Our Team


Lindsay Craig

President

Lindsay Young Craig is the President of National Review Institute, the non-profit William F. Buckley Jr. founded in 1991 to complement the efforts of National Review magazine and promote the ideals of a free society he championed. Under Lindsay’s leadership, NRI has established sound fiscal footing, even as NRI has become the parent company for NR, Inc., significantly expanded and enhanced its existing programs while establishing new ones, and broadened its partnerships with policy organizations and policy makers across the country. She remains active in the broader conservative movement, organizing events, serving on advisory boards, and speaking at conferences. Lindsay serves on the Board of Trustees for The Fund for American Studies and on the Board of Advisors for Young Voices.

Prior to joining NRI in August of 2013, Lindsay spent 16 years at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, one of the country’s leading domestic-policy think tanks. As vice president of communications and marketing, she oversaw the development of the public-relations department, social-media and web development, and strategic marketing. In addition to her communications department duties, Lindsay spearheaded numerous other Manhattan Institute projects—leading special initiatives such as launching the Young Leaders Circle, organizing major conferences, and overseeing MI’s internship program.

A Connecticut native, Lindsay lived in New York City for over 30 years, after she moved there to study photography and graphic design at School of Visual Arts with a focus on political art. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Politics. She lives just outside New York City with her husband and young daughter.

Stephanie Cates

Regional Development Lead, Southwest

Stephanie Cates is NRI’s Regional Development Lead in the Southwest. Based in Phoenix, she fosters relationships with NRI friends and donors throughout the Southwestern U.S. Prior to NRI, Stephanie spent 24 years directing the marketing and communications for a consumer packaged goods manufacturer in Spokane, Washington.

Stephanie is excited to meet new people who are equally passionate about promoting the conservative movement, while being closer to family in Arizona and Southern California. In her leisure time, she enjoys reading, wine tasting, and exploring the unique beauty of the desert Southwest. She graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in Communications, and laments that she missed having William F. Buckley Jr. as her commencement speaker by one year.

Chris Ciancimino

Director of Regional Development

Chris Ciancimino is the Director of Regional Development at National Review Institute, responsible for managing relationships with NRI friends and donors in the Midwest. Prior to joining NRI, Chris spent 13 years directing annual campaigns and major gift efforts for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a 27,000-student public research University. Chris has served on a wide range of boards in his community, including organizations focusing on veterans’ affairs, education, and animal welfare. A Wisconsin native, Chris graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (B.A. in Criminal Justice) where he first discovered the writings of William F. Buckley Jr. He also has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He currently lives outside of Milwaukee with his wife, two daughters, and beagle.

Amanda Herbert

Campus Outreach and Events Manager

Amanda Herbert is the Campus Outreach and Events Manager at National Review Institute. Prior to joining NRI, Amanda spent 6 years working in higher education and completed her Master’s in Public Administration and Certification in Government Management from Virginia Commonwealth University. Amanda has previously worked for the National Rifle Association, Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, and the Virginia House of Delegates. She is a lifelong Virginian and resides in Richmond with her husband Tommy.

Thomas Kilkenny

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Tom Kilkenny is the Vice President of Finance and Operations at National Review Institute. Tom was most recently the Senior Vice President and Controller of McGraw-Hill Education, Inc. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Controller of Core Media Group, an entertainment company, and he was Chief Financial Officer of Perseus Book Group. He previously held a number of positions at S&P Global (formerly McGraw-Hill) after beginning his career at Ernst & Young. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University, holds an MBA from New York University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. He serves on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, a NYC homeless organization.

Karlene Maharaj

Development Operations Coordinator

Karlene Maharaj is the Development Operations Coordinator at National Review Institute, responsible for managing the direct mail program, providing financial reporting and campaign analysis, and assisting the development staff in outreach, logistics, marketing, follow-up, and events. Karlene has worked in the development arena for almost 10 years. Her passion for fundraising began when she worked for an organization that served veterans and their families, a mission very close to her own story. Throughout her career, she has worked vigorously to connect donors to the stories of “why one gives” and to the messaging of an organization’s mission.

As both a wife and mother, Karlene pursued her academic goals online, attending the School of Professional Studies, CUNY in New York for her B.A. in Business Administration. Her personal and professional affiliations include sitting on the board of her children’s private school PTA since 2008, first as the PTA president and then as the Parent Teacher Liaison. She has also been a participating member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

Miranda Melvin

Director of External Affairs

Miranda Melvin is the Director of External Affairs at National Review Institute. She has spent the majority of her career working in the grassroots departments of the National Rifle Association and the National Federation of Independent Business. She was born and raised in Ohio and like many young conservatives, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work at the Leadership Institute. At LI she trained college students to start independent publications on their campuses. Prior to that, she worked on several advocacy and political campaigns in Ohio, Texas, and Colorado.

