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Herb Titus - holds the J.D. degree (cum laude) from Harvard. Mr. Titus has taught constitutional law, common law, and other subjects for nearly thirty years at five different law schools. Recently, he served as a Deputy Attorney General on the defense team for Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore in the law suit brought by the ACLU and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the State Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama. He also serves as legal council to Representative Ron Paul's Liberty Committee. Mr. Titus and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. They have four children and twelve grandchildren.


Tom McDonnell is Director of Natural Resources and Policy for the American Sheep Industry Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Sovereignty International, Inc.

As ASI's director of natural resources and policy, Tom McDonnell oversees environmental issues related to clean water, endangered species, public lands and predator management.

Prior to his current position, McDonnell served in other capacities for ASI - as its director of market information, director of policy analysis and associate director of natural resources.

During his stint as ASI director of market information, McDonnell worked on the restructuring of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's lamb supply and price reporting systems. As a result, USDA began reporting lamb carcass cutout values, boxed lamb prices and byproduct prices in 1992. In addition, the department standardized its lamb product reporting and expanded the type and distribution of information available to the industry.

Prior to his sheep industry career, McDonnell specialized in mine-site preparation and reclamation for the Union Carbide Corp. and Peter Kewitt Corporation's Decker Coal Co. He also worked in northern Wyoming for the Diamond Bar and Sanford Ranches, where he oversaw the sheep, stocker cattle and feedlot operations and the management of 250,000 acres of grazing land.

McDonnell graduated with honors from Montana State University in 1988 with a degree in agricultural business.


Tom Gilbert is currently President of the United States Biosphere Reserves Association; Senior advisor to Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Project (SAMAB); Project Leader of:

a) Asian Development Bank project to strengthen Biodiversity Conservation in Indonesia;

b) World Bank Global Environment Facility (GEF) biodiversity conservation project in Czech and Slovak Republics;

c) World Wildlife Fund national park /community development project in The Gambia, Africa;

d) USAID project to restore tourist facilities in Uganda National Parks, and;

e) Planner - design and development of an environmental monitoring program for the Appalachian Trail.

Tom was UNESCO's MAB staff coordinator and planner for the international Biosphere program. He proposed and helped to implement the 1974 Nixon-Brezhnev (U.S.-U.S.S.R.) Summit Agreement on Biosphere Reserves, and was the U.S. MAB Program Coordinator. He has been involved with MAB since day one.


Judith McGeary - is an attorney in Austin, Texas. She has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and a J.D. with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin. She began her legal career by clerking for the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Since then, her practice has focused on environmental law, commercial litigation, and appeals. She and her husband also run a small organic farm, with horses, cow, sheep, and poultry, based on the principles of holistic resource management.


Dr. Stuart A. Foster is a member of the Mammoth Cave Area Biosphere Reserve Council. He is the Director of the Kentucky Climate Center and Kentucky Mesonet and serves as the State Climatologist for Kentucky. He is also a professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from The Ohio State University. His work focuses on environmental monitoring, visualization and analysis of climatic data, and the delivery of community-based climate services.


Dr. Karen Effrem is a pediatrician, researcher, and conference speaker. Dr. Effrem's medical degree is from Johns Hopkins University and her pediatric training from the University of Minnesota. She has provided testimony for Congress, as well as in-depth analysis of numerous pieces of major federal education, health, and early childhood legislation for congressional staff and many organizations. Dr. Effrem serves on the boards of four national organizations: EdWatch, the Alliance for Human Research Protection, ICSPP, and the National Physicians Center. She has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. She has been interviewed by or quoted in WorldNetDaily, NewsMax, newspapers, and radio and television stations across the country. Dr. Karen Effrem and her husband, Paul, have three children and live in the Minneapolis metro area.


Jim Beers is a retired Refuge Manager, Special Agent, & Wildlife Biologist U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and a frequent contributor to the eco•logic Powerhouse.






Norman Davis is the Director of Take Back Kentucky, one of the most effective state-wide coalitions in the nation. His organization has been able to block smart growth legislation and get property rights protection legislation in his state. He has conducted "How To" seminars across the country and led many organizations in creating stat-wide coalitions in their own state..




Mike Hardiman recently returned from a two-year stint in Iraq. He is gearing up his lobbying firm which was so helpful to our movement before he went to Iraq. Mike was Policy Director for House Resources Committee Chairman, Richard Pombo from 1993 to 1999. He is President of Hardiman Consulting, a lobbying and public relations firm based in Washington, DC. He is one of the most knowledgable and effective lobbyists in Washington on property rights and resource use issues. He can be reached at hardimanmike@aol.com.


Howard Hutchingson is the Executive Director of the Arizona/New Mexico Coalition of Counties. He will show us how to avoid being conned by the "consensus process." Howard has much experience with this process, and his message can empower you to upset the applecart for consensus facilitators.


