NPRI Staff

John Tsarpalas
President
Contact: jt@npri.org

John Tsarpalas is the President of the Nevada Policy Research Institute, and is deeply committed to spreading limited government ideas and policy to create a better, more prosperous Nevada for all.

For over three decades, John has educated others in the ideals and benefits of limited government. In the 1980s, John joined the Illinois Libertarian Party and served on its State Central Committee. Later in the 90s, he transitioned to the Republican Party, and became active in the Steve Forbes for President Campaign and flat taxes.

In 2005, he was recruited to become the Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party where he graduated from the Republican National Committee’s Campaign College, the RNC’s Field Management School, and the Leadership Institute’s activist training.

Additionally, John has served as President of the Sam Adams Alliance and Team Sam where he did issue education and advocacy work in over 10 states, with a focus on the web.

John also founded or helped start the following educational not-for-profits: Think Freely Media, the Haym Salomon Center – where he served as Chairman, the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity and Midwest Speaking Professionals.

A native of Chicago, John now lives in Las Vegas with his wife of 38 years. They have three daughters, and in his spare time, John enjoys trap shooting (while he still has the right!), fishing and public speaking.

 

Steven Miller
Senior Vice President, Nevada Journal Managing Editor
Contact: sm@npri.org

Steven Miller is senior vice president at NPRI and has been full-time with the Institute since 1997. Steven also serves as managing editor for Nevada Journal, NPRI's news operation, which is online at nevadajournal.com

Steven graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy from Claremont Men's College (now Claremont McKenna). Before joining NPRI, Steven worked as a news reporter in California and Nevada, and a political cartoonist in Nevada, Hawaii and North Carolina. For 10 years he ran a successful commercial illustration studio in New York City, then for five years worked at First Boston Credit Suisse in New York as a technical analyst. After returning to Nevada in 1991, Steven worked as an investigative reporter before joining NPRI.

Read Steven Miller's published work here.

Patricia Andrews
Executive Assistant
Contact: office@npri.org

Patricia has lived in Las Vegas for more than 60 years. She graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1973 and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 39 years. She is the proud mother of two children, Erin and Kyle. Patricia loves sports and the outdoors, and is very active in her church. 

Joseph Becker
Chief Legal Officer, CJCL Director
Contact: justice@npri.org

Mr. Becker was born to U.S. Air Force parents stationed in France. He grew up in North Dakota and, in 1990, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science and Economics from Troy State University Europe, completing much of his undergraduate studies while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Madrid, Spain. He received a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he studied extensively under Austrian School economists Dr. Murray Rothbard and Dr. Hans Hermann-Hoppe. In 1995, Mr. Becker received his Juris Doctor cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. While at NIU College of Law, Mr. Becker was co-founder and President of the NIU chapter of the Federalist Society, was an editor on law review, and received the West Publishing Company award for Most Significant Contribution to Legal Scholarship for an article he published criticizing the artificial separation of so-called personal and economic liberties under the post-twentieth century courts.

Prior to joining the Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation, Mr. Becker served as Chief Legal Counsel and Policy Director for the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential Campaign Committee from its inception and practiced constitutional law with Mountain States Legal Foundation from 2001 until 2007. Earlier, Mr. Becker was U.S. Congressman Ron Paul's Legislative Director and Deputy Chief of Staff from 1997 until 2001. He has also consulted and taught university-level classes in the areas of law, economics, and philosophy.

In addition to being admitted to practice law in Nevada, Mr. Becker has been a licensed attorney in Colorado since 1996 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals,  the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He enjoys tennis, music and scholarship in the Austrian School of Economics.

Anna Buchner
CJCL Paralegal
Contact: ab@npri.org

Anna Buchner is a certified paralegal and office administrator at the Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation. Anna was born in Reno and raised in Sparks and is proud to say that she is a third generation Nevadan. She holds two associates degrees from Truckee Meadows Community College in paralegal studies and in business. She holds the Certified Paralegal credentials from the National Association of Legal Assistants. 

Anna enjoys music and camping with family and friends.

Mike Davis
CJCL Law Clerk
Contact: md@npri.org

Mike was born and raised in Reno. He graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where he was actively involved in the Federalist Society. Prior to law school Mike worked in animated television for five years, including projects based on Marvel Comics and the National Football League. His passion for private property rights and economic liberty led him to transition to a legal career.

He will take the Nevada Bar in February 2018, and will continue fighting for government transparency and restraint. Mike is a voracious consumer of high-quality scripted television and an avid skier.

Robert Fellner
Transparency Director
Contact: rf@npri.org

Robert Fellner is the director of transparency research at NPRI and joined the Institute in December 2013. Robert is currently working on the largest public records project in NPRI’s history.

Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.

Karen Gray 
Citizen Outreach Director
Contact: kg@npri.org

Karen Gray is a Researcher and Citizen Engagement Coordinator at NPRI and has been with the Institute since June 2008.  Karen has an associate's degree in legal assistance from the Community College of Southern Nevada (now the College of Southern Nevada). 

Prior to joining NPRI, Karen spent 17 years as a parent in the Clark County School District, serving on various district committees and parent groups.  As an independent education advocate and paralegal, Karen assisted parents and attorneys in advocating for students with school district administration and the board of trustees and in special-education legal proceedings. As part of her efforts to promote open government, Karen regularly monitored the Clark County school board, lobbied for transparency legislation and pursued public-records litigation.

Daniel Honchariw
Policy Researcher and Analyst
Contact: dh@npri.org

Daniel Honchariw joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in May 2016. His expertise includes labor and fiscal policy with an emphasis in quantitative and statistical methods.

 

Prior to joining, Daniel had been a lifelong California resident. His experience includes stints with the National Labor Relations Board, multiple financial services firms, and a Tahoe-based ski resort, among others. He is a sports fanatic, political junkie, and chess enthusiast.

 

Daniel holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (’09) and an M.P.A. in Public Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills (’14).

Ellen Hubbard
Regional Development Director
Contact: eh@npri.org

Ellen Hubbard currently serves as NPRI's Regional Development Director and is based in Reno, Nevada. 

Ellen is also the major gifts officer for Pacific Legal Foundation, the nation's oldest and most successful public interest law firm. She previously served as a major gift fundraiser for The Heritage Foundation in D.C. Before that, she founded and operated American Film Renaissance, whose mission is to promote films and filmmakers celebrating conservative and libertarian values through popular culture and digital media. She has been a frequent and requested speaker on television (CNN, Fox News, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, etc.) and at events hosted by organizations such as Club for Growth, Council for National Policy and the Heritage Foundation. 

Ellen is a licensed attorney, having practiced as a civil litigator in Dallas, Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running and exotic foreign travel.

 

Michael Schaus
Communications Director
Contact: ms@npri.org

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences. 

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.

As communications director for NPRI, Michael brings that same level of dedication and enthusiasm to promoting NPRI’s policy solutions in support of limited and accountable government.

Matt Smith
Regional Development Director
Contact: matt@npri.org

Matt Smith joined the Institute in June 2017 as the regional development director. Matt comes to the Institute having previous experience in both policy and the nonprofit world. Currently, he is responsible for researching, establishing and maintaining donor relations. 

Matt holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Baylor University Honors College and a M.A. (TS) from Princeton Seminary. In addition, Matt has served as visiting student in the Princeton University Department of Politics Ph.D. Program. 

A native of Tampa, Florida, Matt thrives in warm weather. He is an avid sport fan and enjoys a quality cup of coffee.