We are everyday Americans fighting for a government that is responsive to the will of the people.
Michael MonettaNational Director
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.
Josh AcizNational Organizing Director
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!
Rena GoldmanNational Communications Director
John ShenNational Legislative Director
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.
Eric BenevidesNational Coordinator
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.
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.
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!
Joseph SackmanNational Coordinator
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.”
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.
Justin FiorilleNational Coordinator
My name is Justin Fiorille, I’m from North East Ohio, and I started volunteering for Wolf-PAC in 2016 while I was in handcuffs and detained by DC Capitol Police (I’ll explain later)…
When I graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 2009, the endless jobs promised were scarce to find in the wake of the housing bubble market crash, and it somewhat activated my political interests because I wanted to understand why that happened. I was lucky and within a year landed an aerospace industry job for the next 10+ years, but the concern never left me. When I learned that my company had a corporate Super PAC, I went down the next rabbit hole of research that lead to my firm understanding of big money and dark money as the root of our country’s most important problems.
While attending the 2016 Democracy Spring mass protest rally in Washington DC, I was arrested and made friends with a fellow detainee that happened to live near me, and it turns out he also volunteered for Wolf-PAC! I thought, “Ohio has a Wolf-PAC team?? Count me in.” So in I went and here I’ve stayed because no other group I’ve been a part of has taught me so much and convinced me so thoroughly that we can win the change we need for our country and our future!
Marianne SundquistNational Coordinator
Marianne was born on the east coast, grew up in the Midwest and now lives with her husband and two boys in New Mexico. She works as a chef, running a catering company and cooking out in the wild whenever possible for groups of hungry campers.
It wasn’t until she had kids that Campaign Finance Reform became a big deal in her life. “As a parent, I felt a responsibility almost immediately to not only their day to day wellbeing, but the quality of their future, and the future for all children really. All of the issues that will impact them are directly and indirectly impacted by the unfair influence money has on our political system. I knew this was the issue I needed to work on.”
Nathan SchrepplerNational Coordinator
Nathan Schreppler is the national coordinator for Wolf-PAC in Delaware and Maryland. He grew up in Delaware continues to live there as an active member of the community. Nathan is a husband and father of two young children. He works at an electric distribution cooperative as an engineer and is the manager of the System Control department. He manages the dispatch group as wells as oversees smart grid technologies and communications.
Eleanor BahoyNational Coordinator
My name is Eleanor Bahoy and I live in New Jersey with my husband and 2 kids (ages 7 and 10 years old). I joined Wolf-PAC after the 2016 elections because the issues of income inequality and campaign finance reform struck a cord with me. One of my friends suggested I check out Wolf-PAC since I was very vocal about those corruption issues which I grew to learn about.
I know in my heart that our republic is dying due to the undue influence of money in our politics. It’s a shame that life-saving legislation cannot get passed because our representatives in the government are catering to their donors rather than the voters they claim to represent. We are at a critical time in history and if we don’t band together to address this greed and corruption then I fear our future is doomed.
I’ve met some of the most authentic and sincere volunteers in this organization and it’s an honor to be fighting alongside them. We must do this together and not give up until we put an end to corruption and our representative democracy is restored. I am doing this for the future of my children and their generation!
Scott BajgrowiczNational Coordinator
I was born and raised on the East Coast of Florida, a little south of where the Space Shuttles were launched. My dad worked as an electrical engineer and up until she had me my mom worked as an elementary school teacher. I had an interest in politics from an early age. One time when I was around nine, I remember hearing on the news that the President was coming into town and begging my dad to take me. When I finally convinced him, I recall running around to all the kids on my elementary-aged soccer team bragging about what I would get to do that day after our game (I still don’t think they cared less!)
My interest in news, politics and current events continued in various degrees throughout my childhood and into my college years even as I began to sense that something in our public dialogue was broken and experience several dramatic shifts in my political views. Though I loved talking with (or debating!) friends on policy issues, following national elections and heading to the polls each cycle, I never ultimately anticipated becoming an activist. That started to change during the presidential election of 2016.
It was during that crazy and unpredictable cycle that I began to better understand the level of corruption that existed in the establishment parties on both sides of the aisle and began to observe unethical campaign finance behavior as the common denominator to a bulk of the breakdown I observed. I became wary of our current political system being more a competition of existing power and influence rather than one of ideas and civic character. Furthermore, I became convinced that there wasn’t a simple left or right topical answer to the problem. There was something deeper going on and the system itself needed to change. I signed up for Wolf-PAC after the election when (like so many others) I reached a breaking point and became convinced that I could no longer “just vote” and confine civic participation to casual conversations or “reply” boxes on Facebook. Our broken campaign finance system was an urgent problem and I had to get involved.
I’ve been affiliated with Wolf-PAC for almost three years now, and have been privileged to serve on the Florida team as both a local Organizer and later their Organizing Director. Outside of Campaign Finance Reform, I’m most passionate about issues pertaining to economic justice and how we can enrich, empower, and show respect for vocations at all levels of society.
I currently work as a salesperson in Jacksonville, FL. and enjoy performing freelance graphic design and marketing-oriented work on the side. In my free time, I enjoy taking walks while listening to music, discovering local brews with friends, and enjoying podcasts and YouTube videos on Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, Science, Geography and other nerdy topics.