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Geraldine (Gerry) Snyder   Thomas R. Spencer, Jr.   LaNeil Wright Spivy   Ted Squires    Scott Stanley, Jr.   Darla St. Martin     Mathew D. Staver, Esq.   Allen Stevens   Donald R. Stewart   Steve Stockman   Robert Stoddard   John Stoos   John A. Stormer   W. Robert Stover   Jay Strack   George W. Strake, Jr   Kathleen Sullivan   Lt. General Gordon Sumner Jr.   John H. Sununu  Gaylord K. Swim   


Geraldine (Gerry) Snyder- CNP Board of Governors 1996, 1998;  member of editorial board, Valley Views, a conservative weekly newspaper; partner and owner, Celebration catering and interior design company; board of directors, California Republican Party; member, California Republican Party; president, San Ramon Valley Republican Women (1993­1994); volunteer, Valley Crisis Pregnancy; active in Gary Bauer's Family Research Council ,  James Dobson's Focus on the Family,  Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum, Beverly LaHaye  's Concerned Women for America Inc, Conservative Political Action Committee, Jack Kemp's Empower America, National Rifle Association, and Christian Coalition; former director, Abstinence Curriculum and Education Program.

Thomas R. Spencer, Jr.- CNP 1996; life member Association of Former Intelligence Officers 1 ; senior partner, Spencer & Klein, P.A. 2 ; author, Jury Trials in Commercial Cases, Florida Bar Journal, March 1982, "Florida Small Business Practice," Florida Bar Journal, 1987, and other journal pieces; member, Dade County and American Bar Associations, Florida Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Federalist Society 3, Federal Bar Association, International Bar Association, Republican Lawyers Association, and the Foreign Trade Association; founder and former chairman, Film Society of Miami, Inc., Miami Film Festival; president, University of Miami Alumni Association; life member, Atlantic Circle, and Martindale­Hubbell Preeminent Lawyers of America.  Footnotes 1-3

LaNeil  Wright Spivy - CNP Executive Committee 1996, member 1998; website 4 ; founder and first president, Texas Eagle Forum 5; vice president, Dallas Eagle Forum; independent oil producer; owner­operator of a small cattle ranch in Collin County, Texas; co­founder and chairman of the board, Esther Action Council, United Methodist Church, spread quickly into thirty-two states, it was a forerunner of several evangelical organizations that are working to restore the Church to its Wesleyan heritage; member, board of directors, Dallas Christian Leadership; member, board of directors, Lancers Club; secretary and member, board of directors, Park Towers Homeowners Association; state delegate to Texas Republican Convention since 1978; represented Texas Eagle Forum at Geneva Summit supporting President Reagan's SDI in 1985; recipient, 1987 Conservative Action Award; elected to Madison Club of Ethics and Public Policy Center 6 [CNP's Ernest W. Lefever's] 1984; appointed, Texas Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution by Governor Clements in 1987; appointed Delegate to White House Conference on Families in 1980 by Governor Clements; appointed, Texas Commission on Status of Women 1977­1978 by Governor Dolph Briscoe; served on the staff with top security clearance at The Defense Research Laboratory, a Naval Ordinance Project with UT. Footnotes 4-6

Ted Squires- CNP 1998; Vice president, Nelson Resource Management Division, Thomas Nelson Publishers which is owned and run by CNP's  Sam Moore  

Scott Stanley, Jr.- CNP Board of Governors 1982, member 1984, 1988, 1996; Editor, Review the News and American Opinion 7, run by the John Birch Society; member, first board, William Buckley's Young Americans for Freedom.8   Footnotes 7-8

Darla St. Martin  - CNP 1998; Associate executive director, National Right to Life Committee and member since 1974, board of directors; authored essays for a number of books and written a pro-life Handbook for Political Candidates.

