Board of Directors

Helene Miller-Walsh
Board Member

Helene Miller-Walsh is the GOP state representative in Illinois 51 district. She began her career at American National Bank in Commercial Lending in Chicago. She then spent several years at Evans Fur Company, in a variety of roles across Marketing, Design and Sales. Helene went on to found Whim Wham Books, where she served as CEO, creating and selling a line of gift books which she sold around the world to major national retailers and small retail shops. Helene also has a long track record of success in philanthropic endeavors, including having chaired campaigns for Prentice Women’s Hospital through her role on the Board of Friends of Prentice as well as Co-Chairing one of the most successful private school annual campaigns in history at The Latin School of Chicago. Helene is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Leenie Productions, LLC, a multi-media production company and also serves on the Board of Advisors to Project HOOD, an organization dedicated to ending gang violence in the city of Chicago and developing career opportunities. Helene was raised in Chicago and lives with her husband, former Congressman and syndicated talk-radio host Joe Walsh,  in the Northwest suburbs. Between them they have five children.

Dr. Arie Friedman
Board Member

Dr. Arie Friedman graduated with honors at the top of his medical school class from University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1998. While in medical school, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and honored with the Tom Reeves Outstanding Medical Student Award. Subsequently, he underwent categorical residency training at the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital. Dr. Friedman founded a solo pediatrics practice in 2001 that later merged with Premier Pediatrics. Premier Pediatrics became part of PediaTrust in 2014. At PediaTrust, Dr. Friedman serves on the Board of Managers and as the Director of After-hours Care. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Friedman served in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator. During his seven years of active duty, he flew SH-60B Seahawk helicopters out of Naval Air Station North Island, California, from which he deployed twice, including once to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Desert Storm. After leaving active duty, he transferred to the Naval Reserve Medical Corps from which he retired in 2005. Arie is also a former candidate for the U.S. House of Representative and Illinois State Senate. He is a highly-regarded expert on issues pertaining to healthcare. An authority on Obamacare and national healthcare issues, Arie is a frequent guest on cable news and talk radio programs. Dr. Friedman is married to Michelle Rosenthal and is a father of five.

Neil Johnson (aka The Tax Dude®) has been a tax professional for over twenty-five years and has prepared thousands of tax returns for individuals, small businesses, trusts and estates. Neil’s background in taxation coupled with his experience in personal financial planning gives him a base of knowledge truly appreciated by his clients.

A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago in 1988, Neil built a diversified tax, accounting and financial consulting practice serving primarily advertising agencies and other graphic arts businesses. In 1996, Neil sold his practice of over 300 business and individual clients.

Neil also served on the board of directors for David Bruce & Company, a software developer for the financial markets and was instrumental in its successful sale to First Options of Chicago. His experience includes work in the tax department at The Northern Trust Company, Tax Manager for CTS Financial Group, Inc., Senior Tax Manager at Brown, Kaplan and Liss, LLC and most recently as a Partner with The Dolins Group, Ltd.

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Paul Miller

Paul Miller serves as CEO and President of the news and public policy group Haym Salomon Center. Among his credits as a highly regarded journalist, Paul was granted an exclusive interview with civil rights icon Alan Dershowitz to express his opposition to the Iran Nuclear agreement. Paul’s remarkable interview with San Antonio Orthodox Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg and Pastor John Hagee of Christians United for Israel is further testament to Paul’s gift for listening that inspires people to speak freely and openly to him. Paul’s investigative prowess has led to countless breaking news articles ranging from election fraud and government funding of terrorism to anti-Semitism on college campuses.

A childhood steeped in freedom of political expression around the family dinner table led Paul to the formal study of journalism, ultimately shaping him into the outspoken critic of Progressive anti-Semitism and media bias against Israel that has characterized him for the last two decades. His byline can be found in the New York Post, New York Observer, Fox News, Washington Times, Chicago Tribune, Jerusalem Post and The Hill, just to name a few. His work has been featured on the Drudge Report and news sites across the globe. As a respected authority on national politics, Middle East policy and media accountability, Paul has been quoted and sourced by the New York Times, Fox News, Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times. He has appeared on radio programs all over the country as well as Israel and Canada.

Paul is a childhood cancer survivor and has worked as a peer counselor for cancer patients and amputees. He is also a recovering political consultant and resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife Shannon, whom he met attending Indiana University. They are the proud and sleepless parents of two teenagers.

The Haym Salomon Center is the brainchild of Jason Stverak, its co-founder. A pioneer in nonprofit journalism, Jason founded the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity in 2009, serving as its president for six years. In 2016, Jason’s love and support for Israel inspired him to assume the position of Legislative Director and Washington lobbyist at Christians United for Israel Action Fund.

Today, Jason serves as Deputy Chief of Staff for North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer, advising the freshman senator on Israel and Middle East policies. Jason is married and the proud father of a young son.