The Constitution Institute
Monday, April 24, 2017
Federalism * Enumerated Powers * Separation of Powers
Board of Directors
Hon. Mike Sodrel, Chairman
Mike Sodrel was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 2005-2007 serving the Ninth Congressional District of Indiana. Under his leadership, Sodrel Truck Lines, Free Enterprise Motor Coach, and Sodrel Logistics (SOLO) grew from less than 100 employees to over 550. Congressman Sodrel has been recognized as the Southern Indiana Small Business Person of the Year and elected as Chairman of the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Congressman Sodrel has received many community leadership awards and has been honored with distinction by several service organizations.
Dr. Jack Schmit, Vice-Chairman
Jack Schmit is the Director of Grant Procurement and Student Support in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs at Indiana University. He also holds the rank of Assistant Research Scientist with Indiana University and serves as a consultant for the National College Access Network based in Washington DC.
Dr. Schmit received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University and a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from Northern State University (South Dakota). In 1991, he completed a Ph.D. in college administration from Indiana University and co-author a book titled, Going to College: How Economic, and Educational Factors Influence the Decisions Students Make (Hossler, Schmit, & Vesper, 1999). This book chronicles a nine-year study of college choice decision making by Indiana High School students.
Dr. Schmit has been studying the foundations of government since 1993 and has a keen interest in the founding principles used to establish the representative republic we enjoy in the United States. He also created a year-long seminar for home school students examining these same foundational principles.
Mr. Brent Weil, Secretary
Brent Weil is a Partner with Kightlinger & Gray, LLP Attorneys-at-Law. He is a graduate of Purdue University and Valparaiso University where he received his Juris Doctor. He practices law in more than two dozen areas. Mr. Weil is a member of various organizations including the Defense Research Institute, Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, the Purdue University Alumni Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the Albion Fellows Bacon Domestic Violence Center. He is a Master Fellow with the Indiana Bar Foundation and a Master with the Brooks American Inns of Court.
Mr. Weil is admitted to practice law in Michigan and Indiana as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Mr. Kent Ahrenholtz, Treasurer
Kent Ahrenholtz is the President of fHg Consulting, Inc., a planning/ engineering firm in Evansville, Indiana. Prior to his founding of fHg, Mr. Ahrenholtz was Senior Associate and Director of Project Management with Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates, where he served as the Project Manager for the oversight consultant on the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis Tier 2 Studies, a 142-mile corridor in Southwest Indiana. He has nearly twenty-four years of transportation engineering experience. Mr. Ahrenholtz received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Ahrenholtz and his wife, Teresa, have served as the Region 16 Representatives for the Indiana Association of Home Educators. Mr. Ahrenholtz is also active with Partners Worldwide, a business as mission ministry headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI.
Mr. Randy Lientz
Randy Lientz is the President of Axiom Marketing & Advertising. He is a graduate of the University of Evansville and has served on many non-profit and professional organizations. In 2007 Mr. Lientz received the prestigious American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award and in 2009 he and wife Nina accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from Vanderburgh County Right to Life – on behalf of AXIOM – in recognition of leadership and service to the organization’s mission.
Mr. Tom Washburne
Tom Washburne is currently Vice President and Associate Counsel at Old National Bancorp in Evansville Indiana, where he manages litigation.
Mr. Washburne previously was the Director of Labor Policy for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan, and the Director of the National Center for Home Education, a division of the Home School Legal Defense Association of Purcellville, Virginia. He spent a decade in Washington, D.C., serving at different times as counsel and chief of staff for two members of Congress. From 1998 to 2000, he was an Abraham Lincoln Fellow in Constitutional Government at the Claremont Institute (a nonresident position). Mr. Washburne has also served as a federal law clerk for the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, an instructor at Vincennes University, and as a regular guest lecturer at Indiana University and the Defense Department’s National Defense University. He has also practiced law privately. Mr. Washburne has been widely published on a wide spectrum of public policy issues.
Mr. Washburne earned a B.S.E. in engineering from Purdue University, and his Juris Doctor from Indiana University — Indianapolis School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Michigan and Indiana.