Mathew D. Staver, Esq.- CNP 1996, 1998; pastor; founder and president, Liberty Counsel 9, a religious civil liberties education and legal defense organization; president and founder, Staver & Associates, a law firm; president and founder, The Staver Group, a governmental consulting lobbying organization; president and founder, Staver Air, a charter flight service; contributor and editor, The Advocate, a legal publication dealing with insurance litigation; contributor and editor, The Liberator, a monthly newsletter devoted to religious liberty topics; producer of a radio program, Freedom's Call, a daily commentary on religious freedom and church related issues; author of numerous articles and pamphlets; authored "Quest for the Historical Jesus: An Inquiry into the Historicity of the Passion Predictions."; founded Campus Right to Life, as an outreach to college students;  Footnotes 9

Allen Stevens - CNP 1996, 1998; owner, Capital Insurance Services; member, Concerned Women for America Inc 10, and Young Republicans; Rotarian.  Footnotes 10

Donald R. Stewart - CNP 1988, 1996, 1998; chairman Stewart Private Blend Foods, Inc. 11  Footnotes 11

Steve Stockman- CNP 1996, 1998; member, First Baptist Church, Houston;  member of CNP's Reed Irvine's Accuracy in Media 12; lifetime member, National Rifle Association; Former member, United States House of Representatives (TX-09); served on the Banking and Financial Services Committee and Science Committee; elected to Congress on November 9, 1994, by defeating 42-year incumbent and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jack Brooks; member, Baytown and LaMarque Chambers of Commerce, the Smithsonian Institution ; formerly employed by McKee Environmental, Inc.  Footnotes 12

[Late] Robert Stoddard- CNP Board of Governors 1982, member 1984; Former Chairman of the Board of Raytheon International Paper Company, member of the Board of First National Bank of Boston, member of the Board of State Mutual Life Insurance Company, former director and vice-president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM); a John Birch Society National Council member and chairman of the Board of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, a newspaper that employed editors belonging to the local committee of the JBS National Council. 13  Former Director and president of the YMCA.  Footnotes 13

For more on YMCA see: A TOAST to Scientology; John MottSkeletons in the Closet: Rockefeller History

John Stoos- CNP 1996; Christian Reconstructionist; heads, Conservative Opportunity Society; former Western representative for English First 14, now regional director; former executive director of the Gun Owners of California; former adviser to the California chapter of the Christian Coalition; 1982, Assistant Administrator for Assemblyman Wally Herger; 1983, directed the California operations of a national Pro-life organization; 1995, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman Bob Margett and Senior Consultant for the Republican Caucus; former vice-president, California Republican Assembly 15 ;  host of Dialogue, a two hour-long (5-7 PM M-F) issues discussion program on, AM 710 "The Light" 16  

 The Council for Inter-American Security (CIS) is a rightist outfit that played a pivotal role formulating Washington's program for counter-revolutionary war and mass murder in Central America during the 1980s. Larry Pratt, was a central figure within the CIS hierarchy as was Patrick Buchanan; Pratt was secretary to the group while Buchanan functioned as an organizational director (see Appendix for complete list of board members and principle players). 17  CNP"s Bouchey heads CIS and numerous CNP members are involved in the organization. 18  

Under the auspices of CIS, Pratt helped found and was the president of a racist, anti-immigration outfit, English First, which address is the same address as Pratt's GOA.. Officers of Pratt's group are also leaders of the alarmist, United States Border Control (USBC). The Denver-based, North-South Institute (NSI) is a non-profit arm of the Council for Inter-American Security. NSI vice president and director, Lt. General Gordon Sumner, also a CIS director as we have seen, is an officer of USBC and NSI. Recommended links on the English First  19 website include one to the English-Speaking Union of the United States -- a super-elite society which was formed by the Cecil Rhodes-Milner Round Table Group. John Stoos, the former Western representative for English First and the former executive director of the Gun Owners of California, has also been an adviser to the California chapter of the powerful Christian Coalition - which is headed by the Rev. Pat Robertson, managed by the charismatic Ralph Reed...English First is actually a subsidiary of another Pratt entity, the Family Foundation. Both are run from the same office suite in Virginia that GOA calls home. Pratt founded the Family Foundation as a Virginia nonprofit corporation in 1980 after he was already GOA's executive director. By 1987, the Family Foundation had a 13-member advisory board of state and federal legislators, including  Armey. (Armey has been listed on GOA letterheads as an advisory board member. 20 

"...What got Stoos into trouble was his statement that American society should be founded on Christ's kingship and Biblical law. Stoos also said that Jews and other non-Christians would be "tolerated." His comments were challenged by Marty Kassman of the ACLU, who is also a board member of the American Jewish Congress.

