Past Speakers


    Bruce L. Bialosky is a political columnist who founded the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He currently writes a weekly column on, and is a frequent writer for other publications as well as often being a guest on talk radio. Bialosky writes often on financial issues and is a CPA. In the 1990s, Bruce started writing for the Los Angeles Daily News. He also had columns published by the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Based on the notoriety he obtained from his writing and involvement in the political scene, he became a regular on local television issue shows and talk radio shows such as the Al Rantel radio show (KABC in Los Angeles).

    Upon completion of his Presidential appointment in 2008, Bruce started his weekly column on He is also a frequent columnist on, the premiere California publication for Republican-leaning columnists. Bruce now appears frequently as a guest on radio shows throughout the country.



    Rafael Dagnesses was the Republican Candidate for California’s 26th Congressional District Ventura County - Western Los Angeles County. He was born in Castro’s Communist Cuba and his family were able to escape to the United States as impoverished refugees. Rafael is a former United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sargeant, a 13 year Law Enforcement Veteran, a lifelong entrepreneur and has been a small business owner for 20 years. Rafael has been an active contributor to many Veteran causes, Boys and Girls Club, churches and numerous children’s charities, including sitting on a gang intervention and re-entry advisory board in the City of Oxnard and is a member of the President Ronald Reagan Marine Corps League Detachment 597 Ventura County.



    Steve Fazio has spent nearly all his life in the San Fernando Valley and was educated in the district, having received bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Pepperdine University. For Steve, creating job opportunities and establishing an environment that permits people to rise to their potential has always been his goal as a small business owner.

    Steve ran for State Senator in 2016 and was the one and only Jewish Republican running for State Senate.



    Shari Goodman is the founder of the Calabasas-West Hills ACT! For America Chapter. Her articles have appeared in World Net Daily, Israel Today, Canada Free Press, Family Security Matters, Eagle Rising, and Atlas Shrug. She has been a guest on Talk Radio and the Jamie Glazov Gang.



    Born in the Bronx, New York, Stephen Frank earned a B.S. degree from the University of Redlands. He served our country in Vietnam, First Infantry Division and for many years has been very active in politics, community and charitable work. Stephen’s accomplishments include: Four terms in the Cal. Republican Assembly; Past First Asst. Secretary, Cal. Republican Party; Founder, National Federation of Republican Assemblies; 2001-2 Deputy Political Director, Simon for Governor (CA); 2004 Cal. Delegate to RNC; 2004 Sr. Advisor, Jones for US Senate (CA); 2005—Advisor to Cal. Republican Party for Special Election; 2007-8 Cal. Coalitions Director, Giuliani for President; Past President, Girl Scout Councils of Cal.; Developer of POW/MIA bracelet with Bob Dornan. Stephen currently advises campaigns and causes on “Netroots”, the use of the Internet for building the base, moving the message, broadening the reach of phone banks and voter contact, etc.



    Larry Greenfield is a longtime fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy. He writes and lectures on U.S. politics and American foreign policy and has been noteworthy for his prominent public debates against Jewish liberals. Larry hails from LA and earned his BA at UC Berkeley and picked up his law degree at the Georgetown Law Center. Larry served in the Armed Forces of the United States in Naval Intelligence Reserves and was publisher of the Journal of International Security Affairs. He has also served the GOP as a member of the CRP executive committee, as founding director of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, and as executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition in California. Currently, Larry is a successful wealth advisor and investment banker based in Woodland Hills.



    Noam Lotan is a Venture Partner with OurCrowd Management Ltd. OurCrowd is one of the world’s leading accredited investors-only crowdfunding platforms. From November 2010 until December 2015, Noam served as President, Chief Executive Officer a director of Resonate Industries, a development stage company in the clean energy sector. Noam served as an officer in the Israeli Defense Forces. Noam holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, and a Master of Business Administration degree from INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration, Fontainebleau, France.



    Charlie Kirk is the Founder and Execu5ve Director of Turning Point USA, a national student movement dedicated to identifying, organizing, and empowering young people to promote the principles of free markets, and limited government. Since the inception of Turning Point USA on June 5th of 2012, Charlie has grown Turning Point USA from nothing to having representation on over 1,200 high school and college campuses nationwide and over 150 full time staff. At 23 years old, he has appeared on Fox News, CNBC, and FOX Business News over 200 times. He is also a best-selling author, was the youngest speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, and a proud eagle scout. Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded on June 5, 2012 by Charlie Kirk. The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.



    Barak Lurie is a conservative radio talk show host on AM 870 KRLA, where you can hear him talk about politics and matters of God. Barak is also proud to be a member of several conservative and pro-Israel boards, including Prager U, Stand With Us, Jewish National Fund, and the American Freedom Alliance. Most recently, Barak has just concluded writing his book, Atheism Kills. Atheism Kills is a nonfiction attack on Atheism and the dangers of the world without God. In his book, Barak explains not only how godless governments have killed hundreds of millions of people, but also how atheism destroys beauty, freedom, creativity, purpose and civilization itself. Somewhere in between all this, Barak serves as the managing partner of the law firm of Lurie & Seltzer, where he uses his chess-like approach in litigating matters involving real estate and business disputes. He has a wife and three very young children and lives here in Los Angeles. Barak would also like to make clear that he is NOT related to Barack Obama. To know Barak is to know someone who passionately loves God, America and Israel.



