Leadership

Laura Zorc

Director of Education Reform - FreedomWorks

Laura’s experience in various levels of the education system has prepared her to lead this movement effectively. As one of Florida Parents Against Common Core founding members, Laura’s work led to the removal of Common Core standards in Florida. Additionally, she has served as president of her county’s parent-teacher association and as an elected member of her local school board. These experiences have equipped her to form and guide effective parent coalitions across the country. As a parent of three school-age children, Laura knows that the key to education reform is not just white papers but parents across the country standing up for their families.

Zachary Laba

BEST Program Manager - FreedomWorks

Zach Laba joined the BEST team after working for Glenn Youngkin's campaign, getting to see first hand the importance of parental rights in education and the dangers of school board tyranny to service teachers unions. He previously worked for the Congressional Leadership Fund, coordinating IE spending for races across the country. Zach graduated from The George Washington University in 2020, so he knows a bit about bias in education. He enjoys trying to golf, reading biographies, and 2000s network television.

National

Amy Carney

National Advisor to the Director

Amy is the Author of Parent on Purpose and speaks to moms and dads about the importance of raising their children with more intentionality. Her work has evolved into empowering parents to stand up for education reform in Arizona and around the country. Amy is a mother of six and an advocate for foster care adoption. She is currently serving on the Scottsdale School Board, having won her seat in the Nov. 2022 election.

Quisha King

National Advisor for Parent Advocacy

Quisha King is a mother of 2 daughters, host of The Quisha King Show and Founder of the Mass Exodus Movement, that aims to get children into better learning environments. Currently, she is a national speaker on education issues and parental rights and has been featured on major news outlets and national TV shows. She is the former SpokesMom for Moms for Liberty and former Sr. Director of Education and Membership with Moms for America. Quisha received the 2021 Rising Stars Award from the RNC and was a featured guest at Governor Ron DeSantis’s 2022 State of the State address. She was also highlighted by Governor DeSantis for her Board of Education remarks against critical race theory during the 2020 Faith & Freedom Conference.

Dr. Karen Hiltz

National School Board Policy Advisor & Florida Coordinator

Dr. Karen Hiltz served in the Navy, is a retired Federal Procurement Professional, and taught business courses in undergraduate and graduate programs. Elected in 2015 to the Franklin County School Board, VA, she created The Apple Report FB page to communicate with constituents. In 2016, she was appointed to a Community College Local Advisory Board. Other experience includes serving on a private school board, multiple education non-profit boards, authored numerous articles on education and two books. Dr. Hiltz holds a BS and MBA in Management, an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies, and currently resides in Florida.

Nicole Solas

National Advisor for Parental Rights in Edu

Nicole Solas, a stay-at-home mom from Rhode Island, became an education advocate after the National Education Association sued her for submitting public records requests about critical race theory and gender theory in school. Now a senior fellow with Independent Women’s Forum, she writes for its Education Freedom Center. Nicole has had numerous media appearances including The Ingraham Angle, Tucker Carlson Tonight, Newsmax National Report, Fox's America's Newsroom, Fox News Digital, and National Review. Her favorite appearance was on the cover of the New York Post as a featured “domestic terrorist.” She is the 2021 winner of the Goldwater Institute Freedom Award for battling education bureaucrats. Nicole is a Massachusetts attorney and graduate of Roger Williams School of Law.

Adam Rizzieri

BEST Dad Leadership Development Advisor

Adam Rizzieri brings high energy to the FreedomWorks’ BEST Dads mentoring and leadership development initiative. With 20 years of experience in online marketing, Rizzieri was one of the first media buyers on Facebook and among the first to work in the New Media (Web TV) industry, serving the online advertorial needs of major advertisers. Adam regularly contributes to national radio and television programs and on a weekly basis, he can be heard speaking on Newsmax, SiriusXM Patriot, Cumulus Media, and iHeartMedia news stations. Adam earned a B.A. from Southern Methodist University, where he was class president and a M.S. in International Marketing Management from Boston University. Adam is a Board Member of the Collin County Conservative Republicans and is a member of the Plano Citizens Coalition. With BEST, Adam's goal is to develop leaders amongst our BEST Dads and Granddads. Adam lives in Plano, Texas with his wife, Jessica, and they are expecting a baby boy, Hayden Taylor, in October 2022.

Tera Myers

National Advisor for Parental Choice in Edu.

Tera lives in Mansfield, Ohio, where she fought for her son Samuel to access education funding to attend the school of his choice. After years of advocation for the law to be changed, in 2011, Tera started a functional learning program in her town for children with exceptional learning needs in the local Christian School. While directing the program, Tera began sharing her story with other schools in Ohio and nationwide. Tera speaks to legislators on how school choice can help students nationwide. She shares with parents how to have their voices heard and advocate for their children. Tera offers training to parents and teachers on how to have a genuinely personalized Individual Education Plan for students with learning needs. Tera participated in a roundtable discussion with the President of the United States in 2019 and spoke at the 2020 RNC. Tera started her own business to help parents, Tera Myers Consulting LLC, and is currently the Advisor for Families of Individuals with Special Needs for the American Federation for Children.

Arizona

Pam Kirby

Arizona Education Advisor

Pam served two terms each on the Paradise Valley Town Council and Scottsdale School District Governing Board. She has a Bachelors in Accounting, MBA, and a Master’s in Education Policy. Pam is the Founder and President of The Arizona Coalition of School Board Members, a 501c3 that promotes quality school board governance which prioritizes freedom in education, parental rights, and educational excellence.

Georgia

Sheri Mitchell

Georgia State Coalition Coordinator

Sheri Mitchell became an activist when she felt pushed in the corner during the Covid pandemic. Like many parents across the country, she was able to sit across the table and see what her children were being taught in school. When the school system decided not to send her kids back to school in-person, she organized a grassroots effort with other community leaders and started a protest. That protest drew hundreds in the community. She partnered with BEST early on and also served on a campaign for a school board member. She took her experience lobbying in DC for Healthcare Reform and brought it to Education by partnering with local politicians and decision makers. She has also published articles to educate the public on local school board events. Sheri has a BS in Business Marketing and resides in Gwinnett County Georgia. She has two children, one in middle school and one in high school.

Ohio

Tracy Ulrich

Ohio State Coalition Coordinator

Tracy Ulrich is from Perrysburg, Ohio. She is a mother of two and grandmother of two dedicated to fighting for the education and freedom for our children.  She Started Perrysburg Stands Up - a parent group in Wood County Ohio that is standing up for the rights of parents. Tracy and her group actively push for transparency and fight against the woke agenda of the education system.  As State Coordinator, Tracy helps new groups develop and builds relationships with current and potential Ohio coalition partners.

Mission Statement

Building Education for Students Together’s mission is to ignite a national parent-led movement by building, educating, and mobilizing the largest network of parent activists in the country to advocate for their children’s education through the election of school board members and the passage of policies that align with our vision of expanding education freedom.

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