Founder and Board President
Tarren Bragdon is president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, which he founded in 2011. In just seven years FGA has grown from $50k in start-up funding to about $9 million in private donations and about 30 staff.†FGA helps people experience the Power of Work by advancing reforms that move individuals from welfare to work, reduce government barriers to better jobs, and lower the cost of private health coverage.
Tarren has founded seven different companies, including three not for profit organizations.
Tarren is a nationally recognized expert on health reform issues. He has testified before committees of the U.S. Senate and House; state legislative committees in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Ohio, and New York; numerous national conferences; and the American Swiss Foundation in Switzerland. His work has been featured on Fox Newsí Sean Hannity show, National Public Televisionís NOW, in Wall Street Journal editorials and op-eds, and in the New York Post, Boston Globe, New York Times and on National Public Radio. His research has been published with The Heritage Foundation and The Manhattan Institute.
From 2008 to early 2011, Tarren was CEO of The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a free market think tank based in Portland, Maine. In September 2010, he received the Thomas Roe Award, given annually by the State Policy Network to the individual with the greatest impact on the nationís free market movement.
From 1996 through 2000, Tarren served in the Maine House of Representatives. Elected at the age of 21, Tarren remains the youngest person ever elected to the Maine Legislature.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maine and his Masters of Science of Business degree from Husson University in Bangor, Maine.
Tarren and his wife Anna have four children; Wyatt, Waverly and the twins, Jude and Asher.
Doug Campbellís life is now consumed by trying, through Better Together to keep families together and kids out of foster care and, through Friends of Foster Children Forever, to do for abused and neglected children what neither the state nor any other agency does to make their lives closer to normal. He serves on the board of Healthcare Network of SWFL that provides primary medical, behavioral and dental health care to over half the children in Collier County and, he has been a Guardian ad Litem for 20 years. Doug is a central Kentucky native and was an oil and chemicals industry executive, a career that included 17 moves and more than 20 jobs.
Doug and his wife Nancy have lived in Naples since 1997 but have had family in the area since 1966. They have two children Mary and Jim, and three grandchildren. They periodically visit them in Boulder and Chicago, and the rest of the time he spends doing as instructed by Nancy, his wife of 50 years.
Doug is motivated by Better Together, Friends of Foster Children, Healthcare Network and his involvement as a Guardian ad Litem. All have taught him the glaring unfulfilled needs of children who, through no fault of their own, become dependent on the government. His philosophy is to make money, have fun and do all you can to keep the government from destroying what you worked to earn, including working within the system to see that tax dollars do as much good as possible.
Doug believes that this is a valued venture since Better Together works with volunteer families to help families at-risk who want to stay together, thrive and avoid foster care. Friends of Foster Children meet unmet needs of kids in the dependency system who have become wards of the state with little to no explanation. Itís for these children that he spends most of his time working with to meet their needs that the state does not.
In Collier County, more than 700 abused, abandoned and neglected children are removed from their homes each year. Doug dreams that through volunteer initiative such as Better Together, the need to remove these children from their homes and place them in foster care will no longer exist.
Lee Wyatt, Jr.
Mr. Wyatt is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Fortune Brands, where he served in that role from 2011 until July 2017. He served as Executive Vice President of Fortune Brands from July 2017 until his retirement in December 2017.
Prior to that, Lee served as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Hanesbrands Inc. (formerly, Sara Lee Branded Apparel) from 2005 to 2011. He has held various financial roles at Sonic Automotive Inc., ultimately serving as Chief Financial Officer through 2005.
Lee has more than 40 years of experience working with public and private companies. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale with a BS in Accounting, holds an MBA from Washington University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Lee and his wife Jaci currently reside full time in Naples, Florida.
William W. Kirk
Mr. Kirk is a principal and partner in Rerum Novarum Capital located in Leawood, Kansas, and is responsible for business development, marketing and funds sourcing. Bill has spent most of his career in Catholic higher education, as a Vice President for Ave Maria University and as an Associate Vice President at the University of Notre Dame. He also served Ave Maria as General Counsel and taught Business Law for more than a decade in Notre Dameís Mendoza College of Business as a Concurrent Assistant Professor.
Bill earned his bachelorís degree in business administration (accountancy) from the University of Notre Dame, and worked for Price Waterhouse as a staff auditor in New York City and as a senior consultant in Washington DC. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School. He has also served in executive management roles at a national firm of engineers, architects and materials scientists, and for a foundation providing scholarship support for diocesan Catholic schools. Bill is one of the founding directors of the Catholic Bar Association, serves on the Board of Flourish-Now.org, and is the President of the Kansas City chapter of Legatus.
Bill is married to Elizabeth Rhea Kirk, a lawyer, writer, consultant, and speaker with a special interest in adoption law and policy. Bill and Elizabeth are members of Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Kansas City, MO, and are the proud parents of four young children.
Jonathan Bechtle, Esq., Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel at the Foundation for Government Accountability, is a seasoned nonprofit leader and a nationally-recognized expert on election law and government transparency. Prior to joining FGA, Jonathan served as chief operating officer and then chief executive officer of the Freedom Foundation, a free-market think tank based in Olympia, Washington. He has testified before Congress and has been a guest lecturer at the National Republican Lawyers Association Election Law School and the National Freedom of Information Coalitionís FOI Summit.
Jonathan has been published in many national and state media outlets, including the Seattle Times, Washington Post, and National Review Online, and has appeared as a guest commentator on the Lou Dobbs Show. He is co-author of the book, ďTo Protect and Maintain Individual Rights,Ē a citizenís guide to Article I of the Washington State Constitution.
Jonathan earned a Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law in Fresno, California, and is a member of the California Bar and is licensed by the Florida Bar as an Authorized House Counsel. He and his wife Melissa live in Naples, Florida with their four children.