Fall 2014 Dole Fellow

Dave Helling, Kansas City Star, Fall 2014 Dole FellowDave Helling has been involved in radio, television, and print media since 1977.
Currently, he is multi-media reporter for The Kansas City Star, providing videos for web, as well as regular contributions to the print edition. He produced the “Truthwatch” series of stories, examining claims made in political advertising and is a longtime political and government reporter.

Helling came to Kansas City in 1984 as reporter/anchor for WDAF-TV Kansas City and from 1999 to 2005 was reporter/anchor for KCTV-5 Kansas City. In previous positions, he has been a reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau of KARD-TV Wichita, KHGI-TV Kearney, Neb., and KHAS Radio, Hastings, Neb. Born in Texas and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Helling is a 1973 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School and a 1977 graduate of Creighton University, Omaha. Awards include Freedom of the Press Award, ACLU; three Emmy nominations; and Silver medalist, New York Film Festival.

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Dole Fellow DAVE HELLING's Study Group
Behind the Byline: Political Journalists on the Midterm Election
Wednesdays: Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 22, 29 & Nov. 12, 2014
4-5:30 p.m. at the Dole Institute


Spring 2014 Dole Fellow


Dole Fellow Mark SumpMark Sump is President and CEO of ACTIVATE, a political consulting firm focusing on technologies that improve and encourage grass roots participation in Democratic campaigns and progressive organizations across the country.  Sump has worked in four presidential campaigns and dozens of congressional and state-wide races.  As a consultant, Sump helps campaigns design and implement sophisticated grassroots efforts and is known for his introduction of the robo call technology to political campaigns in 1998.  In 2005, Sump invented Activate, the first virtual dialing technology that allows volunteer campaigns to make phone calls with the same speed and efficiency of professional companies.

The Brave New World of Political Communications: Lessons from the Obama Campaigns
4 p.m. Wednesdays, Dole Institute
Feb. 19, 26; March 5, 12, 26; April 2, 9
, 2014



Fall 2013 Dole Fellow

Sarian Bouma

Dole Fellow Sarian BoumaSarian Bouma is the founder and CEO of Capitol Hill Building Maintenance, Inc. and is currently a consultant on small business startups and international trade policies. She is a member and advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee and serves as Commissioner of African Affairs for the state of Maryland. During her tenure with The Brookings Institution, Bouma served at the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and worked directly under the chairmanship of the late Hon. Congressman Donald Payne. Bouma has 25 plus years of direct management experience with finance, planning, facility maintenance, staffing, scheduling, evaluation and budget control. Bouma is also a motivational speaker and author of Welfare to Millionaire: Heart of a Winner.

Bouma STUDY GROUP - Wednesdays at 4pm at the Institute
“Exploring Untapped Markets: Global Entrepreneurship & Politics”



Summer 2013 Dole Fellow


Dole Fellow Steve GloriosoTip O'Neill used to say, "all politics are local." KC Democratic political consultant Steve Glorioso’s varied career in local, national and international politics provides him the background and experience needed to present you with a real-world survival guide to community politics. Covering corruption, transparency, leadership styles and basic forms of local government, Glorioso’s study group has got it all. Come find out how to apply his ideas to your everyday political and civic involvement. READ an old, but interesting, interview with Steve.
A Practical Guide to City Politics
Tuesdays at 2:30 p.m.
July 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 2013


Spring 2013 Dole Fellow

Brigadier General Roosevelt Barfield (ret.)

General Roosevelt Barfield is the Dole Fellow for Spring 2013General Barfield served as the Deputy Director of Operations in the Operations & Logistics Directorate of the United States Africa Command. As the Deputy Director, he supervised the four operations divisions in the execution of future operations, current operations, anti-terrorism and force protection and information operations. General Barfield received his Reserve Officer Training Corps commission as a mechanized infantry second lieutenant from the University of Kansas in 1981. He has been deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Barfield's Wednesday Study Group
"U.S. Engagement: Political-Military Affairs"
Details here



Fall 2012 Dole Fellows

This semester two political insiders, Dole Fellows Nancy Dwight and Steve Hildebrand, will host a joint Dole Institute study group,  “An Insider’s Look at the Presidential Election.”  This eight-session study group will meet on Wednesdays at the Dole Institute. 


Dole Fellow Nancy Dwight Dole Fellow Nancy Dwight is chairman of Dwight Partners, a consulting agency specializing in strategic communications and organization building for corporate, political and non-profit clients. Nancy has nearly 40 years of experience in professional politics and nonprofit leadership. She was Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 1980’s. Nancy served on the Bush-Cheney Steering committees in New Hampshire for the 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns and the Romney for President Committee in 2008.



Dole Fellow Steve Hildebrand served as Barack Obama’s Deputy National Dole Fellow Steve HildebrandCampaign Manager during the historic 2008 presidential campaign. He was at the forefront of all strategic decisions and helped craft the overall campaign from the beginning until Obama’s victory on Nov. 4, 2008. Steve’s extensive political career has included managing races in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota as well as running two political parties. He oversaw the Midwestern states for the Clinton-Gore re-election campaign in 1996 and served as Political Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 1997-1998.