Dr. Jack Ranney recently retired from the University of Tennessee as a research ecologist in the Energy, Environment and Resources Center, where he worked with both government and the private sector. He remains adjunct professor in the Forestry Department and heads the invasive species thrust of the Southern Appalachian Man and Biosphere Program involving many volunteers and projects. He recently helped start the U.S. Biosphere Reserve Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee and Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Councils. Dr. Ranney was formerly the Director of the Southern Appalachian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit and assistant director of the Joint Institute for Energy and Environment. While an environmental scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory he headed a national research program on energy crops and was the U.S. Technical Leader on Forest Energy to the International Energy Agency for 5 years. His specialties are in landscape ecology, invasive plants and tree improvement research. Dr. Ranney has a Ph.D. in systems ecology, a master of landscape architecture and a BS in forestry.


Daniel New is the father of Michael New, the courageous young souldier who refused to serve under the command of the United Nations. He has stood by his son, leading the effort to fund extensive litigation seeking to overturn the military's dishonorable conduct in removing Michael from the service of his country.


Kent Snyder directs The Liberty Committee, which is headed by Congressman Ron Paul, and consists of more than 20 Congressmen, and thousands of Americans who are dedicated to advancing the principles of freedom. He, and the Liberty Committee, have been leaders in stopping the Law of the Sea Treaty, and many other issues that threaten national sovereignty.




John Riley - John Riley is a Real Estate Broker and Appraiser in the Louisville Kentucky area and currently resides in Spencer County, Kentucky. During the mid 1980s he participated in a public bid for a state lease of office space in Louisville. As a result of his participation in this bid process he encountered corruption at the highest levels of state government. "After seeing this corruption first hand I realized the need to learn more about the political process and to be an active participant in it," he says.

Riley has worked in numerous political campaigns and has been actively involved in many issues and groups that work to restore the peoples' voice in government. He participated recently in the successful grassroots effort to end the vehicle emissions testing (VET) program in Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky and has advised citizens in other areas of Kentucky and other states on the issue. After learning the VET program was essentially a fraud Riley played an active and key role in bringing it to an end. This required educating average citizens on the facts and working closely with key Legislators to win legislative approval and direction to end the program. This amounted to a huge win for the taxpayers and proved that citizens' involvement does work.


Larry Brown is the son of a 26-year city council member, politics and civil involvement is a part of his life. He has served on Boone County Planning and Zoning Board and has been elected to the city council of Florence. He has been a self-employed insurance and financial consultant for over 30 years. Larry is a graduate of a local high school and Northern Kentucky University, plus the American College for financial services.

Larry Brown has testified before Senate and House committees in Frankfort, numerous Kentucky Air Division public hearings, public forums held by local legislative caucus, and the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington D.C. This testimony was a result of publicly available scientific research that refutes much of the EPA law on air quality.

Co Founder of "Veto the V.E.T." (Vehicle Emission Testing) as a grassroots organization with one specific purpose, ending the testing of autos in Northern Kentucky. Developed a website to contain research information, legislative contact phone numbers and links to many research sites for the skeptical. Created an email list of politically active and interested people, not politicians, to generate pressure on elected officials. On February 13, 2006, an Executive Governor Order repealed KAR 65:011 forcing emission testing, became permanent; almost four years after the formation of VETO the V.E.T.

Larry is married to the most understanding bride of 31 years, has two grown children, active in Church, school boosters, serves as District One USSF Soccer Administrator for 13 counties, currently serving as President of NKSOA Inc. for high school officials and occasional plays golf in a league.


David Rothbard is President of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (C-FACT). He has attended many United Nations meetings and his organization has helped to inform the public about the influence exerted on domestic policy by the international Community. He is a driving force behind the Cornwall Declaration.




Duggan Flanakin currently serves as Environmental Program Officer with the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, where his responsibilities include development and oversight of the organization\'s international outreach, the Social Entrepreneurship and Free-Market Environmentalism Demonstration (SEFED) program. Mr. Flanakin holds a B.A. in History from Louisiana State University and an M.A. in Public Policy from Regent University, where he served as a research associate for Herbert W. Titus, Gary P. Amos, Larry Pratt, and Rus Walton. He has been a Senior Fellow with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and the Arkansas Policy Foundation, where he wrote on education and environment issues. His two decades as a science editor with the U.S. Bureau of Mines prepared Mr. Flanakin for his work during the past 15 years as editor and publisher of state-based environmental regulatory newsletters, primarily in Texas.


Stephen Pratt grew up on a backwoods ranch in the State of Washington. His family was still using draft horses until he was about twelve years old. Steve graduated from Brigham Young University with a master's degree in education. He did further post-graduate studies at the University of California at Berkley in the 1960s. He taught full-time in the public school system for six years and then taught for one year in a private school. Seven years were spent with the National Center for Constitutional Studies under the direction of renowned historian, W. Cleon Skousen, where Pratt devoted his time to research and teaching in many locations in the United States and two foreign countries.

With his wife, Belva Gae, they are the parents of four children and reside on a sixty-acre "ranch" at Cove Fort, Utah. Stephen Pratt is an accomplished craftsman and for the past 20-plus years, has earned a living with his hands in a family business called Pratt Wagon works, where he, with his son Ben, build historic wagons, printing presses and other old-fashioned reproductions.


