Hauenstein Center Associates
Hauenstein Center Associates
Laura Bulkely Goldsmith
Laura Bulkeley Goldsmith is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BA in English. She has her Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in radio-TV-film. From 1991 to 1996, she was an associate editor of two separate media newsletters, Between the Lines and Dispatches, writing articles on popular culture. She is currently a film historian and freelance writer.
Marc Jordan is a recent graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Prior to studying at Harvard, he earned a J.D. from Michigan State University/ DCL. An alumnus of Michigan State University, Jordan has focused on presidential studies from both a historical and leadership perspective. Professionally, he served the State of Michigan for more than a decade in various policy positions. He currently works as a regional director with GSP Consulting Corp.
James Kratsas is deputy director of the Gerald R. Ford Museum where he has worked since 1989. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned his BA and MA in history at West Virginia University, and his MA in museum studies at Duquesne University. Before joining the staff at the Gerald R. Ford Museum, Mr. Kratsas worked as curator of the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, and as curator of the Kansas Museum of History.
Hendrik “Hank” Meijer is co-chairman and co-CEO of Meijer, Inc., which currently operates 242 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English and significant graduate work in history, Meijer is the vice chair of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation board of trustees, vice president of the Grand Rapids Area Council for the Humanities, and a board member for Fifth Third Bank, the Kettering Foundation, and the Food Marketing Institute. He is author of Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer, and his latest book Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century, the influential U.S. Senator from Grand Rapids who became a chief architect of U.S. foreign policy after World War II. He has made several academic presentations at Hauenstein Center events.
George H. Nash earned his doctorate at Harvard University and was a research fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American history. Dr. Nash has lectured and written extensively on 20th-century American political and intellectual history, and his publications include The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America since 1945. Dr. Nash is also an authority on the life of President Herbert Hoover. He is the author of the first three volumes of The Life of Herbert Hoover, a definitive, scholarly biography commissioned by the Hoover Presidential Library Association. His articles and reviews have appeared in National Review, Policy Review, Modern Age,New York Times Book Review, University Bookman, and other publications.
Mike Toth is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he received a joint J.D./M.A. (History), and Stanford University (B.A. History). He is a former staffer for the White House Budget Director, Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. A former Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow and Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow, Mike’s work has been featured by the Claremont Review and the Acton Institute. He is currently working on a biography of the Connecticut Founding Father, Oliver Ellsworth, to be published by ISI Books.