EdWatch Board

Board Members

  • President:  Renee Doyle
  • Vice President:  Julie Quist
  • Michael J. Chapman
  • Dave Thompson
  • Larry Pratt
  • Dr. Karen Effrem
  • Dave Jones

    Renee Doyle, President

    Renee T. Doyle is a founder of Maple River Education Coalition, which is now EdWatch. She served as President from 1998 to 2001. Renee began a new term as President of EdWatch in July, 2004. She has been a featured speaker at rallies, conferences, and talk shows, both as guest and host. She is a former school board member from the Maple River School District. She resigned in 1998 over the forced implementation of the Profile of Learning, Minnesota's Goals 2000. Her school board resignation letter was published in newspapers across the state which sparked the movement for its repeal. Renee Doyle is an avid educational researcher of the new education system in Minnesota and across the country. She is a wife, mother and small business owner who has become a spokesperson for education activists across this state and country.

    Julie Quist, Vice President

    Julie Quist has served as Vice-President of EdWatch since its founding in 1998. She has been active as a volunteer for EdWatch as an education researcher and analyst of the federal Goals 2000, School-to-Work, Workforce Investment, and Baby Ed system since 1997.

    Julie Quist served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Republican Party and as the Chairwoman of the Second Congressional District Republican Party in Minnesota from 1991 to 1997. In 1986 she was an endorsed Republican candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives. In 1987, Julie married Allen Quist, a widower with nine children. In 1998 she managed her husband's campaign for Governor. Julie and her husband, Allen, live in rural SW Minnesota. They have ten children and nineteen grandchildren.


    Michael J. Chapman, Board of Directors

    Michael J. Chapman, founder of American Heritage Research, is an author, speaker, education researcher and full-time technical writer. Michael owns an extensive collection of rare books, which he uses to expose worldview bias and the censorship of America's true Christian heritage within mainstream public school curriculum.

    Michael has conducted extensive research for local and nationally elected representatives, provided expert testimony, and wrote the American Heritage Act, which overwhelmingly passed in the Minnesota House (see the text at his website). His research has been sited by such authors as John Stormer, Mel and Norma Gabler, Dr. David Noebel, Col. E. Ray Moore, and Professor Allen Quist.

    Michael has presented to staff at Focus on the Family, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Heritage Foundation. He has been a featured speaker at many education conferences across the nation including the Education Policy Conference in St. Louis, the Council on National Policy in Washington, D.C., and Philis Schlafly's Eagle Forum Leadership Conference. Michael has also been a frequent guest on such shows as "Point of View," Phyllis Schlafly "Live," and John Loeffler's "Steel on Steel."

    Michael, his wife of 28 years, Joy, and their two daughters reside in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

    Dr. Karen Effrem, Board of Directors

    Dr. Karen Effrem,  is a pediatrician, researcher, and conference speaker. Dr. Effrem's medical degree is from Johns Hopkins University and her pediatric training from the University of Minnesota. She has provided testimony for Congress, as well as in-depth analysis of numerous pieces of major federal education, health, and early childhood legislation for congressional staff and many organizations. Dr. Effrem serves on the boards of four national organizations: EdWatch, the Alliance for Human Research Protection, ICSPP, and the National Physicians Center.  She has spoken at numerous state and national conferences. She has been interviewed by or quoted in WorldNetDaily, NewsMax, newspapers, and radio and television stations across the country.  Dr. Karen Effrem and her husband, Paul, have three children and live in the Minneapolis metro area.

    Larry Pratt, Board of Directors

    Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for 25 years.  GOA is a national membership organization of 200,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their second amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

    Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs such as NBC Morning News, CNNís Crossfire and Larry King Live, Foxís Hannity & Colmes and many others.  He has debated Congressmen James Traficant, Jr. (D-OH), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Vice President Al Gore, among others.  His columns have appeared in newspapers across the country.

    Pratt has held elective office in the state legislature of Virginia, serving in the House of Delegates.  Pratt directs a number of other public interest organizations and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the American Institute for Cancer Research.

    Pratt serves as an elder in the Harvester Presbyterian Church in Springfield, VA.  He is married with four children and thirteen grandchildren.

    David Thompson, Board of Directors

    Dave Thompson received his B.A. from the University of North Dakota in 1984, with degrees in economics and political science, and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1987. He married in 1985, and has two children. Dave practices law and began his radio talk show hosting in 1998. He currently hosts the KSTP "Dave Thompson Show" from 7:30 to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday.

    Dave is a frequent public speaker, including several stints as emcee at various fundraisers. He is available to address your group on a number of different subjects including today's media, the current political scene and many others. You may contact him to enquire about speaking engagements at 952-985-7776.

    Dave Jones, Board of Directors

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