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Team

An unmatched team of communications experts.

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Lindsay Killen

Vice President for Strategy and Communications

Lindsay Killen is the vice president for strategy and communications, policy fellow at the Heartland Institute and senior fellow at the Beacon Center for Public Policy. In her role, Mrs. Killen oversees strategic development and cohesive execution between government affairs, outreach, policy and communications for the Mackinac Center’s state, multi-state, and national policy initiatives.

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Jarrett Skorup

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Jarrett Skorup is the senior director of marketing and communications. In this role, he is in charge of marketing efforts, media strategy, and overseeing policy campaigns and objectives.

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Michael Van Beek

Director of Research

Michael Van Beek is director of research. He has authored several studies for the Center as well as analysis and commentaries that have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Press, The Oakland Press and elsewhere.

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Tim Cavanaugh

Senior Editor

Tim Cavanaugh is senior editor. Cavanaugh has worked at Real Clear, the Washington Examiner, Wired, National Review, The Daily Caller, Los Angeles Times and many other publications. He is an experienced reporter, editor, teacher, salesman, public relations professional, motion-picture screenwriter, and media personality.

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Holly Wetzel

Director of Public Relations

Holly Wetzel is the director of public relations. Wetzel has a B.A. in public relations with a minor in history from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

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Taylor Piotrowski

Outreach Manager

Taylor Piotrowski is the projects and external affairs coordinator. Piotrowski has a B.A. in political science with a minor in communications from Valparaiso University, where she was also a member of Christ College, the Honors College.

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Jonathan VanDerhoof

Creative Projects Manager

Jonathan VanDerhoof is the creative projects manager. VanDerhoof completed his Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Saginaw Valley State University in December 2015 and currently resides in Midland, Mich.

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James Dickson

Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential

James David Dickson is the managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, a daily news site of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Dickson grew up in Inkster and now hails from Ferndale. After starting his career in 2007-2008 with a one-year fellowship at The American Spectator, Dickson then had stops at The Detroit News and two newspapers in Ann Arbor. He returned to the Detroit News in 2012, and stayed for a decade. While attending the University of Michigan, Dickson was editor-in-chief of The Michigan Review, a columnist for the Michigan Daily, and an Angell Scholar.

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Jamie A. Hope

Assistant Managing Editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential

Jamie A. Hope serves as the assistant managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential. She owns a consulting business, and previously worked at the Michigan Legislature as a legislative aide, as well as for the House Republican Policy Office. She is an author and has written for American Thinker and Human Events. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Michigan State University.

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