Paul T. Mero, President
Paul T. Mero is president of Sutherland Institute. Prior to his service at Sutherland, Paul was the executive vice president of The Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society in Rockford, Illinois, where, among other duties, he administered the Second World Congress of Families meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1999. Paul also worked in the U.S. Congress serving two conservative House members from 1987 to 1997. He has written many articles and given many speeches in his career and has co-authored a book, with Allan C. Carlson, The Natural Family: A Manifesto. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University in public policy. Paul and his wife, Sally, have six children and nine grandchildren.
Stan Rasmussen, Director of Public Affairs
Stan Rasmussen directs Sutherland legislative efforts on Utah’s Capitol Hill and coordinates the Institute’s interactions with the Governor’s office and other state and local leaders. With extensive experience in management, training and performance coaching before becoming fully immersed in the world of public policy, he worked with organizations and clients in the legal, healthcare, environmental, banking and manufacturing industries, and with agencies in the public sector. Stan developed and manages the Institute’s award-winning Sutherland Transcend Series, a program for elected officials and interested community and business leaders. He and his wife, Chris, have three sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and four beautiful grandchildren.
David Buer, Director of Communications
David Buer brings a wide range of communications experience in the nonprofit and entrepreneurial realms to Sutherland Institute. After earning a B.A. in communications (public relations emphasis) from Brigham Young University in 2002, Dave worked for four years for the American Junior Golf Association in Atlanta handling media relations and multimedia. In 2005, he created a multimedia company that served clients nationwide, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Over the last decade, Dave’s communications work has spanned video production, social media, public and media relations, website creation, graphic design, copy writing, advertising and marketing. Dave and his wife, Jessica, are the parents of five boys.
Derek Monson, Director of Public Policy
Derek Monson graduated from Brigham Young University in August 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science. Derek began working for Sutherland Institute as a policy analyst in May 2007, focusing on policy areas including government transparency and spending; education governance and digital learning; conservative environmentalism and climate change; and immigration statistics. He is married to Melanie, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from BYU in 2008, and has one daughter (so far).
Carl Graham, Director of The Center for Self-Government in the West
Carl Graham is director of The Center for Self-Government in the West. Carl retired from U.S. Navy service in July 2004 and served as CEO of the Montana Policy Institute from 2008 to 2013. He was an adjunct professor of aviation science at Montana State University, a flight instructor, and a member of the Montana State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A Montana native, Carl graduated from Montana State University and is a 20-year Navy veteran, where he amassed nearly 500 carrier landings and more than 2,000 hours in the A-6 Intruder and F-14 Tomcat while serving as a Naval Flight Officer. Also during his naval career, Carl earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs and served as special assistant and congressional liaison officer for the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Neb. Carl and his wife Cyndi reside in Salt Lake City.
William C. Duncan, Director of The Center for Family and Society
William C. Duncan is director of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Family and Society and also serves as the director for the Marriage Law Foundation. He formerly served as acting director of the Marriage Law Project at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and as executive director of the Marriage and Family Law Research Grant at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where he also served as a visiting professor. He has published numerous articles on constitutional and family law issues in a variety of legal journals.
Pamela Whitmore, Editor
Pamela Whitmore joined Sutherland after 20 years as a copy editor at the Deseret News (Salt Lake City), where she wrote headlines, photo captions and edited newspaper stories with an eye toward keeping the writing smooth, correctly punctuated and libel-free. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in journalism. Pamela enjoys reading, hiking, traveling and browsing through dictionaries. She and her husband, Gene, have three children.
Todd Sylvester, Manager of Development
Todd Sylvester has a passion for making a difference in the lives of others, and that’s why he decided to join the Sutherland team as manager of development. Todd founded his own nonprofit company, “Drug Free That’s Me,” through which he has influenced thousands of children to commit to living a drug-free life. The program became one of the most sought-after of its kind in the state of Utah. Todd has more than 20 years of experience as a highly polished, inspirational and influential speaker. This passion has given him the upper edge in successful fundraising and building lasting relationships. Todd and his wife, Bonni, are the parents of 4 children.
Cherstyn Monson Stockwell, Manager of Operations
Cherstyn Monson Stockwell recently joined Sutherland Institute as operations manager. After graduating from BYU, Cherstyn moved to Washington, D.C., where she lived for 10 years, working for two conservative members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. After her time in Washington, she worked with a conservative political action committee in Orange County, California, supporting Republican candidates on the local, state and national level. In 2007, Cherstyn moved to Salt Lake City and joined the Utah Association of Realtors as director of operations, where she worked for six years. Cherstyn serves as a delegate in her local precinct and as a co-chair of her local high school’s community council. Cherstyn and her husband, Matt, are the parents of five children.