Prior to founding Next Generation Freedom Fund, Mr. Mero served as CEO for the Leadership Project for America (its c3, c4 and PAC). He previously served as president of Sutherland Institute, executive vice president of The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society, and worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for ten years. He is the co-author of The Natural Family: A Manifesto and many articles, commentaries and speeches.
Stephen A. (Steve) Reiher serves as an assistant professor of public relations in the Journalism and Communication Department at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He teaches classes in public relations, marketing, and corporate communications, and has key department responsibilities for curriculum improvement, student recruiting, social media communications, and development.
Before joining USU in 2010, Steve worked in the corporate and non-profit sectors for nearly 25 years – managing corporate communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing communications, and media relations for such organizations as American Express, Whirlpool, Dow Chemical, Georgia-Pacific, Arizona State University, Mercer Consulting, and Operation Kids. As a consultant, Steve has completed work for Principal Financial Group, Sara Lee, Dean Foods, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Sutherland Institute, Education Board, Swift Charities, Harlem Globetrotters, Argo Fuel, Strata and NFL quarterback Drew Brees.
Steve is one of the co-founders of the Men’s Anti-violence Network (MAN) of Utah, an organization of men and women committed to stopping domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in the state. Steve has served on the boards of several other nonprofit and civic organizations including the Arizona Theater Company, Free Arts of Arizona, MAN of Arizona. West Valley Child Crisis Center, the Phoenix Planning Commission, and the Arizona Governors Town Hall on Juvenile Justice. He has also served on the boards of local United Way organizations and chambers of commerce.
Steve holds a BA in Communications from BYU, and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Steve has 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren. A native New-Jerseyan, Steve moved back to Utah to stay in 2007.