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Will Christensen was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and is a veteran of the Marine Corps.  He has worked in the corporate world for IBM, and has been involved in small business for over 40 years.  He is happily married to Ruth for over 50 years, they have a large family.


His first political activity was the Eisenhower/Stevenson campaign in 1952.   In 1964 he was County Campaign Chairman for Barry Goldwater, and was on the Republican County Central Committee until 1967.   In 1968 he actively participated in George Wallace’s Presidential campaign.


He has run for the State House, State Senate, U.S. Congress, and was drafted as the Independent American Party U.S. Presidential candidate in 2012.


In 1991 Will was one of the founders of the Utah Independent American Party, and has held County Chair, State Chair, State Executive Director, and National Chair offices.


His aim is to build strong state parties which can affect both state and national politics, bringing the power usurped by Washington back to the states.   In this way, we will return our nation back to a Constitutional Republic.  Liberty is our heritage and our destiny!

National Chairman

Will Christensen


Hans Andersen

Bio coming soon...


Steve Pankretz

Steve enlisted in the Marines and was taught about the Constitution.  In college, he studied under W. Cleon Skousen in the Freeman Institute, which later became the National Center for Constitutional Studies.  


Steve has been a member of the John Birch Society for several years.  He was introduced to the Independent American Party in 2010, and has been a state coordinator and media committee chairman.


He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Political Economics.

Regional Coordinators

National 1st Vice-Chair

Central/All Regional Coordinator (see map)

Scott Bartlett

Scott was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a client asked him to help with his business.  He has been married for 35 years, and has five children.

Scott has a variety of jobs, including being a paramedic in Minneapolis, a Small Business Development Officer for what is now Wells Fargo, and Investment Banker for a private funds management company. He recently retired from Sioux Falls Tower and Communications as General Manager of one of their subdivisions.

Scott has been active in politics since his days at the University of Minnesota.  He has been a candidate for office, and has been active behind the scenes in various political organizations.  He is a frequent speaker in support of the Constitution.

In his personal time, Scott is dedicated to serving those around him.  He served on the Sioux Falls Board of Health, and actively serves in his church working to put volunteers and organizations together.  He is a Merit Badge Counselor, and likes to spend his time volunteering at organizations that help the homeless.


Eastern Regional Coordinator (see map)

Patricia Kent

Patricia Kent is a farm girl, born and raised in Malad, Idaho where she learned to work hard, play hard, respect others and love this beautiful land of America.

Patricia was raised in a patriotic family. Her ancestors helped settle this nation, coming into Jamestown and many ports along the eastern seaboard.  They fought and some died in the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and continue to serve in the military today; It was no surprise when Patricia joined the Army Reserves in the 1970's to serve her country.. 


Her Great Great Grandfather spent many years working to help Utah become a state and helped write the Utah State Constitution.

Patricia graduated from Weber State College in 1980 with a BS degree in Political Science and a secondary education teaching certificate. She moved to St. George, Utah in 1981 to teach high school, where she taught physical education, AP History, American Government and Law and coached girls athletics.

After her studies in Political Science, Patricia said she would never get involved in politics because it was to corrupt, however, as the years have passed and the liberty and freedoms of the people have

diminished under the hands of our elected officials, she has stepped up and made her voice heard. She has run for public office, been a delegate to state conventions, was the Chairman of the Washington County Tea Party Coalition and speaks out constantly on the Constitution and what we must do to restore it to its proper place in our government.

Western Regional Coordinator (see map)

Cathy McDonald

Cathy worked for the Department of Defense, Air Force, where she was employed at McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA.  When it closed, she transferred to Hill AFB in Utah.  After retiring, she managed her sister’s floral business.

Currently, Cathy works with girls ranging in age from 8-12 years old, and helps them cultivate a desire to serve others.  In the past, she also worked with the California Runaway Hotline, as she helped children find ways to change their environment for the better.

Cathy received an Associate's Degree from College of the Redwoods in Eureka, California, and attends  Brigham Young University-Idaho to major in Political Science.  She has been affilated with the Independent American Party since 2003. 

Southern Regional Coordinator (see map)

Standing Committees

Rules Committee Chairman

David Else

Bio coming soon...

Issues Committee Chairman

Brian Gwatney

Brian was born in Arkansas in 1971, and grew up in Central Arkansas. He joined the US Army in 1988 as a Combat Engineer, and is a Gulf War veteran. After Brian left the army in 1995, he moved to Illinois, where he became a Locomotive engineer. He moved back to Arkansas in 2003, and has been a Locomotive engineer for 20 years.


