The Board of Directors of the Platform Republicans PAC is made up of conservative Republicans from across the State with many years of experience in defending the principles of the Utah Republican Platform.
Larry Meyers, Executive Director
Larry is an attorney from St. George, Utah, and a graduate of BYU’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. He has been actively involved in the Utah Republican Party for 30 years, having served as a precinct officer and delegate, county vice-chair, as a Utah National Delegate in 2008 and 2016, and currently on the GOP State Central Committee. Larry organized the conservative Dixie Republican Forum in 2000. He has been a leading activist in Washington County for the right to life and parental choice in education, while fighting against tax increases and illegal immigration.
Layne Beck, Board Member
Layne has over thirty-five years’ experience as a professional income and retirement planning specialist. He takes pride in attending industry professional development and training courses and has taken many advanced income tax planning and IRA distribution courses. “This gives my clients an edge with respect to minimizing taxation from qualified account distributions.” Layne holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.
Layne is a lifelong Platform Republican, Served 8 Years on Cache County Council, 6 years on the State Central Committee, successfully led the effort to legally challenge the state of Utah with SB54. National Delegate 2016 election.
Matthew Bell, Board Member
Matt is a retired U.S. Marine who earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State in 2011 and his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2015. He has worked for 40 years in the building trades. Matt has been a perennial GOP State Delegate and a Precinct Chair in the Utah County GOP. Matt is one of those rare people that has your back, doesn’t take no flake, while being personable and easy to talk too. Yet, he’ll amaze you with his integrity in conservative positions, knowing principles always win in the end. Just ask his friends.
Aaron Bullen, Board Member
Dalane England, Board Member
Dalane is an American Patriot and a lover of liberty. She is happily married and has 6 children and 7 grandchildren. She attended Weber State University and BYU Hawaii and, after serving her mission in England, had a 15-year career as an insurance agent. She teaches History and the Constitution, is certified as a TJCCS (Thomas Jefferson Center for Constitutional Studies) instructor, and founded Freedom’s Light Foundation to teach the amazing principles of liberty.
Brad Green, Board Member
Brad Green is from Cedar City and is an owner of G.O. Green Enterprises, a multinational company that began with Southwest Plumbing Supply and now encompasses a dozen companies employing around 200 people in several states and two countries. He earned a BA degree in IT and manages software development and IT for the Online Sales Division of G.O.Green. Married for 15 years, he is the father of four children: 2 girls and 2 boys. Brad has been a precinct chair and delegate and has served as a GOP State Central Committee member. He chairs a non-partisan citizens group in Cedar City that meets weekly to keep the public informed and organized. Brad’s is motivated to support principled candidates; debate policy issues at the local level; and to raise money and awareness, even when it means figuring out the logistics of getting Ron Paul and Mitt Romney into Cedar City the same night. At his core, Brad believes in Liberty, and he is willing to work to promote proper government, untrammeled agency, and personal accountability.
Teena Horlacher, Board Member
Teena Porter Horlacher was born and raised in Cache Valley. She is the mother of 10 children. Teena received her bachelor degrees at Utah State University in both Journalism and Political Science. She received a Master’s Degree from George Wythe University (GWU) in Political Economy. Teena has taught at all levels of education, including distance education for GWU. She is passionate about teaching individuals the proper role of government in our lives, statesmanship, and history. Teena has used her education to serve in the community. She has been politically active for 30 years, serving in the caucus and convention system at all levels and, most recently, serving as Davis County Republican Party Chair. She has planned numerous political events and raised large sums of money for the Davis County Republican Party. Teena has served on the Utah Republican State Central Committee for 2 terms. She considers herself to be a Constitutional Conservative. In addition, Teena has been an advocate for Parental Rights in Education. She has educated her children at home and continues to do so at the present time.
Bob McEntee, Board Member
Bob is a lifelong Conservative Republican from Ogden who was honored to graduate from the USAF Academy and fly the KC-135 aerial refueler during the Gulf War. He engages locally, but thinks nationally was well, having been a SAC Nuclear War Planner and instructor. Bob has served as a Precinct Chair, Legislative District Chair, State & County Delegate, and on the UT GOP Executive Committee. He is an advocate of hardening Utah’s Power Grid and want to see the UT GOP help candidate campaigns in more practical ways, strengthen the Caucus Convention system by making it more attractive to candidates, and support candidates who appreciate our excellent GOP Platform.
Lowell Nelson, Board Member
Lowell Nelson is a software engineer at NetDocuments (Lehi, Utah). He has served in the Republican Party as a precinct officer and delegate, a member of legislative district leadership, a chair/member of the UCRP Constitution and Bylaws Committee, and as Treasurer for the Utah County GOP. He is currently a member of the GOP State Central Committee. Lowell is also the Utah State Coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty, a nation-wide non-partisan campaign defending “individual liberty, constitutional government, sound money, free markets, and a non-interventionist foreign policy, by means of education, issue advocacy, and grassroots mobilization.” Lowell believes in the GOP Platform principles of the traditional family, strong moral character among citizens, the education (inspiration) of our children, grassroots involvement in politics, the right to keep and bear arms, free enterprise, and limiting the size, growth and reach of government at all levels.
David Pyne, Board Member
David currently serves as Utah Director for the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, as an Honorary Colonel with the West Valley City Police Department, as a Vice President for the Association of the United States Army’s Utah chapter and as a member of the Utah Republican Party State Executive Committee. David is a former United States Army officer and International Programs Manager on the Department of the Army Headquarters staff responsible for all R&D armaments cooperation with the countries of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Africa. He has also worked as a Consultant for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and as an International Analyst for both the Office of the Secretary of Defense and for the Department of the Navy. Mr. Pyne previously served as National Security Policy Director for U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), as the founder of Sen. Lee’s Military Advisory Committee and as 2nd Vice President of the Salt Lake Total Force Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. He served as Chairman/Vice Chairman of the Utah State Legislative Compensation Commission from 2009-2017. He also served as West Region Vice President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies from 2005-2009, as an Alternate National Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention and as a guest host on a conservative KTALK radio program from 2009 to the present. He was a candidate for Salt Lake County Council District 5 in the special election held in December 2009 and for West Jordan City Council District 4 in 2016. Prior to relocating back to Utah in 2008, he ran for the New Mexico State Senate, losing his election by only seven points. David holds a MA degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University’s prestigious School of Foreign Service. He has been interviewed on television, on several talk radio shows and has been quoted in a number of newspapers, magazine articles and books. Mr. Pyne has had his op-eds published in the Deseret News, Salt Lake Tribune, the Provo Daily Herald, The National Interest, WorldNetDaily.com, RealClearHistory, and Military.com.
Lisa Shepherd, Board Member
Ed Wallace, Board Member
Ed Wallace is the creator and publisher of UtahStandardNews.com, founder of the Alliance for Utah’s Future, and award-winning investigative journalist and commentator. He is a staunch advocate for the return of the proper role of government and a defender of the Bill of Rights. He likes to exercise those rights and believes in showing respect and exhibiting manners and thinks that all lives matter. He is a lifelong musician, singer/songwriter/artist, and writer who grew up in the classic New England liberal bubble and has performed with Pete Seeger, Josh White, Jr., Odetta, and others. Since escaping to the West where the states are all square, his politics have evolved into that of a Constitutional conservative with libertarian leanings. He feels much better now.