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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

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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

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

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

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Sara Meyr Addison — Development Assistant

Sara Meyr Addison, who is from Southeast Missouri, earned her B.A in 1991 from Missouri State University. In 1992, she represented Missouri in the Miss World America pageant. In 1994, Sara completed her post-graduate diploma from the University of Birmingham in England. Sara has traveled extensively as well as lived and worked in several different countries. Upon returning to the United States, she felt it was her duty and obligation to become involved in public policy because of the love she has for her home country and a desire for free-market solutions to public policy. Sara lives in Kirkwood, Mo.

Email: sara.addison@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 — Senior Analyst

Patrick Ishmael is a native of Kansas City and graduate of Saint Louis University, where he earned honors degrees in finance and political science and a law degree with a business concentration. His writing has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Weekly Standard, and dozens of publications across the state and country. He is a regular contributor to Forbes and HotAir.com. His policy work predominantly focuses on tax, health care, and Constitutional law issues. He is a member of the Missouri Bar.

Email: patrick.ishmael@showmeinstitute.org

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Matthew Heidenry — Editor

Matthew Heidenry is a native of Saint Louis and a graduate of Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University High School. He has been an editor for nearly 20 years, working at a variety of positions at the Missouri History Museum, the American Heritage Dictionary, and most recently at St. Louis-based book publisher Reedy Press. He lives with his wife and two children in the Shaw neighborhood in South St. Louis City.

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

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

 

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 — Distinguished Fellow of Education Policy

James V. Shuls is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Previously, he served as director of education policy for the Show-Me Institute. He 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, Educational Policy, Education News, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Email: james.shuls@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

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Brittany Wagner — Education Policy Research Assistant

Brittany Wagner graduated from Pepperdine University in 2010 with a degree in political science. She earned a master of arts in teaching from Fontbonne University, during which she completed student teaching in the Hancock School District. Brittany taught eighth-grade U.S. history and physical science for one year in the Rockwood School District. She is working toward a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Brittany’s focus is education policy.

Email: brittany.wagner@showmeinstitute.org

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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

John Wright

John Wright — Policy Researcher

John Wright is a native of University City and a graduate of Saint Louis University High School and the University of Missouri. He earned his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He worked as an attorney for the California Legislative Counsel for two years before returning to Missouri.

E-Mail to: john.wright@showmeinstitute.org

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Jessica Stearns

Jessica Stearns

Jessica Stearns, a native of Southeast Missouri, is a senior at Saint Louis University working toward a degree in political science and economics. She recently returned from a year of studying abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education by pursuing a graduate degree in public policy.

 
 

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