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  • The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service, Inc. owns and operates the ReportPublicCorruption.org website. Presently, the staff that runs the organization including ReportPublicCorruption.org consists of three members.

    Frank L. Perry, Ph.D.

    Frank L. Perry has spent most of his professional life uncovering and exposing corruption, teaching others how to conduct themselves ethically in the public arena and working to increase government transparency. His experience includes 22 years with the FBI, where he served as a Special Agent and Senior Manager, one year with the North Carolina Ethics Commission and 16 months as the Director of Investigations at the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor.

    During his tenure with the Office of the State Auditor, Perry managed the auditor's fraud, waste and abuse hotline. His team reviewed tips, evaluated their credibility, investigated those which were deemed credible and published the results. Under Perry's leadership the number of cases handled by the investigative team doubled, while the resolution time was cut in half during his first year on the job.

    While with the FBI, Perry investigated and supervised investigations of white collar crime, public corruption, internal affairs matters and other sensitive investigations, including three years of undercover national security work.

    Additionally, he researched and documented alarming increases in the frequency and egregiousness of ethical lapses by some FBI personnel and presented the information to the FBI Director. Perry proposed that 'best practices' research be conducted and reached out to numerous agencies worldwide to determine which ethics and compliance programs work and which ones proved ineffective. He subsequently drafted the entire proposal for the Office of Law Enforcement Ethics.

    Perry was appointed by the Director of the FBI to research, staff, and implement the first Department of Justice (DOJ) Professional Ethics Program for the FBI. He tailored a Mission and Core Values Statement, which former Director Louis Freeh personally signed into policy in 1995. Perry also wrote the curriculum for new Special Agents, emphasizing the need to frame all training policy and performance standards around this curriculum. He implemented compliance / policy / training guidelines and curriculum for all 56 FBI field divisions. The program proved successful, as FBI Internal Affairs opened 30% fewer cases the first year after implementation.

    While serving as Director of Education / Investigations Consultant with the N.C. Ethics Commission, Perry developed and implemented curriculum and investigative guidelines pursuant to the complex and recently enacted State Ethics Act and Lobbying Reform (GS138A and 120C). He educated and certified over 11,000 public servants, judicial officers (including the North Carolina Supreme Court) and members of the General Assembly covered by the Ethics Reform / Accountability legislation.

    Perry has delivered speeches and authored papers on numerous topics related to ethics, internal affairs, and law enforcement/public corruption. He has spoken to groups, conducted training and served on panels throughout the United States and in countries on five continents. Perry has actively participated in training local, state, Federal, and foreign law enforcement officers and executives at FBI Academies in Quantico, Virginia, and Budapest, Hungary. Additionally, he has taught courses on ethics, law and philosophy at N.C. State University, Grambling State University and the University of Miami.

    Frank Perry graduated from Wake Forest University in 1974 with a double major in German and Psychology. He earned both a Masters' degree (1978) and Ph.D. (1980) in Ethics and Political Philosophy from the University of Miami.

    Frank is a Co-Founder and member of the Board of Directors.

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  • The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service, Inc. owns and operates the ReportPublicCorruption.org website. The Foundation's board of directors is responsible for the governance of the nonprofit corporation. Presently, the board consists of five members.

    Robert L. (Roddy) Jones - Director

    Mr. Jones is a well-known business and civic leader in North Carolina. He served as president of Davidson and Jones Construction Company from 1973 to 1993 and was one of the founders of Highwoods Properties, Inc., a longtime Raleigh real estate development company that went public in 1994 and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Mr. Jones currently serves as Chairman of Tri Properties, Inc., Davidson and Jones Hotel Corporation, Davidson and Jones Corporation and DJ Realty Service. He is a managing member of Davidson and Jones Residential, LLC, Carolina Barriles, LLC, and EnviroFresh, LLC.

    Mr. Jones has been active in community, civic and educational affairs in North Carolina. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and former Chairman of the Board of East Carolina University. He has also served on the governing or advisory boards of Peace College, Shaw University, Ravenscroft School, Babcock School of Business at Wake Forest University, and the State Advisory Council of Vocational Education. He has served as Chairman of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and was on the Board of the Tammy Lynn Home, Raleigh Rescue Mission, North Carolina Citizens for Business and Industry, The Bank of North Carolina, Carolina Federal Savings and Loan Association, The Research Triangle Foundation, NCNB of North Carolina and was active in the Young Presidents' Organization.

    Presently, Mr. Jones is a member of the World Presidents' Organization, and is on the governing boards of the NC Community Foundation, Louisburg College, the Wake Education Partnership, and the Foundation for Good Business and the East Carolina University Medical Foundation. Mr. Jones, a native of Raleigh, NC, graduated from East Carolina University in 1958.

