NCPA Experts

Senior Fellows

Jacki Pick
Jacki Pick is a Senior Fellow specializing in Energy. Her research and opinion has been featured in the Washington Post, Forbes, the International Business Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Midland Star-Telegram, Oil and Gas Monitor,, and hundreds of additional media outlets. She hosts The Jacki Daily Show, dedicated to providing solutions to America’s energy challenges, on The Blaze Network. She is an alumna of Marshall University’s Society of Yeager Scholars and the Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as President of the Federalist Society. …Read more
Pamela Villarreal
Pamela Villarreal is the NCPA’s expert on retirement, Social Security, economic growth and tax issues. Villarreal has written studies and analyses on specific topics such as the danger of 401(k) borrowing, Social Security disability, the expiration of tax cuts and the future of Social Security and Medicare. …Read more
John R. Graham
John R. Graham is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute as well as NCPA. As an expert on individual choice and limited government control over medicine, Graham speaks frequently on health reform on radio and television, and at meetings in the United States, Canada, and Europe. …Read more
Devon M. Herrick
Devon Herrick is a preeminent expert on 21st century medicine, including the evolution of Internet-based medicine, consumer driven health care and key changes in the global health market. He was among the first health policy analysts to identify and publish in-depth policy reports on consumerism in health care. …Read more
David A. Grantham

David A. Grantham, Ph.D., is a leading expert in national security matters and international affairs with specializations in Latin America and the Middle East. Dr. Grantham’s expertise engages the nation’s most pressing issues, like terrorism, international security and military affairs. Dr. Grantham’s research offers timely solutions on problems ranging from defense spending and personnel management to terrorist finance and regional security strategies. His work has been featured in a variety of academic journals and media outlets, and he speaks on these issues to audiences nationwide. …Read more

Michael Bond
Michael Bond is a professor of finance at Cleveland State University. His work on health care policy reform has received national attention and appeared in a wide range of professional and popular publications. …Read more
Roy G. Boyd
Roy G. Boyd is Professor of Economics at Ohio University. He received a in economics from Duke University. He was formerly on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. …Read more
Bill Caruth
Bill Caruth is a Senior Fellow at the Nation Center for Policy analysis and a premier expert on firearms and gun control issues. Caruth also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics and Chairman of the Hillcrest Foundation of Dallas. Along with his wife, Minnie, he supports law enforcement through various philanthropic efforts. …Read more
William B. Conerly
William Conerly is one of the best-known economic consultants in the Pacific Northwest and the U.S. His research in business and economic issues ranges from electronic commerce to strategic planning to public policy. …Read more
Michael L. Davis
Michael L. Davis is a lecturer in economics and finance in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, where he teaches graduate classes in managerial economics, game theory and decision making under uncertainty. …Read more
Brooks Hamilton
Brooks Hamilton, a Dallas attorney, has worked in the employee benefit field for over 40 years. Since the late seventies his practice has been limited to the design and administration of employee benefit retirement plans. Prior to that, he had founded and operated a firm delivering professional employee benefit computer services to major financial institutions. …Read more
N. Michael Helvacian
N. Michael Helvacian has been the principal of MNH Consulting since 2000. His clients have included Economatrix Research Associates, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, the California Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, as well as various state associations and other organizations with interests in reforming laws and regulations that affect occupational safety and workers’ compensation systems. …Read more
Thomas A. Hemphill
Thomas A. Hemphill is a professor of strategy, innovation and public policy in the School of Management, University of Michigan-Flint. …Read more
Estelle James
Estelle James is a consultant to the World Bank, USAID and other international organizations. Previously she was Lead Economist at the World Bank and Director of the Bank’s flagship course on pension reform. …Read more
Roger Koppl
Roger Koppl is a professor of economics and finance in the Silberman College of Business and director of the Institute for Forensic Science Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University and a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis. …Read more
Laurence Kotlikoff
Laurence J. Kotlikoff is Professor of Economics at Boston University, Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Fellow of the Econometric Society, a former member of the Executive Committee of the American Economic Association, and President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software. …Read more
Richard McKenzie Richard McKenzie
Richard McKenzie is a senior fellow with the National Center for Policy Analysis and a professor emeritus of economics and management in the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. …Read more
John D. Merrifield, John D. Merrifield
John D. Merrifield, , is a professor of economics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has written several books on education, authored numerous articles and edits the Journal of School Choice. …Read more
Gerald Musgrave
Gerald Musgrave is president of Economics America, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has engaged in teaching and research at California State University, Michigan State University, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Stanford University and the University of Michigan. …Read more
Phillip K. Porter
Philip K. Porter is a professor of economics at the University of South Florida and Director of the school’s Center for Economic Policy Analysis. …Read more
R. David Ranson
R. David Ranson is the president and director of research at HCWE Inc., an independent investment research firm now located in Cambria, California. …Read more
Andrew J. Rettenmaier
Andrew J. Rettenmaier, Ph.D. is an NCPA senior fellow and a Executive Associate Director at the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University. …Read more
Thomas R. Saving
Dr. Thomas R. Saving is an NCPA senior fellow, and the Executive Director of the Private Enterprise Research Center at Texas A&M University …Read more
Greg Scandlen
Greg Scandlen is the founder of Consumers for Health Care Choices, a non-partisan, non-profit membership organization aimed at empowering consumers in the health care system. …Read more
Barry J. Seldon
His publications have spanned a variety of topics from research and development to advertising and public finance, public choice and political support, anti-trust economics and public opinion on environmental spending. …Read more
David G. Tuerck
NCPA Senior Fellow David G. Tuerck is executive director of the Beacon Hill Institute, and professor and head of the economics department, at Suffolk University. …Read more
Linus Wright
A Senior Fellow at NCPA and a nationally-recognized expert on education, Linus Wright was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Teacher Retirement System of Texas by the Governor, a Trustee at Austin College, and a Consultant at LDW Consultants. Linus is best known for serving as Superintendent for the DISD. …Read more


