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Institute Team

The Bill of Rights Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that works to engage, educate, and empower individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society.

Board of Directors

The Bill of Rights Institute is thankful for the support of its Board of Directors:

Mark Humphrey · Preston Marshall · Ryan Stowers · Rob Testwuide · Todd Zywicki

Institute Executive Team

Institute Staff

Becky Leakway

BRI Staff TeamDevelopment Associate

Becky joined BRI as an intern in Fall 2020 and has now joined the Development team where she works on data organization, moves management organization, and gift acknowledgement. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with an MA in Museum Studies and Certificate in Nonprofit Management, and of Millersville University of Pennsylvania with a BA in History and German. Prior to her role at BRI, Becky worked for 5 years in the title insurance industry.

Christopher Janson

BRI Staff TeamManager, Outreach and Communications

Before joining BRI full time in May of 2017, Chris worked for seventeen years in sales and marketing for The Washington Post’s Newspaper in Education program. He has also done marketing, public relations, and fundraising for several small theater companies in Washington, D.C., has worked as an education aide and consultant for The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery and has written curriculum for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s TeachUNICEF program. Chris has a B.A. in History and Drama from Thomas More College in his native state of Kentucky, and an M.A. in Theater History, Literature, and Criticism from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Contact Chris at

Elizabeth Evans

BRI Staff TeamManager of Regional Programs

Elizabeth Evans is the Manager of Regional Programs at the Bill of Rights Institute, based in Gilbert, Arizona. She is an award-winning teacher with 17 years of experience teaching the social sciences, including 8th-grade civics, AP U.S. History, and AP Government. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Social Studies/History and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as a Master of Education in Secondary History Education from Northern Arizona University.

Gary Colletti

BRI Staff TeamDirector, Teacher & Student Programs

Gary Colletti is the Director of Teacher and Student Programs at the Bill of Rights Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a policy associate at the National Association of State Boards of Education. His background also includes teaching for fourteen years in high schools in New York City and Richmond, Virginia. His classes and programs included history, philosophy, sociology, and theatre. Gary studied education policy at the George Washington University, education at Hofstra University, and philosophy at Binghamton University. Contact Gary at

Haley Watson

BRI Staff TeamProducer and Content Manager

Haley became a part of the Bill of Rights Institute team in the Fall of 2019 bringing a background in content management and business development focused on technology application. Her experience ranges from magazine publication to broadcast television production to digital media distribution. Having graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in History and a minor in Law and Society, she has always been fascinated by the past and present issues the nation faces and values the importance of preserving a truly free society.

Joanne McKinney

BRI Staff TeamVice President, Human Resources

Joanne joined BRI in the summer of 2019 and handles all aspects of human resources with a keen focus on organizational enhancement and growth. Her experience includes successes in both the for-profit and for-purpose organizations. Years of hands-on human resource experience from HR Director to Chief Administrative Officer have given her a breadth of knowledge on how to recognize, analyze, strategize and ultimately lead organizations to create or enhance effective and purposeful employee-centric cultures. She has a B.S. degree in communication disorders from Bloomsburg University focused on profound hearing challenges in children.

Kelly Haynes

BRI Staff TeamAssociate, Educator Engagement

Kelly joined the BRI team in November 2019 assisting the Education team with research, collecting and analyzing data, and planning in-office events. Growing up right outside of Washington D.C, Kelly enjoyed history from an early age, making many trips to museums and historical sites on the East Coast. While at the University of Mary Washington getting her Bachelors in History and minoring in Museum Studies, she interned at the Surratt House in Clinton, MD and the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia as a Bowley Scholar.

Kerry Flanagan

BRI Staff TeamManager, Digital Education Products

Prior to joining BRI, Kerry worked for a decade as an educator in the Houston area. After teaching high school World Geography, U.S. History, and AP US History, Kerry transitioned to supporting teachers as an instructional coach. Following her campus experiences, Kerry was a curriculum coordinator where she managed social studies curriculum for grades 5-8, led professional development, and provided district level instructional support. Kerry has a B.A. in History from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Kirk Higgins

BRI Staff TeamDirector, Content

Kirk has led several major curricula and content projects since joining BRI in 2014, including the new comprehensive U.S. History digital resource, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. In addition to managing the development of the Institute’s curricula, Kirk also coordinates BRI’s online content and co-sponsored programming with Liberty Fund. Kirk received his B.A. in History from Hillsdale College and is currently pursuing an M.A. in History from George Mason University. Contact Kirk at

Kyriakos Mossaidis

BRI Staff TeamResearch Assistant, Development

Kyriakos started his time with the Bill of Rights Institute in the spring of 2019 as a summer intern in the development department. Since then, he has worked his way to part-time employment in the Fall of 2019 and full-time employment in January 2021. As a research analyst, Kyriakos is often researching crucial data related to BRI and their ever-expanding connections.  Kyriakos recently attained a BA in History and Political Science from Christopher Newport University, and is currently studying for a Master’s of Public Administration at the Schar School at George Mason University.

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