John Meredith, CAE (Ret.) – President & CEO
Before founding the Meredith Advocacy Group, John spent twelve years advocating on behalf of social and then business issues in our nation’s capitol, winning two national advocacy awards for his efforts— the Legislative Champion Award and the Advancing Arboriculture Award. He began his public policy career at a Washington “think tank” where he specialized in education, property rights, and environmental issues. His ability to communicate complex policy concerns in terms anyone can understand quickly made him a popular guest on issue-driven radio and television programs, and his articles began to appear in a variety of media sources. As a result, John has developed solid working relationships not only with Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle but also policy makers at many regulatory agencies.
A strategic innovator, John has led more than one national coalition whose advocacy effort resulted in Congress enacting the client’s language into law. He organized and chaired a national coalition of 21 organizations advocating passage of job creation legislation. Then, as co-chairman of an even larger coalition advocating reform of employer-based visa programs, John led two successful efforts to enact emergency relief legislation for businesses dependent on seasonal labor. He has also been instrumental in securing federal funding for agricultural research, payment guarantees for construction industry subcontractors, the extension of Daylight Saving Time as well as the creation and management of numerous political action committees (PACs).
John’s popular all-inclusive training programs have been invaluable to a number of associations and issue-driven citizen groups who have employed the tactics taught to influence the law and policy makers that set the rules under which they live and work. His Lobby Washington From Home program, a one-day training session that includes locally scheduled congressional appointments, once received mention in a national publication.
LaDeana Phillips, Vice President Operations
LaDeana Phillips started her professional career in association with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) where she was responsible for the learning accreditation of all new and transient employees. The prospect of being a part of the manned space flight program lured LaDeana to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
During her career at NASA she has expanded her skill set by strategically moving amongst the organizations, specifically: institutional, project, and engineering. With the startup of the Constellation Program (the system replacing the retired shuttle program) LaDeana joined the Ares V Rocket team; an integral part of the dual rocket program for the next generation of U.S. human spacecraft. Her work in administration, project management, team building and conference planning has earned her multiple awards for excellence.
LaDeana’s tenure at the Meredith Advocacy Group began with the opening of the Alabama office in 2012. Since joining the firm, her portfolio includes congressional scheduling and support services, conference planning and management, contract negotiation, association management and public policy research. She was also tasked with managing the firm’s intern program.
Her degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville focuses on Political Science, Global Development, and Sustainability. In her spare time she volunteers for several non-profit charities in the North Alabama area and has assisted the International Space Development Conference during its stay in Huntsville.
Kevin Johnson’s work history in policy as well as campaign environments affords him a unique perspective to advocacy efforts. As a veteran Hill staffer of both individual and Committee offices, Kevin provides expertise in parliamentary procedure, Committee mechanics, and regular order. His years representing small technology companies and non-profit organizations have honed his ability to leverage seemingly proprietary concerns into issues that win national coalition and/or congressional support.
Kevin’s primary issue areas include healthcare, federal funding, regulations, and national security as well as advocacy development and activism. However, he also meets client needs in the areas of libraries, museums, parks, and transportation.
Randall G. Pence, Esq.
Randall “Randy” Pence, a lawyer and a member of the Washington DC Bar Association, is a registered Washington lobbyist with more than 20 years’ experience lobbying Capitol Hill and the federal agencies on behalf of business clients.
Prior to his lobbying career, Pence served as senior legislative counsel for two United States Senators, as Legislative Director and principal staff operative on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Pence was responsible for highly classified material in the areas of defense, intelligence and foreign relations. He held a Top Secret security clearance issued by the Defense Intelligence Agency.
As a lobbyist, Pence excels in designing fully integrated lobbying strategies structured to use regulatory, congressional and political resources synergistically to apply maximum impact and leverage in achieving client goals. Pence has generated numerous initiatives that have become U.S. law, as well as the background documents used to interpret and execute those laws.
Gregory D. Rohrbough, J.D.
Greg Rohrbough is a certified mediator whose negotiation skills have long been an asset to conservative causes seeking influence on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining the Meredith Advocacy Group, Greg refined his art and developed strong interpersonal relationships with congressional offices and staffers while working for the Family Research Council and the Leadership Institute. Greg later served as Director of Communications for the National Right to Work Committee.
After graduation from the law school at the College of William & Mary, Greg returned to Washington and began his tenure with the Meredith Advocacy Group.
Bart Leahy, Social Media Writer/Editor
A technical writer with a background that includes Disney, defense, NASA, healthcare, education, and the Science Cheerleaders, Bart continues to find new roles for exercising his skills. His political body of work for nonprofit organizations and citizen efforts includes writing position papers, congressional letters, and talking points as well as active lobbying of Congress. Bart’s communication skills and his belief in the Constitutional right of citizens to lobby their government, enable clients to make the most of any interaction with policymakers. Bart earned a Bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s degree from University of Central Florida.