Board of Directors
Founder and President, Generation Justice
Darcy Olsen is the founder and president of Generation Justice, a new organization providing reform blueprints and public interest litigation services to extend the full umbrella of constitutional rights to children. “Kids could have no better guardian angel,” wrote National Review.
Olsen served as CEO of the Goldwater Institute for fifteen years. When she took the organization’s reins, it was running in the red. She restructured the enterprise, added litigation to its arsenal, and expanded operations from one state into fifty, creating a national powerhouse. During her tenure, columnist George Will observed, “The Goldwater Institute is simply in the liberty business, and there’s no institution in the country that performs that business better.” In 2015, Olsen published “The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans from Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need,” a book that helped lead 38 states to adopt the law, saving countless lives. For her unique contributions to freedom, Olsen received the honorable Bradley Prize in 2014. She speaks and writes on a range of issues, including foster care and adoption and how to drive change through initiatives like the Right to Try.
Olsen earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a master’s degree in International Education from New York University.
In 2010, Olsen felt inspired to foster and is now the adoptive mother of three. She is rarely seen without a foster baby in her arms, and despite declaring “this is my last baby!” her sister keeps winning the bet that the Olsen family has room for one more.
F. Phillips Giltner III
Chairman of the Board
Senior Vice President, Shamrock Foods
Phil Giltner has more than 40 years of varied financial experience. The past 20 years he has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of Shamrock Foods Company, a top five privately held Arizona-based company comprised of Shamrock Foods — one of the top 10 largest foodservice distribution companies in the United States, and Shamrock Farms — the largest dairy in the Southwest.
Renee V. Giltner, CPA
Treasurer and Secretary
Renee Giltner is a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona and served as the treasurer for the Goldwater Institute for sixteen years.
William Coats, PhD
CEO/President, The Leona Group, LLC
Dr. William Coats founded The Leona Group, LLC in 1996 and serves as its chief executive officer and president. Dr. Coats has worked to improve public education throughout his career as a school superintendent and university professor.
As superintendent of public school districts across the nation, he worked within the system to allow parents freedom and choice within the schools, empower teachers and staff, and promote the idea that all children can learn.
Dr. Coats served with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as coordinator for youth programs, and as public schools superintendent in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Anchorage, Alaska; Grosse Point, Michigan; and Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He served as chairman of the Department of Educational Leadership at Western Michigan University and served as full professor in the College of Education at the University of Michigan.
Dr. Coats serves as a director of The Leona Group, LLC. He served as a consultant for educational systems and businesses.
He was a director of Michigan Partnership for New Education, which is part of Michigan State University. He has published extensively in journals, trade publications, and newspapers.
Dr. Coats holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and a Doctorate in Research Design and Data Analysis in Education from the University of Michigan.
Alan P. Dye
Partner, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP
Alan Dye has specialized in the representation of non-profit organizations since joining Webster, Chamberlain & Bean in 1975. His practice includes not only trade associations, but numerous think tanks, lobbying organizations, and political committees, with an emphasis on tax issues, charities, social welfare organizations, political and election law, and general corporate governance.
Education & Honors
Duke University (AB, Economics, 1968); University of Florida (JD, 1971); New York University (LLM, Taxation, 1973). Assistant Professor and Director, Eastern Water Law Center, University of Florida College of Law, 1971-72.
Bar & Court Admissions
Admitted to the Bar: 1971, Florida; 1973, U.S. Tax Court; 1974, U.S. Claims Court; 1975, District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court.
- Co-Author: Association Legal Checklist, 1994.
- Co-Author: Trade Associations, Bureau of National Affairs, 1982.
Mr. Dye is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. Attorney Advisor to Judge Austin Hoyt, U.S. Tax Court, 1973-1975. Member: American Bar Association (Exempt Organizations Committee of the Taxation Section, 1977-, past Chairman, Subcommittee on Trade Associations); Federalist Society; American Society of Association Executives, past member of the Council of the ASAE Legal Section. Board of Directors: Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, 1985- , Chairman, 1994-1996; Capitol Hill Restoration Society, 1975-1979; American Franklin Friends Committee, 1991-1995; Lee Fendall House, 1992-2003, Chair, 1996-2000; Freedom House, 1996-; Barracks Row Main Street, 2000-, Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation, 2000-; Fund for the Endowment of the State Department Reception Rooms, 2008-; Chairman, Washington Non-Profit Legal & Tax Conference, 1997-. Who's Who in America.
Designer, Sandy Leong Jewelry
As an adoptee, Sandy Leong is passionate about children and adoption, and believes every child deserves the kind of family she found through adoption. She and her brother, Allan, were both adopted from the Boys and Girls Aid in Portland, Oregon as infants to two wonderful parents. What they didn’t know, and what the agency never told their adoptive parents, was that Sandy and Allan actually have the same birth mother.
Sandy is a jewelry designer in New York City, and to commemorate the twist in their adoption, she created the “twisted bracelet,” with a percentage of every sale going to the Boys and Girls Aid where she currently sits on the board. Her pieces can be found at select Neiman Marcus stores, online and in boutiques around the country. She was an American Airlines flight attendant for 26 years before she retired to devote herself full time to her children and her business.
You can see the bracelet and the full story here.
She also gave a short TEDtalk about finding her brother.
Thank You for Your Leadership
Generation Justice would like to recognize the extraordinary generosity of Shamrock Foods Company and Heart+Mind Strategies for their commitment and contribution to Generation Justice and Project Lullaby.