    Mike Osborn is the President of the California Republican Party County Chairman’s Association, the “Chair of Chairs,” elected at the 2015 Spring CRP Convention. He has been a CRP delegate since 2000 when he was appointed to the Resolutions Committee. He has served as the Chairman the CRP Rules Committee, CRP Regional Vice Chair and Treasurer of the California Republican Party. Mike is also the Chairman of the Ventura County Republican Party where he has been a member since 1998. Prior to being elected Chairman Mike also held the offices of 1st Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee. He was first elected Chairman in ’06, and unanimously re-elected in ’07, ’09, ’11 and again in 2016 when the State Statutes changed to elect County Party members every four years. Mike is employed as the CFO of DE&O, Inc., an energy exploration and production company located in Agoura Hills, CA.



    Dr. Terry Paulson is a psychologist, author and award-winning speaker who has had a history of helping organizations, leaders, and teams make change work. His positive approaches and practical techniques have made him in demand as a professional speaker all over the world for Fortune 500 companies, midsize companies, hospitals, government agencies and associations. Dr. Paulson is a long-time Republican who has spoken to numerous Republican groups and will be speaking to us on “United We Can Win - - Building Passion for Republican Principles.” His political comments have been shared in USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He currently writes regular columns for the Ventura County Star and His newest book is The Optimism Advantage: 50 Simple Truths to Transform Your Attitudes and Actions into Results. Another book he has written is The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have. He is also host and editor of the website.



    Ron Nehring is a strategist and communications expert who served as National Spokesman in the 2016 Presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz. Prior to stepping onto the national stage in 2016, Ron was elected the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor of California, in 2014, earning the support of the California Republican Party, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the National Rifle Association, the California Republican Assembly, and more than 3 million voters. To promote the principles of democracy and liberty around the world, he has served as an expert lecturer and trainer in the areas of governance and communications for government officials and candidates in regions including Bosnia, Serbia, Morocco, Egypt, Chile, Spain, Italy, Canada, Honduras, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and Iraq. He has served as an international election observer in Kenya and Honduras.



    Susan Shelley is one of the leading conservative columnists in California and a member of the editorial board of the Southern California News Group, eleven daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register. She was previously a candidate for teh California Assembly, startling the political establishment by nearly winning a longshot special election after campaigning on economically conservative ideas in a liberal district. Earlier in her career, Susan worked in the television industry and was the Associate Producer of the game show “Jeopardy!” before going on to become a full-time writer. She’s the author of a legal thriller about changing the Constitution, a modern history of the Bill of Rights, a book about replacing the federal income tax with a flat tax, and her latest book, a collection of columns about the 2016 election titled, “How Trump Won.”



    Gary P. Ratner is presently the Senior Executive for StandWithUs, an international Israel education organization whose mission is to disseminate the facts about Israel and the Middle East conflict and to counter the misinformation and misconceptions that are prevalent in the general community here and abroad. StandWithUS works on campuses, in high schools, in communities, churches and synagogues. It educates people through various platforms, including websites, social media, brochures, speakers, missions to Israel and more. Founded in 2001, today StandWithUs has 18 offices across the United States, Canada, the U.K, Australia, South Africa and Israel. Mr. Ratner has been with StandWithUs since March, 2010 and his mains duties include development, strategic planning, speaking and doing outreach to various ethnic and religious groups. Mr. Ratner travels and leads missions to Israel on a yearly basis.



    Evan Sayet has become the nation’s leading conservative, political comedian, an in-demand Master of Ceremony for Republican and conservative events, while at the same time writing the bestselling book The KinderGarden Eden: How the Modern Liberal Thinks. He’s given numerous lectures on the same subject as his book – including one to the Heritage Foundation, to which Andrew Breitbart call the lecture, “One of the five most important conservative speeches ever given,” – and another to the Conservative Forum, which has been recognized as the definitive explanation as to how and why the Mainstream Media has gotten, literally, every major story of the past six decades not just “wrong”, but as wrong as wrong can be.



    Since January 2017, Dr. Karen Siegemund has been the head of the American Freedom Alliance, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization which promotes, defends and upholds Western values and ideals. AFA sponsors conferences, publishes opinions, distributes information and creates networking groups to identify threats to Western civilization and to motivate, educate and unite citizens in support of that cause. Dr. Siegemund has been elected to be the Chairman of the Board of this remarkable organization. She earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations, then a doctorate degree in “Education and American Culture.” Recognizing that only with an educated citizenry could we hope to maintain our freedoms, she became an educator; for over ten years, Dr. Siegemund has taught in a number of areas, from Latin and French to Science and Mathematics, at the middle school, high school and University levels. Dr. Siegemund has appeared on several television shows including “The Glazov Gang” and the “The Rick Amato Show,” has spoken at a number of clubs, organizations and events, has been published in American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, and her own blog, and has been on countless radio programs. She currently teaches at an independent school here in Los Angeles.



    Lisa Uludzhyan Vartanian was born in the capital city of Yerevan, Armenia which was part of the Soviet Union. Lisa with her parents, two older sisters and a paternal grandmother immigrated to the USA legally. Her love for this great country, its people and many unwelcome changes that are taking place in the land of opportunity, prompted her to self publish a non-fiction immigrant’s story.