Dr. Michael Coffman is a nationally recognized expert on environmental issues, and the United Nations. He is the author of The Birth of World Government and Saviors of the Earth?, as well as numerous columns, and booklets. He appeared in Phyllis Schlafly's video "Global Governance," and is CEO of Sovereignty International.

He is the creator of the widely-used "Biosphere Maps" that vividly illustrate the impact of the Wildlands project. These maps were displayed during the Senate debate about the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, and were instrumental in forcing the Majority leader to withdraw the Treaty from further consideration.

Michael's presentations are precise, authoritative, easy to follow, and provide invaluable information for those who need facts and documentation to convince their elected officials. See his presentation on the Endangered Species Act, and on Taking Liberty.


Henry Lamb is the founding Executive Vice President of the Environmental Conservation Organizaton, Chairman of Sovereignty International, and publisher of eco•logic Powerhouse, and eco•logic Powerhouse on-line.

He has attended nearly two-dozen U.N. meetings in Geneva, Bonn, Buenos Aires, Kyoto, and The Hague. He is a columnist for WorldNetDaily, and his work appears in numerous newspapers, publications, in other on-line publications, as well as in eco•logic Powerhouse.


Tom DeWeese is President of the American Policy Center. He is a nationally recognized spokesman on a range of policy issues relating to freedom and national sovereignty. His DeWeese Report is must reading for thousands of Americans.




Michael Chapman is a member of the Board of Directors of EdWatch, the premier "Education Watchdog" in America. He is also founder of American Heritage Research. He uses his extensive collection of rare founding-era books to reveal widespread bias and censorship within America's history curriculum. He has conducted research for state legislators as well as U.S. Congressmen. Michael has spoken at various conferences. He has conducted teacher in-service-training on world-view bias in four states, and has been co-speaker with Minnesota State Senator Bachmann.


Michael Shaw is a founder of Freedom 21 Santa Cruz. He was a participant in the first Local Agenda 21 initiative in Santa Cruz, California. He saw the flaws in the initiative, and decided to try to counter the impact of sustainable development in his community. The organization he helped to create has become a leader in developing strategies for local organizations. He developed the Freedom 21 Platform and Action Plan for the Freedom 21 Conference in Reno last year, and the powerful booklet, Understanding Sustainable Development - Agenda 21 - A Guide for Public Officials.


Joanne Nathan - With a background in business, and for the past 18 years enjoying motherhood, Joanne is also a California coastal landowner who experienced firsthand the abuse of power by Santa Cruz County agencies. Born in South Africa, to parents who later immigrated to the United States , Joanne grew up understanding the importance of a free society. As a Director and participant of Freedom 21 Santa Cruz, she works to disseminate clear and simple information in order to advance the vital principles of individual liberty and private property.


Daniel Beckett - Corralitos Neighbors was formed when Daniel Beckett witnessed first-hand that a small group of change agents were attempting to transform his idyllic hometown to a highly controlled and regulated community. The change agents said they were working to create a "Sustainable Community". Daniel has hosted and participated in numerous lectures and town hall meetings. Along with other concerned residents, Daniel has thus far prevented Santa Cruz County government from forcing a sustainable development plan on the local residents of Corralitos. As a Freedom 21 Santa Cruz participant and speaker, Daniel works with others who are committed to advancing the principles of private property, family autonomy, and moral and legitimate government .


Sylvia Allen founded the Arizona chapter of People for the West in 1992. She served as State Vice President of Eagle Forum for 10 years, and is currently the founding president of the Freedom for America League in Navajo County, Arizona. All who have known Sylvia recognize her to be a dedicated community leader, working every day to protect and preserve freedom in her part of the world. She has developed the Youth for America Players, a group of young people who sing and perform original plays and skits that dramatize the principles of freedom.


Don Casey is the Vice Chair of the Alliance for Citizens' Rights in Alabama. His organizations has been instrumental in promoting meaningful eminent domain legislation, and preventing dramatic changes in the state's constitution.


Ken Freeman - is Chairman of Alabama's Alliance for Citizen's Rights. He and Don Casey are a powerful duo, leading their organization to win eminent domain legislation, and to ward off attacks on the state's Constitution.




Allen Quist is Professor of Political Science at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, Minnesota. He is a widely recognized writer and speaker in Minnesota and throughout the United States. Allen Quist is author of five books, the most recent being America's Schools: The Battleground for Freedom. Quist authored the best-selling book, FedEd: The New Federal Curriculum and How It's Enforced, which has sold 17,000 copies. He explains the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and programs such as International Baccalaureate, he describes the math and reading wars,and he discusses the effects of international agreements on our schools. Quist writes about the preservation of America's sovereignty, our commitment to self-evident truth and unalienable rights, and our resolve to pass this liberty on to the next generation.

Prof. Quist served three terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 1983 to 1988. In the Minnesota House, he served as Chair if the Social Services Subcommittee and also served on the House Education Committee. Prof. Quist played an influential role in legalizing home schools in Minnesota. He was the Republican-endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor in 1994, and was one of seven delegates elected from Minnesota to the White House Conference on Families in 1980.



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