Spring 2012 Dole Fellows



Tom King is a former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Political Dole Fellow Tom King - Spring 2012Director who has been involved in more than 200 political campaigns over the past 20 years.  During that time he has worked on campaigns on every level, from State Representative to Mayor to United States Senate.  Previously a partner at Fenn & King Communications, Tom began Tom King Communications to concentrate on personalized service by taking only a handful of races. He has won numerous awards for various political television advertisements. Tom is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and formerly served as an aide to Boston Mayor Kevin White.
STUDY GROUP: "Presidential Play-By-Play",
Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. --
February 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13, 27, April 3, 2012


Lisa Spies is a political fundraiser with over ten years of experience raising Lisa Spiesnational and PAC contributions. Currently, Lisa is the PAC Finance Director, Director of Women for Romney, and the Director of Jewish Outreach for Romney for President, Inc. In addition, she is fundraising for Cong. Connie Mack’s (FL) bid for the U.S. Senate and is the the D.C. Finance Director for Sen. David Vitter (LA). Lisa is the Exec. Director of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee. During the 2010 election cycle, she directed key fundraising efforts for Sen. John Thune (SD), Sen. Vitter and Cong. Mike Pence (IN). Described as a “Super-Fundraiser” by Capitol File Magazine in 2006, Lisa directs multi-million dollar national fundraising efforts including high-dollar donor events, PAC events and direct mail and internet programs, as well as conferences of all sizes. Read Spies' full bio here.
"Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is"
Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.:
February 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 2012.


Elizabeth Conatser, since 2003, has been the owner of a professional Dole Fellow Elizabeth Conatser, 2012 Spring semester.fundraising and event planning firm specializing in Republican political candidates, initiatives and non-profit organizations. She has a diverse fundraising background, and has raised millions of dollars for Republican Congressmen and Senators, as well as Presidential campaigns, and Republican political committees. Elizabeth provides her clients a multitude of fundraising services including campaign finance plans, complete event planning and execution, major donor fundraising and political action committee (PAC) fundraising.
"Put Your Money Where Your Vote Is"
Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
February 15, 22, 29, March 7, 14, 28, April 4, 2012.


Fall 2011 Dole Fellows


Tom Baxter is a Dole Fellow for Fall 2011.

Tom Baxter

Tuesday Study Group



Susan Bryant is a Dole Fellow during the Fall 2011 semester.



Susan Bryant

Wednesday Study Group




Summer 2011 Dole Fellow

Dole Fellow Dr. Kevin Benson

Colonel, US Army (retired)

Benson was the chief army planner for the invasion of Iraq and was also involved in planning the drawdown of U.S. forces there. Benson, who just completed his PhD at KU, also ran the School of Advanced Military Studies. School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth.
Study Group Information : "Boots on the Ground..."


Spring 2011 Dole Fellows

Walt Riker and Dennis Moore are the Dole Fellows for Spring Semester 2011.









WALT RIKER - McDonald's VP (Ret.) - KU Alum

Hon. DENNIS MOORE - KS U.S. Congressman (Ret.) - KU Alum


Fellows Riker and Moore Study Group information HERE


Fall 2010 Dole Fellows

Dole Fellows for Fall 2010







Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson is a leader in the consulting industry in America, having some of the world’s largest companies as his clients. Jackson is also a highly sought national speaker. He is author of The BIG Black Lie. Jackson has appeared numerous times on the Glenn Beck show, The Factor with Bill O’Reilly, and MSNBC. Jackson hosts a radio show and does many guest appearances on some of the more prominent conservative radio shows around the country. Jackson writes his almost daily blog, The Black Sphere, and is a contributing writer to Breitbart’s Big Government, American Thinker, and his work was has been featured in Townhall magazine.
Riverfront Times article on Kevin Jackson

Joseph C. Phillips

Joseph Phillips is a television actor, best known for the role of Lt. Martin Kendall, Lisa Bonet’s husband, on the hit series The Cosby Show. He has appeared on dozens of television shows, including General Hospital, Without A Trace, and Castle. A syndicated columnist, Phillips’ “The Way I see It” appears weekly in more than 30 publications across the country. Phillips is author of He Talk Like a White Boy. He has been National Co-Chair of the African American Steering committee for Bush/Cheney ’04, a member of the Republican National Committee’s African American Advisory Board, and a 2005 Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow.

Peter Fenn

Peter Fenn is president of Fenn Communications Group, one of the nation’s premier political and public affairs media firms. They have worked in more than 300 campaigns, from President to Mayor, and represented a number of Fortune 500 companies. Prior to forming the firm, Fenn was the first Executive Director of Democrats for the 80’s, a political action committee. He also served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as Washington Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church. In 1983, Fenn founded and was the first Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics.




Spring 2010 Dole Fellows

Wilma Goldstein now adds Spring 2010 Dole Fellow to her long and illustrious career in management, political consulting, survey research, public relations, political campaigns and associations, with a particular emphasis on women’s issues.
Read more HERE

David Strauss comes to the Dole Institute as Spring 2010 Dole Fellow with a resume familiar to people who have followed North Dakota politics, having served for nearly three decades in senior positions in the federal government.
Read more HERE

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About Dole Fellows & Fellowships

Each Fall and Spring semesters, Dole Fellowships are granted to one or two individuals who have hands-on experience and enthusiasm for public service. Selection of Fellows is based on their energy, originality and potential to invigorate student interest in politics. Each Fellow leads a public, 6-8 week, not-for-credit study group on a political topic based on his/her expertise. Students and community members have many opportunities to interact with these experts and their guests in a group and or one-on-one basis.

Dole Fellowship Application Process