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Board of Trustees


Thomas A. Saunders III, Heritage Trustee Since 2005

Prior to founding Saunders Karp & Megrue, a private equity firm, in 1990, Mr. Saunders served as a managing director of Morgan Stanley & Co. from 1974 to 1989. Mr. Saunders serves on a number of boards, but he is particularly interested in higher education and research institutions and has contributed generously to them. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, where he served as the immediate past chair. He is a past member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Military Institute. Additionally, Mr. Saunders is the former Chairman of the University of Virginia Darden Graduate School of Business Foundation and was Co-Chair of the recently completed Capital Campaign at the University of Virginia.

Mr. Saunders received his BS from the Virginia Military Institute in 1958 and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School in 1967. Mr. Saunders is married to the former Mary Jordan Horner, the daughter of U. S. Marine Corps Major General Matthew C. Horner, deceased. The Saunders reside in New York City and Locust Valley, New York. They have two children, Mrs. Calvert Saunders Moore of New York and Thomas A. Saunders, IV of California, and three grandchildren.


Barb Van Andel-Gaby, Heritage Trustee Since 1996
CEO, Peter Island Resort.

Barb Van Andel-Gaby joined the Heritage Board of Trustees in 1996. Van Andel-Gaby is the youngest child of the late Jay Van Andel, who with his lifelong friend and business partner, Rich DeVos, started Amway from their homes in Ada, Mich., with the direct sale of a single cleaning product in 1959. In four decades, Amway became a multi-billion dollar international corporation and one of the world’s largest direct selling companies.

Van Andel-Gaby served as Vice President of Amway Hotel Corporation before leaving the company during its restructure in 2000. She then served as CEO of Peter Island Resorts, an island resort owned by her family. She retired from this position in 2006.

Van Andel-Gaby is trustee of the Richard and Barbara Gaby Foundation. In addition to funding several charitable organizations, the Gaby Foundation founded the Center for Policy Studies at the Georgia Family Council. Van Andel-Gaby also serves on the board of trustees of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC.

A dedicated homeschooler since 1998, Van Andel-Gaby is currently homeschooling her 6 children. She is a member of the Georgia Home Education Association, Home School Legal Defense Association and several other home school organizations in Georgia. She is also a member of Perimeter Church of Atlanta, Georgia.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Van Andel-Gaby graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and earned her MBA from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Van Andel-Gaby is the sister of Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel. Her other siblings include brother Dave Van Andel, a member of the company’s board, and sister Nan Van Andel. Van Andel-Gaby is the wife of Richard Gaby. They have six children.


Meg Allen, Heritage Trustee Since 2009

Meg Allen is currently Director, DRAMLA S.A., Geneva. Born and raised in the U.S.A. (Hawaii, then California), her qualifications include a BSc. Degree (Accounting and Economics) and an Investment Management Certificate.

Meg co-founded the partnership, DRAMLA Consulting U.K. in 1984 where she was responsible for financial management and providing intermediary services for companies looking to establish joint ventures in China. In 1995 she co-founded DRAMLA S.A. in Geneva where she is currently Director responsible for portfolio management.

Meg co-manages a charitable foundation which supports health, education, arts, sports and community projects. Other than family and sports activities, she has several interests and commitments in the Arts and in Transatlantic politics. Meg is married to David and they have three children.

  Larry P. Arnn, Ph.D. , Heritage Trustee Since 2002
President, Hillsdale College, Michigan

Arnn has been President of Hillsdale, a prominent liberal arts college, since 1999. Before that, he served as president of the Claremont Institute, a think tank based in southern California.

Arnn received his bachelor's degree in political science and accounting in 1974 from Arkansas State University. He later studied at the Claremont Graduate School, receiving his master's degree in government there in 1976 and his doctorate in government in 1985. He also studied in England from 1977 to 1980, first as a research student at the London School of Economics and then at Worcester College at Oxford University. Later, Arnn worked as director of research for Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill.


