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Rick Edlund — Communications Director

Rick Edlund is the executive director of Show-Me Opportunity, an organization associated with the Show-Me Institute. He works part-time as the Institute’s communications director. Former KPLR-TV News anchor Rick Edlund left his hometown of Kansas City to become a sportswriter, attending Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. It was there that he found his niche in television news. In 2003, the award-winning broadcaster joined KPLR-TV News, as anchor and managing editor. There, he franchised the “Open Cases” series of reports. Working with officials and investigators, he probed unsolved police cases, with the goal of assisting in their completion. In his 20-plus years in the field, he has collected four Emmy Awards (and other recognition) as he rapidly advanced through larger markets as sportswriter, reporter, then anchor. In St. Louis, he anchored and reported on the no. 1 rated newscasts for KSDK-TV from 1985 to 1998, then anchored the 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. news on ABC 30 until 2001. Following that, Rick became a strategic adviser for political campaigns. He served as media spokesman and adviser to Missouri Congressman Jim Talent in the 2000 race for governor. He continued to advise candidates on strategy and how best to package and deliver their messages in debates, interviews, and commercials. During this time, he also advised companies on communications strategies and media relations, and served as presenter for industrial films and videos. Rick lives in West St. Louis County with his two children. He was actively involved in fundraising for AMC Cancer Research, the American Heart Association and other charitable organizations.

Email: rick.edlund@showmeinstitute.org

Patrick Ishmael is a native of Kansas City, and a 2006 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned honors degrees in finance (H.B.S.B.A.) and political science (H.B.A.).Patrick Ishmael — Policy Analyst

Patrick Ishmael is a native of Kansas City, and a 2006 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned honors degrees in finance (H.B.S.B.A.) and political science (H.B.A.). Patrick went on to law school, graduating from SLU with a concentration in business transactions. He is a member of the Missouri Bar. Patrick's writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Kansas City Star, the Weekly Standard, and many other print publications, as well as in many online publications, including HotAir.com.

Email: patrick.ishmael@showmeinstitute.org

Joseph MillerJoseph Miller — Policy Researcher

Joseph Miller grew up in Itasca, Ill.. He earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree from the University of California-San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. His focus has been international economic, international politics, and China studies. He is a policy researcher at the Show-Me Institute.

E-Mail: joseph.miller@showmeinstitute.org

Joseph NieblingJoseph Niebling — Development Assistant

Joseph Niebling, a native of Saint Louis, is a 2013 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in communication. During the summer of 2013, he was an intern at the Show-Me Institute. He worked part-time at the Show-Me Institute during the fall of 2013 before starting full-time in January of 2014. He will start law school at Saint Louis University in the fall of 2014.

E-Mail: joseph.niebling@showmeinstitute.org

Michael Rathbone is a native of Saint Louis, and a 2008 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned a degree in biomedical engineering (B.S.).Michael Rathbone — Policy Researcher

Michael Rathbone is a native of Saint Louis, and a 2008 graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned a degree in biomedical engineering (B.S.). In 2010, Michael obtained an M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis with concentrations in finance and healthcare management. First introduced to free-market economics circa 2007, today Michael considers free markets vital for continued economic prosperity. Working at the Show-Me Institute is Michael's first foray into public policy. He currently lives in Fenton, Missouri.

Email: michael.rathbone@showmeinstitute.org


Susan E. Sagarra, a native of St. Louis, graduated from Lindenwood College in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English and communications.

Susan E. Sagarra — Editor

Susan E. Sagarra, a native of Saint Louis County, wrote a novel and worked as a freelance editor, writer, and media/public relations consultant before joining the Show-Me Institute in September 2011. Prior to that, Susan was the first managing editor of West Newsmagazine for nearly 15 years. She previously worked as the first communications director of the Gateway Section of the PGA; a sports editor for the Suburban Journals of Greater St. Louis (Saint Charles County bureau); and a public relations intern for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Susan has earned numerous journalism awards, including first place in the National Federation of Press Women-Missouri Chapter annual contest; she also received the Missouri Women’s Legislators’ Award for her coverage of Missouri government. She received a bachelor of arts degree in English and communications from Lindenwood College in 1988 and a master of arts degree in communications from Lindenwood in 1995. Susan lives in West Saint Louis County.