    David N. Levinson - Director

    David Levinson has pursued successful careers in the private sector and public service from his base in Delaware. He has been a real estate developer and builder for over 40 years and has overseen more than 17 development projects across several states from Delaware to Missouri. Presently, Mr. Levinson is president of Anderson Creek, Inc.

    Mr. Levinson served as Delaware Insurance Commissioner for two terms from 1985 to 1993. He was a member of the Federal Supplemental Health Insurance Panel that ensured individual states met the minimum federal standards for Medicare Supplement insurance regulation under Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

    In 1981, David was appointed to President Carter's Council for Energy Efficiency. In 1982, he was a candidate for U.S. Senate in Delaware.

    Mr. Levinson has overseen two international projects. In Eastern Europe, he wrote the initial drafts of the insurance codes for Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, and Ukraine in the early 1990’s, beginning 90 days before the Soviet Union dissolved and continuing for a couple of years thereafter. In Belize, David has led efforts to create an autonomous model city devoted to principals of peace among, and justice, mercy, and opportunity for all of its citizens.

    Mr. Levinson has been active in community, civic and educational affairs for decades. His long list of service includes chairman of the Delmarva Branch of the National Eagle Association for Boy Scouts of America, Blood Bank of Delaware director, initiated program for adoption of Russian children with Pearl S. Buck International, and member of Kiwanis and Rotary International. He has served as a director for the Jewish Federation of Delaware and Jewish Federation of St. Louis, and is a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Anti Defamation League. He is a Life Member of the NAACP.

    Mr. Levinson graduated from St. Andrew’s School, magna cum laude (first in his class) in 1953. In 1957, he earned his A.B. at Harvard College, magna cum laude, concentration in political theory and comparative government. In 1960, David received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and presented his thesis entitled, A Comparison of Criminal Law and Penology of the United States and the Soviet Union.

    Les W. Merritt, Jr., CPA - Director and Co-Founder

    Leslie W. (Les) Merritt, Jr. served as State Auditor of North Carolina from January 2005 until January 2009. He was the first Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to serve as North Carolina's State Auditor. As State Auditor, Mr. Merritt served on North Carolina's Council of State, as a member of the Local Government Commission and led an agency with more than 200 employees.

    As State Auditor, Merritt earned a reputation as The Taxpayers' Watchdog by aggressively reviewing tips and exposing fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement throughout North Carolina's state government. Merritt led the charge to reduce a backlog of unfinished investigative audits, some more than three years old, by 76%. He also launched a new Investigative Task Force to expose fraud, waste and abuse in state government and hired a veteran FBI agent to lead the agency's Investigative Division.

    Additionally, Merritt worked to transform the Office of the State Auditor into a more pro-active agency that prevents problems from developing rather than simply exposing them after the fact. Under his leadership, the Office of the State Auditor's emphasis on performance audits increased by 50%. Les also created a new initiative that trained more than 12,000 personnel from state-funded nonprofit and other grant recipients on compliance and reporting issues. Additionally, he developed a new, innovative "strategic auditing" process to help identify unusual trends and potential problems in state spending. The strategic auditing process uses existing hardware, software and skills in the Information System Auditing Division to analyze millions of state transactions in a pro-active manner. Further, in January 2008, Mr. Merritt launched a new initiative to follow up with previously audited agencies to ensure that they are actually making needed changes.

    Prior to being elected State Auditor, Merritt was an owner and managing partner in privately held accounting and auditing firms for over twenty (20) years. He worked directly on hundreds of audits while in private practice. Merritt has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1981 and served as a Wake County Commissioner from 1994 through 1998. Prior to entering the accounting profession, Merritt spent several years in the banking industry. Les Merritt earned degrees in accounting and economics from North Carolina State University. He is a past president of the Zebulon Elementary School PTA, Zebulon Rotary Club and Zebulon Lions Club. Merritt also served as a member of the Zebulon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He lives in Zebulon, North Carolina with his wife, Cheryl.

    Les also serves as Executive Director.

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    Frank L. Perry, Ph.D. - Director and Co-Founder

    Frank L. Perry has spent most of his professional life uncovering and exposing corruption, teaching others how to conduct themselves ethically in the public arena and working to increase government transparency. His experience includes 22 years with the FBI, where he served as a Special Agent and Senior Manager, one year with the North Carolina Ethics Commission and 16 months as the Director of Investigations at the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor.

    During his tenure with the Office of the State Auditor, Perry managed the auditor's fraud, waste and abuse hotline. His team reviewed tips, evaluated their credibility, investigated those which were deemed credible and published the results. Under Perry's leadership the number of cases handled by the investigative team doubled, while the resolution time was cut in half during his first year on the job.