The Hon. Belden H. Bell, Heritage Trustee Since 2000

Dr. Belden Bell has served as Counselor to the President of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. and now serves on the Board of Trustees of that body. A lawyer, author and journalist, Dr. Bell served, from 1985 to 1990 as OAS Ambassador/Director to the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. He acted in 1996 as deputy chief of staff to the Jack Kemp Vice Presidential campaign and was an alternate delegate from Virginia to the GOP national convention, and again in 2004. In 2000 he was elected a full delegate from Virginia's 8th District. In 1992 he was the Presidential Elector from Virginia's Eighth District. During the Reagan years he first served as campaign Foreign Policy and Defense Advisors Coordinator under Richard V. Allen, was a member of the State Department Transition Team for President-elect Reagan, and was then named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Affairs. He then served in a similar capacity at USIA. Bell has also served as Deputy Attorney General of Indiana and had a long career as a senior congressional aide, including serving as deputy director of the House Republican Study Committee. In 1976 he was Republican nominee for Congress, losing the general election by 4/10 of 1%. Dr. Bell is an Eisenhower Fellow ( ROC-Taiwan), and has been an international observer in national elections in Zimbabwe and The Island of Nevis. He formerly practiced law in Evansville, Indiana and was assistant tri-state editor of the Evansville Courier. He has just completed a four-year term on the Board of Visitors for The College of William and Mary and now serves on the Richard Bland College Foundation board. He was educated at Dartmouth College, Indiana University (BA) and Emory University Law School (Doctor of Laws).

Bell authored Nicaragua: An Ally Under Siege and has written two newspaper columns. He has contributed articles to Human Events and the Washington Post. The Bells are the parents of three daughters, and live with several dogs and an unrepentant parrot. They make their home in Marshall, Fauquier County, Virginia, where Bell is a member of the Fauquier GOP Committee. He serves as an Elder in Warrenton Presbyterian Church.


Jim DeMint, Heritage Trustee Since 2013
President, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Jim DeMint assumed the presidency of The Heritage Foundation on April 3, 2013, following a three-month transition as president-elect after stepping down from the U.S. Senate seat to which South Carolinians twice elected him. Heritage’s policy research had influenced his decision in 1998 to run for a seat in the House of Representatives; six years later, those policy solutions inspired him after his 2004 election to the Senate to build and lead a resurgent conservative caucus there.

Before serving in Congress, he ran the DeMint Group, a Greenville, S.C.-based marketing research and strategic planning business that he formed in 1983. Previously, he worked for 10 years in the research, advertising and marketing field. He was active in Greenville civic life, volunteering and leading in his Presbyterian church and numerous charitable organizations.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in business administration from Clemson University. He is the author of the books Falling in Love with America Again (2014), Now or Never (2012), The Great American Awakening (2011), Saving Freedom (2009), and Why We Whisper (2007).


  Edwin J. Feulner, Heritage Trustee Since 1973
Founder, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Edwin J. Feulner’s leadership as president of The Heritage Foundation transformed the think tank from a small policy shop into America’s powerhouse of conservative ideas -- what the New York Times calls “the Parthenon of the conservative metropolis.” After 36 years at the helm of the 40-year-old think tank he helped create as a founding trustee, he stepped down April 4, 2013, assuming the new title of founder.

A former director of the Republican Study Committee in the House of Representatives, he also served as vice chairman of the National Commission on Economic Growth and Tax Reform and as a member of the Commission on Reforming International Financial Institutions. Other leadership roles included serving as president of both the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society, and as chairman of both the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy."

President Reagan presented him with the Presidential Citizens Medal for his work as “a leader of the conservative movement.” His other honors include the 2012 Bradley Prize for extraordinary dedication to the movement. His books include The American Spirit, Getting America Right, Leadership for America and The March of Freedom.


Steve Forbes, Heritage Trustee Since 2001
President and Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Inc.

A former presidential candidate, Forbes has carved out a distinguished career as both a business executive and a journalist. The head of Forbes Inc. since 1990, he has launched several new ventures, including Forbes.com and successful supplements to-and foreign editions of-the company's flagship publication, FORBES magazine. He also chairs the company's subsidiary, AMERICAN HERITAGE, and is editor-in chief of FORBES magazine.

Long active in public affairs, Forbes served as chairman of the bipartisan Board of International Broadcasting, which oversaw Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, from 1985 to 1993. He is a past chairman of the Board of Directors for Empower America and was Honorary Chairman of Americans for Hope, Growth and Opportunity. He also serves as a Trustee of Princeton University (his alma mater) and on numerous other boards.


Todd W. Herrick, Heritage Trustee Since 2007
Retired chairman, president and CEO of Tecumseh Products Co.

