Introducing our committee of experts

The Liberty Day Institute’s Curriculum Advisory Council (CAC) is a committee of experts who will be tasked with sharing their expertise to review and advise the Institute on development of new classroom materials and curricular resources, as well as to help ensure historical and political accuracy in our programs and videos. Think of it as the Institute’s “peer-review process” of sorts. Members of the CAC may also be directly involved in creating and reviewing some of the backgrounders and activities that the Liberty Day Institute provides for schoolteachers. Council members may be asked to serve as occasional web presentation speakers or guests on our “Visiting Scholars” video program from time to time. During these appearances, special guests will cover various topics relating to the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and American government. The Curriculum Advisory Council will consist of a dozen K-12 teachers, current and retired college professors, attorneys, former elected officials and diplomats, and recognized experts in the fields of law, government, politics/political science and public policy.

Ambassador Sam H. Zakhem, an immigrant from Lebanon, was born in 1937. Ambassador Zakhem began his political career in 1974 when he was elected to the Colorado State House of Representatives. In 1977, he served as the chair of the Finance Committee. Ambassador Zakhem later served in the Colorado State Senate and, in 1986, was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Ambassador to Bahrain, a position he held until 1989. Ambassador Zakhem was later heavily involved in building the Coalition of the Gulf War in 1990-1991. Ambassador Zakhem is currently the President of Zakhem International, LLC and the Vice President for Middle Eastern Operations; MedLink International, Inc.

Ambassador Sam H. Zakhem

Dr. Sean D. Foreman, Ph.D.

Dr. Sean D. Foreman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Political Science at Barry University in Miami, FL. He is co-author of The Roads to Congress 2010, The Roads to Congress 2012, The Roads to Congress 2014, and Local Politics and Mayoral Elections in 21st Century America: The Keys to City Hall where he has written about Florida and national elections. He serves several organizations including as chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee, a Board Member of The Two Hundred Club of Greater Miami and the Downtown (Miami) Bay Forum, and the Florida Advisory Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. Foreman earned his Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in International Studies from Florida International University. He is a past president and current secretary of the Florida Political Science Association and a frequent commentator on radio and television.

Dr. Tom Krannawitter holds a Ph.D. in political science from the Claremont Graduate University, specializing in American political thought and classical political philosophy. He has taught at Claremont McKenna College, Hillsdale College, and Colorado Christian University. He is one of the principal instructors for the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and frequently advises organizations on effective communications, development, and critical thinking. His most recent book, Crisis of Our House Divided, is now available. After many years as a classroom instructor, Dr. Krannawitter now helps Americans speak to one another with civility, instead of past each other with hostility. His research has focused on creating environments of civil trust: helping people work together to solve the real political problems we face. He enjoys discussing serious and not-so-serious matters over an evening cocktail, and is among the original brain trust of the organization, Speakeasy Ideas.

Dr. Tom Krannawitter, Ph.D.

Dr. Jerome C. Foss, Ph.D.

Dr. Jerome C. Foss, Ph.D., joined Saint Vincent College as Assistant Professor of Politics in 2011 after receiving his Ph.D. from Baylor University with a dissertation at the intersection of political philosophy and American constitutionalism. Foss’s work at Baylor earned him several recognitions, including the 2011 Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Political Science, the Morrison Fellowship in 2010, the Stormie Schott Award in 2009, and the Richard D. Huff Distinguished Master’s Student in Political Science in 2008. He was also invited to present his research on Francisco Suarez before the Graduate Student Association of Baylor University in 2009 and was a recipient of the ISI Weaver Fellowship in 2007. Dr. Foss’s undergraduate education was at the University of Dallas. He has taught classes in the areas American political institutions, constitutionalism, and political philosophy. Foss also spent the 2010-2011 academic year developing and teaching a high school civics curriculum for a classical school. Also in his background is work in the United States Senate as a constituent service representative, a position that gave him insight into both Congress and federal agencies.

Dane Torbenson, Esq. is a Denver attorney who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from the University of Colorado, Boulder. After a number of years as a starving actor, and jobs ranging from waiter to stuntman to private investigator to paralegal, Torbenson enrolled at the University of Denver College of Law and received his J.D. in 1998. Torbenson began practicing criminal defense law at the law firm of Newell and Martens, and eventually became partner in the firm then named Newell and Torbenson. In 2003, Dane decided to broaden his practice to include other areas of the law, and joined the firm of his law school classmate and trial and appellate competition partner Randy Corporon. Since 2003, Dane has been engaged in a general litigation practice, with primary emphasis on family law and criminal defense litigation. In 2015, Torbenson joined The Law Office of Alexandra White PC.

Dane Torbenson, Esq.

Mr. Adrian Neibauer, M.A.

Mr. Adrian Neibauer, M.A., is a Learning and Technology Coach in Colorado’s Cherry Creek School District. Prior to becoming a LTC, Neibauer served as a classroom teacher for 12 years, including several years as a 5th grade teacher known best for his abundant passion for social studies and civic education. Neibauer received his Master’s in Information and Learning Technologies (ILT) at the University of Colorado at Denver in 2012 and received is Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003. Since his Master’s degree is in ILT, Neibauer has sharpened his ability to integrate learning technologies into the classroom so as to better prepare students for the 21st century and to help set expectations for lifelong learning. Always eager to learn, teach, and stay abreast of the latest teaching techniques, Neibauer has presented at the Colorado Council for the Social Studies and attended the 2014 Legacy Summit hosted by the Colorado Education Initiative.

Mrs. Amanda Deich, M.A. is a current teacher out of Littleton, Colorado. She taught fifth grade for six years. During those six years, her social studies curriculum focused on the creation of our nation, the Constitution, immigration, and modern-day citizenship. Ms. Deich has an association of arts degree from Eastern Wyoming College, a bachelor of science from Chadron State College, and her Masters in Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. When she isn't teaching, she's writing, playing volleyball, or chasing after her two children.

Mrs. Amanda Deich, M.A.