Before beginning her work in politics, she was a Reporter at the Toledo Free Press in Ohio and was Managing Editor of her college newspaper at Bowling Green State University, where she studied Print Journalism and Political Science. Currently, she resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband Robert, who is a lobbyist.

Steven Palma

Office Services Coordinator

Steven J. Palma is the Office Services Coordinator at National Review Institute, responsible for providing administrative support and assisting with the direct mailing program. Steven graduated from Baruch College with a BBA in Economics.

Alexandra Rosenberg

Member and Events Manager

Alexandra Rosenberg is the Member and Events Manager at National Review Institute, responsible for planning and coordinating NRI’s member events throughout the year, including the annual William F. Buckley Jr. Prize Dinner. Alexandra graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. She is a Wisconsin native now residing in New Jersey.

Kristen Welch

Executive Assistant

Kristen Welch is the Executive Assistant at National Review Institute, responsible for maintaining Lindsay Craig’s schedule and for completing administrative tasks around the office. Kristen graduated from Grove City College in Western Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics.

Lydie White

Board of Trustees Liaison

Lydie White is the Board of Trustees Liaison, responsible for updating, coordinating with, and providing information to NRI’s board. Previously, she worked as the Director of Finance and Operations at NRI, overseeing internal operations, accounting, and event planning and providing administrative assistance directly to NRI’s president. Prior to joining NRI, Lydie worked in operations and finance for the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Originally from Georgia, Lydie earned her B.A. in History from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina and her J.D. from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her husband, John Anderson, reside in Georgia.

Jason Wise

Regional Development Lead, Northwest

Jason Wise is the Regional Development Lead for the Northwestern United States, managing and facilitating donor outreach and development. Having read National Review since the early days of the website, his association with the magazine started in 2002 when he sailed the Mediterranean on what was to become the first of many NR cruises—now up to 17. He served as an NRI trustee from 2005 to 2015. Prior to joining NRI, Jason worked as an equity trader in the hedge fund industry for 19 years in San Francisco, New York City, and Connecticut. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Washington. He now lives in his hometown of Seattle.

Ilana Wolf

Accounting and Operations Manager

Ilana Wolf is the Accounting and Operations Manager at NRI. In this role she is responsible for NRI’s accounting and finance, manages human resource-related functions, and supports management and development operations. Ilana came to NRI from Airline Pros in New York City, where she was responsible for all accounting duties for many of their foreign and domestic entities. She has payroll and HR-related experience with former employers. She majored in Accounting at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ilana lived in Russia and Israel before moving to the U.S. She and her family live in New Jersey.

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Lynn Gibson

Manager, Burke to Buckley Program

Lynn Gibson serves as the Manager of the Burke to Buckley Program—an eight-week program in cities across the country that is designed to provide select mid-career professionals with an intellectual survey of conservatism’s greatest writers and thinkers. In this role, she oversees the city chapters. Her professional career has spanned the academic, governmental, nonprofit, and private sectors. She currently works for a small family foundation. Her previous employers and/or consulting clients have included the National Math and Science Initiative, The Philanthropy Roundtable, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Senate, The Heritage Foundation, and her alma mater, Grove City College. Lynn has a B.S. in Biology from Grove City College and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel from Slippery Rock University. She is from Youngstown, Ohio.

Dan McDonough

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, Philadelphia

Dan McDonough serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in Philadelphia. He is chairman of Elauwit, a holding company with businesses in media and technology. He also is a founding partner of Woden, a brand narrative agency, and is a managing partner of the strategic consulting firm Baron Hunter. Dan’s early career was in media, and his news experience includes serving as editorial-page editor for daily newspapers in New Jersey; as a New York City-based special correspondent for the Washington-based Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.; and as a news professional with Gannett Co. and Dow Jones & Co. Dan’s articles on business, technology, and politics have been published in Intellectual Capital, National Review, The Christian Science Monitor, In These Times, and a number of other publications.

An Eagle Scout, Dan served on the National Committee of the Order of the Arrow and the honor society of the Boy Scouts of America, and has served as an officer and board member for many local council boards of the Boy Scouts. He spends considerable time traveling to and helping to support economic development in Haiti, and serves as a trustee of the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP).

