Leadership Contacts

Leadership

JoAnn Fleming
Executive Director, Acting Vice President & Spokesman

MaryAnne Aiken
Secretary, Assistant to Executive Director

Josh Machiavello
Treasurer

Sue Evenwel
Board Member, Texas Conservative Mamas & Dads Tour Scheduler; Senate District Coalition Leader

Toni Fabry
Board Member, Senate District Coalition Leader; GOTV

Craig Licciardi
Board Member, GOTV

Jim Speiran
Ex-Officio Board Member, Co-Chair, Volunteer Action Committee; GOTV

Tom Fabry
Chairman, Local Government Watchdog Committee; Senate District Coalition Leader; Candidate Vetting Team Member

Dee Chambless
Co-Chair, Volunteer Action Committee; GOTV

Jimmie Taylor
PAC Treasurer

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JoAnn Fleming

Executive Director; Acting Vice President & Spokesman

Email:  jafleming3@outlook.com

A leader in the constitutional conservative movement for 30 years, JoAnn is Executive Director of Grassroots America – We the People PAC, the largest all-volunteer constitutional conservative organization in Texas. She is also a self-term-limited Smith County Commissioner; an unpaid political advisor to officials at the local, state, and federal level; and a frequent contributor to state and national political commentary.

JoAnn served three legislative sessions as Chair of the Citizen Advisory Board to the TX Legislature’s Tea Party Caucus. Newly elected Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appointed JoAnn to chair his 84th Legislative Session Grassroots Advisory Board. JoAnn, with the support of Patrick, dissolved the advisory board when its volunteers were chastised for disagreeing with Gov. Abbotts’ push for a pre-kindergarten program, which the Republican Party of Texas had opposed in its platform for decades. “The Texas Conservative Grassroots Movement will not be a ‘fake.’  We are not professional political cheer-leaders, nor will we be used as window-dressing to bless liberal, progressive, Big Government moves by Republican officials,” declared Fleming.

An original member of the #CruzCrew, JoAnn campaigned with Ted Cruz when he was polling at 1% in his first race for the U.S. Senate, playing a key role in his come-from-behind US Senate victory. On July 28, 2015, Cruz appointed her as his Texas Tea Party Chair for the 2016 Cruz for President Campaign. Organizing 17 Texas teams to campaign for Cruz in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, she also served as an official surrogate media spokesman for Cruz throughout his Presidential campaign. Her service was 100% volunteer.

As a Women for Trump leader, JoAnn helped organize Texas events for President Trump.  She currently volunteers as a national strategic policy consultant in collaboration with authentic America First groups.

Since 2009, Fleming has collaborated with other statewide conservative leaders to inform the people of Texas about the state legislative process and the conservative reforms needed to make Texas strong enough to lead a nation looking for answers. In 2013-2014, she traveled across Texas with the Life, Liberty, and Property Coalition. In 2018, she organized the “Protect Your Vote Texas” statewide tour and in 2019 was a leader in the Lone Star Agenda Coalition, which authored the Save Texas 2020 Plan. In 2020 and 2021, JoAnn organized and traveled with the Texas Conservative Mamas Truth Tour to spotlight a failed legislative session where – in spite of a Republican majority – key conservative legislative priorities to protect children, stop classroom indoctrination, repel illegal border crossers, secure elections, and slash property taxes failed to pass. The conservative initiatives JoAnn and other grassroots leaders have championed across Texas for so many years are alive today in the Republican Party Platform, the State Republican Executive Committee, and in 2023 Legislative Priorities for the 88th Session of the Texas Legislature.

For the last 9 years, JoAnn has led the effort to build the statewide Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition (signature project of Grassroots America) whose mission is to unite conservative independents and Republicans around first liberty principles and their effective application to legislation and public policy. The Coalition has grown more than 2000% since its inception and is the only one of its kind in Texas and the nation. Coalition leaders continue to build out the statewide effort with Senate District-level Coalitions.

A sought-after public speaker known for her unique style of delivery, JoAnn’s most pointed way of defining her relationship with politicians is: “My endorsement is not a lifetime commitment. I’ve been married to the same man for 44 years. Everybody else is subject to recall.”

Through the years, JoAnn has earned the title of “local government subject matter expert” by having actively served on more than twenty-two local government boards, task forces, and committees. Mrs. Fleming’s consulting skills include public   policy   and   organizational   development, performance management, teambuilding, small business success, issues campaign strategy and messaging, candidate and grassroots training. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her professional career was in Oil and Gas Accounting/Field Operations and small business consulting.

A Christian’s responsibility to be a faithful steward of liberty has driven JoAnn’s 31 years of volunteer activism. A native Texan, she was born in Killeen while her father was in military service. Married for 44 years to her high school sweetheart and best friend, JoAnn and her husband have one son – a business graduate of UT-Tyler, employed in human resources. Long ago when she had leisure time, JoAnn really enjoyed fishing!  

