Meet our Team

(alphabetical by last name)





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Ashley de Azevado -  Government Relations

Committees: Government Relations

Ashley joined American Families United in 2017. She has helped organize two national Valentine's lobby day events. Ashley is an entrepreneur and studied Political Science.


Liza Dupont

Committees: Communications, Events

Liza DuPont has been with American Families United since 2018. Liza is a flight attendant and holds a M.S from Georgia State University.




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Jose D.

Committees: Fundraising

Jose joined American Families United in 2018. He works as a project manager in the energy sector. Jose holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of California Davis and an Engineer in Training certification.




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Randall Emery -  President

Randall Emery is a founder of American Families United and has at various times served in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, and President. He and his wife's story was covered in the NY Times, and he has been interviewed widely in the U.S. and international press. Randall has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. He holds a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Political Management from Carleton University.




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Edgar Falcon

Committees: Finance, Fundraising

Edgar joined American Families United in 2012 and is an active member of the board. He's participated in several Valentine's day lobby days, and his wedding on the US-Mexico border was featured widely in the press. Edgar is an educator in El Paso, Texas. He holds B.H.S. in Kinesiology with a minor in Physical Education.



Brenda Freiderich

Committees: Finance

Brenda Freiderich is a founder of American Families United, serving on the board and as Treasurer in the past. She works as a financial advisor in Campbell, California.




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Heather Gonzalez

Committees: Government Relations, Communications Advisor

Heather Gonzalez has been with American Families United since 2019. Heather is a paralegal and holds a degree in Geology from The Ohio State University.



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Kali Pliego

Committees: Board Member, Legislative Priorities, Government Relations

Kali Pliego has been with American Families United since 2013. Kali is a crime prevention specialist and holds a M.A. in Community Ministry Leadership.




Ashlee Ramirez

Committees: Board Governance

Ashlee Ramirez joined American Families United in 2013. She has served on the board of directors. Ashlee is a health care executive and holds an L.P.N. in Nursing from St. Cloud Community College, an R.N. in Nursing from North Hennepin Community College, and a B.S.N. in Nursing from Liberty University.




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Jason Rochester

Committees: Communications

Jason joined American Families United in 2019. His story has been covered by CNN, Univision, LA times. and many other media outlets.