Libertas Institute Staff


Connor Boyack, President
Connor Boyack founded Libertas Institute in 2011 and serves as its president. He is also president of The Association for Teaching Kids Economics. Connor is the author of 13 books along with hundreds of columns and articles championing personal freedom and free markets. A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.
DJ Schanz, Vice President
DJ 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. DJ lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and four children.
Nichelle Aiden, Director of Communications
Nichelle’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.
Michael Melendez, Director of Policy
Michael has been a liberty activist since his high school days, and has recently focused on educating, organizing, and mobilizing college students throughout Utah as Utah state chairman of the Young Americans for Liberty. Michael has managed and worked on dozens of campaigns for liberty-minded candidates all over the country, and prior to joining Libertas was staffer to a state senator and the government affairs manager for Waterford Institute, a digital education non-profit.
Molly Davis, Policy Analyst
Molly graduated from Rocky Mountain College with a double major in political science and communication studies and a double minor in economics and business management. She founded and became president of club chapters for Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and also maintained student coordinators for Students for Liberty (SFL). She joined Libertas after completing an education policy internship at Reason Foundation in Washington D.C.
Catherine Hess, Director of Development
Catherine Hess was born and raised in Orem, Utah. A people person and relationship builder at heart, she has over 20 years of experience serving in leadership positions in a variety of community, corporate, and charitable organizations. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in Human Development and Psychology. Catherine is committed to contributing to the wellness and happiness of Utahns. She is a world traveler, an outdoor adventurer and athlete, organizational expert and event planner, nutrition and exercise guru, culinary artist, musician, and mother to three beautiful children.
Josh Daniels, Policy Advisor
Josh Daniels brings a broad range of educational and practical experience to Libertas. Having studied economics, business, and political science, and receiving 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 joining Libertas, he was a senior aide to U.S. Congressman Pete Olson in Texas. Josh lives in Saratoga Springs with his wife and four children.
Jonathan Hayes, Operations Manager
Jonathan oversees management and fulfillment of our many book orders, ensuring that our educational efforts reach a wide range of people throughout the world. He joins Libertas having most recently worked at the Utah State Developmental Center and for Vivint Smart Home. He lives in Eagle Mountain with his wife and son.
Lynée Fife, Children’s Entrepreneur Market Manager
Lynée has been an active volunteer for 20 years—in the classroom, on the high school football booster club, with youth groups, and as an angel investor for each of her four children’s businesses. As a piano instructor, window washer, and maker of gourmet caramel apples, her children have learned invaluable lessons gaining real world experience. She joins Libertas to help other young entrepreneurs make their mark on the world. Lynée is an avid runner and lives in Herriman with her husband and kids.
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