EDWARD B SUTTON

Ed Sutton

Founder, President, and Executive Director 

Forty years Executive leadership positions with Fortune 500 and regional companies in land acquisition, planning, engineering, development, finance and construction for large planned communities. Eight years’ experience in leading non-profit educational reform and constitutional reform organizations. Avid hunter, fisherman, competition shooter, yachtsman and pilot. I am grateful for four loving children and an understanding wife.

Non-Profit/Leadership Experience

  • 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, Article V Convention of States Initiative 501(c)(4)

  • President, Evergreen Tea Party, 501(c)(4) Grew organization from 140 to 314 members

  • Chair of Article V Education Committee, 1st Committee of Correspondence

Professional Experience

  • 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


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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, to include 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. Two papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals: “International Development in a Complex Adaptive System” in Public Administration Quarterly (2008); and “The Science of Muddling Though Revisited” in Emergence: Complexity & Organization (2010). He also conducted a 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). Ron has served as professor with Northcentral University, teaching ethics, policy analysis, public administration, and research methods. Ron completed a Ph.D. from Arizona State University and holds a B.S. in life sciences (molecular biology and genetics) from the USAF Academy and an M.A. in psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. Ron has been married to the former Mary MacIsaac from Aurora, Colorado for the past 44 years. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.

Non profit/Leadership Experience

  • Founder, Director, and Vice President, Colorado, Veterans Alliance for Law and Order

  • 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, hosted in Florida, July 2015

Professional Experience

  • 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

  • Professor at Northcentral University

  • Professor and Department Chair at Arizona State University


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Neal Schuerer

Vice President and Director of Legislative Outreach

Neal Schuerer is a leader in the national Article V Movement. Neal’s experience as a two-term Iowa State Senator confirmed that the only solution to reconcile the union is responsible constitutional restoration. Bold leaders need to step up and lead this movement. A “New Birth of Freedom” is needed to reorder the relationship between the several states and the national government they created. Neal believes with all his heart: “Laws control the citizens; the Constitution controls the government. We as citizens of the United States have the right and duty to bring about the responsible restoration to our founding document that reflects the values of the people and the nature of free and independent states.”

Nonprofit Experience

  • Represented Iowa as a Commissioner to the Balanced Budget Amendment Planning Convention of States called by the State of Arizona September 2017

  • Chairman of the First Committee of Correspondence, Independence Institute

  • Senior Policy Advisor, The Heartland Institute’s Center for Constitutional Reform

  • Advisor to the Balanced Budget Amendment Task Force

  • Associate Staff, Navigator Church Ministry

Community Leadership

  • Assistant Majority Leader Iowa Senate 2003-2004

  • Member Legislative Council 2003-2004

  • Member Governor’s Strategic Planning Council 2000

  • Member Iowa Workforce Development Board 1999-2001

  • Member Governor’s Council on Human Investment 1997-1998

  • Member Amana Colonies Challenge 2000 1994-1995

  • President Amana Colonies Land Use District 1991-1995

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director of Campaign Constitution

  • District Director of Congressman Doug Lamborn

  • Director of Development of the Global Enterprise The Navigators

  • Iowa State Senator

  • Director of Operation, Savory Connections

  • General Manager, The Amana Barn Restaurant


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DENNIS HAUGH

Vice President and Director of RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGY

Dennis is a constitutional anthropologist (some of which is documented in his book, Political Vertigo), recovering a deeper knowledge of our Constitutional Republic's original thinking.  His technical background is the real game-changer for an actual Convention of States for Proposing Amendments because he has the expertise and experience to assemble the team needed to provide the technical infrastructure and record keeping for an effective convention. His leadership experience along with his solid history of project and product development make him a vital piece of the American Constitution Foundation. Dennis lives in Colorado with his wife, Virginia, and enjoys writing and playing Guitar in his free time. 

Community Leadership

  • Author, Political Vertigo

Professional Experience

  • System Architect for Harris

  • System Architect for Jabil Circuit

  • Orion Flight Software Leader for Lockheed Martin

  • Software Developer for Lockheed Martin

  • Senior Software Engineer for EMC/CrosStor

  • Operating System Developer for Cray Research

  • Operating System Developer for Convex Computer

  • Lead Software Engineer for Digital Equipment Corporation

  • Software Project Leader and Architect for Intel Corporation

  • Consultant for Sikorsky Helicopter, BSDi/Wind River, Leitch Technolog


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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 these professional careers he was constantly involved in public service through leadership position on several school boards, a hospital board, 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 Heidi have four wonderful children and four energetic grandchildren.

Nonprofit/Leadership Experience

  • Member of Joint Legislative Agricultural Committee

  • Chair of the Missouri Joint Committee on Wetlands

  • Member of Missouri House of Representatives Committee on Consumer Affairs, Public Safety, Veterans, Conservation, and Budget

  • Board Member of the American School of the Hague, The Netherlands

  • Board Member & Acting President of International School of Krakow, Poland

  • Youth Fellowship Leader, Caruthersville, Missouri

  • Board Member of Pemiscot County Hospital

  • President of the R-III School Board, Pemiscot County, Missouri

  • Head Coach of the U.S Armed Forces Combined Services Rugby Team

  • Head Coach of the U.S. Air Force Academy Rugby Team

    Coached various local sports teams both in the U.S. and overseas

Professional Experience

  • Missouri State Legislator

  • President and Director of Operations for Merideth Farms, Inc.

  • Managing Partner of Merideth Properties

  • Commander, Senior Advisor, and instructor pilot in the USAF

  • Senior Political Advisor and Consular Officer in U.S. Department of State

  • Managing Partner of Springs Trampoline Park LLC


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VICKIE DEPPE

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS 

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 33 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, KidsMatter

  • 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)

Education

  • 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.