    While with the FBI, Perry investigated and supervised investigations of white collar crime, public corruption, internal affairs matters and other sensitive investigations, including three years of undercover national security work.

    Additionally, he researched and documented alarming increases in the frequency and egregiousness of ethical lapses by some FBI personnel and presented the information to the FBI Director. Perry proposed that 'best practices' research be conducted and reached out to numerous agencies worldwide to determine which ethics and compliance programs work and which ones proved ineffective. He subsequently drafted the entire proposal for the Office of Law Enforcement Ethics.

    Perry was appointed by the Director of the FBI to research, staff, and implement the first Department of Justice (DOJ) Professional Ethics Program for the FBI. He tailored a Mission and Core Values Statement, which former Director Louis Freeh personally signed into policy in 1995. Perry also wrote the curriculum for new Special Agents, emphasizing the need to frame all training policy and performance standards around this curriculum. He implemented compliance / policy / training guidelines and curriculum for all 56 FBI field divisions. The program proved successful, as FBI Internal Affairs opened 30% fewer cases the first year after implementation.

    While serving as Director of Education / Investigations Consultant with the N.C. Ethics Commission, Perry developed and implemented curriculum and investigative guidelines pursuant to the complex and recently enacted State Ethics Act and Lobbying Reform (GS138A and 120C). He educated and certified over 11,000 public servants, judicial officers (including the North Carolina Supreme Court) and members of the General Assembly covered by the Ethics Reform / Accountability legislation.

    Perry has delivered speeches and authored papers on numerous topics related to ethics, internal affairs, and law enforcement/public corruption. He has spoken to groups, conducted training and served on panels throughout the United States and in countries on five continents. Perry has actively participated in training local, state, Federal, and foreign law enforcement officers and executives at FBI Academies in Quantico, Virginia, and Budapest, Hungary. Additionally, he has taught courses on ethics, law and philosophy at N.C. State University, Grambling State University and the University of Miami.

    Frank Perry graduated from Wake Forest University in 1974 with a double major in German and Psychology. He earned both a Masters' degree (1978) and Ph.D. (1980) in Ethics and Political Philosophy from the University of Miami.

    Frank also serves as Director of Investigations and Public Affairs.

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    Kory Swanson - Director

    Kory Swanson is the Executive Vice President of the John Locke Foundation, Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining the Locke Foundation, he was Executive Manager of the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University. He has extensive administrative experience and skills in running successful nonprofit organizations.

  • The Foundation for Ethics in Public Service, Inc. has an Advisory Board that will make recommendations to the board of directors with respect to operations and achievement of goals. The Advisory Board will advise the directors as to the best ways to use and improve the Foundation to maximize the effectiveness of the ReportPublicCorruption.org website, foster investigative journalism that exposes public corruption, promote its educational efforts, and provide training in ethics. The Advisory Board will consist of a cross-section of Americans from various geographic, ethnic and professional communities who share a commitment to keeping our government entities strong, transparent, and accountable. The board is in the process of being formed and will be comprised of thirty (30) members with staggered terms.

    Haley Phillips Bushnell, MPH

    Hayley Phillips Bushnell's diverse background includes experience in government, healthcare, and a stint with the North Carolina Ethics Commission.

    Hayley is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where she received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy and earned cum laude honors with each. During the summer of 2001, Hayley interned in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre, a Democrat who represents North Carolina's 7th Congressional District. She also holds a Masters in Public Health from UNC-Greensboro, where she graduated with a 3.75 GPA in 2006.

    After completing her Master's degree, Hayley worked for a brief period of time at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro as a Research Associate. After returning to Raleigh in November 2006, Hayley served as the Education Program Assistant at the Ethics Commission, where she worked with Dr. Frank Perry to train, certify, and document over 10,000 public servants in North Carolina. In November of 2007 she was hired as a Program Consultant for the DHHS Wellness Program, where she served as a liaison between the Wellness Director and wellness representatives from each DHHS agency/division/facility.

    She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Chris.

    Denis Ventriglia - Chair and Co-Founder

    Denis Ventriglia is a lawyer and principal of ProvisMedia.com, a full-service interactive agency. He also is a principal of ScreenHeat.com, a developer and operator of websites. His legal career in private practice and as in-house corporate counsel spans almost three decades.

    Denis foresaw the negative impact the Internet would have on the economic model that has traditionally supported investigative reporting years before the recent loss of advertising and subscription revenue experienced by media companies. He understood the immediate need for compensating mechanisms because it will be years before new economic models emerge that can provide the financial resources required for quality in-depth investigative journalism at previous levels. Denis studied the critical role the Fourth Estate has played in preserving America's system of government by exposing public corruption and knew that less media scrutiny could result in more corruption by public officials.