"I don't wish to be tolerated in this country," Kassman said. "I was born in this country. I don't think it is any more your country than mine. Or any more a Christian's country [than] a Jew's."

Stoos shot back that in the Christian society he envisions "you would not have total acceptance. You would feel more at home in Israel."...." 21  

"...a California medical clinic sued activists Theresa Reali, Murray Lewis, John Stoos, Jay Baggett and Don Blythe, Operation Rescue and others. They had been physically and verbally harassing clinic patients and barring access to its entrance. They were found guilty by default at their initial trial, which they declined to show up for. A state appeals court upheld the conviction, the California Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal, and this week the land's highest court let the verdict stand. The five now owe nearly $100,000 -- the legal costs the clinic incurred...." 22  

"...In an article for the Chalcedon Report, a journal of the radical Christian Reconstructionist movement, Stoos "goes so far as to call Christian politicians God's 'vice-regents'...those who believe in the Lordship of Christ and the dominion mandate..." 23   Footnotes 14-23

John A. Stormer - CNP 1996, 1998; pastor emeritus, Heritage Baptist Church; Director, I Chronicles 12:32 Understanding the Times Ministry; owner, Liberty Bell Press; author, None Dare Call It Treason, The Death of a Nation, Growing God's Way; past president, Missouri Association of Christian Schools; state chairman, Missouri Young Republicans, 1962-64; member, Missouri Republican State Committee, 1962-64; Korean War Air Force Veteran.

"...John A. Stormer's hard-hitting, well-documented book, published to coincide with Barry Goldwater's presidential campaign, helped breathe life into the growing Americanist movement. Owing largely to the concerted book-distribution campaigns of such patriotic groups as The John Birch Society, some six million copies of None Dare Call It Treason were distributed in the first eight months after its publication, setting an all-time record for the sale of so many books in so short a time period...While ostensibly "fighting" communism with its right hand, the U.S. Government had actually been aiding, supporting, and promoting communism with its left. A substantial portion of the original edition of None Dare Call It Treason was devoted to proving this incredible truth beyond all reasonable doubt...

An equally damning indictment charged that many of our most vital institutions -- including our educational system, the news media, organized labor, our government, and even our churches -- had been infiltrated by communists and fellow travelers. As a consequence, the author solemnly warned, America was in grave danger of being subverted from within.

John Stormer cast his penetrating spotlight even on the high and mighty. He was, in fact, among the first writers to expose the nefarious goals of the Council on Foreign Relations, and to reveal the funding of subversive leftwing causes and groups by the wealthy tax-exempt foundations. Stormer also courageously exposed the un-American character of the United Nations, denouncing in the process the entire spirit of internationalism... with a call to action for all concerned Americans... he also recommended joining some of the "well-established national organizations" devoted to the Americanist cause, such as The John Birch Society..." 24 

John Stormer's book  identified the Council on Foreign Relations as a procommunist threat. CFR members who have been members of the CNP alongside Stormer, have included: J. Peter Grace, George F. Gilder, Howard Ahmanson, Jr.., Arnaud de Borchgrave, William E. SimonDr. Edward Teller, Thomas L. Rhodes  , Jesse Helms, Guy Vander Jagt    Footnotes 24

W. Robert Stover- CNP  1988, 1996, 1998; founder, chairman and CEO, Western Staff Services, Inc. 25 now Westaff; Board of trustees, Presbyterian Lay Committee; was/is chairman of Young Life 26 ; graduate, Fuller Theological Seminary. See: Filling the Blanks With Fuller ~Fuller Seminary Roots  & Connections   Footnotes 25-26

Jay Strack- CNP 1996, 1998; Jay Strack Association; communicator, author, and minister/evangelist; Elected two consecutive years as First Vice-President of the Southern Baptist Convention; Trustee of the Christian Life Commission; Has served on the Public Affairs Committee for the SBC; Served as Vice-President of the Committee on the Order of Business, SBC; Served two terms as President of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists; Received a commendation letter from former Secretary of Education, William Bennett, (1987) for anti-drug lectures in public schools and from First Lady, Nancy Reagan (1986) for efforts relating to drug abuse; Served on various national and presidential drug task force committees including: Nancy Reagan’s "Just Say NO"; with Drug Czar--William Bennett and with Governor Robert Martinez.

