NPRI Staff


Andy Matthews

​Andy Matthews is the president of NPRI and has been with the Institute since February 2007.  Andy is the fourth president in NPRI's history. He joined NPRI in February 2007 as its communications director and became a vice president at the Institute in 2008.

Andy has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University's College of Communication, where he graduated in 2000.  After working for several years as a sports writer and editor for Fox Sports and, Andy entered politics in 2005 and worked on political campaigns over a two-year span, first in New Jersey and then in Nevada beginning in 2006.  

Read Andy Matthews' published work here.

Victor Joecks
Executive Vice President

Victor Joecks is executive vice president at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and oversees the execution of NPRI's strategic plan and policy initiatives. He joined the Institute in 2009 and previously served as its communication director. Under his leadership, NPRI obtained record amounts of state and national media coverage.

Victor holds bachelor's degrees in history and math from Hillsdale College, where he graduated with honors. Prior to joining NPRI, he worked in communications at the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Washington state. Victor currently serves as a Staff Sergeant in the Army National Guard and graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate from both the Defense Information School and Warrior Leader Course.

Read Victor Joecks' published work here

Steven Miller
Senior Vice President, Nevada Journal Managing Editor

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

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.

Joseph Becker
Chief Legal Officer, CJCL Director

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.

Patricia Andrews
Executive Assistant

Patricia has lived in Las Vegas for more than 50 years. She graduated from Las Vegas High School in 1973 and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 31 years. Patricia is the proud mother of two children, Erin and Kyle. She has worked as an executive assistant for 30 years, starting with a real estate office in 1978.

Anna Buchner
Paralegal, CJCL Administrator

Anna Buchner is the paralegal and office administrator at NPRI's Center for Justice and Constitutional Litigation (CJCL) and has been with CJCL since November 2012.

Anna has two associate degrees from Truckee Meadows Community College Paralegal/Law and the other in banking and finance.

Anna was born in Reno and grew up in Sparks, attending local schools. She is proud to say she is a third-generation Nevadan.

Robert Fellner
Transparency Manager

Robert Fellner is the transparency manager 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.

Steve Foltz
Development Officer

Steve Foltz is a development officer at NPRI, where he works to develop lasting relationships that result in significant policy accomplishments. Steve’s efforts are focused on NPRI’s project, which is the most viewed state think tank website in the country.

Prior to moving to Nevada in 2013, Steve earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Golden State Baptist College. He then served as the executive pastor at a Southern California church five years.  Under his leadership, the congregation grew tenfold, and he organized the opening of a church-run elementary school.

Having witnessed firsthand the dire need for limited government and transparency in California, he is especially eager to develop NPRI’s Transparent California project. 

Steve, his wife and son reside in Henderson.

Karen Gray 

Karen Gray is a reporter/researcher at NPRI and Nevada Journal 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.

Read Karen Gray's published work here.

Kyle Hanlin
Senior Development Officer

Kyle Hanlin is the senior development officer at NPRI, where he works to invite joyful investment in NPRI’s many projects advancing individual liberty and limited, accountable government.

Kyle earned a B.A. in Political Science and minor in Economics from North Carolina State University, while also working on a 2008 presidential campaign.

Prior to joining NPRI in September 2013, he coordinated hundreds of volunteers while working on a 2012 presidential campaign in North Carolina, and he helped to identify and procure over $4 million dollars in grants while working for Beacon Consulting. 

Chantal Lovell
Deputy Communications Director

Chantal Lovell joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in January 2014 to serve as its deputy communications director. She oversees the Institute’s publications, coordinates staff media appearances and manages NPRI’s new media efforts.

Prior to moving to Las Vegas, Chantal was an award-winning print journalist in Southern and Northern California where she covered education, politics and government. She has earned three awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association, one in 2010 for her investigation into a Southern California school district, one in 2012 for her economics reporting and one in 2013 for features writing. In 2014, Chantal won the inaugural Great Communicators Tournament at the State Policy Network's annual meeting for her speech on Medicaid expansion.

Chantal has a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Redlands and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Nebraska.