We are everyday citizens fighting for a government that is responsive to the will of the people.
Michael Monetta grew up in the sleepy little town of Claremont, New Hampshire. He didn't pay much attention to politics while playing soccer, going to concerts, following the Patriots and Red Sox or fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee, but once he began learning how much the corruption in Washington, D.C affects all of our lives by listening to independent media sources, he knew he had to get involved.
In 2014 he led the way to make Vermont the first state in American history to call for an Article V Convention for the purpose of restoring Free and Fair Elections. Since then he has been directly involved with four other states passing similar legislation. He is now the National Director of Wolf-PAC and spends most of his time working with volunteers throughout the country.
After working in multiple call centers as a supervisor and/or manager for the last 12 years, I was exhausted working for companies that continued to put profits over people, similar to how Congress puts big money donations over their constituents. I moved around for most of my adult life until one day I just had enough.
Shortly after getting married, my wife and I decided to move to Rhode Island, where I was born and raised. I was eager to volunteer for Wolf-PAC because I knew the plan and intentions to fix a broken system. I did my homework, trusted Wolf-PAC's plan and most of all I trusted the 97% of Americans who say we need to do something about the corrupting influence of big money in politics. With this newfound understanding, frustration and determination, I signed up the minute I was settled back home in RI. In just a matter of months, I became a Volunteer Organizer for the Wolf-PAC RI team, helping our Volunteer State Leader train and support other volunteers. Soon afterward, I gave testimony for the first time in the House and Senate committees in support of Wolf PAC’s resolution. We continued to build our team while simultaneously working to push our resolution forward. We did not pass our first year but we learned a lot. Just being engaged in the process for the first time was invigorating.
So we pushed forward, we didn't give up and we got right back to work preparing for the next session. We spent many long days, nights, weeks, weekends, and months working as hard as we could in our free time to pass Wolf-PAC's Free and Fair Elections resolution. With only two days left in the session, we passed the House with overwhelming support. The following day, the very last day of the session, we passed the Senate with UNANIMOUS support. Every single Senator voted yes. It was truly an amazing experience and I was overwhelmed with emotion. A few months later I got a call from the Wolf-PAC National team and they asked me if I would be willing to work on this full time. I jumped at the opportunity to work 50 to 60 hours a week, fly around the country and do everything I could to help other states pass our resolution. I can't wait to experience that sense of victory and fulfillment once again with the thousands of hard-working volunteers all across the country. The day we get the 28th Amendment will be the greatest day of my life!
Bryant Lemay was born in 1995 and grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island. He graduated from Universal Technical Institute in 2015 and continued down the career path of working as an Automotive Technician. After a full day of work as a mechanic, Bryant would change into a suit and travel to the Rhode Island state capitol to advocate for what he was passionate about.
His beliefs are simple. He believes that every American citizen should have a voice in our political system, not just the special interests and wealthiest among us. With that belief, he fights every day for the 28th Amendment to restore free and fair elections.
Hello Wolf-PAC nation! My name is John and I was lucky enough to grow up in Waltham Massachusetts, thanks to my amazing immigrant parents. I attended Brandeis University where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry and I graduated from Yale University a few years later with a Master’s in chemistry.
I began volunteering with Wolf-PAC shortly after the 2016 elections. The systemic corruption caused by excessive money in our election system had never seemed clearer to me as the fundamental issue standing in the way of our nation’s growth and progress. I connected with how much Wolf-PAC respected the issue and how focused the organization is on our goal. In my time with Wolf-PAC, I’ve been able to meet the most compassionate and dedicated patriots I could have imagined and taken part in work that has given me true honest hope for our future.
I’m so grateful to all our members and volunteers for their passion and all the work that they do to drive our movement forward. In my spare time, I enjoy board games, cooking, hiking, and watching football.
