Sarah Wait

Sarah joined Becket in 2022 as an Executive Assistant and Office Administrator, where she supports our operations team and manages the calendars of our president and executive director. Since moving to D.C. in 2020, Sarah has worked and interned for various political groups and government offices, including a House committee on Capitol Hill and The Heritage Foundation’s sister grassroots organization. As an intern and student in 2019, she wrote for a public policy group where she was published in its monthly edition of The Ripon Forum.

Sarah graduated from Brigham Young University in 2020 with a B.A. in political science and a double minor in business and music. During her undergrad, she spent a semester studying abroad in Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, and she lived in Idaho for 18 months while serving a volunteer mission for her church. Both experiences deeply impacted her desire to be a part of the important work at Becket.

Sarah grew up in Texas as the oldest of four siblings. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing her violin (in case her mom is reading this), beating her husband at Mario Kart, and making friends at the dog park with their micro goldendoodle.

Matthew Krauter

Matthew joined Becket as a paralegal in May of 2022. Matthew supports Becket’s attorneys and clients by cite checking legal briefs, tracking cases, and with numerous other tasks.

Before Becket, Matthew interned as a Research Associate for the Federalist Society where he researched developments related to state attorneys general and state courts. He also interned for the Champaign County Public Defender’s Office and a congressional campaign. Matthew has continued to study American legal-political thought through programs with the Hertog Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

Matthew graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in legal studies and philosophy. On campus, he gained editing and writing experience as a senior columnist for the Daily Illini, researched antitrust & digital platforms as a staff writer for the Undergraduate Law Review, served as president of the Illini College Republicans and was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Beta Kappa. His senior thesis, The RFRA Arrowhead: Understanding State Level Religious Liberty, empirically evaluated the effect of state legislation on religious liberty litigation.

In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing chess, hiking, watercolor painting, running and staying connected with his brothers through videogames.

Nate Wertjes

Nate joined Becket as a paralegal in March 2022. As part of the paralegal team, Nate cite checks legal briefs, tracks cases, and assists with other administrative tasks.

Nate is a graduate of John Brown University, holding a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Biblical Studies. During his time at John Brown, Nate was a cross country and track athlete. Prior to joining Becket, Nate worked in the legal field, managed a state senate race, opened and managed a coffee shop, and dabbled in ski-building. He is a graduate of the John Jay Fellowship program.

In his free time, Nate enjoys hiking, skiing, fishing and mountaineering.

Leigh Brown

Leigh joined Becket’s paralegal team in 2021, shifting her editor’s eagle eye toward legal material. With an undergraduate degree in English from BYU, she has accumulated a wide array of editing experience. Her extra-fine-tooth comb has scoured material ranging from a book about a POW’s escape from Japanese imprisonment during WWII to course material for becoming a technical project manager.

The fan that flamed her passion for religious liberty came in the form of hundreds of adult refugees she taught over a period of several years—students who humbly and sincerely desired to practice their religion and who often came up against roadblocks in their religious expression. She is now happy to be a part of a team that is making life easier for friends like hers.

Playing with her nieces and nephews (18 in total) is her all-time favorite activity. She loves trees and walks in the woods. And crossword puzzles and books are her go-tos when she gets downtime.

JeRevienne Mitchell

JeRevienne joined Becket in 2021 as administrative officer. She graduated from American University in 2017 with a B.A. in international relations, with a focus on foreign policy.

While at AU, JeRevienne worked as administrative assistant at the Center for Israel Studies, helping with programs and events aimed at studying Israeli politics, culture, history, and contributions.

Prior to joining Becket, JeRevienne was the associate manager of a local music store, where she also worked as a piano teacher.

Originally from South Carolina, DC is about as far north as you’ll find JeRevienne since cold weather is her nemesis. Some of her favorite places to be are by the ocean or exploring a new city. She loves baking bread and desserts and enjoys running (to sustain the baking habit).

Monica Dewey

Monica graduated from Christendom College in December 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and economics. She joined Becket in the summer of 2020 as an administrative intern and transitioned to a full-time office assistant in December of the same year.

Monica has worked as a data analyst at a New York-based emergency billing company and as an administrative assistant to an estate foundation. During a semester abroad, Monica had the opportunity to study language, art, and architecture at the Patristic Institute in Rome, Italy.

Monica is number five of ten siblings. She enjoys spending summers on Cape Cod with her family, rock climbing with her brothers, horseback riding with friends, and listening to hours of Simon and Garfunkel on vinyl.

Mary LaFave

Mary joined the Becket development team in 2020 as a donor relations associate. Prior to Becket, she interned at the National Taxpayers Union in Washington, D.C., and spent two years working for the Institute for Justice in Arlington, VA, as a development associate.

Before migrating out East, Mary graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. While in school, she was involved in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program, attending various conferences nationwide, and ultimately co-founding a campus chapter geared toward promoting rhetoric appreciation by analyzing rhetorical devices in classic speeches.

Originally from Butte, Montana, Mary enjoys hiking, running along the Potomac River, and is currently undergoing Pilates instructor training. When she’s not moving, Mary likes sipping tea, reading, and eating anything Funfetti flavored.

Jeremiah Sullivan

Jeremiah joined Becket in August 2019 as an Administrative Officer and Database Coordinator. Before working at Becket, Jeremiah attended the University of Dallas, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in politics.

While at the University of Dallas, Jeremiah played rugby for the University of Dallas Rugby Football Club for four years. Jeremiah also had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome for a semester and travel throughout Europe. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Jeremiah volunteered for Americans for Prosperity, a non profit political advocacy group.

At Becket, Jeremiah fulfills administrative responsibilities, while also serving as a liaison with the IT department. He also aids other Becket employees by ensuring their technology is working and up to date.

