Board of Directors

 Kelly Kohls

Dr. Kelly Kohls is a wife of almost 40 years and the mother of five children. She is an educator and a businesswoman. 

As the former president of the Springboro Community City Schools Board of Education, Dr. Kohls also served on the board of education for the Warren County Career Center.

With her extensive background in the field of education, Dr. Kohls has seen public education change in ways that many citizens do not fully understand. Dr. Kohls speaks at gatherings and meetings all over Ohio to train school board members on how to be an effective steward of their community’s public education system.

While public education is the answer for some students, parents should have other options, as well. School choice allows moms and dads to make informed decisions about the educational opportunities that best meet the needs of each student.

Dr. Kohls believes that it is absolutely imperative that we fix our public schools, which have become a money funnel to the adults who then fund the anti-American political agenda.

 Laura Zorc

Laura Zorc is the Director of Education Reform for FreedomWorks. Under Laura’s leadership in January of 2021 FreedomWorks launched Building Education for Students Together (BEST).   BEST’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. 
Zorc’s expertise in the subject of education reform and her unparalleled devotion for putting power back in the hands of parents and families is the driving force behind BEST. In the last eighteen months Laura has crisscrossed the country training and empowering thousands of parents, school board members, and candidates. 

Laura is the mom of three Florida public school students. Prior to joining FreedomWorks, Laura served as a parent mentor and spokesperson in the multiple positions, which included the PTA board of her children’s school, where she was elected twice as president of her county’s PTA, and the co-founder of Florida Parents Against Common Core (FPACC), one of the largest parent-led advocacy groups in the state with nearly 22,000 activists. Additionally, she served on former Governor Rick Scott’s Keep Florida Learning Education Committee before being elected to the Indian River County School Board in 2016 where she served as the board chairman in 2018-2020.

 Rachel R. Citak

Rachel provides PR and legal representation to clients in Education Law and Employment Law.  Her advocacy and public relations work has included appearances on radio and televised news media, testimony at the Ohio Statehouse, and penning high profile op-eds.  She has extensive experience working as a registered lobbyist, in-house counsel, and private practitioner—serving parents, students, teachers, and school board members across the state of Ohio.

 Melvin Adams

Melvin has been in education since 1982 when he first started teaching. He has 25 years of intercultural leadership experience in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the US. He was the Founding President Kiev Wesley Bible College (Ukraine) and RENEWANATION (US). 

He has served as a Sr. Advisor on Education to two U.S. governor candidates and on the 2016 Presidential Transition Team.  Melvin presently services as the Founder and President of Noah Webster Educational Foundation, a Virginia based organization with the vision to reclaim education and culture through foundational principles and sound policy.  He has been married to Sandy for almost 40 years. They enjoy six married children and 19 grandchildren with another one coming soon.


A retired U.S. Army officer, and former member of President Trump’s Presidential Campaign Coalition Advisory Board, KCarl is a nationally recognized author, speaker and creator of the Frederick Douglass Republican Engagement Strategy™, a powerful and proven persuasive messaging approach, developed through 12 years of real-world successes.  He is the foremost expert on diversity engagement, and has empowered thousands of grassroots Conservatives, candidates, Republican Party precinct leaders, and county and state leaders, with his proprietary, game-changing diversity outreach approach.  During his nationwide travels, he has addressed over 600 Conservative, Tea Party, faith-based and Republican groups.  
KCarl is an untiring Conservative advocate of government school system reform and an outspoken voice against the anti-liberty and anti-God agenda currently being forced upon our children.  
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 Julie Pickren

"Every Student. Every Day" • Republican For State Board of Education • District 7

As a native Texan, wife, and mother of two, small business owner, community advocate, and a former Alvin ISD Trustee, my heart belongs to the children as they are the Future!

It's true, everything in Texas is bigger and none more so than District 7 which spans 10,000 square miles with 13 Counties | 146 Cities, and 69 School Districts that represent approximately 1.8 Million Students.

The State Board of Education (SBOE) is responsible for setting policies and standards for Texas Public Schools and you want someone who will genuinely have your Voice! Protecting the individual needs of Texas children including Home School | Private | Charter and Pubic Education. It is a parent's responsibility and right to choose the educational system that works best for their child and I will have Your Voice!

A long-standing educational leader with Conservative Values and Experience in a multitude of arenas including former Board Member of Heritage Christian Academy, Board member of Fresh Impact Christian Academy, and Alvin ISD Trustee from 2015-2021, and a Conservative Voice in Austin on educational issues that impact the students of Texas. Every child is unique and thus, their educational needs need to be individualized as there is no one formula that fits all.

My active involvement in Texas Education as a Parent, Trustee and Advocate has enabled me to energetically and enthusiastically support Students, Parents, and Educators. As a Conservative Republican and Voice, I am humbled to have been recognized and honored with many awards and successes. A strong, successful background as a small business owner enabled me to bring my business acumen to my role as an Alvin ISD Board Trustee including the building of nine new schools and lowered property tax rate, and an M&O budget with 83% directly tied to the classroom.

Together, we can ensure that each child's education prepares them to Achieve The American Dream with Texas Values! KEY ISSUES Include:
1) Ban Critical Race Theory
2) Follow the Texas Constitution
3) Create Opportunity Audits
4) Financial Responsibility
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