These members have dedicated themselves to the highest tier of MVJ support.
We thank and applaud them for their contributions.
Rye Barcott is co-founder and CEO of With Honor, a cross-partisan political organization led by veterans focused on promoting and advancing principled veteran leadership to reduce polarization in the U.S. Congress. Previously, he co-founded and led the clean energy investment firm Double Time Capital, and co-founded the non-governmental public health organization CFK in Nairobi, Kenya. His memoir, It Happened on the Way to War, juxtaposes military service and social entrepreneurship. Barcott serves on the boards of the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, NDI, and the U.S. Institute for Peace. He chairs the board of CFK.
Dr. Jeffrey Layne Blevins (Ph.D., Ohio University) is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Military Intelligence Corps and attained the rank of Specialist (E-4). While in the Army he served a tour in the Republic of South Korea and earned the Overseas Service Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal (Operation Desert Storm), Army Achievement Award and Army Service Ribbon. Today, Dr. Blevins is Professor and Head of the Journalism Department at the University of Cincinnati and editor of the scholarly journal Democratic Communiqué. As a frequent opinion-editorial columnist, his commentary on media policy and ethics have appeared in USA Today, Cincinnati Enquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, PandoDaily, Gateway Journalism Review and other venues. In 2009 Dr. Blevins served as a federal grant reviewer for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce. His scholarly research examines telecommunication policy and the political economy of U.S. media industries with a recent focus on social media networks. Dr. Blevins is co-author of a forthcoming book, “Social Media, Social Justice and the Political Economy of Online Networks” (University of Cincinnati Press, 2021).