Tecumseh Products Co. is a family-owned business in Tecumseh, Mich., that makes compressors, small engines, power-train products for lawn mowers and garden equipment, and industrial pumps.

Herrick joined the Heritage board in September 2007, but he is no newcomer to the non-profit world. For years he has served as chairman of the Herrick Foundation, one of the largest charitable foundations in Michigan. Herrick also serves on the boards of: Howe Military School, University of Notre Dame School of Business and the University of Michigan School of Engineering. In addition, he is chairman of the board at Thermogy, a for-profit company that develops alternative power.

Herrick has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1967. From 1968-1973, he served as an Army helicopter pilot, retiring with the rank of captain. He and his wife, Linda, live near Harbor Springs, Mich., and have three grown children.


Jerry Hume, Heritage Trustee Since 1993
Chairman of the Board, Basic American Inc., San Francisco, California

Hume, the Chairman of the Board of Basic American Inc., a San Francisco-based international food service company, has been an active leader of business efforts to improve America's educational system. Appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson to serve on the California State Board of Education, he has championed such education reforms as "school choice" and actively promoted economic literacy as the Chairman of the Foundation for Teaching Economics.

A former Chairman of the California Academy of Sciences, he also has served on the boards of the California Council on Economic Education and TEACH America, a Chicago-based organization that promotes school choice. He currently serves on the board of the Center for Education Reform, which also strongly promotes school choice.

  Kay Coles James, Heritage Trustee Since 2005

Kay Coles James was the former director of the federal Office of Personnel Management. As director, she ran an agency charged with the personnel administration of 1.8 million federal workers. The agency itself had more than 3,600 employees nationwide, an annual budget of more than $261 million and trust funds that yielded more than $29 billion.

Before becoming director, James served as a Heritage distinguished fellow and director of its Citizenship Project. Prior to that, she was dean of the School of Government at Regent University and served as chair of the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. She is a graduate of Hampton University and has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the University of Virginia's Publius Award for Public Service. James is married to Charles James Sr., has three children and one grandchild. She lives in Fairfax, Va.


Mark A. Kolokotrones, Heritage Trustee Since 2015
Founder and President, Castle Knoll Investments LLC


Rebekah A. Mercer, Heritage Trustee Since 2014
Owner, Ruby et Violette

Mercer is the director of the Mercer Family Foundation, a charitable non-profit organization founded in 2004. She is the founder and chairman of Reclaim New York, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing a state-wide, grassroots conversation about the future of New York, its economy, and its people. She serves on the boards of a number of other non-profits, including the Media Research Center, the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, the Moving Picture Institute, and the American Museum of Natural History. With her sisters, she owns and runs Ruby et Violette, an online gourmet ice cream and chocolate chunk cookie company.

Mercer grew up in Westchester County, New York, the second of three girls. She attended Stanford University, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in biology and mathematics and a master’s of science degree in operations research and engineering economic systems. She worked as a trader for a New York financial firm before retiring to raise her four children.


The Hon. J. William Middendorf II, Heritage Trustee Since 1989
Chairman, Middendorf and Company, Washington, D.C.

Middendorf has served a number of presidential administrations in high-level positions, including Secretary of the Navy and Ambassador to the European Communities, the Organization of American States, and the Netherlands. A delegate to presidential nominating conventions as far back as Barry Goldwater's in 1964, Middendorf remains active in shaping conservative foreign, defense and economic policy through regular meetings with staff members on Capitol Hill.

An intellectual force behind the North American Free Trade Agreement, having written about the concept of a free-trade area uniting the region as early as 1988 in Heritage's "Mandate for Leadership III," Middendorf also is a true renaissance man with interests in both music -- he wrote Heritage's theme march -- and art.


Abby Moffat, Heritage Trustee Since 2009

Moffat, formerly owner-operator of an event-planning business, is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Media Research Center and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. She is a veteran leader on the boards of nonprofits, having also served in that role for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Radio America, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, the Center for Security Policy and the Institute for World Politics. Moffat, a graduate of Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C., is affiliated with the Philanthropy Roundtable and Capital Speakers Group. She resides in Bethesda, MD.


Nersi Nazari, Ph.D., Heritage Trustee since 2006
Chairman & CEO, Vital Connect, Inc.

Nazari co-founded Vital Connect, Inc. in 2011, a Silicon Valley company that addresses global healthcare crisis through the use of advanced technology.

