Libertas Institute Staff

Connor Boyack, PresidentConnor Boyack founded Libertas Institute in 2011 and serves as its president. Previous to Libertas, Connor served as director of the Utah Tenth Amendment Center. He is the author of several books along with hundreds of columns and articles championing individual liberty. A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.
DJ Schanz, Vice PresidentDJ has owned and operated several successful businesses, including a medical records company and a political phone bank. An undergraduate of Brigham Young University, he received his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. DJ’s large network, entrepreneurial drive, and strategic mindset complement the work of Libertas and help build coalitions and increase our profile and policy success.
Nichelle Aiden, Director of CommunicationsNichelle’s diverse background includes acting, directing, writing, and journalism. In short, she is a storyteller, and uses her media experience to help Utahns understand the personal impact of public policies—how government overreach can negatively impact families, and how liberty can unleash personal growth and a meaningful pursuit of happiness. A lifelong resident of Utah, Nichelle lives in Orem.
Chris Jones, Director of Development Over a thirty-year career in and out of politics, Chris has been involved in public policy and election campaigning at every level of the political scene. His battlefield political experience includes a city council race, two terms as legislative district chair, a run for state legislature, and assisting three congressional campaigns, a gubernatorial campaign, and a presidential campaign. Chris lives with his wife Jeanette and their eight children in Lehi.
Josh Daniels, Policy AnalystJosh Daniels brings a broad range of educational and practical experience to Libertas. Having studied economics, business, and political science, and having recently obtained a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, Josh adds strong value to our policy research and advocacy. His experience also includes eight years in the Marine Corps and work on state and federal campaigns. Prior to his employment with Libertas, he was a senior aide to U.S. Congressman Pete Olson in Texas. Josh lives in American Fork with his wife and four children.
Reno Mahe, Development AssociateWhile Reno is best known in Utah as a BYU football player who later spent five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reno has since built a successful career as an entrepreneur and business consultant. Reno’s passion for freedom and a free market inspires not only his business efforts, but his desire to see the cause of liberty succeed in Utah. Reno lives in Lehi with his wife and seven children.