Kate O’Connor

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, New York City

Kate O’Connor serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in New York City. Kate is the head of Growth Strategy for Gene Food, a health-tech start-up that leverages personal genetic data to maximize health and wellbeing. Prior to this, she was a management consultant in the health practice at Ernst & Young. She hails from Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, where she earned a BA in Economics. After leaving Ernst & Young, she moved from New York to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Kate was a Fellow in the spring 2020 NYC Burke to Buckley Program. Kate likes to stay active, including yoga and hiking, and used to teach group fitness classes while living in Chicago.

Paul Tzur

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, Chicago

Paul H. Tzur serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in Chicago. He is a partner in the law firm Blank Rome LLP, where he focuses his practice on white collar defense and complex commercial litigation matters. Paul represents corporate clients as well as their boards, audit committees, officers, directors, and other individuals on government enforcement matters, internal investigations, and related litigation. Paul’s practice also includes representing clients in complex business and healthcare-related disputes.

Prior to joining Blank Rome, Paul served for almost nine years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago where he investigated, prosecuted, and supervised hundreds of cases involving a wide range of criminal offenses. As a prosecutor in the Securities & Commodities Fraud Section, Paul’s matters included corporate accounting fraud, insider trading, unlawful market manipulation, and bank fraud. In this role, Paul also investigated and prosecuted the theft of trade secrets, Medicare fraud, and various other fraud schemes. He tried a dozen jury and bench cases to verdict and argued over ten appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Most recently, Paul served in supervisory roles as a deputy chief in the General Crimes Section and later in the Narcotics & Money Laundering Section.

Following law school, Paul clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Colloton at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and then worked as a litigation attorney at a leading Am Law 100 firm. During law school, Paul served as a member of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Before law school, Paul worked as a mechanical engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Jace Yarbrough

Regional Coordinator, Burke to Buckley Program, Dallas

Jace Yarbrough serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Burke to Buckley Program in Dallas. In that role, he recruits the Dallas Fellows and manages the program locally. By day Jace is a litigator in the Dallas office of Baker Botts L.L.P. His practice focuses on intellectual property, securities, and commercial litigation. He is also an active reservist in the United States Air Force, currently assigned to Headquarters, Space Operations Command.

Prior to law school, Jace served on active duty as an officer in the United States Air Force, a high school teacher in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and a fellow at the John Jay Institute for Faith, Society and Law. Jace received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Stanford Law School where he was President of the Federalist Society and co-founder of Stanford Law School Republicans. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Jace and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Dallas with their four children.

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Tim Andre
Intern

Tim is a student at The College of the Holy Cross where he studies Political Science with a minor in Creative Writing. His first experience with the Institute came when attending the 2019 NRI Ideas Summit, where he saw the Honorable James L. Buckley give his last public appearance. Since a young age Tim has been attracted to the conservative political ideology and its values of individualism, personal responsibility, and preserving America’s founding, and he has read and supported National Review since attending high school in Needham, Massachusetts. Tim is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and spends much of his free time playing and watching sports, enjoying movies of all genres, and writing his own screenplays as well as his own political opinion pieces.

Anastasia Kaliabakos
Intern

Anastasia “Stacey” Kaliabakos is a graduate of the Brearley School and is a rising junior at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is majoring in classics and philosophy and is a member of the college’s Honors Program. On campus, Stacey is a features editor for The Spire, the Associate Editor of the Holy Cross annual classics journal, Parnassus, Treasurer of the Classics Honors Society, Eta Sigma Phi, and a leadership team member of The Pause Project. She is also a monthly contributor to the WestView News, a newspaper operating out of the West Village in Manhattan, and is the author of her own self-published children’s book, Milkshake: A Very Special Pony. She has volunteered at an equine therapy facility called Great Strides for five years. Stacey plans on attending law school after graduation.

Seamus Lynch
Intern

Seamus Lynch is interning for NRI in the summer of 2021. Known as “Kip,” he is a student at Trinity College in Hartford majoring in history and minoring in Asian studies and religious studies. Formerly Executive Editor of the student newspaper, The Trinity Tripod, Kip is also involved with the Episcopal community on campus and is an Undergraduate Fellow at the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life.

Veronica Novotny
Intern

Veronica is a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studies theology with a minor in Latin and is a member of the Great Books honors program. In the past two years, she has re-discovered her childhood passion for writing and currently serves as both Editor-in-Chief of her campus newspaper and a contributing writer and copy editor for several other publications. Veronica has extensive experience with service and ministry, especially at the Cenacle School for Spiritual Direction in Clearwater, FL, where she has volunteered for over six years. Her other passions include baking, travelling, and telling stories about her semester in Europe.