges and has mediated more than 200 cases in the court system.
Randy served as a Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. State Department from 2007 to 2009. He was a Senate leadership staffer serving as Deputy Staff Director and Counsel for the U.S. Senate Republican Conference in 2005 and 2006. From 1996 to 2005, he worked in the offices of Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Phil English and Rep. Mark Souder. Randy is married to Gretchen Leaman Brandt, M.D., and has two children, Caleb and Timothy.
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.
Nancy Garver, Scheduler
Nancy is proud to serve Patriot Voices as Senator Santorum’s scheduler. She began working with Senator Santorum in January of 1990 as his scheduler for his first U.S. House race and continued during his two terms in the House and 12 years in the U.S. Senate. Nancy has spent the last two years working as a scheduler for the Rick Santorum for President campaign. Nancy attended the University of Missouri, Villanova University and has a B.A. from Temple University. She has been married to Dr. Bill Garver for 28 years. They have 3 children Billy, Matt & Olivia.
Jenifer Lee, Deputy Grassroots Director
Jenifer A. Lee 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.
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. She also served as the Communications Director for Henry County Councilman Clay Morgan during the 2012 election. Angela is originally from Illinois where she obtained her Bachelor's degree in Finance upon which she entered the banking industry. More recently, she is involved in ministry as a church planter with her husband, Tony. Angela and Tony reside near Indianapolis with their five children, Samuel, Adrianna, Elizabeth, Josiah and Emma-Kate.
Jennifer Morano, Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Frank Morano grew up in Devon, PA and graduated from Franciscan University in Ohio. She was a second grade teacher in Gallup, New Mexico before joining Senator Santorum's staff in 1996. Morano moved to the Senate Republican Conference (SRC) in 2001, when Senator Santorum became chairman. She met her husband Marc through the Santorums. She enjoyed ten years as a stay-at-home mom to her four children before joining Senator Santorum's presidential campaign in 2012. She currently serves as Karen Santorum's administrative assistant at Patriot Voices.
Cari Pemberton, Deputy Grassroots Director
Cari lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband Rod (an Army veteran) and their daughters, Bethany and Erin Kate. 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 The Clutter Cutters in 1998 and was named Director of Outreach and Training for Family Manager Coaching in 2009. Cari also helps strengthen families as the Co-Director of Always Wanted Adoption and Foster Care Ministry at Vanguard Church.
Elizabeth Santorum, Special Assistant
Elizabeth graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Dallas with a degree in history in December of 2013. During the 2012 Republican presidential primary, she spent a year campaigning across the nation on behalf of her father, Senator Rick Santorum, doing interviews for television, radio, newspapers, and blogs. Appearing on CNN, Fox News, NBC, and many other news outlets at twenty years old, she became one of the campaign's most requested surrogate speakers. Elizabeth continues traveling for speaking engagements, particularly for the pro-life cause. Currently, she is co-authoring a book with her parents about the life of her little sister, Bella, and plans to do international mission work after its completion. Elizabeth is the oldest of seven children and considers her role as a 'big sister' to be one of her greatest joys!
Follow Elizabeth on Twitter: @easantorum
Alice Stewart, Senior Communications Advisor
Alice served as national Press Secretary during Rick Santorum’s run for president and now serves as a Senior Communications Advisor to Patriot Voices. In this capacity, Alice crafts the messaging for Patriot Voices and serves as a liaison to the media for Patriot Voices. Previously, Alice served as Governor Mike Huckabee’s Press Secretary during his tenure as Governor and his run for president in 2008. She also served as Congresswoman Michelle Bachman’s Communications Director during her run for president in 2012. Alice is the host of “The Alice Stewart Show” on KHTE-FM 96.5 The Voice in Little Rock, Arkansas, and she appears frequently on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC as a Republican analyst. She is also an avid runner and lives in Little Rock.
Follow Alice on Twitter: @alicetweet
Tooshar Swain, Advisor
Tooshar began working for Rick Santorum in 2003, serving as a staffer on Capitol Hill focusing on issues such as welfare reform, charitable giving, and tax policy. He most recently served Senator Santorum as the Deputy Policy Director for his presidential campaign. Between his stints with Senator Santorum, Tooshar worked for the Biotechnology Industry Organization in their Emerging Companies Section focusing on tax and financial services policy. Tooshar and his wife live in Alexandria, VA with their daughter.