Brian has been a Christian since he was 13 years old. He is a Patriot, and believes in the Freedoms and Liberties framed in the Constitution by our founding Fathers. 

National 2nd Vice-Chair

Media Committee Chairman



National 3rd Vice-Chair

Membership Committee Chairman

Dr. Ron Bartles, JD, Ph.D.

Ron has earned a Juris Doctorate in law, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology.


He has been credited by peers as one of the first people to claim and use the term ‘Conservatarian.’  Since 1968, Ron has coached over 100 candidates as a political strategist.  


His methods focus on grassroots tactics, such as mobile kiosks, to raise money and recognition for the candidates he coaches.  As part of his strategy, Ron also admonishes those whom he coaches for public office to reject any money from lobbyists.  Those candidates who have followed his sage advice, have not only won office, but have remained free to represent their constituents, rather than the special interests of the lobbyists. This is important to Ron, because America was designed of the people, by the people, and for the people - not the special interests of lobbyists.

Events Committee Chairman



Bio coming soon...

Public Relations Director

Gregory C. Duerden

Greg joined the IAP, coming from the Utah Democrats, as a 'blue dog' (conservative).  He brings with him campaigning experience, having run for the Utah Legislature in 2000, the Utah Senate in 2012, and as the IAP candidate for Utah's Lt. Gov. in 2016.  He also plans to run for the IAP Gubernatorial slot in 2020.


Greg comes to the IAP with 40 years experience as a newspaperman, as well as experience in radio and television news.  His stories have appeared on Paul Harvey, Larry King, and other national outlets.  While his media career has been primarily in the Western Region, he has contacts in national markets from New York to Chicago, Atlanta to L.A., and up to both Denver and Seattle.

Greg is married to the former Judith Fox, and has 18 children and step-children, 71 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force as both the top graduate of B-52 Tail Gunner's School (a SAC 'Top Gun') and as a unit historian for a Wing with rich roots going back to World War One.

National 4th Vice-Chair

Veterans Committee Chairman

Mark G. Phillips

Born May 28, 1953 to J.W. And Virginia Phillips

Graduated from Catholic High School for Boys 1972

Entered the United States Air Force 1978.  1978-1981 Titan II Missile Maintenance Technician/Crew Chief 390th SMW/390th MIMS Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ., Tactical Air Command and Control Technician (TACP) 1981-1987.  Honorably discharged.


Married to Neita (Raper) Phillips February 20, 1993.


Retired from Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System July 2003.


Former presidential independent candidate in 2012. 


Religious Affiliation:  Church of Christ

Executive Director of the Constitutional Law Committee

Nihla Judd

Nihla has been married for 48 years to James Judd.  They have 5 children and 18 grandchildren.  


She earned her Associates Degree from Weber State College, and attended Brigham Young University (BYU), where she is now an Adult Religion teacher.  Previous to teaching for BYU Adult Religion, Nihla also taught as a seminary Teacher at Dixie, Snow Canyon and Tuacahn High Schools, and as an Institute Teacher at Dixie State College Institute of Religion.

Nihla's desire to be a positive influence, and a force for good in her community has led to her current work as a tour guide for the historic Pine Valley Chapel in Southern Utah, and an LDS Family Services Support Group Missionary.  She also ran as an Independent American Party Candidate for the Utah State House of Representatives in 2014, where she captured 21% of the vote running against Don Ipson (Republican), and Cheryl Hawker (Democrat).  The news reported that to receive 21% of the vote was unheard of for a 3rd party candidate - they usually obtain only 2 - 3% of the vote.

Prior to being IAP Executive Assistant over Constitutional Law, Nihla was the IAP Western Regional Coordinator from 2015 - 2017.

Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Committee Chair

Randy O. Bowling

Randy holds a BS degree in Health Education & Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas (1978), interning in Occupational Safety & Health with Ark. Dept. of Labor. He also holds a Post BS Associate of Applied Sciences in Business Administration Accounting from Capital City Jr. College of Business (1987). This year he begins Master's Level Course Work in "Emergency Management & Homeland Security" at Arkansas Tech University.


His work experience includes Sheriff's Captain (retired) in Faulkner County, AR, as well as 2 tours as the Assistant Fire Chief (retired) and Mayor's Liaison at Twin Groves, AR.


In addition to his position as the Chair of the IAP’s Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Committee, Randy’s political experience includes Faulkner County Secretary and State Committeeman for the Young Democrats of Arkansas; candidate for the AR House of Representatives (D) in 2000, and again in 2006 (R).


He is a member of the Church of Christ, Patterson Masonic Lodge #111, the Little Rock Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Arkansas York Rite Bodies.


In early 2017, Randy and his wife, Sherril, happily celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.