Alexis AlbertsNational Coordinator
I was born in Ohio and have called it home base my whole life. I went to Ohio State University for a degree in Strategic Communication and English, graduating four years ago. I became interested in the movement to get big money out of politics after college, as I worked for a nonprofit organization. I worked with members of the public, helping people with disabilities to get and keep jobs, and I was able to see the real-world effects of the policies made on a federal level in this country. It was at that time in my life that I realized nearly every issue in U.S. politics is heavily influenced by the donations from special interests.
I decided to join the Wolf-PAC effort in 2016, and now get to work with other people who are also passionate about getting a Free and Fair Elections amendment to the Constitution. When I’m taking a break from that, I like to spend my time traveling, knitting, gardening, or hanging out by a lake.
I moved to the great state of New Hampshire in 2010, with my then 3 year old daughter Zoey, and wife Anna. When I’m not busy being an amazing husband and father, I turn computers off and on again as an Information Technologist for the University of New Hampshire. Frustrated with the state of our republic, and the overwhelming influence of money in our elections, I had a choice to wallow in self pity or fight for change.
I chose to fight, and discovered many organizations that shared my passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in our politics. However, one stood out with a plan that has the best chance of succeeding so I decided to join. That was many years ago, and though my title has changed from volunteer to Organizer to Organizing Director, and finally National Coordinator, I continue to fight! So one day I can turn to my daughter and say without hesitation "You can achieve anything, because in America your voice matters as much as anyone else's."
Joan LaundyNational Coordinator
I recently retired after forty-two years as a nurse, nurse practitioner, and certified nurse midwife. My heart breaks for those who need health care, and I would love to be working on that issue--but the reality is that nothing, NOTHING meaningful can be accomplished until we find a solution to the problem of big money in our politics. The dedicated volunteers of Wolf-PAC understand that, and I am honored to serve them.
I first joined the team as a new volunteer in August of 2015 and was very nervous at first, having never spoken to a legislator in my life. With coaching and some encouragement during team conference calls, I finally took the plunge about a month later. It was surprisingly easy and pleasant. There are many worthy causes vying for our attention, but I believe this one must be given our undivided attention and fixed first.
Grant GuyNational Coordinator
Howdy Wolves! My name is Grant; born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I learned from my mom to be caring, from my dad to be hardworking, and chased the ‘American Dream’ growing up. My life changed shortly after graduating college with a business management degree in 2008 at the height of the economic recession. Instead of getting a corporate job, I traveled the west coast in search of what to do next, and saw first-hand how the greed of special interests negatively affects millions of average families. While on my way to a job interview in Portland, Oregon, a canvasser stopped me and I reluctantly sponsored a 10-year-old girl from Guatemala. The next week, I started working for that same company, and did that job across multiple cities in the US for two-and-a-half years.
I soon realized that I was just a Band-Aid in the fight against poverty. I was so burnt out that I quit that job and travelled overseas with my now wife, who I had signed up as a sponsor in Minnesota. We travelled extensively, and as much as I tried to escape the problems of the world, they kept hitting harder than ever before. I realized I had to do something about that back home. When I came across a Wolf-PAC video in the Fall of 2014, I signed up to volunteer.
Looking at the sacrifices made by generations of Americans before me, I knew I needed to contribute to bring about true positive change. From my years of volunteering, I believe this is the best way to address the root cause of most issues; and thank fellow volunteers who dedicate their personal time to this important cause.
Kimberly IshmaelNational Coordinator
I’m a 26 year old stay at home mom from Kentucky who loves the outdoors, yoga, and reading. I fight for free and fair elections for my four year old, my biggest supporter. And as I like to say, money in politics isn’t the only issue, but it’s the first issue and Wolf-PAC has helped guide me to fixing that problem and it’s an honor every day working for a common goal for our future.
Jodi NewellNational Coordinator
I am a doting mother first & foremost, a homeless advocate by profession & a dedicated activist in whatever “spare” time I can find. I started volunteering with WolfPAC in 2016, as a means of addressing most effectively the many issues I’m concerned with that stem from the corrupting influence of money in politics. Like so many others, I recognize the disparity between the will of the people & the policy implemented on our behalf. Rather than fall into apathy, I made a conscious decision to do my part, however minor, to fix our broken political system. WolfPAC has proven to be an amazing vehicle for that action. I’m extremely proud of our focus on self-education & respect for all & I’m blessed to have made friendships & connections with likeminded people across the country. While there are many reasons to join, I can say personally, the most motivating to me is my children. Not only am I working toward a better future for them, I'm showing them, by example, exactly what democracy looks like.
