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VIP Governing Board Biographies

Deborah M Phillips, Chairman and President

Deborah is the founder of VIP. A former grassroots organizer, public policy specialist, and corporate lobbyist, Deborah has also served as an election official in her precinct in Virginia. Deborah formulated the concept of VIP in 1993 following passage of the National Voter Registration Act, because of concerns that major changes in election law could result in unanticipated consequences for voter rights and election integrity. She formalized VIP in 1996. Deborah has served both the Democrat and Republican parties, but now considers herself a strict non-partisan.

Scott Becker, Recording Secretary

Scott is a third party activist, former candidate and podiatrist from Maryland. Scott has been active in the ballot access movement nationwide and was instrumental in changing Marylandís stringent ballot access rules. Scott is a former Democrat, now Libertarian.

Helen R Blackwell

Helen is a founding Governor of VIP and its former Chairman. A community activist originally from Louisiana, Helen is active in a number of organizations. Helen is a member of the Board of Visitors of James Madison University in Virginia, is a Regent of the Eleanor Wilson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a Deacon of the Columbia Baptist Church. Helen is a Republican.

Sean Cavanagh

Sean is a Commissioner in Fayette County Pennsylvania who has been active in uncovering public corruption, including election fraud. Mr Cavanagh has a Masters in Business from California Univ. of PA 1992; B.S. in Business CUP 1988. He was a Professor at Community College of Allegheny County in 1995 teaching computer related courses. Sean is a Democrat.

Michael J Minnich

Michael is a founding Governor of VIP, an entrepreneur and freelance computer specialist and web designer from San Francisco, California. Michael was the original designer of VIPís award-winning website and other graphics. Michael is a Democrat.

Fred W Scheigert

Fred is a founding Governor of VIP and is active in national organizations for the visually impaired, including the American Council for the Blind. Fred also is a member of the Board of the affiliated Council of Citizens with Low Vision International. Visually impaired himself, Fred is an advocate for maintaining secrecy of the ballot for visually impaired voters. Fred is also Chairman of the Voting Integrity Project Legislative Alliance (VIPLA). Fred is a Republican.

Vacancy, Treasurer

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