Founder, President, and Executive Director
Ed Sutton has forty years of executive leadership experience with Fortune 500 and regional companies in land acquisition, planning, engineering, development, finance and construction for large planned communities. Ed has also been active in his community, providing eight years leading non-profit educational reform and constitutional reform organizations. He is also an avid hunter, fisherman, competition shooter, yachtsman and pilot, and is grateful for four loving children and an understanding wife.
Founder and President of American Constitution Foundation, 501(c)(3) Constitutional Reform
Founder and President of Jefferson County Students First, 501(c)(3) Education Reform
Founder and President of Jefferson County Students First Action, 501(c)(4) Education Advocacy
Colorado State Coalitions Director, Convention of States Project
Chair of Article V Education Committee, 1st Committee of Correspondence
President, Sutton Western Corporation
Vice President and Co-Developer, Carruth Sutton Company
Vice President, Castlewood Corporation
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Continental Homes, Inc.
Vice President of Planning, Engineering and Development, Ken Caryl Ranch Corporation
Owner and Operator, 10,000-acre Eastern Colorado wheat and cattle operation
Ronald J. Scott, Jr.
Vice President and Director of Operations
Ron Scott has over 30 years of leadership experience in the United States Air Force, including command at all levels from flight to wing, senior policy positions at a major command and the Pentagon, combat as a command pilot, and overseas assignments in Europe, Asia, and Southwest Asia (retired as a colonel). Ron took his leadership experience into the private sector as a principal scientist for a technical think tank and as a strategic analyst for his own consulting firm. Ron has presented theoretical papers on policy-related concepts at national conferences. Ron has been married to the former Mary MacIsaac from Aurora, Colorado for the past 45 years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
Non profit/Leadership Experience
Founder, Leading-Edge Research Institute
President (2013-present) and Vice President (2008-2013) of the Class of 1973, USAF Academy
President, Vice President, and Ex Officio President, High Pines Owners Association
National Chair, Section on Complexity and Network Studies, American Society for Public Administration
Colorado State Director and Senior Advisor, Article V Convention of States Project
Member of the First Committee of Correspondence, Independence Institute
Pennsylvania commissioner to an Article V Convention of States simulation, hosted in Florida, July 2015
Commander, war planner, and command/instructor pilot (fighter and airlift aircraft—OV-10, F-4, C-130) in the United States Air Force (USAF)
Principal Scientist with Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Member of USNORTHCOM/NORAD Futures Group as a social scientist
Founder & Principal Consultant, Vectored Solutions LLC
Northcentral University: Professor of ethics, policy analysis, public administration, and research methods
Professor and Department Chair at Arizona State University
Peer-reviewed publications: “International Development in a Complex Adaptive System,” Public Administration Quarterly (2008); and “The Science of Muddling Though Revisited,” Emergence: Complexity & Organization (2010).
Program evaluation of Arizona’s economic security program, published (with Laura Peck) as “Can Welfare Case Management Increase Employment? Evidence from a Pilot Program Evaluation” in Policy Studies Journal (2005).
Ph.D., Public Policy, Arizona State University
M.A., Psychology, the University of Northern Colorado
B.S., Life Sciences (Molecular Biology and Genetics), USAF Academy
DENNY J. MERIDETH, III
Vice President and Director of FUNDING & FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Denny has a broad base of experience spanning careers in the USAF, Missouri State Legislature, U.S. Department of State, farming, and private business. Throughout his career, he also made time to serve his community by assuming leadership positions on school and hospital boards, community groups, sports organizations, and church groups. In both the USAF and Department of State he served in Afghanistan, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Iceland, and Jordan. Denny and his wife, Heidi, have four wonderful children and four energetic grandchildren.
Joint Legislative Agricultural Committee
Chair, Missouri Joint Committee on Wetlands
Missouri House of Representatives Committee on Consumer Affairs, Public Safety, Veterans, Conservation, and Budget
Board Member, the American School of the Hague, The Netherlands
Board Member & Acting President, International School of Krakow, Poland
Youth Fellowship Leader, Caruthersville, Missouri
Board Member, Pemiscot County Hospital
President, R-III School Board, Pemiscot County, Missouri
Head Coach, U.S Armed Forces Combined Services Rugby Team
Head Coach, U.S. Air Force Academy Rugby Team
Coached various local sports teams both in the U.S. and overseas
Missouri State Legislator
President and Director of Operations, Merideth Farms, Inc.
Managing Partner, Merideth Properties
Commander, Senior Advisor, and Instructor Pilot, USAF
Senior Political Advisor and Consular Officer, U.S. Department of State
Managing Partner, Springs Trampoline Park, LLC
Vice President and DIRECTOR OF Legislative Outreach
Vickie Deppe began her career in software development, later transitioning her project management skills to the non-profit sector so she could remain professionally active and involved in her community while raising her family. She was the director of an educational ministry that served approximately 300 children and their families, and has served on the executive board of three different youth service organizations.
Vickie entered the political arena when confronted with the greatly diminished opportunities available to her daughters’ generation compared to those available when she was starting out in life. She became involved in both party-affiliated and nonpartisan women’s organizations, served as a precinct committeewoman, and participated in campaigns at all levels, from local school board to United States Senate. She walked precincts and parades, worked phone banks, organized events, wrote letters and leaflets, compiled research and editorial content, and served as a panelist in live and televised forums.
Originally from Illinois, Vickie was involved in two Article V measures before the General Assembly from 2013-2018. She developed educational materials, created web content, and traveled throughout the state educating and mobilizing voters. She also recruited a majority-caucus member of the Illinois House who became a member of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of State Legislatures. At the Capitol, she secured more than two dozen legislative sponsors from each party for one of the resolutions, successfully shepherded it through two “kill” committees, and won a unanimous do-pass vote from the House Executive Committee before relocating to Colorado and joining ACF.
Vickie and her husband, Jim, have been married for over 30 years, are the parents of two adult daughters, and make their home in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Leadership & Professional Experience
Illinois Legislative Liaison, Convention of States Action
Secretary, Fox Valley Music Consortium
Committee, Travel, and Event Chair, Friends of Music
Ministry Director, Calvary Church and Oasis Community Church
Programmer, Systems Analyst, and Project Management at firms including AT&T and Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC)
Illinois-Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series: 2015 Fellow.
M.A., Educational Ministries: Wheaton College, 2007.
B.S., Computer Science: College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.