Email: susan.sagarra@showmeinstitute.org

James V. Shuls holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University, both in elementary education.James V. Shuls — Director of Education Policy

James V. Shuls, who joined the Show-Me Institute in July 2012, earned his Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master’s degree from Missouri State University, both in elementary education. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, James taught first grade and fifth grade in southwest Missouri. His primary research interests are in the areas of school choice and teacher quality. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: Phi Delta Kappan, Social Science Quarterly, Education Week, The Rural Educator, Education News, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Email: james.shuls@showmeinstitute.org

David Stokes, a Saint Louis native, is a graduate of Saint Louis University High School and Fairfield (CT) University.David Stokes — Director of Local Government Policy

David Stokes, a Saint Louis native, is a graduate of Saint Louis University High School and Fairfield (Conn.) University. He spent five years as assistant to Saint Louis County Councilman Kurt S. Odenwald, where he was closely involved with legislation including MetroLink expansion, property assessments, HVAC licensing codes, the new Cardinals ballpark, pharmacy privatization, and more. He serves on the University City Library Board and is a board member of the St. Louis County Pachyderm Club. He lives in University City with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.

Email: david.stokes@showmeinstitute.org


Brenda Talent — CEO

Before joining the Show-Me Institute, Brenda Talent served as counsel to the Saint Louis law firm Bryan Cave. She has argued cases before the Missouri Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Missouri, and has litigated cases in the Missouri Administrative Hearing Commission, the U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. As part of her tax practice, Talent defended clients against the Internal Revenue Service and the Missouri Department of Revenue. She first joined Bryan Cave in 1985, where she developed specialties in tax litigation and Missouri state tax law, becoming a partner in 1992. During this period, Talent won the David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award from the Missouri Bar Foundation, and advocated taxpayer issues before the Missouri General Assembly. Prior to her career in law and public service, Talent served as a captain in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps from January 1982 until October 1985. For much of that time, she was a commissioner on the Army Court of Military Review, the highest appellate court in the Army. Also during that period, she attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., graduating with an LL.M. in tax law in 1985. She graduated from the University of Florida, which she attended on an ROTC scholarship, and the University of Chicago Law School. Talent has lived in Missouri for almost 25 years. She and her husband, Jim Talent, a former U.S. senator and congressman, live in Chesterfield and are the parents of three children.

Email: brenda.talent@showmeinstitute.org

Scott TannerScott Tanner - Executive Assistant

Scott Tanner joined the Show-Me Institute in July of 2013. He earned a B.A. in political science from the College of Wooster. Scott previously worked for the Mitt Romney campaign in Iowa during both the caucuses and the general election of the 2012 cycle. In between, he worked at the Iowa State House for a legislative session. Scott is primarily interested in fiscal and economic policy and considers the Show-Me Institute’s mission one of crucial importance. Scott lives in the Central West End neighborhood of Saint Louis City.

Email: scott.tanner@showmeinstitute.org

Patrick TuoheyPatrick Tuohey — Western Missouri Field Manager

Patrick Tuohey joined the Show-Me Institute in January 2013 as the western Missouri field manager. He previously operated his own corporate market research company in Maryland and then relocated to Kansas City in 2005. He served as an aide to U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) in Washington, D.C. Patrick’s duties included communication and legislative work, and constituent survey research. In 1995, Patrick became director of communications for Frank Luntz’s polling shop, representing the firm and its research to members of the U.S. Senate and House, as well as regularly attending congressional staff meetings. He has developed research methodologies for clients such as Monsanto, Anheuser-Busch, the National Sheriffs Association, the Christian Coalition, the Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse, ABC News, and NBC News. Patrick received a bachelor's degree from Boston College in 1993.

Email: patrick.tuohey@showmeinstitute.org


Andrew B. Wilson — Fellow and Senior Writer

A former foreign correspondent who spent four years in the Middle East and served as Business Week’s London bureau chief during Margaret Thatcher’s first two terms as Britain’s prime minister, Andrew is a regular contributor of essays and commentaries to leading national publications, including the American Spectator, the Weekly Standard and the Wall Street Journal. As an independent writer since 1993, he has written attention-getting speeches for a wide variety of business leaders, including the CEOs of the Air Transport Association of America, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly, McDonald’s, J.P. Morgan Chase, Well Point and Zoltek Companies, Inc., with more than 45 speeches published in Vital Speeches of the Day. A 1964 graduate of Saint Louis Priory School and a 1968 graduate of Stanford University, with a B.A. in English Literature, he joined the Show-Me Institute as a fellow in January 2011.

Email: andrew.wilson@showmeinstitute.org

Current Interns

Emily G. WatsonEmily G. Watson

Emily G. Watson lived overseas as a child before moving to Houston. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in education from the University of Houston. Emily interned at an inner city public high school before teaching at a university model school in Sugar Land, Texas. Emily has been accepted at the University of Exeter to pursue a master’s degree and hopes to attend in the fall of 2014. She previously interned with The Washington Free Beacon and gained an interest in journalism and public policy. As an intern with the Show-Me Institute, Emily hopes to gain more experience and knowledge in the field of free-market solutions and public policy.

E-Mail: emily.watson@showmeinstitute.org


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