Before Vital Connect, Nazari founded Pacific General Ventures in 2003 which invests in semiconductor and software companies and served as CEO of the firm's portfolio company, Teranetics, Inc. from 2009 to 2010.

From 1987 to 2002, he held various technical and executive positions at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., GEC Plessey Semiconductor, Seagate Technology and Digital Equipment Corporation. He holds eight patents.

In 2003, Nazari established the Hasbun Nazari Charitable Fund which supports various charities worldwide with an emphasis on children's education and welfare, healthcare research and public policy. He holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Colorado and lives in Atherton, California.


Robert Pennington , Heritage Trustee Since 2009

Pennington most recently was the overseer of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., his alma mater. His background in financial leadership also includes serving as executive vice president for the stock brokerage Dean Witter Reynolds in the early 1980s before becoming president of Intercapital Investment Management, a New York firm. Pennington later served as president and director of Capital Guardian Trust Co., part of the Capital Group Cos. Inc. He resides in Darien, Conn.


Anthony J. Saliba, Heritage Trustee Since 2012
Executive Managing Director, ConvergEx Group
Chicago, Ill.

Tony Saliba is chief executive officer of LiquidPoint, a Chicago-based options technology company he started in 1999, as well as executive managing director for New York-based ConvergEx Group, which bought LiquidPoint in 2004. ConvergEx Group provides technologies for asset managers and financial intermediaries.

Saliba, who was profiled in the best-selling book “Market Wizards,” manages options trading platforms for investors. He got his start at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and gradually expanded his trading horizons to include Standard & Poor’s 500 contracts on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, as well as agricultural and interest rate products traded on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Saliba holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Indiana University. He and his wife, Moira, have a son and a daughter.


Brian Tracy, Heritage Trustee since 2003, Heritage Associate, Founder, Brian Tracy International, San Diego, California

Brian Tracy is one of America's leading authorities on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness. He is a dynamic and entertaining speaker with a wonderful ability to inform and inspire audiences toward peak performance and high levels of achievement.

Brian is an internationally known and respected authority addressing half a million people each year on leadership, management, sales, personal development, strategic planning, goal-setting, time management, creativity, and many other diverse topics. Brian has worked at IBM, Arthur Andersen, McDonnell Douglas, and The Million Dollar Round Table.He has produced more than 400 different audio and video learning programs covering the entire spectrum of human and corporate performance.


William L. Walton, Heritage Trustee Since 2015
Founder and Chairman, Rappahannock Ventures LLC

Walton is the founder and chairman of Rappahannock Ventures LLC, a private equity firm, and Rush River Entertainment, the feature-film production company behind The Price of Desire (2015), The Ticket (2015), and Max Rose (2013). He is the host of the webcast On Common Ground with Bill Walton, which focuses on how entrepreneurship and innovation are economic and moral imperatives for a thriving America. He is also a partner in The Forge Studios, an independent film studio in Washington, VA, which creates short films and provides film production training for artists and crew. Additionally, through Rappahannock Media LLC, he publishes The Rappahannock News, the Culpeper Times, and The Piedmont VirginianMagazine.

Walton was chairman of the investment banking firm Allied Capital Corporation for 12 years. Prior to that, he worked for Butler Capital Corporation, the merger and acquisition group of Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, and the Continental Illinois Bank. He was also the personal investment advisor to William S. Paley, founder of CBS.

He is involved with a number of non-profit groups that focus on public policy, the arts, and his local community. He is vice president of the Council for National Policy, a member of the board of the Media Research Center, and a senior fellow for the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality. He is president of the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company and a board member of the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation. He previously served as president of the National Symphony Orchestra, a member of the collectors committee and trustees’ council of the National Gallery of Art, treasurer of the Wolf Trap Center for the Arts, and a member of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Walton served in the U.S. Army as a specialist at the Pentagon before earning his bachelor of science degree at Indiana University. He paid the tuition for his MBA from IU’s Kelley School of Business by working as an accounting instructor. He is a life member of MENSA and the NRA.



Marion Wells, Heritage Trustee since 2003
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Marion is a long-time member of the Board of Trustees of Capital Research Center, which is headed by Heritage's former Vice-President, Terry Scanlon. Marion has also served as an advisor to several civic organizations, including: Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, the Cleveland Clinic of Florida, and the Board of The Orleans.