    This danger to our democracy prompted him to devise a process for the general public to report public corruption to investigative journalists through a national intake website named ReportPublicCorruption.org. ReportPublicCorruption.org uses the power of the Internet to foster investigative journalism based upon information voluntarily provided by concerned citizens across the United States. Denis purchased the domain name on August 6, 2007 and the Foundation launched the website on June 11, 2009. He along with dedicated co-founders, directors and staff continue to refine and add new dimensions to this site that shall remain a work in progress.

    Mr. Ventriglia earned his B.A. in Political Science from The George Washington University in 1978, and his J.D. from The Catholic University Of America School of Law in 1982. At various times while working his way through both undergraduate and graduate school, he served as driver and staff assistant to two United States Senators on Capitol Hill, Senator John O. Pastore and Senator Claiborne Pell. In 1984-85, he served as law clerk to The Honorable Edward B. Davis, Chief U.S. District Court Judge, ret., Southern District of Florida, Miami, Florida.

    Mr. Ventriglia was a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University Center for International Business, Education and Research in Washington, D.C. from 1990 to 1993. In 1995, he was a member of the North Carolina delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business and a delegate to the Governor’s Conference on Small Business in 1997. From 1998 to 2005, he served as a member of the North Carolina Film Council.

    Denis has had a passion for news and journalism since high school. In the early 1970s, he was a reporter for Cranston Today, a weekly publication in his hometown of Cranston, Rhode Island. He covered his school in a weekly column entitled, Cranston West News.

    Denis is a Co-Founder and Chair of the Advisory Board.

    Gordon Eugene "Gene" Boyce

    Gordon Eugene "Gene" Boyce is an accomplished attorney who has examined the conduct of public officials at the highest level. In 1973, he served as assistant chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee and was on the staff of its chairman, Senator Sam J. Ervin. Mr. Boyce was the lead investigator in the discovery of President Nixon's White House taping system.

    In 1978, as counsel to the United States Senate Ethics Committee, he played a key role during the censure proceeding against Senator Herman E. Tallmadge of Georgia. Gene also vetted numerous applicants for federal judicial appointments as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee and advisor to its chairman, Senator Robert Morgan, in 1980.

    Mr. Boyce has been the lead counsel in several high profile cases in which he successfully challenged the constitutionality of certain taxes and regulations relating to investments and retiree benefits. His legal skills are recognized by his peers. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and American Board of Trial Attorneys, and has served in various positions with the state bar and bar associations. He is a senior partner in Boyce & Isley, PLLC, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

    Gene graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law, magna cum laude, in 1956, and has one of the highest grade point averages in the law school's history. In 1954, he earned his B.S., summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University and was president of the study body in 1953-54. From 1957 to 1960, Mr. Boyce served in the U.S. Army, achieved the rank of captain, and was a prosecutor and military defense counsel in the Judge Advocate General Corps.

    He is active in his community. Mr. Boyce is the founder and lead benefactor of the Donald L. Smith Professorship for Constitutional and Public Law at Wake Forest School of Law; the founder, president and board member of the Smith/Shaver Law School Scholarship Foundation that provides student financial assistance; the founder and counsel to The 4th Branch, an affiliation of thirty retiree organizations of private and public and military retiree associations; and, the founder and board member of the Julia Crump Charitable Foundation for Disadvantaged Youth.

    David Curtis

    Dave Curtis is Executive Vice President of LNWA, Inc. and has been with the company for twenty-eight years. He, along with LNWA’s president, is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the company, managing both internal operations and external business relationships.

    Dave oversees the operations of LNWA property management arm, Arbor Management, which operates approximately 4,300 rent-restricted housing units developed and owned by LNWA. He also has supervisory responsibility for the company’s financial management and human resources, which encompasses over 180 associates in seven states.

    He is chief liaison to LNWA acquisition/preservation affiliates, Renewal Housing and Rural Housing Preservation Associates, and is also responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with banks, government agencies, individual investors, and investment syndicates.

    Dave served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh from 1996-2002 and 2006-2008, serving as Chairman from 1999 to 2001. He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Mortgage Roundtable, a blue ribbon panel of 50 leaders from the housing finance industry, and is a member and past Chairman of the National Association of Homebuilders' (NAHB) Housing Finance Committee and the Investment Subcommittee of the NAHB Budget Committee. He is a frequent participant in Congressional and Senate hearings concerning housing finance, and has been a frequent panelist, speaker, and moderator at various forums and programs on housing finance and affordable housing.