In his free time, Jeremiah enjoys exploring D.C., watching sports with his friends, and finding new restaurants to dine at.

Keenan McFadden

Keenan McFadden joined Becket in June 2019 and became External Relations Manager in July 2020.

Before coming to Becket, Keenan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and minors in Constitutional Studies and history. At Notre Dame Keenan was a Tocqueville Fellow for inquiry into religion and public life, and a Sorin Fellow with the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. During her senior year, Keenan served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Irish Rover, an independent student paper dedicated to preserving the Catholic identity of Our Lady’s University. Keenan has interned at the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome and with Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan.

Keenan and her husband Sean live in Alexandria, Virginia with their Irish Setter puppy, Chauncey.

Daryn Sirrine

Daryn joined Becket in 2018 as a donor relations associate. Prior to Becket, she interned on Capitol Hill, where she subsequently worked for four and a half years. During her last year and a half on the Hill she was the communications director for Congressman Chris Stewart, where she wrote speeches and op-eds, oversaw his media presence and planned his annual national security conference.

Before moving to Washington D.C., Daryn graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing. During her time at university she was involved in student government and represented the student body to the Utah State Legislature from 2013 to 2014 and helped advocate for the student body to the state legislature.

Originally from Las Vegas, Daryn grew up with five siblings and numerous desert tortoises (her favorite animal). When she’s not dreaming of the desert, she enjoys running, playing tennis and being surrounded by friends.   

Meg Schilling

Meg joined Becket’s paralegal team in 2018 bringing four years of paralegal experience from various firms in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Prior to entering the paralegal field, Meg was a Reading and English teacher in a public school. She received her paralegal certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants in 2015 and gained experience in areas of real estate, wills & trusts, trademarks, and estate administration.  Meg loves the oxford comma, formatting word documents, and submitting briefs to the Supreme Court (which happens a lot around here).

Originally from Pennsylvania, Meg grew up in a musical family with pianos (mother), banjos (father), and several instruments in between (siblings). Meg currently sings with the Cathedral Choral Society which performs regularly at the National Cathedral. She takes her role as aunt to eight nieces and nephews very seriously.

Eric Hines

Eric Hines joined Becket in 2017. Prior to Becket, Eric served as the director of U.S. Equities for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA) in New York. During his seven years on Wall Street, Eric cultivated relationships with corporate executives and institutional investors across a variety of sectors and global regions, establishing the U.S. Equity business as an important unit of the Bank of Tokyo. He has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Nebraska.

Eric and his wife Megan live in Omaha, NE with their son, Henry.

Stephanie Keenan

Stephanie Keenan joined Becket in 2013. Her work while at Becket has been published in USA Today, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Washington Examiner, The Hill, and Detroit News.

Prior to Becket, Stephanie gained communications skills while interning for various public relations and non-profit organizations – including a multicultural advocacy public relations firm, a non-profit coalition against domestic violence and sexual assault, and a pro-bono litigation communications resource that draws attention to mistakes and unfairness in death penalty and juvenile life imprisonment cases. Her experience included writing press releases, op-eds, and letters to the editor, launching and managing several social media platforms, and starting an e-newsletter.

She graduated cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in journalism and mass communications and a minor in psychology. While at GWU, she was involved with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), a Catholic ministry for college students, through which she met her husband.

Stephanie grew up in Guam. She currently lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband and their four children. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and baking scones and sourdough loaves for her family.

Marie Peralta

Marie joined Becket in 2009 to assist our founder, Seamus Hasson. Since then she has worn various hats at Becket, supporting efforts in litigation, operations, development, and communications.

Before joining Becket, Marie interned as a reporter for newspapers in Japan, the United Arab Emirates, and Washington, D.C. She also received a grant to research information laws in India, and worked summers at the U.S. Embassies in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. She graduated summa cum laude in journalism from Brigham Young University, with a minor in Japanese.

Marie enjoys traveling, cooking with her husband, and making her son and daughter smile.

Lucy Nolan

Lucy Nolan joined Becket as a development associate in October 2012. Prior to Becket, Lucy worked in various DC-area nonprofit organizations, in positions ranging from administrative to policy research. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California.

Outside of work, Lucy enjoys learning languages and traveling. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and now lives in northern Virginia with her husband and children.

Julie Riggs

Julie re-joined Becket in the fall of 2011 as Director of External Relations. Julie was with Becket from 1996-98 during which time she launched the very first Canterbury Medal Dinner among various other development feats.

After college, Julie’s passion for politics and American history prompted a move to Washington, D.C. There, she landed an internship with The Heritage Foundation, thus beginning a successful 35-year career in the non-profit sector, where she has gained extensive expertise in fundraising and event planning. Julie has since been affiliated with many prominent free-market organizations, including the Cato Institute, the Institute for Justice, and the Cascade Policy Institute. In addition, she has participated in grassroots politics, and is no stranger to gathering signatures, phone banks, and political campaigns. She even admits to marching in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Julie earned a B.A. in Political Science and Secondary Education from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Julie’s passion for limited government and liberty are a driving force in her life. Julie lives in Venice, Florida with her husband Marty.

Hyewon Kraemer

In her role as the Director of Development at Becket, Hyewon implements the infrastructure needed to grow Becket’s budget through the solicitation of major gifts, special events, and individual and foundation support. Prior to her time at Becket, Hyewon worked for several national nonprofits managing annual giving, major gifts, institutional relationships, and event planning. Hyewon graduated from Emory University with a Bachelors in History and received her Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University. She participated in the John Jay Institute fellowship, a program in theology and political philosophy. Having lived in three countries and seven states, Hyewon now makes her home in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.