The Board of Directors of the Platform Republicans PAC is made up of politically active Republicans from across the State with many years of experience in defending the principles of the Utah Republican Platform.
Lyman Momeny, Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Utah Platform Republicans Political Action Committee is pleased to announce that Lyman Momeny has been named to be their new Executive Director.
The mission of the PAC is to educate voters, recruit candidates and raise funds that will be used to help elect Republican State Legislators who share the PAC’s principles and values, as detailed in the Utah Republican Party Platform.
Lyman is a veteran of many high profile campaigns in Utah and previously served as the State Director for the Ben Carson Presidential Campaign. He was also a key advisor on Dr. Mike Kennedy’s campaign for U.S. Senate and his successful race for the Utah State Senate.
Along with his campaign experience, Lyman was the publisher of the Thinkathinka.com political blog, having written and published some 200 articles on political and social topics.
In addition to his role as Executive Director, Lyman will be an active fund raiser and is excited to bring a new sense of appreciation for the finer points of the Party Platform to potential donors throughout the State.
Larry Meyers, Chairman of the Board
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.
Aaron Bullen, Board Member
Aaron is a Process Engineer and resides in Utah county with his wife and 5 children. Aaron Bullen has been involved with Utah politics since 2016 when he first became a County Delegate. In 2018 he became a State Delegate, in 2019 he became a State Central Committee member and in 2020 he became a National Delegate. He currently serves as a legislative chair in addition to the aforementioned positions.
Aaron has served since 2018 as Director of Community Action for Pro-Life Utah, a non-profit that financially supports women in crisis pregnancies and their children. Pro-Life Utah organizes the Utah March for Life each year and advocates for Pro-Life legislation.
Aaron has also been a fierce advocate for parental rights in education, curriculum transparency, and educational choice, and volunteers for many groups in Utah to meet these goals.
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.
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.
Kristen Chevrier, Board member
Kristen Chevrier has been an individual, family, and parental rights advocate for over 20 years. She has served in Republican Party leadership positions for more than 10 of those years. She holds a master’s degree in English and has taught English, History, Writing, and Theater, in public and private settings. She has a homeschool blog (homeschoolwise.com) and a health freedom blog (yourhealthfreedom.org). As the co-founder and director of Your Health Freedom Utah, she is now deeply involved in consumer rights and health freedom advocacy.
Mary Burkett, Board Member
Mary Burkett lives in St. George, Utah. She has been involved in the Utah Republican party for nearly two decades. Having served on the SCC, and as Vice Chair of the Washington County Republican party, she ran for Congress in 2018 and 2020, and has been a campaign staffer. Because of her experience, she brings a unique perspective to the board.
She graduated from the University of Utah in 1986 with a degree in Mass Communication. At the time she was the single mother of six children and used her degree as the jumping off place to work her way out of poverty. As a student, she was the captain of the U of U Bateman Case Study team that won first place in the national contest sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America.
Mary and her husband, Rox Burkett, have traveled the world and now enjoy their family that consists of many grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
“Having run for Congress, I know how hard it is for candidates to raise money. The PAC is needed desperately if we are to ever create change in the state legislature. Our grandchildren and now great grandchildren motivate me to do my part to ensure that they have the opportunities I have had to live the life they want in a country that prizes individual liberty”.
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.
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.
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.