    Dave holds a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Delaware College of Urban Affairs where he was a Graduate Fellow, and which awarded him its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. Dave resides in Greenville, Delaware with his wife Donna.

    Robert Luddy

    Robert Luddy is a lifelong entrepreneur. At the age of 20, while attending LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Bob opened a fiberglass manufacturing business and worked at night. In 1967, Bob sold his company and was drafted into the military.

    In 1976, Bob settled in Raleigh, and with $1,300 capital, he opened Atlantic Fire Systems in a one-room facility. Recognizing the demand for high-quality kitchen ventilation equipment, Bob purchased a sheet metal shop in 1981 and transformed it into CaptiveAire Systems, Inc.

    CaptiveAire is now the nation's largest and most well respected manufacturer of commercial kitchen ventilation systems, with sales reaching $220 million in 2008. CaptiveAire employs 700 people in five plants and 60 offices in the U.S. and Canada. Its clients include independent restaurants, national chains, and other public and private institutions.

    CaptiveAire is continually voted "Best In Class" by industry dealers and consultants, according to Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazine. INC. magazine has repeatedly named CaptiveAire one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the nation. In its home base of North Carolina, CaptiveAire is among the 100 largest private companies (Business North Carolina magazine), and one of the 50 fastest growing private companies in the Raleigh Triangle (Triangle Business Journal).

    In addition to CaptiveAire, Bob Luddy drives other economic development in the area. Bob founded and developed the Franklin Park Industrial Center, which has drawn over 15 entrepreneurial businesses and hundreds of jobs to Franklin and Wake counties.

    A strong advocate of excellent education, Bob founds schools which help youth develop good character and reasoning skills. In 1998, Bob established the Franklin Academy, an award-winning public charter school in Wake Forest, which now serves over 1,200 K-12 students. In 2001, Bob founded St. Thomas More Academy in Raleigh, a classical, college preparatory high school. The academy is one of the 50 best Catholic high schools in the country (and one of the top 25 for academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education). In 2007, Bob opened Thales Academy in Raleigh, the first in a network of private community schools offering a high-quality K-8 education at low-cost tuition. This campus is now permanently located in Wake Forest. A second Thales Academy campus, located in Apex, opened in August, 2008.

    In 2006, Bob won the Ludwig von Mises economic research institute's first ever "Mises Entrepreneurship Award" for three decades of leadership at CaptiveAire and for exemplary "dedication to learning, prosperity, and freedom."

    Baker A. Mitchell, Jr.

    Baker Mitchell has accumulated a host of academic, professional, publishing, and community achievements. Presently, he serves as founder, trustee and president of two award-winning charter schools and is an independent business consultant. He has firsthand experience with government contracts and grants in university, medical and engineering settings in both the public and private sectors.

    From 1968 through 1989, Baker was founder, president, and majority shareholder of Community Health Computing, Inc. in Houston, Texas. CHC designed, sold, installed, and maintained computer systems for large hospital pathology and radiology laboratories with clients throughout the United States and Great Britain. Clients included major teaching and research hospitals including Mayo Clinic, Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, New York Hospital, Sloan-Kettering, and St. Lukes in Houston. In 1989, CHC had annual sales in the $30,000,000 range with over 200 employees and went public in 1993.

    Mr. Mitchell was Chief of the Bioengineering Section at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, a 600-bed cancer research hospital, from 1965 through 1973. He was appointed to establish and head a bioengineering section within the biomathematics department which had the responsibility for all basic research, teaching, and support of other departments in computers and bioengineering. Mr. Mitchell was responsible for a number of large N.I.H. grants and NASA contracts dealing with physiological simulations and data storage and management.

    During 1967-1973, Mr. Mitchell was an adjunct instructor in bioengineering for the Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, as well as an instructor in biomathematics at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In 1962-1964, he was an instructor in computer programming and systems simulation at the University of Arizona, Department of Engineering, Hybrid Computer Laboratory, Tucson.

    Baker was a computer engineer with Electronic Associates, Inc., Advanced Study Group, Princeton, New Jersey in 1964-1965, the world's largest manufacturer of analog/digital computers at the time. The Advanced Study Group was their R&D operation in which Mr. Mitchell was responsible for both new hardware product design projects and simulation studies for governmental and industrial customers.

    Mr. Mitchell has authored more than twenty scientific papers in peer-reviewed technical journals, contributed chapters in several computer textbooks, and is the inventor for two U. S. patents. He is the sole inventor of a patent for a computer file system for patient medical data and the co-inventor for a no-tangle decorative lighting set for Christmas trees.

    More recently, he returned to his interest in teaching and education. In 2000, Mr. Mitchell founded The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. to develop and manage K-12 schools. The Roger Bacon Academy created and manages two charter schools in rural North Carolina. Both schools have received numerous honors for their outstanding academic records.