Richard SaffleNational Coordinator
I'm from Harrison Co, WV. I work full time as a line cook, & part time as a delivery driver. I started watching the news & becoming more informed about current events in 2013. In April 2014, the McCutcheon decision gave donors the right to donate the maximum federal limit to an unlimited amount of candidates, further turning our elections into auctions. After a 16 minute video rant from Cenk Uygur, I became a Wolf-PAC volunteer. I'd never been involved in politics before this, & I'd definitely never spoke to a politician. Since then, I've become a State Director, a Legislative Director, & now a National Coordinator. I've become an active citizen, meeting with over 100 legislators to discuss restoring representative government. I also coined the term "Capitol game," which is a volunteer's ability to use the time that his/her legislature is in session to build rapport with legislators & move their legislation forward.
Heidi BehnkeNational Coordinator
I grew up a military and DoDDS brat--born and raised overseas in a highly structured, mission driven, and relatively disconnected from politics environment. My graduation from High School led me back stateside. From college to my career in the nonprofit world, I came to understand exactly how political policy had the power to help or hinder every facet of life. I still wasn't politically active, but my news consumption grew. Then came the 2016 election cycle, and the most corrupt circus that I've ever seen masquerading as political choice. I couldn't sit on the sidelines anymore.
I went to the polls, cast my vote, and immediately signed up as a volunteer with Wolf-PAC Georgia. After a bumpy legislative session, my State Director and I began a whirlwind revamp of our local efforts to move forward. I traveled to the first Wolf-PAC Warrior Workshop in Chicago, I joined forces with other southern states facing similar obstacles, and I earned my nickname "the Powerhouse" all before the end of my first full year. Shortly afterward, I took the helm as Georgia's Organizing Director. I believe Wolf-PAC has the strongest means to end the corruption plaguing our political system. I'm proud to be member of the PAC, and I'm honored to join our National team.
Dylan StarkNational Coordinator
I live in coastal Maine. Former TV/film production professional turned artist and full time parent. Been volunteering for Wolf Pac for about a year, and am really excited to be working with a great group of people in helping to restore our democracy. Let’s do it!
Joe was inspired to join Wolf-PAC during the 2016 presidential primaries, fed up with the blatant corruption that exists in our political system and seeing that keyboard activism wasn’t working he wondered What can I do? The answer came while watching segment on TYT about all the activists that were getting arrested at Democracy Spring in D.C. Seeing Cenk Uygur and Rosario Dawson being taken away for protesting our corrupt campaign finance system sparked the fire to join Wolf-PAC. If the founder of Wolf-PAC was willing to get arrested for this cause, then maybe there was more to this group. Joe found that Wolf-PAC is full of real, dedicated citizens like himself who cared about what was happening, and were doing something about it.
Two years later Joe is now one of our National Coordinators. Starting in New York as a volunteer back in 2016, he quickly moved up the ranks to become an organizer, then Community Director.. At heart he is always a volunteer, he knows that it takes the boots on the ground to make the difference needed and that if we are to win we can only win together.
Joe is a researcher in veterinary medicine and has B.S. in Psychology. He’s lived his whole life in New York and currently resides on Long Island. While fighting corruption is his first fight, he also cares about the environment, strong and healthy communities, equality, and just trying to make things better for all.
“The hardest thing to do is deciding to volunteer. Overcoming your own fears and doubts, that’s the battle we each fight. Once you decide to make a difference, and take that step, then everything else is easy.”