MaryAnne Aiken

MaryAnne Aiken

Secretary; Assistant to Executive Director

Email: maryanneaiken@gmail.com

MaryAnne grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, attended Texas A&I College in Kingsville, Tx., now Texas A&M – Kingsville. She taught school in the Houston area and then she worked for a British Engineering Company, as Traffic Manager, shipping equipment domestically and internationally.  MaryAnne has also worked for Baker Hughes as Traffic Manager, shipping equipment all over the globe.

An entrepreneur, she owned her own business in East Texas for several years. She has served as a volunteer in various venues including the medical field and politics and has been with GAWTP since the beginning, 10 years ago serving where needed.

MaryAnn has been a poll watcher for True the Vote for several elections and served as a voting clerk for the Bullard ISD, performing in a watchdog roll.

Josh Machiavello

Josh Machiavello

Treasurer

Josh is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in federal taxation. He received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Taxation from the University of North Texas at Denton. Upon graduation in 2008, he accepted a position in the downtown Dallas office of a global accounting firm, where he worked in the Corporate Federal Tax group. In 2012, he returned “home” to Tyler, where he works for a regional accounting firm serving a broad range of clientele.

Prior to his career in public accounting, Josh interned for Representative Rick Green, and later worked in the Research Department of David Barton’s WallBuilders. In 2003, he was a member of the inaugural class of Patriot Academy, and attended for three additional successive years.

As a passionate advocate of constitutional conservatism, Josh has volunteered hundreds of hours for numerous local, state legislative, and congressional campaigns. He has also attended multiple Texas Republican Conventions as a delegate, and has been involved in several conservative and Republican organizations.

Josh is an active member of Tyler Primitive Baptist Church, where he serves as Assistant Clerk. He is also an avid supporter of the East Texas Youth Orchestra, for which he served as Treasurer for over three years. In his free time, he enjoys reading about theology, history, Constitutional theory, and free market economics. Otherwise, you can find him in the outdoors enjoying nature.

Craig Licciardi

Sue Evenwel

Board Member, Texas Conservative Mamas & Dads Tour Scheduler; Senate District Coalition Leader

Sue Evenwel has been a citizen activist for over 40 years. Becoming interested in politics in high school as a Goldwater Girl, Sue’s enthusiasm escalated later as a young mother and homemaker as she became concerned over the sex education curriculum used in local schools where her children were enrolled.

Over the years, Sue has served in many Republican party positions in Illinois, Tennessee, and Texas.  She has served on local, state, and national Republican Boards and Committees, including the national exploratory committee for Fred Thompson’s Presidential bid.  She has also worked on many political campaigns – block walking, phone banking, stuffing envelopes and stamping mail for conservative candidates at all levels.  Conservative grassroots activism has always been a passion.

Arriving in Texas in 1998, Sue: 

  • Has been elected twice as a Texas delegate to the Republican National Convention
  • Has served as a delegate to every Texas Republican State Biennial Convention since 2000
  • Was named in 2011 as one of the “10 Outstanding Republican Women” in Texas
  • Was elected to serve on the State Republican Executive Committee from 2012 – 2020
  • Has served in Titus County as a Republican Election Judge, Precinct Chair, and as an officer in the Republican Women of Northeast Texas organization
  • Has served as the Titus County Republican Party Chair since 2008
  • Served on the 2020 RPT Priorities working group for Election Integrity
  • Currently serves as a Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition Leader and an SD 1 Coalition leader for Grassroots America
  • Currently serves as coordinator/scheduler for the Texas Conservative Mamas & Dads Truth Tour and as an SD Coalition Coordinator for Grassroots America
  • Was named a 2020 Grassroots America Champion of Freedom Honoree
  • Was named Grassroots America’s 2021 Outstanding Servant Leader
  • Was named a 2021 Texas Conservative Leader by Texas Scorecard.
Craig Licciardi

Toni Fabry

Board Member, Senate District Coalition Leader; GOTV

Toni’s 36-year nursing career has taken her in many directions. She began as a civilian nurse working in the Med-Surg division at Kimbrough Army Hospital in Ft. Meade, Maryland. She then moved into the public sector working as a staff nurse at a suburban hospital of Chicago where she advanced into a Head Nurse position. Mid-way through her career, Toni became interested in methods for screening hospital admissions for the appropriateness and setting of care. She worked to set up the first Pre-Admission Review/Utilization Management Department in the hospital. Toni then moved on to Loyola Hospital where she held the title of Assistant Director of Quality Management. This experience helped her transition from the hospital setting over to working for two major health insurance carriers – Aetna/US Healthcare and Independence Blue Cross in the Philadelphia area, where she held the title of Director of Preadmission Certification and Utilization Management.  Mrs. Fabry has also worked as an independent consultant, performing chart auditing in developing outcome of care protocols used in evaluating care rendered to patients in nursing home settings.

