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About Project Vote Smart

Meet Our Staff

Administration

Jessica Arrigoni
Jessica Arrigoni
National Board Chair

Responsible for Vote Smart's National Board. Jessica has a master's in political science from Truman State University and formerly served as the Director of Vote Smart's National Political Awareness Test (now the Political Courage Test).

Fun Fact: Lived in Vote Smart's only cabin without running water for two years.
Richard Kimball
Richard Kimball
President

Responsible for fundraising and the integrity of Board-approved policies and standards. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Richard served on the staffs of Congressman Morris K. Udall, Senator Walter F. Mondale, and Senator Daniel P. Moynihan. He is also a former Arizona State Senator and Corporation Commissioner.

Fun Fact: Has a world class collection of Daffy Ducks
Kristen Vicedomini
Kristen Vicedomini
National Director

Responsible for day-to-day oversight of all Vote Smart programs, staff, operations, facilities and administration. A graduate of New York University, Kristen previously led the organization's Political Courage Test department and Research department before being named National Director in 2010.

Fun Fact: "I was born during a hurricane."
Adelaide Kimball
Adelaide Kimball
Senior Advisor, Founding Board Member

Responsible for Major Giver Development and Media. Adelaide is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds master's degrees in American history and library science from the University of Arizona. She is a former archivist for the Arizona Historical Society and has previously directed Vote Smart's National Political Awareness Test (now the Political Courage Test).

Fun Fact: Former Betty Crocker Homemaker of the Year award winner
Kylie Hannas
Kylie Hannas
Office Manager, National Internship Coordinator

Responsible for coordinating office procedures, operations, and resources, managing the National Internship Program, and performing research and other tasks as requested by the National Director. Originally from Wenatchee, WA, Kylie received her bachelors degree in Political Science from Eastern Washington University in 2012. She joined Project Vote Smart's staff in 2013 after completing an internship with the organization in 2011.

Fun Fact: "I am training for my first marathon in July of 2014."

Development and Communications

Rachel Hartman
Rachel Hartman
Development, Communications Director

Responsible for leading the Development and Communications Department which oversees all of the organization's fundraising and communication strategies. Originally from Collinsville, IL and a graduate of Elmhurst College, Rachel joined Project Vote Smart as staff immediately following her internship with the organization in 2011.

Fun Fact: "I've attempted to play nearly every sport I've ever watched, including curling."
Reed Speegle
Reed Speegle
Development and Communications Associate

Responsible for supporting membership services, assisting with the coordination of new and current outreach programs, and interfacing with public information and material requests. Reed received his bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh before joining Project Vote Smart's staff in 2013.

Fun Fact: "This is the first time in my life I haven't lived in a large city."
Rhett Wilkinson
Rhett Wilkinson
Development and Communications Associate

Responsible for supporting membership services, assisting with the coordination of new and current outreach programs, and interfacing with public information and material requests. Rhett received his bachelors degree from Utah State University and joined Project Vote Smart's staff in 2014.

Fun Fact: "I can eat an entire pizza in a single sitting."
Allee Wilkinson
Allee Wilkinson
Communications Associate

Responsible for supporting membership services, assisting with the coordination of outreach programs, message development and dissemination, and supervising the organization's Member Volunteer program and Ambassador program.

Fun Fact: "I lived in Washington, D.C. but the only thing I liked about it was the food."

Great Divide Ranch Headquarters

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson
Ranch Maintenance Director

Responsible for building and equipment maintenance operation at our headquarters on the Great Divide Ranch. Originally from Whitefish, Mont., Steve brings with him 30 years of experience in the construction industry.

Fun Fact: "I have an associates degree in photojournalism, and I am a 3rd generation photographer."

Information Technology

Mike Shultz
Mike Shultz
Information Technology Director

Responsible for web development, user support, and system administration. Mike has been with Project Vote Smart since 2007.

Fun Fact: "I once pet a sting ray."

Legislative Research (Key Votes)

Darren McDivitt
Darren McDivitt
Legislative Research Director

Responsible for leading the Legislative Research department. This department is responsible for tracking major legislation in multiple states in addition to writing and revising comprehensive summaries of legislation. He previously worked as the National Internship Coordinator and director of the Political Courage Test Department for Project Vote Smart. Darren is a Tucson, Arizona native who received his bachelor's in political science from Truman State University in 2009.

Fun Fact: "I am the only person in my family to not play a musical instrument."
Natasha King
Natasha King
Legislative Research Associate

Responsible for tracking major legislation in multiple states in addition to writing and revising comprehensive summaries of legislation. She also serves as the primary intern coordinator for the UT office. Natasha received her bachelor’s in Government & History from the University of Texas at Austin, and joined as staff following her internship with the organization in 2011.

Fun Fact: "I firmly believe that the ultimate answer is 42."
Dilip Kanuga
Dilip Kanuga
Legislative Research Associate

Responsible for tracking major legislation in multiple states in addition to writing and revising comprehensive summaries of legislation. Dilip graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Government & History in May 2013. He previously worked in the Texas House of Representatives, the Jamail Center for Legal Research at the UT Law Library, and as an undergraduate research fellow in the J.J. Pickle Research Apprenticeship Program.

