Parent Activities

updated 1/08/18


For parents, we have a daily lineup of interesting speakers to help educate us on issues important to parents and citizens - this is a unique small-group opportunity to engage experts and government representatives. Parent activities begin shortly after the opening each day, under the tent at the picnic tables south of our sign-in pavilion.

These were the speakers for 2016 - the speakers for 2018 will be posted when known:

  1. BulletMonday - Mike Holler, Elizabeth Hautman

  2. BulletMike Holler - “Mr Constitution” explores the “readable” Constitution.

  1. BulletElizabeth Hautman -  You Can Make A Difference!  This fun and informative talk will look at the impact one person can have on social and political outcomes for our posterity.

  2. BulletTuesday - Dr. Paul Prentice, Colorado State Representative Lori Saine, Don Rodgers, Mark Braunlich

  3. BulletPrentice, Saine, Rodgers - Amedment 69 - a ballot proposal for Colorado state-wide health care

  4. BulletMark Braunlich - Unalienable rights … evolving or immutable?   What did the founding generation understand the “certain unalienable Rights” of our Declaration of Independence to be? Have our courts established an “evolved” set of rights that contradict the founding generation’s understanding of rights?

  5. BulletWednesday - Michele Morin, Don Rodgers, Robin Coran

  6. BulletMichele Morin, Don Rodgers - Getting Involved

  7. BulletRobin Coran - The Founders and Government

  8. BulletThursday - Colorado State Senator Kent Lambert, Parent Critiques

  9. BulletState Senator Lambert - Legislative update

  10. BulletParent Critiques - The staff welcomes parent feedback about the Constitutional Champions camp!

Speaker Background, in order of presentations:

Mike Holler

Even former attorney general Ed Meese refered to him as “Mr. Constitution.” Mike Holler  regularly speaks at seminars and recently published The Constitution Made Easy: A Tea Partier’s Guide. After realizing few Americans read the Constitution because they don’t understand its language, he translated the document into modern English. “We hope that The Constitution Made Easy will increase both readership and literacy, and do for politics in America what modern Bible translations have done for the church,” he said. “Compared to Greek exegesis, it was a relatively simple matter to translate the older English Constitution into a modern version,” he said. “But it still required the knowledge and discipline of a trained translator.” While he says he is not the most knowledgeable person about the Constitution, he says it is a gold standard for settling questions in American politics. However, he also recognizes that the Constitution does not hold all the answers for America. “My goal is not to save America by the Constitution, but to save Americans by the gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. Holler was given the opportunity last September to pray at the dinner before a presidential debate. He lives in Teller County, Colo., with his wife, Cathy, and four of their seven children.

Elizabeth Hautman

Owner and operator of Boots Firearm and Instructions; current area field director for the NRA; area lead for Project Appleseed. Project Appleseed is the major activity for The Revolutionary War Veterans Association (RWVA), a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes traditional rifle marksmanship, while also teaching American heritage and history with the intent of encouraging people to become active civically.

Paul T. Prentice, Ph.D.

Dr. Prentice was the Chief Macroeconomist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under President Reagan. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Department of Treasury. PauI earned his B.A. in Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Prentice built the free-market economics program at The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs, and is currently a Professor of Economics and Business at Colorado Technical University. Paul also serves as:

Associate Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute.

Senior Fellow at the Independence Institute.

Fellow of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University.

Board Member of the Peak Freedom Forum.

President of the Pikes Peak Economics Club

Colorado State Representative Lori Saine

House District 63 (Weld County). Lori Saine earned an A rating in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 on the The Principles Of Liberty Scorecard, based on the main planks of the Republican Party platform. She earned the coveted House Champion award from the Colorado Union of Taxpayers for defending the taxpayers of House District 63 and has signed the Colorado Union of Taxpayers pledge to protect TABOR, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. She is regional Sales Director for Text Mobile Alerts and served as a Councilwoman for the city of Dacono.  Lori and her husband Troy raise their daughter Alexandra in Firestone. Troy Saine served in the Marine Corps in Operation Desert Shield and Lori is a member of the Civil Air Patrol. As a family, the Saine family enjoys the outdoors together: hiking, biking, camping. They also enjoy attending museums and are founding members of the Museum of the American Revolution and the National Medal of Honor Museum.

Mark Braunlich

Mark Braunlich is the principal at Liberty Tree Academy charter school in Falcon, CO and an attorney with an interest in the interplay between the unalienable individual rights protected by our First Amendment and anti-discrimination laws. Former U.S. Forest Service Wilderness Ranger; white water rafting guide; high school physics teacher; taught international economics to gifted Dutch students; managed a small Dutch industrial public relations firm in Amsterdam; and worked in the Soviet Union providing Internet connectivity and training to Russian secondary schools.

Michelle Morin

Founder and Creator, Freedom Power Tools Workshop, a workshop designed to equip average citizens to become online leaders for freedom, and to influence and affect public policy using both traditional and internet social media tools. Graduate of Leadership Program of the Rockies. Recipient of the Vern Bickel Grassroots Leadership Award, given annually by the Independence Institute to one grassroots leader in Colorado. Recognized by Campaigns & Elections Magazine as a Top 5 Influencer in the state of Colorado.

Robin Coran

Regional Director for Congressman Ken Buck. Previously Field Director for Congressman Doug Lamborn. Former Southern Colorado Field Coordinator at Rick Santorum for President.

Worked at Americans for Prosperity.

Senator Kent Lambert

Kent Lambert represents Colorado State Senate District 9 which includes Northern Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy, and Black Forest. Senator Lambert was instrumental in forming and organizing the Republican Study Committee of Colorado, where he served as the Executive Director and provided direct support to a broad range of Republican legislative activities. He is currently vice-chair of both the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Joint Budget Committee. Kent Lambert retired from the United States Air Force in 2004 as a Colonel. His varied career included tours as a B-52 instructor; a senior scientific analyst in the Pentagon; the air and defense attache in Jordan and Sweden; the Deputy Defense Intelligence Officer for Europe in the Defense Intelligence Agency; and the Deputy Director of the Air Force Space Command Space Analysis Division.