Co-Founder & Board Chairman
Justin Powell is the founder and CEO of Huntington Outdoor, Blue Ash Media, and Aurora Marketing Group, serving a variety of clients with their marketing and advertising needs in Ohio, Indiana, and Florida. Prior to starting his business, Justin was the Director of Social Media for the Family Research Council. In 2012, he co-founded Ohio Conservative Review, a platform for conservative beliefs to be expressed, debated, and promoted in Ohio. He has also served on numerous political and issue campaigns on the local and state levels.
Justin earned a degree in Business Management from Liberty University. He grew up in Arcanum, Ohio where he still resides and is an active member of his community, serving on the board of Ohio Christian University and leading Crossing, a young adult ministry program at his church. Justin co-founded Forge Leadership Network and now serves as its Chairman.
Marshall Gipe currently serves as Administrative Pastor at Grace Church in Greenville, OH. He oversees day-to-day operations and assists in the integration and implementation of the leadership team’s mission and vision. He also offers freelance operations consulting to the small business environment as a means to pour into the local community.
Prior to entering full-time ministry, he received a Bachelors of Science from The Pennsylvania State University and worked in the design-build landscape industry in the greater Dayton, OH area for fourteen years. He resides in Arcanum, OH with his wife Becky, son Rhett, and daughter Halli.
Michael Hamilton is a Heartland research fellow and managing editor of Health Care News. Michael writes and edits at the intersection of liberty, language, and learning. His efforts to reform public policy date to summers he spent working for The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions while a student at Hillsdale College. Upon graduating, Michael taught International Baccalaureate English at an innovative charter school near Boston, Massachusetts, followed by Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics in Dayton, Ohio.
In 2013, Michael co-founded the website Ohio Conservative Review and the freelance writing and editing company Good Comma Editing, LLC. He has written for The Federalist, PJ Media, WORLD, The Philos Project, Canon & Culture, LifeSiteNews.com, the Washington Free Beacon, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation blog Dissident, and other sites and publications. Michael serves as vice chairman of the board of Forge Leadership Network to help identify, train, and connect America’s future statesmen.
John Hart serves as the General Counsel for Cedarville University. John just recently returned to his alma mater to become its first ever full-time in-house lawyer, having served as University Counsel/ Director of Legal Affairs at the University of Dayton for over 25 years. His areas of special emphasis include employment/labor law, academic and student development policy issues, athletics, real property, contracts, and the like. He has made numerous presentations to various professional, educational, and community groups, and was invited to and participated in the Blackstone Colloquium on Higher Education Law at the Oxford University’s Round Table on Education Policy.
John has also been involved extensively with NACUA (National Association of College and University Attorneys), serving on their Board of Directors in addition to various committee responsibilities. Currently, he serves on the Legal Services Review Panel of NAICU (National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities). John is engaged with community organizations like the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, serves as an advisor to the Christian Legal Society chapter at the law school, is active in church ministries, and loves his family. He received his B.A. from Cedarville College in 1981 and his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1985.
Jonathan Jakubowski works for CMC Group as the Division Leader of a newly launched business division – SmartSolve Industries. Jonathan has a diverse array of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sector in multiple cities including Guatemala City, Houston, and Washington DC. He received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and Masters Degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Along with his education and work experience, Jonathan is an avid social entrepreneur serving on several boards for nonprofit and public organizations. He founded an organization called Champions in Action® that works with underprivileged youth in Guatemala. Additionally, for the last five years, Jonathan led an international social enterprise known as Affirm Global Development. His multi-disciplinary leadership has enabled Jonathan the privilege of speaking publicly in a number of diverse venues domestically and internationally. Jonathan, his wife Missy, and their three children currently reside in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Matt Rawlings is the Teaching Pastor at Christ’s Community Church in Portsmouth, Ohio. Formerly Matt served eight years as an attorney and Director of Leadership Development for Alliance Defending Freedom. Previously, he worked as a corporate litigator, prosecutor, congressional aide, music video director, and music publisher. Matt is married to Megan and has a son, Jackson. Matt is a graduate of Shawnee State University, Abilene Christian University, and Cornell Law School.
Dan Ziegler is the Director of Legislative Operations at Heritage Action for America. In this role, he manages a team of lobbyists focused on building support on Capitol Hill for conservative policy. This is his second stint at Heritage after previously serving as one of the original employees of Heritage Action for America and before that as a long-time Heritage Foundation government relations staffer.
Outside of his time at Heritage, Dan has a long history of working in the conservative movement, both inside and outside of government. He has worked in influential positions in several non-profit conservative organizations, including the American Energy Alliance, a free market energy advocacy group. His time in government included several years working as a senior staffer on Capitol Hill, serving a Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, and as a political appointee in George W. Bush administration at the Department of the Interior under Dirk Kempthorne. He started his career as an intern in Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. Originally from the Buckeye State, Dan graduated from Malone College (now University) in Canton, Ohio. He and his wife Rae-Lynn now reside in Arlington, VA.