Since 1992, she has been a Co-Chairman of The Heritage Legacy Society, a group of Heritage supporters who make gifts through their estates so Heritage will be a permanent voice in Washington for conservative principles. Marion is also a trustee of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Marion's late husband, Preston "Dick" Wells, was a long time Heritage trustee before passing away in 2003. She continues his legacy as a stalwart advocate of conservative principles in America.



Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Trustee
David R. Brown, M.D., Heritage Trustee Since 1978
Emeritus, Orthopedic Associates, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dr. David R. Brown maintained a private practice as an orthopedic surgeon in Oklahoma City and was a Clinical Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Brown is Retired Chairman of Orthopedic Associates, Incorporated. And serves on governing boards for the Heritage Foundation, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and several nonprofit organizations. Dr. Brown was a member of the OMRF Board from 1976 to 2001. He served as Chairman of the Board from 1997 to 2001.



Frank Shakespeare  

The Hon. Frank Shakespeare, Heritage Trustee Since 1979
former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, La Jolla, California

Ambassador Shakespeare's belief in the power of ideas is exemplified by his role as Chairman of the Board for International Broadcasting during the Reagan administration. Under his leadership, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty carried the message of freedom behind the Iron Curtain and helped bring the Cold War to a successful conclusion. Heritage's Board Chairman from 1981 to 1985, Shakespeare went on to serve as Ambassador to both Portugal and the Holy See (Vatican City). He also has served as President of RKO General Inc., Director of the U.S. Information Agency, and President of CBS Television Services. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisc.


Phillip N. Truluck, Heritage Trustee from 2001 to 2015;Chairman, Society of Emeritus Trustees, Since 2015

Truluck came to Heritage on April 1, 1977, and, as Director of Research, began to assemble the team that would revolutionize the way public policy research is conducted and promoted. Soon thereafter, he rose to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and oversaw all day-to-day operations of the Foundation. During his 38-year tenure, Heritage grew from a 30-person operation with an annual budget of $2 million, located in a townhouse on Capitol Hill, to the leading conservative public policy research institution in the world, employing 294 people, working with a $82 million annual budget, and occupying several office buildings (totaling nearly 200,000 square feet) on either side of the U.S. Capitol. He retired from Heritage on April 1, 2015.

During 1982 and 1983, Truluck served on the Executive Committee of the President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control, more commonly known as the Grace Commission. He served on the White House Fellows Selection Committee in the Reagan Administration and was appointed by President Reagan to the Administrative Conference of the United States in 1987.

Prior to joining Heritage in 1977, Truluck worked for Sen. Strom Thurmond and Rep. Ben Blackburn, and served as Deputy Director of the Republican Study Committee. He is a founding director and past member of the Board of Directors of the Center for International Private Enterprise, an affiliate of the National Endowment for Democracy. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Capitol Hill Business Improvement District and a member of the Board of Directors of Ready, Willing and Working. Truluck is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the Philadelphia Society.


Midge Decter, Heritage Trustee from 1981 to 2015
Member, Society of Emeritus Trustees since 2015 

Decter's incisive writing on a range of topics has proven invaluable to the conservative movement. A former editor at Basic Books, her writing has graced the pages of Commentary, First Things, Harper's, and a number of other publications. Her books include The New Chastity; Liberal Parents, Radical Children; Rumsfeld: A Personal Portrait; and An Old Wife’s Tale. A Senior Fellow at the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City, Decter previously served as Executive Director of the Committee for a Free World, a powerful voice for anti-communism that she voluntarily disbanded after the fall of the Berlin Wall and collapse of Soviet communism.


William E. Simon, Jr.

William E. Simon, Jr., Heritage Trustee from 2008 to 2015; Member, Society of Emeritus Trustees since 2015

William E. Simon, Jr., brings his experience as a financier, federal prosecutor and philanthropist to The Heritage Foundation's Board of Trustees. Simon is currently Executive Director of William E. Simon & Sons LLC, a global merchant bank he co-founded with his brother and his father, former Treasury Secretary and "energy czar" William E. Simon, Sr. Since its founding in 1988, the firm has built and manages a diverse and significant investment portfolio, with holdings in real estate, private equity and fixed-income securities. From 1985 to 1988, Simon served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York under then-U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the William E. Simon Foundation and the Cynthia L. and William E. Simon, Jr., Foundation.