George W. Strake, Jr.- CNP 1984, 1988, 1996, 1998; Chairman and President, Strake Energy, Inc; Former Texas Secretary of State; member of the World Trade Supervisory Board, a panel he chaired in 1998; bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame; degree in business administration from Harvard University's Graduate School; 1982, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Houston Baptist University; served as chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 1983 to 1988; trustee of the Herzstein Foundation, president of the Strake Foundation, a member of the Advisory Council of the University of Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters and a member of the board of the University of St. Thomas.; Board of Director's of CNP's  "Father" Rev. Robert Sirico's Acton Institute 27

Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty 28  "Each member of our board believes in the importance of the Acton Institute's work to promote the compatibility of faith and freedom." Provides a list of links to "Christian environmental organizations  29 " that includes, Cathedral of St. John Divine, the headquarters for the Episcopal Church, the Temple of Understanding and home for New Ager Madeline L'engle. 

Actons Board and Advisory Board include: "Father" Rev. Robert Sirico; Mrs. Betsy DeVos [CNP's Rich DeVos hus., daughter of CNP's Elsa Prince] Dr. Edwin J. Feulner, Jr., William E. Simon, George W. Strake, Jr;  

See: The Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship (ICES) > See: ICES; CNP Joint Projects E-J  Footnotes 27-29

Kathleen Sullivan - CNP  1988, 1996, 1998; chairman, Eagle Forum 30 of Illinois; founder and executive director, National Catholic Coalition; president, Committee on the Status of Women; project director for development and testing of curriculum, "Sex Respect": served on the National Family Policy Advisory Board during President Reagan's 1980 Campaign. Footnotes 30

Lt. General Gordon Sumner Jr. (ret.) - CNP 1984-85, 1988, 1996,1998; former Chairman, Inter-American Defense Board; former  special assistant to the Secretary of State for Latin American affairs with personal rank as Ambassador; .

Council for Inter-American Security (CIS) director and advisor; Sumner was also a board member of the International Security Council (ISC), described by Herman and O'Sullivan as the "main U.S. agency of the Moon system in the field of terrorism propaganda." An international conference organized by ISC and CAUSA was held in January 1986 in Tel Aviv; speakers included [Rev. Moon's U.S. representative] Bo Hi Pak and [CNP's] Arnaud de Borchgrave, the publisher of the Washington Times... The Denver-based, North-South Institute (NSI) is a non-profit arm of the Council for Inter-American Security. NSI vice president and director, Lt. General Gordon Sumner , also a CIS director as we have seen, is an officer of USBC and NSI. 31 

Member of the Committee of Sante Fe who also included CNP's Lewis Tambs, Roger Fontaine, a National Security Council (NSC) adviser on Latin American affairs and CNP's Lynn Francis Bouchey, an active organizer for the Unification Church's CAUSA operations in Central and South America  Footnotes 31

John H. Sununu - CNP 1984-85; 1988; 1996;1998; governor, State of New Hampshire; three-term governor who also served as President Bush's White House Chief of Staff.

Gaylord K. Swim - CNP 1996, 1998; served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany; Founder and president, Swim Investment Management; co-founder, Rural Health Management Corporation, a not-for-profit management corporation for privatization of rural hospitals; founder and chairman, Sutherland Institute 32 , a state-oriented public policy think tank; chairman chairman of the board, American Heritage Schools, Inc.; chairman, EFI Electronics, Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah; served on the boards of Covey Leadership Institute, Deseret International Foundation, Eyring Research Institute, and the Central Valley Medical Center. He has been involved with the National Right-to-Work Legal Defense Foundation, Heritage Foundation, and the Philanthropy Roundtable; graduate of Brigham Young University.  Footnotes 32


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