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Our Staff

Elisabeth Messenger

Interim CEO of Americans for Fair Treatment

Elisabeth Kines Messenger is the Interim CEO of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Elisabeth started her career in the publicity department at Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, CA. From there, she learned how to build organizations that would impact culture through positions in operations and business development at Universal Music Group, VEVO, and Beats Music.

In 2016, Elisabeth transitioned into working with liberty-focused non-profits, with a particular focus on public-sector labor reform. She served as Executive Vice President of the Palmetto Promise institute in South Carolina, where she grew up, and then became Executive Vice President at the Yankee Institute in Connecticut.

Elisabeth holds a degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, and her advertising work in grassroots labor reform has won two Reed awards. She loves writing recipes and making playlists.

Gwen Samuel

Organizer

Gwendolyn “Gwen” E. Samuel is an Organizer with Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. She is a Connecticut mom and grandma, an education and economic freedom, and community relations activist with a national reach. She is a graduate of Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services.

Gwen has founded three community-based organizations on her decades-long advocacy journey to help marginalized communities restore, build, and grow through ground-up people power and working across political aisles.

Ms. Samuel launched “Urban Experience in Family and Community Engagement Workshop Series” which provides educators, administrators, and lead school support staff with solution-oriented strategies critically needed to build sustainable relationships with parents, families, and communities who are marginalized within the educational system. 

Brigette Herbst

Senior Organizing Director

Brigette Herbst is the Senior Organizing Director of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2018, Brigette’s career included working in the public sector for New York State, teaching elementary school, coaching high school sports, and working as a municipal county employee.

This unique experience offers Brigette an inside perspective on public employee culture in New York.  She focuses on educating New Yorkers about their constitutional rights with regard to union membership and promoting fair treatment of workers.

Brigette has her bachelor’s degree in history and politics and her master’s degree in elementary education. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and planning trips for her family.

Isabel Blank

Senior Communications Director

Isabel Blank is Senior Communications Director at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2021, Isabel worked in media relations at Travelers Insurance and held government affairs and communications roles with Yankee Institute.

She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish, both from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). 

Isabel loves CrossFit and exploring local businesses and hiking in her new home of Colorado Springs.

Lyzette Wilston Miller

Head of First Impressions

Lyzette Wilston Miller is the Head of First Impressions at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. 

With 9 years of experience in customer service, Lyzette knows the importance of using discretion in her interactions with clients, creating lasting first impressions, and treating all clients with respect and understanding.

Lyzette lives in Central PA with her husband. She enjoys all things art, finding local hidden gems, and spending time with her family and puppy.

Patrick Moran

Staff Attorney

Patrick J. Moran is a Staff Attorney at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment, Patrick served as an attorney for the USDA. Before that, he was a legal associate at the Cato Institute, where he focused on First Amendment issues, including religious liberty and free speech.

Patrick received his law degree from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University at Albany, SUNY. As a native New Yorker, he works to ensure that public-sector employees in his home state know their constitutional rights and receive fair treatment under the law. 

Patrick lives in Maryland with his wife.

Rebecca Mulwhalen

Membership & Logistics Manager

Rebecca Mulwhalen is the Membership & Logistics Manager of Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. 

Since joining the team in 2018, Rebecca has enjoyed watching the organization grow and expand to meet the needs of its members. She focuses on providing value and services to members in Pennsylvania and New York. 

Rebecca has her bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in business administration and law & society. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends in her home state of Pennsylvania.

Mimi O’Grady

Operations & Special Projects Coordinator

Mimi O’Grady is the Operations and Special Projects Coordinator at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Prior to joining Americans for Fair Treatment in 2021, Mimi scheduled for several U.S. Representatives and a Senator.

Mimi graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in public relations and cultivated her passion for and experience in logistics while working on Capitol Hill.

A Pittsburgh native, Mimi currently lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and son and enjoys cooking, historical fiction, and spending time outside.

Spencer Irvine

Senior Writer & Researcher

Spencer Irvine is Senior Writer & Researcher at Americans for Fair Treatment, a community of current and former public-sector employees offering resources and support to exercise their First Amendment rights. Spencer previously worked in state government, in communications for a non-profit advocacy organization, and held various administrative and communications roles at a media analysis organization. He has a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brigham Young University.

He lives in Arizona with his wife, is an avid history buff and enjoys touring historic sites.