July 24, 2014

Staff Biographies

Phil TranPhil Tran is a self-made, self-paid public relations consultant, a proud Virginian and the owner of The Chesapeake Liaison. He is the President and CEO of Phil Tran Public Relations, LLC and he advises clients on crafting their message and their image to effectively communicate their ideas and vision to their target audience.

Phil works in the DC/MD/VA region and vacations in the DC/MD/VA region. He won’t live or vacation anywhere else and he represents his hometown to the fullest extent.

Phil is a firm believer that Virginia is not just for lovers. Virginia is for Hu$tlers. He proves this by citing the fact that Virginia is consistently rated as the best state in the nation to do business. He tells all transients and transplants that no other state in the nation has a legacy of respecting your hustle and allowing you to grind and shine without onerous regulation the way the Commonwealth of Virginia does. Phil will ensure you know that Virginia is the greatest state in the greatest nation in the history of the world.

Phil has an ENTJ ;Myers-Briggs personality type that is rivaled by his Type A style and swagger.

Phil is also a former college football player who lettered in the sport at Baylor University. His running backs coach at Baylor had this to say about Phil’s dedication, determination, and desire.

“Find me eleven men like Phil Tran. We’ll win the national championship.”

E-Mail: ;phil@philtranpr.com


Trae Lewis is currently a police officer for the Baltimore Police Department.

Recently, Trae, along with a few partners, created the lobbying group, Arc Adaptus. Arc Adaptus, LLC is skilled at advocating aggressively for business clients big and small.

Politically, Trae serves as President of the Baltimore Area Young Republicans and as the Nationalcommittee Man for the Maryland Young Republicans. He is a lifelong conservative and registered Republican since 2006.

In 2010, Trae served as the field coordinator for “Ehrlich for Baltimore City” on Bob Ehrlich’s gubernatorial campaign.

Trae has appeared and has been featured in numerous Baltimore area print, radio, and television media outlets speaking on the cause of the Republican Party and conservatism as a whole.

Trae is a graduate of Howard University with a BA in political science (2006). He can be reached at traelewis@gmail.com and on Twitter @traelewis.


Kristen Kalina (Loudoun Patriot) is an attorney with the law firm of Whitbeck & Cisneros in Leesburg, Virginia (admitted in Ohio) and also consults with a number of local candidates doing event fundraising, ;public relations and grassroots ;managment.

An active Republican since childhood, Kristen is a member of the Republican National Lawyers ;Association, the former Vice Chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee and ;a longtime ;conservative grass-roots activist.

Formerly, Kristen worked in government affairs and public relations as a Government Affairs Counsel for 3 industry trade associations. She spent the majority of her career working for the Petroleum Industry first in Columbus, Ohio and then here in Washington, D.C. ;She worked with state and federal regulators developing more workable solutions to burdensome industry regulations.

Kristen is a founding member and serves on the Board of Advisors of Loudoun Youth, Inc. a non-profit trade association dedicated to serving the needs of Youth in Loudoun County.

Kristen has a BA in Political Science from The Ohio State University and a law degree from Capital University Law School where she was a member of the Law Review.

She and her husband Mike and their two daughters live in Hamilton, Virginia.

Email: kristen@kalinafamily.com


Joseph “Joe” Mamah is our newest pseudonymous blogger here ;at Common Sense. He is a “grass roots” activist who grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia. ; He specializes in advertising and marketing. ; Mr. Mamah writes on topics of interest to all of the Commonwealth of Virginia with the usual emphasis on Northern Virginia.

Mr. Mamah enjoys hunting, fishing and outdoor activities when he is not covering political issues. ; He has worked as a pamphleteer and door-knocker ;for his local Republican party.

Katy Summerlin is a senior at James Madison University pursuing a degree in Journalism with a focus in broadcast media, and a minor in Political Science. Growing up in Fairfax, she attended Robinson Secondary School where she was active in their theatre program. After graduating and moving on to JMU in Harrisonburg, Va, she became a sister of Alpha Phi International Fraternity, where she is now serving as Chapter President. She is also a member of the Student Society of Professional Journalists.

After college, Katy plans to move back to Northern Virginia and pursue a career as a communications director on the Hill, and has aspirations of being in front of the camera on a major network someday. In her spare time, she enjoys reading good books, taking road trips, and playing traditional Scottish fiddle music and attending Scottish jam sessions in the area.

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