Angela DansieNational Coordinator
Angela is a proud grandmother of four (soon to be five). She lives off-grid on a 160 acre ranch in SW Montana. Having always been politically active & aware, Angie recently realized that no amount of activism would make a dent in the problems plaguing America until we solve the root problem, money & the corresponding corruption in politics. So, she was delighted to stumble upon the volunteer opportunities offered by Wolf-PAC, where she felt as if she was actually working toward an attainable goal. Her ultimate goal is to leave a better world for her grandchildren.
Raymond O'NeillNational Coordinator
Raymond wants to see Democracy working in America, with election outcomes and public policies that represent the majority interests of Americans rather than just the interests of those with enough money to buy-off elections and policymakers in what has become a payer-takes-all system.
Raymond's a National Coordinator for Wolf-PAC in the interior of Alaska who occasionally goes into the wilderness to howl in the night so he can hear the wild Alaska wolves return his call.
Some years back, while listening to The Young Turks via podcast, Raymond heard wolves calling over the Internet and joined the PAC in 2014. After participating sporadically with Wolf Attacks, Raymond stepped up his volunteer efforts in 2017, began contacting Alaska legislators, and became a Wolf-PAC organizer. Shortly after the Wolf-PAC Warrior Workshop Raymond took on the role of State Director and the work of building and maintaining an Alaska state team of Wolf-PAC volunteers. Now as a National Coordinator Raymond looks forward to his work connecting state teams to Wolf-PAC's national strategy, and helping to bring the Wolf-PAC plan for restoring representative Democracy to state capitols across the country.
He has faith in the U.S. Constitution as a vehicle to restore the voice of majority citizens to our government by ensuring fair elections that are free of the corrupting influence of unlimited and undisclosed campaign financing. Raymond believes that with the help of the Internet as a national organizing tool, we will build a truly grassroots movement to bring lasting campaign finance reform as a Constitutional Amendment.
Raymond's a civil engineer and project manager who's worked on all kinds of community projects and he sees that resources being poured into U.S. election campaigns in order to influence policy so that U.S. wealth can be concentrated into a few private interests, off-shore accounts and multi-national corporations, ensures that those U.S. resources will not be available for public sector benefit in working to re-build our dilapidated infrastructure. The result is a sluggish and lopsided economy that serves an increasingly small donor class, leaving the nation's economy and infrastructure deteriorated. This is not the idea of democracy that our founders brought us, and it is an obstruction of the ideals of liberty we have fought for.
Leah LancasterNational Coordinator
Leah was born in raised in sunny California before moving to Tennessee as a teenager. Gaining fleshed out perspectives of various political ideologies in the process, she signed up to Volunteer with Wolf-PAC in November of 2016 and hit the ground running, bringing the State team of Single digit population to the bustling activity hub it is today. She's partner in a Third party Logistics company with a staff of 6 women and is proud to be leading a team of Logistics Ladies. Married, with two cats, a Dancer and a firm believer in what this country is and should be, She strives everyday to prove exactly why Wolf-PAC is #TOOSTRONG.
AJ VicenteNational Coordinator
About four years ago, AJ was someone who would say, “You'll never see me vote.” At that time, AJ was a landscaper at the Jersey Shore wanting to focus on personal development. Naturally, AJ turned to the news. For about 2 years, AJ paid close attention to what was happening, listening to news and podcasts for about twelve to fourteen hours a day, and becoming aware of the issues.
Finally, AJ decided to make serious life changes. AJ enrolled back into community college absorbing and writing as much as he possibly could. Throughout this time, he learned that our democratic institutions have become corrupted, and are working against the people they are suppose to represent. When AJ found Wolf-PAC, he went all in. AJ spends most of his personal time advocating for restoration of a representative democracy, educating the public, organizing his community, and meeting with legislators.
There is a stark contrast to the person AJ once was to the person he is today. As AJ reflects upon the person he was, AJ realized that remaining politically apathetic was a childish notion. Now, AJ dedicates his life to help push policy for the general well-being of others, and giving back to communities that need help the most. The first step to advocating for sensible policies is to restore equal representation.
AJ is currently a student at Rutgers University majoring in Planning and Public Policy with a certificate in Community Sustainability.