Having served as the NC State Board of Elections Executive Director for 20 years, Gary moved the state to the national forefront of election administration. The agency developed innovative and efficient processes and gained national recognition as a model in managing voter registration at non-election offices such as DMV, establishing one of the first certification programs for election officials, conducting wellness checks to ensure compliance and uniformity in the county election offices, and was the first state elections office in the US to implement technology to ensure voters receive the proper ballots. Also, during his tenure, NC conducted the first statewide instant runoff voting election in the era of modern voting machines. Gary has served on numerous federal boards and commissions. He continues to be featured as a panelist and recognized authority regarding election administration.
From 1988-2013, George served as Director of Elections for Guilford County, NC. It is a jurisdiction with over 360,000 registered voters and includes the cities of Greensboro and High Point. During his tenure, George administered more than 65 elections, including seven presidential elections. George was a nationally Certified Election/Registration Administrator (CERA) with the Election Center and Auburn University. In 2001 and 2005, he served on the Election Center’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Election Law Reform and, from 2007-2012, Co-chaired the Legislative Committee of the National Association of Election Officials (NAEO). George testified before congressional committees on multiple occasions and participated in election-related workshops sponsored by the National Academies of Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Pew Trust for the States. He also participated in Election Assistance Commission working groups in the development of best practices publications issued by the EAC and served on the N.C. Uniformity Standards working group. Prior to his service in Guilford County, he spent six years as a Legislative Assistant in the United States Senate. This service was preceded by two years as a research assistant in the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress.
Rosemary began her election career in 1999 as a director for Duplin County, NC. She has also worked with the NC State Board of Elections as Voting Registration Director and as a District Elections Technician from 2004-2011. During that time, she helped the state's 100 counties implement HAVA (Help America Vote Act) and assisted with a statewide rollout of voting equipment in 2006. Prior to joining the Resource Center, Rosemary also served as a director for Wayne County, NC, and worked as a staff accountant for a full-service CPA firm.
Chris Hughes is the Policy Director and Counsel for the Ranked Choice Voting Resource Center. He makes sure administrators, activists, and policymakers are speaking the same language when it comes to ranked-choice voting, from legislative drafting through election day. He has worked on RCV legislation in more than a dozen states and has presented on RCV implementation to the Washington State Association of County Auditors, the Maryland General Assembly, and others. He also co-produces the RCVRC's podcast, RCV Clips. You can follow him on Twitter @thisChrisHughes. Chris is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
Melissa has a background in public education. She has served as a classroom teacher for the past four years. Melissa helps develop, evaluate, and coordinate educational programs and activities, including our webinar series and monthly RCV Clips podcast.
Kelly comes to Resource Center with many years of nonprofit experience. She has worked closely with numerous local and national nonprofits, ranging from education and literacy to community crisis support to medical research. She has served in some capacity, as a volunteer, board member, or development staff member, for over twenty-five years. While new to election administration, she is not new to elections. Kelly served on several local and state election campaigns as a volunteer, including state senate campaigns in 2006, 2008, and 2010 where she served as the assistant campaign manager and public relations liaison. Kelly is also a small business owner and entrepreneur.
Kelleen grew up in Ogden, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science and Secondary Education. She taught History and Government and then was hired to work as the Director of Elections for the state of Utah and served on the Board of the National Association of State Election Directors. She recently completed her Master's Degree in Public Administration while serving on the city council. She is currently the Mayor of Heber City and serves on various boards and committees in her community. She is an adjunct professor of Political Science at Utah Valley University. Kelleen has five children and loves to find time for hiking, biking, skiing, gardening, and reading.