    He graduated from Duke University in 1962 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. In 1964, he obtained a M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona. Baker has participated in numerous community activities and is a proud Eagle Scout.

    Dusty Powers

    Dusty Powers believes that government should be run by honest public servants for it to properly serve its citizens. He has documented controversial behavior by various government officials in his impartial role as a member of news gathering teams for network news programs and documentaries.

    Mr. Powers is a highly sought after Director of Photography/Cameraman, specializing in HD who has brought a high level of creative style to documentary, corporate and commercial projects and a variety of broadcast and independent clients over the last 30 years. Dusty has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East during his career.

    Credits include projects for HBO/ "Battle for Tobacco Road", "60 Minutes", "60 MINUTES II", "48 Hours Mystery", "ABC World News", "20/20", "Nightline", "Prime Time Live", "Good Morning America", and DVD/Electronic Press Kit projects for "Gladiator", "Message in a Bottle", "Big Fish", "Into the Blue", and "Secretariat". Other Projects include the 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Convention Big Screen Profiles and the 2007 Wal-Mart "Think Green Campaign" for Oscar winning producer, June Beallor.

    Mr. Powers graduated from Spartanburg Methodist College in 1975 then the same year began his professional career at SCETV working for an award winning national PBS children’s show. He later was offered a producer/cameraman position with Westinghouse Broadcasting and moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 1978 to work at WJZ-TV which was the top rated ABC affiliate in the country at the time. In 1980, Dusty decided to begin a career as independent and moved to Los Angeles, California to start his company, Dusty Powers Video.

    His professional career in Los Angeles brought him clients including Barwall Productions, "Barbara Walter’s Specials", NBC Productions, and "Days of our Lives". Other clients included CBS News, Arnold Shapiro Productions and New Screen Concepts. Many of the projects were documentaries and network specials.

    In 1992, Mr. Powers moved his business to the East Coast with a concentration as a cameraman for network magazine shows and nightly network broadcast news for ABC and CBS. He purchased his first HD camera package in 2004 and added HD commercials to his list of credits. He still maintains a close relationship with his West Coast and East Coast clients. Dusty operates HDCrew.net.

    Orage Quarles III - President and Publisher, The News and Observer

    Orage Quarles, III, was named president and publisher of The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina, in January 2000. The News & Observer is the third McClatchy newspaper he has led.

    From 1996 to 2000, he was publisher of The Modesto Bee in California, and from 1993 to 1996, he was president and publisher of The Herald in Rock Hill, South Carolina. When he assumed his role in Rock Hill in January 1993, he became the first African American to lead a daily newspaper in the South.

    Mr. Quarles began his newspaper career in San Bernardino, California where he attended high school and college. He spent more than 20 years with the Gannett Co., the largest newspaper company in the nation, working in advertising and marketing before becoming a publisher. He led The Coloradoan in Fort Collins from 1987 to 1990 and The Record in Stockton, California from 1990 to 1993 and was named Gannett's Publisher of the Year in 1990.

    Mr. Quarles was named the nation's outstanding publisher by Editor and Publisher magazine in 2002 for his leadership of The News & Observer.

    Mr. Quarles is active both in the newspaper industry and the local Triangle community. For nine years, he was a member of the Associated Press board of directors, and he has been a board member of the Newspaper Association of America, serving as chair in 2001-2002. He is a member of the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute board, the Freedom Forum Board of Trustees, the American Press Institute general management advisory board and the National Association of Minority Media Executives.

    In the Triangle, he serves on boards of Rex Healthcare; UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication Foundation; and the Wake Education Partnership Board of Trustees.

    Mr. Quarles and his wife, Linda, have been married for more than 30 years and are the parents of two grown daughters. He is an avid reader, runner and movie-goer.

    Andy Taylor

    Professor Andrew Taylor has written and lectured extensively on government and politics at the federal, state, and local levels in the United States. Since 1991, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in American government, the presidency and congress, legislative process, public policy process, and constitutional interpretation. He is the recipient of more than a dozen political science fellowships and grants and has presented numerous professional papers before the American Political Science Association and other groups.

    His research focuses on American governmental institutions. Andrew has published in many journals including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and American Politics Research.

    Professor Taylor has provided government and political commentary on hundreds of television and radio programs and been quoted in numerous online and print stories. His appearances include: National Public Radio, C-SPAN, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, BBC Radio 4, ABCNews.com, Fox News Channel, Nippon TV (Japan), The Sunday Times (of London), Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Daily News, News & Observer (Raleigh), CNBC Asia, and USA Today.