Upon retiring, Toni began to follow politics and became actively involved in the 2009 Tea Party Movement. She and husband Tom were leaders of the Frisco Texas Tea Party, serving as Chairman and Treasurer for 12 years. In 2016, Toni and Tom received the Conservative Leaders Award from Empower Texans. In the same year, they were honored with the Champions of Freedom Award from Grassroots America – We the People.

In 2020, Toni and Tom moved to Tyler and joined the statewide constitutional conservative organization Grassroots America – We the People, where Toni serves as a Board Member and Tom serves as Chairman of the Local Government Watchdog Committee and as a member of the candidate vetting team.

Toni and Tom also serve in leadership in Grassroots America’s signature projects – the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition and the Conservative Senate District Coalition Initiative, unique conservative action networking projects that are now being promoted in other states.

Craig Licciardi

Craig Licciardi

Board Member

Craig Licciardi has been a Texan since 1975.  He has broadened his political activism over the last 10 years, beginning with work on local option elections, local candidate races, then by becoming a Smith County Republican Precinct Chair in 2014.  He has served as a delegate to the Texas Republican Party Convention three times and as a National Republican Party Convention Delegate once.

Being much more focused on principled policy rather than party, Craig has served on resolutions committees, testified at convention committees, and has testified in Austin at several legislative committee hearings.

Craig is passionate about God, following the US Constitution, and preserving the original American experiment in liberty and self-government.  Craig’s favorite founding father quote (among many) is from John Adams: “This constitution was made only for a moral and religious people and is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Rick Eisenbach

Jim Speiran

Ex-Officio Board Member; Co-Chair Volunteer Action Committee; GOTV

Jim Speiran is a retired businessman and a charter member of Grassroots America – We the People PAC where he has served on the Board of Directors and as a valued member of their highly-respected candidate vetting team for many years.  Jim has chaired the organization’s Get Out the Vote committee for many years and trained many block walkers. Jim currently co-chairs Grassroots America’s, Volunteer Action Committee.

Jim is a Smith County Republican Party Precinct Chair and a financial advisor to his church and community association.

Rick Eisenbach

Tom Fabry

Chairman, Local Government Watchdog Committee; Senate District Coalition Leader; Candidate Vetting Team Member

Email: tcfabry@yahoo.com

Tom Fabry served his country as an officer in the US Army.  He began his civilian career at Dun & Bradstreet, a world-leading resource for commercial information and business insight, where he managed business process re-engineering teams.  In 2000, Tom joined EDS as Managing Consultant leading engagements on business strategy, operations, and enterprise support models.  When Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS) and Hewlett-Packard (HP) merged, Tom led the design, construction, and operation of a global network of six engineering and Research & Development labs across four continents for HP and their global clients, a position he held until retiring. 

Along with his wife, Toni, Tom led the Frisco Tea Party from 2010 – 2020. In 2016, they were honored by Empower Texas with the Conservative Leader Award and with Grassroots America’s Champions of Freedom Award.  

In 2020, Tom and Toni moved to Tyler and joined the statewide constitutional conservative organization Grassroots America – We the People, where Toni serves as a Board Member and Tom serves as Chairman of the Local Government Watchdog Committee and as a member of the candidate vetting team.

Tom’s experienced and specialized focus has been in school and local government finance – analyzing budgets and bond issues, pushing for the defunding of CSCOPE, defeating Tax Ratification Elections (TREs), shedding light on Texas Association of School Board funding, and pushing financial transparency. 

Tom and Toni also serve in leadership in Grassroots America’s signature projects – the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition and the Conservative Senate District Coalition Initiative, unique conservative action networking projects that are now being promoted in other states.

Rick Eisenbach

Dee Chambless

Co-Chair, Volunteer Action Committee; GOTV

Dee Chambless is a proud Native Texan whose ancestors arrived in Texas just after the Civil War. She graduated from UT Tyler, is an avid runner, cyclist, cross-trainer and loves to hunt.  Dee frequently deploys as a Disaster Relief worker to assist in the aftermath of natural disasters in the U.S. She is also a member of the Texas Border Volunteers.

Having recently wrapped up a successful 30-year career in the energy business, Dee has been serving East Texas by organizing, training, and working side-by-side with volunteers dedicated to preserving our Christian conservative values. She and her husband have been married for 33 years and are the parents of two boys.

Dee currently co-chairs Grassroots America’s Volunteer Action Committee with longtime GAWTP leader Jim Speiran.

Rick Eisenbach

Jimmie Taylor

PAC Treasurer

Not on GAWTP Board, but designated as PAC Treasurer for state and federal reporting purposes.

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