Harvey Tettlebaum, President
Harvey Tettlebaum is a member of Husch Blackwell LLP’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education team and a recognized authority in healthcare law (including long-term care and white collar criminal defense), insurance regulation, and regulatory and administrative law. Harvey has briefed and/or argued more than 100 appeals in appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the Missouri Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
Harvey has authored many publications on long-term care, administrative law, and consumer law and has presented programs on health reform, professional ethics, long-term care, fraud, abuse and compliance and other health law topics at national and regional seminars for the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA), American Health Care Association, Missouri Health Care Association, Missouri Dental Association, Missouri State Medical Association, the Missouri Bar, and the National Association of District Attorneys. He has also authored papers on election law and spoken at national programs on this subject.
Harvey served as an assistant attorney general under John Danforth from 1971 to 1977, where he was chief counsel of the Consumer Protection and Anti-Trust Divisions.
Harvey has been a member of American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Election Law, 2009-2013; The Missouri Bar, Legislative Committee, chair, 2010-2011; Republican National Lawyers Association, president, 2003-2006; Republican National Convention, Rules Committee, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012; and much more.
Tom Spencer, Vice President
Thomas Spencer has more than 40 years of legal experience and has appeared in every court of appeal in Florida and in the Supreme Court of Florida, the Florida Federal District Courts, the District Court of the District of Columbia, the Federal Courts for the 11th, 4th, 2nd and 5th Circuits as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He also appears before the International Court of Arbitration in Paris. Tom represents candidates and campaigns domestically and internationally and assists with ethics and compliance issues. With colleagues throughout the world, he is able to handle matters in various European, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries.
Mr. Spencer was a partner in Myers, Kenin, a business law firm (Miami, Florida), from 1969 to 1982. In 1982, Spencer & Klein, P.A. was formed and Spencer was Senior managing partner from April 1982 – April 2005. Mr. Spencer has achieved the highest rating for legal ability in Martindale-Hubbell and practices commercial law. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent lawyers. In 2003, Mr. Spencer was listed as one of the top lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide. Mr. Spencer is now in private practice in Coral Gables, Florida. Mr. Spencer was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Judicial Nominating Commission in August 2001. He is now the Chair of the Commission (3rd District Court of Appeal of Florida).
Mr. Spencer has appeared on CNN, Fox News (Brit Hume Show), C-Span and CBS and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Insight Magazine and The Washington Times. He is a frequent editorial contributor to the Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and other publications. He is a member of the Florida and District of Columbia Bars and holds a J.D. from the University of Miami.
Tom Josefiak, Secretary
Tom Josefiak is a partner for Holtzman Vogel Josefiak Torchinsky PLLC. Tom previously served as the Chief Counsel of the RNC. He was responsible for the day-to-day legal operations of the RNC including ensuring that all activities of the RNC, its officers and employees complied with applicable federal and state election laws. Tom served in various legal positions at the RNC from 1992 until 1995 when he became the Chief Counsel. In May of 2003, Tom was asked to serve as General Counsel for Bush-Cheney ’04, where he was responsible for all of the campaign’s legal matters. Following the 2004 election, he served as General Counsel to the 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee. At the conclusion of the 2005 Inauguration, he returned to the RNC as Chief Counsel. Tom joined the firm after serving as Of Counsel at the Republican National Committee and Of Counsel to the 2008 Republican National Convention.
In 1985, President Ronald Reagan appointed Tom to a six-year term as Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (FEC). He served as FEC Chairman during the 1988 presidential election, and as Vice Chairman of the FEC and Chairman of the Finance Committee in 1987. Prior to his appointment as FEC Commissioner, Tom was Special Deputy to the Secretary of the Senate from 1981 to 1985, representing the Secretary as a full-time, Ex-Officio Commissioner at the FEC. As Special Counsel to the Minority of the Committee on House Administration from 1977 to 1979, he assisted Republican members in proposing and amending election law legislation, resulting in the passage of the 1979 amendments to the Federal Election Campaign Act. He was Counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1977 to 1980, and served as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Silvio Conte (R-Mass). Tom, a U.S. Army veteran, is a native of Adams, Mass., a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut and Georgetown University Law School.
Joanne W. Young, Board Member
Joanne W. Young, Managing Partner of the Washington DC based law firm, Kirstein & Young PLLC, is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Wesleyan University. She represents clients on commercial, regulatory, antitrust, election law, and litigation matters, and has special expertise in the aviation industry. She spent several decades as a partner in large international law firms, including with the New York firm Lord Day Lord, Barrett Smith, before founding her present firm in 2006. She has taken leadership positions on such issues as privacy, antitrust/competition, and election integrity matters.
Ms. Young serves on the U.S. Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee and she was previously elected President of the Women’s Bar Association (WBA), the International Aviation Womens Association (IAWA), the Washington Foreign Law Society (WFLS) and the International Aviation Club (IAC). She founded Executive Women in Aviation and served on the Board of Trustees of Wesleyan University, on the Board of the Women’s Bar Foundation, the ABA Air & Space Law Forum and the D.C. Bar Law Practice Steering Committee.
Ms. Young was named the 2013 Attorney of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America National Capital Area Council and as a Star of the Bar in 2015 by the Women’s Bar Association. She serves on the Board of the City Club of Washington, as a DC Co-Chair for Vital Voices and on the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Industry Advisory Board for the College of Business. She served on the 2019 DOT Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking, Subcommittee on Training and Awareness.
Ms. Young is a Member of the New York State and District of Columbia Bars.
She was elected to the DC Delegation to the Republican National Convention in 2012, 2016 and 2020 and has served on the DC Republican Party’s Executive Committee since 2015, including as Co-Chair of their Platform Committee. Ms. Young currently serves as Vice Chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association and as a member of its Board of Governors. In 2020, she was named the Republican Lawyer of the Year.
Ashlee N. Titus, Board Member
Ashlee Titus joined Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP in 2004. She maintains a nationwide practice advising individuals, businesses, candidates, political action committees (PACs), lobbyists, and trade associations on compliance with complex campaign finance and advertising, lobbying, and nonprofit tax exempt statutes and regulations. Ms. Titus also counsels clients on navigating the process of qualifying initiative, referenda and recall ballot measures at state and local levels and all aspects of such campaigns.
Ms. Titus is a leader organizing efforts to ensure integrity and proper administration of elections in California. She is an active member of the California Political Attorneys Association, Federalist Society, and Republican National Lawyers Association, and a supporter of the Center for Civic Education.
Prior to joining Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, LLP, Ms. Titus served as a staff member in the California State Legislature and with a congressional campaign. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and her undergraduate degree with honors in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003.
Ms. Titus is currently General Counsel of the California Republican Party, taking over that role from Chuck Bell. For the last several cycles, She has organized and managed California’s EDO (and post/canvass) programs, principally in collaboration with the NRCC but also through the California Republican Party.