    In 2006, Professor Taylor was appointed Chair of the Department of Political Science at North Carolina State University. From 1995 to date, he has served as professor, associate professor and assistant professor at NCSU. He was adjunct instructor of political science at the University of Connecticut at Hartford from 1991 through 1995.

    Professor Taylor received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 1995. In 1990, he earned his M.A. in Government at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. In 1988, he received a B.A. in American Studies (Politics and Government) from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom.

    John Werner

    Mr. Werner is a 27-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), with assignments in the Washington, D.C. and Raleigh, N. C. areas. He became an expert in the investigation of white collar crime matters, with an emphasis in political corruption. Mr. Werner diversified his career by supervising a Foreign Counterintelligence Squad, which was primarily involved in supporting other Intelligence Community Agencies. Mr. Werner moved on to the Office of Professional Responsibility, the FBI's Internal Affairs (IA) office. During this assignment, Mr. Werner led an investigative team which resolved one of the FBI's most sensitive internal affairs matters involving senior management. He subsequently was assigned as one of two Inspectors which led a team of multi-agency investigators to resolve a second matter involving serious allegations of misconduct within the ranks of the FBI's senior management. He was also certified on the FBI's Inspection Staff. Mr. Werner went on to take over the supervision of the FBI's Raleigh office where he completely revamped the investigative programs, to emphasize a more aggressive posture in regard to the investigation of public corruption and white collar crime investigations.

    In addition to his law enforcement background, Mr. Werner is a North Carolina Licensed General Contractor. Pursuing an interest in sustainable energy and green construction, Mr. Werner earned Professional Diplomas in Renewable Energy Technology and Green Building from North Carolina State University. He also achieved the Accredited Professional (AP) designation under the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Mr. Werner earned a BS Degree in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University and an MS Degree in Government, with an emphasis in law enforcement, from Southern Illinois University.

    Mr. Werner has been active in his community. He has served as the President of his homeowners association, and served two terms on his communities' Zoning Adjustment Board. Mr. Werner is a licensed private investigator. He is a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI and the Fraternal Order of Police. Mr. Werner currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

  • The Journalism Advisory Committee is in the process of being formed. A major responsibility of the Journalism Advisory Committee is to develop the policies that will instruct the staff how the tips received through ReportPublicCorruption.org should be communicated and which investigative journalists shall receive particular tips. This committee is expected to consist of thirty (30) members with staggered terms.

    Don Carrington - Chair and Co-Founder. Carolina Journal

    Don Carrington is a vice president at the Locke Foundation and Executive Editor of Carolina Journal, the foundation's monthly and online newspaper. He joined the Foundation in late 1994, having previously written articles for CJ and participated in Locke activities. His duties at the Foundation include investigative reporting, research and photography. In 1995 he co-authored Changing Course, Locke's first proposal for rightsizing state government and cutting taxes.

    While known for its analysis and opinion, CJ is also a leader in investigative journalism. In 1997, Carrington broke the story of a $21 million slush fund used by insiders for pork barrel projects in violation of law. The following year, a CJ investigation of hiring and promotion practices in state government helped to prompt former Gov. Jim Hunt and lawmakers to enact reforms of the state personnel system. More recently, Carolina Journal has exposed conflicts of interest and misuse of public funds in areas such as economic development, a natural-gas boondoggle in Northeastern North Carolina, and state grants to politically connected nonprofits. Partly as a consequence of CJ investigations, former State Sen. Frank Ballance resigned his office as a freshman member of Congress in 2004 and was later indicted for federal crimes. Also an avid photographer, he took and published the first aerial photo of former Senator John Edwards' massive house. In 2006 he was the first to report on former Gov. Mike Easley's questionable real estate deals. In 2008 he uncovered former First Lady Mary Easley's $80,000 pay raise at North Carolina State University.

    Carrington's previous work experience in North Carolina includes economic and employment research in state government, private-sector marketing, economic development, and political consulting. He received his degree in business administration from East Carolina University and is a native of the Washington, D.C. area.

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    Tony Bartelme -The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

    Tony Bartelme is an award-winning investigative reporter for The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, and co-leader of the newspaper's Watchdog team.

    During his 18 years in Charleston, Bartelme's investigative reports have examined topics ranging from the state's failing bridges to government fraud.

    In 2008, Bartelme helped launch Post and Courier Watchdog, the newspaper's on-line center for investigative reporting.

    With a heavy emphasis on reader interaction and input, Watchdog recently exposed a congressman's attempt to give an insurance break to a prominent beachside developer, a revelation that prompted the congressman to kill his own bill.

    His work has received national recognition, including the 2008 Gerald Loeb Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of business reporting, for an expose on American patients who fly to China to get questionable stem cell treatments.

