Structure

The FSP is a New Hampshire non-profit organization. We are currently applying for Federal 501(c)3 non-profit status. This application has been pending since the summer of 2012.

The Free State Project Board is comprised of the following Trustees:

Aaron Day bio coming soon.

Carla Gericke was born in the police state of South Africa and immigrated to California in 1996, after winning a green card in the lottery. She is a "recovering attorney" who practiced law as in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley before redirecting her efforts to liberty activism and writing. In 2008, Carla moved with her husband, former FSP board member Louis Calitz, and their dog, Nellie, from New York City to New Hampshire. More than 15 people showed up in a Northeaster blizzard to help unload their truck. In 2009 and 2010, Carla organized the Porcupine Freedom Festival, which grew significantly during this period. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, and keeping public officials accountable. Carla has been president of the Free State Project since March 2011.

Rich Goldman has been involved with Libertarian politics since before he could vote, and started his college's libertarian group, which hosted dozens of speakers. He shifted his focus to the Free State Project upon realizing it was the best chance for living and testing libertarian ideas. He organized PorcFest 2007 and 2008, led the Mid-Atlantic local group, updated the 101 Reasons to Move to NH, and wrote other promotional materials. He holds a PhD in Information System from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is the founder of the software company LegIT Systems.

Politics and economics have been a passion of Sharon Osborne since high school, when it became apparent that she had an entirely different perspective from all of her peers. At Hillsdale College, she studied economics and was introduced to Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian School. She led her College Libertarians group and had the privilege of meeting Harry Browne, Walter Williams, and other notables who frequented Hillsdale for its reputation of solid libertarian, small government, values. After college, Sharon worked in development at a non-profit DC libertarian think tank before moving into the for-profit business sector. She helped start a company where she specialized in sales and marketing. In 2010, she moved to New Hampshire with her husband, Jason Osborne, and their two children. They enjoy the good business climate and homeschool freedom in New Hampshire, as well as the community of like-minded individuals. In 2012, Sharon and Jason Osborne organized the Porcupine Freedom Festival. Sharon has been a board member since 2012.

Séamas Ó Scalaidhe was raised in upstate New York by immigrant parents from Ireland. He attended college at Simon’s Rock and Rice University, where he majored in mathematics and behavioral science and then studied neuroscience at Princeton University where he received his Ph.D. Ten years later, after having satisfied his interest in being an academic scientist (but not in the materialism that underlies it), he moved to New York City and became a management consultant. Part of this job (which was somewhere between young Mitt Romney and The Bobs in Office Space) involved helping companies decide where to locate their operations and he was very impressed by the process and reasoning that the FSP used to make a similar decision. As a result, Séamas has been a long-time FSP participant and like many long distance supporters regularly attends FSP events and contributes financially as well as serving as Treasurer. When he is not treasurering, Séamas manages investments and philanthropic endeavors, reads (especially about markets as a window into human nature), and pursues a variety of interests including: hiking, skiing, working on and riding his classic motorcycle, brewing beer, and shooting.

Varrin Swearingen has been a libertarian since grade school and is one of three graduates of Pioneer Christian Academy, a school started and operated by Marshall Fritz (founder of the Advocates for Self-Government and the organization now known as Network for Educational Opportunity). Varrin has filled several FSP positions, including Board member, President, and National Media Representative. He has also occasionally run for political office and volunteered for other non-political organizations. Varrin is a Christian, musician, and international airline pilot who has traveled to all 50 U.S. states and over 50 foreign countries on six continents. He has been married to his wife, Edi, for more than twenty years and they have four children together, two born in California, and two born in New Hampshire since the family moved in 2004.

Jody Underwood moved to NH in 2007 with her husband and dog, Cody. They, along with another couple and their dog, started Bardo Farm in Croydon, NH. "Bardo," a Tibetan word meaning "between lives," is a place where people come to learn sustainability skills, to work, to chill, and to attend Bardo Farm Festival. Jody was a good rule-follower from public school through graduate school, and realized only after she left college that her real learning was just beginning and that all her schooling had not prepared her for it. She is currently (2013) chair of the Croydon NH school board, and is still trying to figure out how not to be a rule-follower while trying to keep the school administration in check. For fun, Jody dances. And yes, there are lots of social dancing opportunities in New Hampshire, especially in the Upper Valley!


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