Fun Fact: "Steve Perry once bought me an iPod."
Matthew Abel
Matthew Abel
Legislative Research Associate

Responsible for tracking major legislation in multiple states in addition to writing and revising comprehensive summaries of legislation. Matt previously worked in the Texas House of Representatives and for a healthcare consulting firm. Born and raised in Indianapolis, he received his bachelor's in Public Affairs from Indiana University in 2010.

Fun Fact: "I helped tackle Mark Cuban in an IU Alumni rugby match."

Political Courage Test

Claire Battaglia
Claire Battaglia
Political Courage Test Director

Responsible for overseeing the creation and administration of the Political Courage Test. The Political Courage Test is the organization's flagship program, measuring candidates' willingness to provide citizens with their positions on key issues each election year. Claire is a native of Billings, MT and received her degree in Political Science in 2010 from Lewis & Clark College. She joined Project Vote Smart's staff in 2013.

Fun Fact: "I hunted a giraffe, on foot and with a spear, while staying with the Hadza, a hunter-gatherer tribe in Tanzania."
Nick Gann
Nick Gann
Political Courage Test Associate

Responsible for assisting with the coordination of candidates' issue position research, in addition to distributing and processing submitted Political Courage Tests. The Political Courage Test is the organization's flagship program, measuring candidates' willingness to provide citizens with their positions on key issues each election year. Nick is a native of Traverse City, Michigan and attended Kalamazoo College where he studied Political Science and German. Nick joined Project Vote Smart's staff in 2013 immediately following his internship with the organization.

Fun Fact: I have ridden a camel and a cow, but never a horse.

Research

Katy Dupre
Katy Dupre
Research Director

Responsible for leading the Research department which researches and maintains the organization's biographical, campaign finance, public statements, and interest group ratings information on all U.S. elected officials and candidates. Katy received her master's in political science from the University of New Orleans and also studied at the Leysin American School in Switzerland. Katy joined Project Vote Smart's staff in 2011 immediately following her internship with the organization.

Fun Fact: "I Cajun and Zydeco dance."
Sarkis Peha
Sarkis Peha
Research Associate, Lodge Manager

Responsible for supervising intern work related to special interest group's ratings of current elected officials. Sarkis also co-manages and maintains operations and volunteer life at the Project's Great Divide Ranch headquarters. A graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor's degree in history and international studies, Sarkis previously worked abroad as an English teacher in South America and also interned with Vote Smart before joining our staff in 2012.

Fun Fact: "I'm an avid hitchhiking advocate"
Michael Mowery
Michael Mowery
Research Associate, Lodge Manager

Responsible for updating public officials' public statements and speeches, in addition to supervising related intern work. Michael also contributes to updating social media content related to public statements and speeches. In addition to his Research Department duties, Michael also co-manages and maintains operations and volunteer life at the Project's Great Divide Ranch headquarters. Michael is originally from University Park, MD and is a graduate of St. John's College, Annapolis where he studied Philosophy and the History of Math and Science. He joined our staff in 2013 immediately following his internship with the organization.

Fun Fact: "I'm terrible at keeping secrets."
Jim Harrold
Jim Harrold
Research Associate

Responsible for supervising intern work related to current officials' profiles including biographical information, contact information and photos, in addition to other research responsibilities such as ballot measures and assisting with committee membership rosters. Jim received his bachelors degree in political science from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and previously interned with Vote Smart in 2011 before joining our staff in 2012.

Fun Fact: "My favorite writers are Nietzsche, Tolkien, Plato, and Orwell."
Timmy Hunter-Kilmer
Timmy Hunter-Kilmer
Research Associate

Responsible for developing computer codes and programs that improve our efficiency processes for the Research and PCT department's daily tasks, Timmy also assists with computer programming for special projects in order to increase productivity within departments. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Virginia in 2010 and joined Project Vote Smart's staff in 2013.

Fun Fact: "I like romance novels. The classy ones, mind you."
Leisha Durstine
Leisha Durstine
Research Associate

Responsible for updating public officials' public statements and speeches, in addition to supervising related intern work. Leisha also contributes to updating social media content related to public statements and speeches. Originally from Pennsylvania, Leisha graduated from Chatham University in 2012 with a bachelor's in Political Science. She joined Project Vote Smart as a staff member in 2014 immediately after completing an internship with the organization.

Fun Fact: "In college I took classes on American Sign Language, Judo, scuba diving, and harp."
Andrew Bennett
Andrew Bennett
Research Associate

Responsible for updating public officials' public statements and speeches, in addition to supervising related intern work. Andrew also contributes to updating social media content related to public statements and speeches. Andrew received his master's and bachelor's degrees in Political Science from the University of Connecticut before joining Project Vote Smart's staff in 2014.

Fun Fact: "My favorite historical figures are President Theodore Roosevelt and Achilles of Greek mythology."
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