Contributing Fellows

Carole Hornsby Haynes
Carole Hornsby Haynes received a doctorate in Education Curriculum Development with a minor in history from the University of Memphis.  She is a classically trained pianist and organist, having studied keyboard technique with a protégé of world-renowned concert pianist Artur Schnabel, and music interpretation with a Julliard professor….Read more 

Cherylyn LeBon
Cherylyn Harley LeBon writes about a variety of issues including regulation, legal issues and education. She previously served in the Bush Administration, as Special Assistant for Congressional and Legislative Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs and Assistant Administrator for Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Assistant Administrator for Field Operations…Read more 

E. Gaylon McCollough
E. Gaylon McCollough, M.D. and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, is the founder and head of the McCollough Plastic Surgery Clinic in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Dr. McCollough is a past president of the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Association of Cosmetic Surgeons, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the International Council of Integrative Medicine…Read more 

Lawrence Pivnick
Lawrence Pivnick M.D., J.D. is a physician, attorney and novelist.  Dr. Pivnick practiced family medicine in Dallas, Texas, for 36 years and law for 20 years, before retiring in order to write fiction full time.  His legal practice focused on malpractice defense, asset protection and estate planning for physicians…Read more 

Senthil Thambidorai
Senthil Thambidorai M.D. is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and an NCPA contributing fellow. His primary expertise is in the field of Cardiac Electrophysiology and is a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society. He received his training at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, whose cardiac program has ranked as the best in the nation consistently since 1994, earning the No. 1 ranking in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for Cardiac Services…Read more

Chris Wiley
Mr. Wiley holds a Master of Business Administration from the Jindal School of Management at UT Dallas.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy.  He is married to Robyn Wiley, an RN and fellow Air Force Veteran; they are raising an elementary school age son and daughter…Read more 


Senior Economist

Barry Asmus
A Senior Economist at NCPA, Barry Asmus writes, testifies and speaks on political and business issues facing America. …Read more