2015-2016 Executive Committee:

President -- William Christian, Texas A past president of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., Bill Christian is the Director of Government Affairs for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a non-profit watchdog group.  Since 2011, he has also been the Texas State Society's Executive Director, managing the day-to-day operations of a million-dollar, not-for-profit organization.  A 1986 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he served five years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations in the UT System’s Washington, D.C. office.  He served in the Reagan, Bush (41), and Bush (43) administrations, most recently as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Selective Service System.   In 2002, Bill Christian returned to his home in Midland, Texas to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in a special election (May 2003), having worked on the staffs of U.S. Senators John Tower, Phil Gramm, and U.S. Representative Tom Loeffler, while his last assignment on Capitol Hill was Chief of Staff for Congressman John Culberson.  A graduate of the Naval War College, Bill retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with twenty years of commissioned service, following seven years as an enlisted reservist.  Christian represents Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in the Capital Fraternal Caucus in Washington, D.C.  An active member of the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Bill’s hobbies include coaching a softball team (The RBIs of Texas) and serving as a commissioner in the U.S. Senate Softball League. email: president@statesocieties.org

President -- William Christian, Texas

A past president of the Texas State Society of Washington, D.C., Bill Christian is the Director of Government Affairs for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a non-profit watchdog group.  Since 2011, he has also been the Texas State Society's Executive Director, managing the day-to-day operations of a million-dollar, not-for-profit organization.  A 1986 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, he served five years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Federal Relations in the UT System’s Washington, D.C. office.  He served in the Reagan, Bush (41), and Bush (43) administrations, most recently as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Selective Service System.  

In 2002, Bill Christian returned to his home in Midland, Texas to run for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, in a special election (May 2003), having worked on the staffs of U.S. Senators John Tower, Phil Gramm, and U.S. Representative Tom Loeffler, while his last assignment on Capitol Hill was Chief of Staff for Congressman John Culberson.  A graduate of the Naval War College, Bill retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve with twenty years of commissioned service, following seven years as an enlisted reservist.  Christian represents Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity in the Capital Fraternal Caucus in Washington, D.C.  An active member of the Capitol Hill United Methodist Church, Bill’s hobbies include coaching a softball team (The RBIs of Texas) and serving as a commissioner in the U.S. Senate Softball League.

email: president@statesocieties.org

First Vice President and Festival Chair -- Teresa Downs, Maryland email: vp_events@statesocieties.org

First Vice President and Festival Chair -- Teresa Downs, Maryland

email: vp_events@statesocieties.org

Vice President, Internal Affairs -- Isapela Coggins, American Samoa Isapela Enesi-Coggins is with KPMG LLP, Office of Government Affairs in Washington, DC; she is a former Capitol Hill Staffer. Isapela is the President of the American Samoa Society; Secretary & Treasurer for the Samoan Congregational Church at Fort Myer, VA. She hails from the village of Leone, American Samoa and now resides in Annandale, VA. She misses the warm weather, island food and island music! Email: vp_internal@statesocieties.org Tel: 202-699-1256

Vice President, Internal Affairs -- Isapela Coggins, American Samoa

Isapela Enesi-Coggins is with KPMG LLP, Office of Government Affairs in Washington, DC; she is a former Capitol Hill Staffer. Isapela is the President of the American Samoa Society; Secretary & Treasurer for the Samoan Congregational Church at Fort Myer, VA. She hails from the village of Leone, American Samoa and now resides in Annandale, VA. She misses the warm weather, island food and island music!

Email: vp_internal@statesocieties.org
Tel: 202-699-1256

Vice President, External Affairs -- Max Gigle, Connecticut Before joining the office of Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) as his Communications Director, Max worked with a gamut of political campaigns and served on the staff of Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT). Max is the current President of the Connecticut State Society and enjoys traveling home to visit with family and friends, experience the changing seasons, and grab a slice of world-famous New Haven style apizza. email: vp_external@statesocieties.org

Vice President, External Affairs -- Max Gigle, Connecticut

Before joining the office of Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA) as his Communications Director, Max worked with a gamut of political campaigns and served on the staff of Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT). Max is the current President of the Connecticut State Society and enjoys traveling home to visit with family and friends, experience the changing seasons, and grab a slice of world-famous New Haven style apizza.

email: vp_external@statesocieties.org

Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations -- Melissa Medina, California A previous Capitol Hill Staffer, Melissa Medina is now the Founder and CEO of Appmy, LLC (a GovTech company focused on innovating the way elected officials connect with constituents). Originally hailing from California, she misses In-N-Out, the beautiful CA sunshine, and Cal (UC Berkeley) fall football gamedays! email: vp_comms@statesocieties.org

Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations -- Melissa Medina, California

A previous Capitol Hill Staffer, Melissa Medina is now the Founder and CEO of Appmy, LLC (a GovTech company focused on innovating the way elected officials connect with constituents). Originally hailing from California, she misses In-N-Out, the beautiful CA sunshine, and Cal (UC Berkeley) fall football gamedays!

email: vp_comms@statesocieties.org

Treasurer -- Athena Schritz, Montana

email: treasurer@statesocieties.org

Secretary -- Jason Robinson, Kentucky

email: secretary@statesocieties.org