Staff


Luis E. Tellez
President
Mr. Tellez spent the early part of his career working in the chemical industry, and subsequently spent over twenty years administering several non-profit corporations. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Mr. Tellez holds an BS and MS in chemical engineering as well as an MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mitchell S. Muncy
Director of Strategy
Over the last twenty-five years, Mitchell Muncy has been co-founder or executive director of five start-ups, for-profit and non-profit, spanning domestic and foreign policy, academia and the media, faith-based and secular organizations. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Dallas, he has been a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute, an Earhart Fellow at the University of Dallas, and a Wilbur Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center. He serves on the board of visitors of The Fund for American Studies’ international programs and previously served on the board of directors and executive committee of the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Matthew J. Franck, PhD
Director – William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution
Matthew J. Franck is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University in Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy, and chaired the Department of Political Science. He received his BA from Virginia Wesleyan College, and his MA and PhD from Northern Illinois University. More…

R. J. Snell, PhD
Director – Center on the University and Intellectual Life
R. J. Snell is Director of the Center on the University and Intellectual Life. Prior to his appointment at the Witherspoon Institute, he was for many years Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy Program at Eastern University and the Templeton Honors College, where he founded and directed the Agora Institute for Civic Virtue and the Common Good. More…

John F. Doherty
Director of Development
Mr. Doherty holds an AB in History from Princeton University.

Alicia B. Grimaldi
Director of Publishing
Ms. Grimaldi holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication and Spanish from Rutgers University. Before coming to the Witherspoon Institute, she worked as an editor and writer in the Princeton University Office of Communications. Earlier in her career she was employed by Conde Nast Publications in New York City, working on the editorial staffs of MademoiselleGlamourVanity Fair, and Gourmet magazines. She then left Conde Nast to work for Seventeen magazine.

Kelly M. Hanlon
Director of Operations
Over the past fifteen years, Kelly Hanlon has directed programming and operations for non-profits and for-profits in industries as diverse as education, economics and finance, music, community organizations, and the environment. At the University of Louisville, Hanlon earned her undergraduate degree in politics and psychology as a McConnell Scholar before pursuing graduate work in economics at the University of Delaware where she wrote extensively about fiscal and monetary policy in the aftermath of the Great Depression. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty at the Rochester Institute of Technology and as President of the Greater Philadelphia Alumni Association for the University of Louisville. Previously, she served on the boards of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University and the Brandywine YMCA in Delaware.

Jose Perez-Benzo
Research Associate
Mr. Perez-Benzo holds an AB in History from Princeton University, where he founded and directed an independent scholarly initiative called the Brompton Symposium.

Public Discourse

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD
Editor – Public Discourse
Ryan Anderson is the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and co-author of the acclaimed book What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. Anderson has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal .Anderson received his bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He earned his doctoral degree in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, writing a dissertation titled: “Neither Liberal nor Libertarian: A Natural Law Approach to Social Justice and Economic Rights.”  More…

Serena Sigillito
Managing Editor – Public Discourse
Previously a Lewit Fellow and Research Associate at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), Ms. Sigillito received her BA in English at the University of Dallas, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a minor in Music. She earned her MA in English at the Catholic University of America.

CanaVox

April Readlinger
Executive Director – CanaVox
As Executive Director of CanaVox, April is responsible for managing all aspects of CanaVox’s reading group program, as well as creating and implementing new opportunities to move the organization into the future. She ensures that the many functioning parts of the group are operating in harmony to better accomplish CanaVox’s mission.

Ana Samuel, PhD
Academic Director – CanaVox
Ana is a Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute. She’s in charge of developing the reading list and ensuring that the articles and stories promoted in CanaVox meet high academic standards, have heart, and conform to CanaVox’s principles and cheer points. A graduate of Princeton University’s Politics Department, she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame where she focused on early modern political philosophy and theory. She hails from the mighty state of Texas where she was born and raised by her Mexican parents. Today, she and her fun husband are the proud (and winded) parents of six.

Katy Doran
Operations Manager – CanaVox
Katy serves as CanaVox’s Operations Manager, attending to the daily needs of the organization, coordinating outreach, and assisting the academic and executive directors. Katy received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Business Administration from the University of Florida. After graduating, she interned in Washington, DC, and shortly after worked for the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Learning the ins and outs of small nonprofits has equipped Katy to support the work of CanaVox, whose mission coincides with her own passion for the care of infertile couples and of those who are donor-conceived.