    He also earned national awards from APME, ASNE, Society of Professional Journalists, National Headliners and the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. He received more than 40 awards from the S.C. Press Association, including South Carolina Journalist of the Year.

    Most recently, the National Press Foundation awarded Bartelme its prestigious Stokes Award for an investigation into coal ash contamination.

    Bartelme also is co-author of The Bridge Builders, a book about the construction of North America's largest cable-stayed bridge, and Into the Wind, a book about an international sailing race.

    Bartelme joined The Post and Courier in 1990. Previously, he was with Greenville, (S.C.) News-Piedmont, where he covered cops, courts and business. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He is fundraiser and mentor for Leukemia Society Team in Training marathons. He lives in Charleston with his 11-year-old son.

    In 2010, the Nieman Foundation awarded Bartelme a 10-month fellowship at Harvard University, one of 25 journalists around the globe to receive this honor.

    Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation administers the oldest and most prestigious mid-career fellowship program for journalists in the world. Working journalists of accomplishment and promise are selected to come to Harvard for a year of study, seminars and special events.

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    Oren Dorell - USA Today, Washington, DC

    Oren Dorell is an award winning reporter who has worked at USA TODAY since 2005. As a general assignment reporter, his portfolio is broad, spanning a range of public policy issues from tattoos in the workplace to aid for military families on the home front. Many of his articles focus on weather, including the state, local and federal responses to major weather events, such as hurricanes and significant floods; water-use conflicts and drought management; and infrastructure intended to protect people from the weather, such as weather-predicting satellites and tornado shelters.

    He also has written about conflicts between moderate and radical Muslims in the United States, and about homegrown terrorist threats and recruitment. In 2008, he filed the first report in a national publication about a group of young Somali immigrants who had gone missing from Minneapolis and were believed to have traveled to their homeland to fight with an insurgent group linked to al-Qaeda.

    Dorell has crisscrossed the nation on assignment and traveled to Canada, Iraq, Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Israel and the Palestinian territories for various assignments for USA TODAY and The Raleigh News & Observer, his previous place of employment.

    At the N&O, where Dorell covered crime and courts, he wrote about criminal shoplifting gangs that were suspected of being linked to terrorist fundraisers. His 2002 series, "Conflict Close to Home," about North Carolinians with connections to the conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories, won second place for news feature writing from the North Carolina Press Association.

    Dorell is a graduate of the Temple University School of Communications and Theater. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and two sons.

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    Jim Taricani - WJAR-TV, NBC 10, Providence, Rhode Island

    Jim Taricani is a veteran, award winning investigative reporter for
    WJAR-TV, NBC 10, in Providence, Rhode Island. Jim began his career in print and radio and continues to write for regional magazines and newspapers.

    In 2004, Jim was sentenced by a federal judge to 6 months home confinement, for refusing to disclose a confidential source.

    After completing his sentence, he has been a nationally recognized advocate for the passage of a federal shield law for journalists.

    Jim has traveled the country, delivering some 45 speeches in favor of the "Free Flow of Information Act". In the summer of 2007, Jim testified before Congress-at the House Judiciary Committee-in favor of the bill.

    Jim has been a guest speaker at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

    He was given the Press Freedom award by the Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press in 2005 and the Radio and Television News Directors' Association honored Jim for his stance on confidential sources.

    Jim has lectured on the 1st Amendment at dozens of universities across the country, including the Universities of Connecticut, Marquette, Iowa, Western Kentucky State, Maryland, Rhode Island and Roger Williams University.

    In 2007, Jim was a "Distinguished Visiting Professor" at Johnson and Wales University, in Providence.

    Jim covered the New England mafia for more than 25 years and specializes in government corruption in his investigative work.

    Jim is a long time member of the Investigative Reporters and Editor's Inc. He is also a member of the prestigious McCormick Foundation's Freedom of Press Committee, formed in Chicago in 2005 to study press issues.

    Jim has won 5 regional Emmy awards, along with an Edward R. Murrow award for investigative journalism, and a number of other journalism awards.

    He also received the Prestigious Yankee Quill Award from the New England Newspaper Association in 2007. The award is rarely given to a broadcast reporter.

    Jim is the youngest person ever to be inducted into the Rhode Island Hall of Fame.

    Jim has appeared on NBC's Nightly News, 'Today ' show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Court T.V., CNN and CNBC arguing for a federal shield law.

    Jim received a heart transplant in 1996, and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Rhode Island branch of the American Heart Association.

    Jim attended Central Connecticut State University and spent 4 years in the United States Air Force.

    He is a volunteer for Big Brothers of Rhode Island.

    Jim and his wife, Laurie White, live in Rhode Island.

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