Meet The Freedom Revolution Board

The Freedom Rev is led by our Founder, Cristina McDonald, and led by the Board of Directors. We also have volunteers and partners.

Bristen A. Brickles

As a child, Bristen became interested in history and government at a very early age. From the third to fifth grade, she could be found toting around and memorizing a book about the presidents in her free time. In 7th grade, she was presented with a wonderful opportunity to attend President Bill Clintons 2nd Presidential Inauguration, furthering her interest in how the government works and the history of our great country.  Her second encounter with a President was when she had the chance to meet President George W. Bush at age 15. Her passion for politics continued into her experience at Hillsdale College where Bristen was very active in different political clubs on campus. Bristen’s true love and passion for the Constitution comes from the education she received at Hillsdale College. While at Hillsdale she was a Political Science major, giving her the opportunity to take classes such as Constitutional Law and American Political Thought. In these classes, Bristen learned the importance of the founding of the United States and how the Constitution was drafted. After college, Bristen went on to work in politics for 4 years on a variety of different campaigns. In 2010, Bristen decided to make a career change and enrolled in graduate school to get her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. While there, she became an adjunct instructor and had the chance to teach undergraduate courses. Currently, Bristen works as a Psychometrician for two private practice Psychologist offices in Gainesville and does contract work for child protective services. In her free time (the little that she does have) she mostly spends it traveling around the United States to see friends and family.  Additionally, when Bristen isn’t working she can be found at the lake, at the gun range, or doing something outside that is fun and active.
Bristen became involved in TFR in its very early stages of development. This is because the founder of TFR just happens to be one of Bristen’s longtime friends. Bristen and Cristina met early in their Freshman year at Hillsdale College and had many political science classes together. During their four years at Hillsdale, the challenging course work and many adventures outside the classroom that these two experienced together was enough to bond them and keep their friendship strong today. Bristen believes in the TFR message to educate people about the Constitution and their rights, not to tell them how to think. She believes that because TFR is apolitical, that this will be vital in accomplishing this goal on a large spectrum. Bristen is very excited to see all the things TFR has in store for America and is proud to be a part of the Revolution!

Kevin Gatley

For a year or two before discovering The Freedom Revolution, Kevin realized that the problem with the American political landscape was simply that voters might not fully understand what America is really supposed to be about.  He fantasized about starting his own institution or company that would work to “educate and inform the whole mass of the people” in order to combat the growing partisanship/gridlock that dominates American politics.  That’s when he stumbled upon TFR via a friend at work and recognized it was exactly what he was looking for.

He graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration / Finance.  He moved to San Diego shortly thereafter and worked in finance for a few years before following his childhood dream of joining the Navy.  He completed Officer Candidate School in 2009 and has been active ever since.  In his free time you’ll find him traveling, enjoying great literature and music, surfing, working out, writing, and lastly, just enjoying the daily sunshine of San Diego on his patio (the beach).

Kevin is passionate about the Freedom Revolution because he believes it’s our duty as Americans to continue the revolution started by our forefathers.  He hears many people his age bemoan the current state of the US government and how they feel helpless to do anything about it.  To that, he simply says, “What if our Founding Fathers had felt helpless to do anything about their situation?”.  They had much more to fear and many more reasons to stay at home and let history pass them by than we do; yet, most of us aren’t doing anything.  We DO have the power to change things, if we come together under the principles laid out in the Constitution we can make things better and America can continue to be great!

Meet Our Advisors

Patrick Maloney

Patrick Maloney is a political consultant from Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been active in politics for over a decade, working on numerous local, state, and national political campaigns. He has also worked in an official capacity for a member of Congress, members of both houses of the Ohio General Assembly, and as policy director for the Ohio Board of Regents.
Mr. Maloney is a 2007 graduate of Hillsdale College and a 2008 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American History with a goal to teach.