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Every member of our management team brings something unique to the table. We are a group of passionate people, well-trained to communicate your message over the phone, in person, and via social media, to produce amazing results.
Nicole Schlinger is the President of CampaignHQ. Since founding the company in 1999, she has become one of the nation's leading experts in grassroots mobilization, persuasion, and high quality telephone voter contact. Nicole is also the most prolific fundraiser in Iowa Republican history having raised over 50 million dollars for conservative candidates and causes.
Under her leadership, CampaignHQ has delivered millions of effective telephone fundraising, voter ID, persuasion, advocacy, patch through calls, and GOTV for winning campaigns from City Council to U.S. Senate, and has successfully mobilized support for the passage or defeat of legislation at the local, state, and national levels.
Campaign & Elections magazine has twice named Nicole one of top political influencers in Iowa and describe her simply as someone who “knows how to make it rain for conservative candidates”. Nicole was also listed on the Des Moines Register's “50 most wanted” list and the Washington Post's "Fix Top 6" Iowa operatives.
Jason Niehaus serves as Vice President of Operations and has been with CampaignHQ since 2007. Jason is an award winning fundraiser, guiding the record-breaking finance operation of candidates including Congressman Steve King and Governor Terry Branstad. Jason also takes an active role in managing nationwide recruitment events and workshops for our public policy clients.
Jason most recently won a 2013 Pollie Award for Best Use of Event Fundraising for Governor Branstad’s 2nd annual 65th Birthday Bash. Prior to joining CampaignHQ, Jason served as a Senior Advisor to the gubernatorial campaign of Congressman Jim Nussle, and a District Representative for Congressman Jim Nussle.
Jason received his Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Wartburg College, Waverly Iowa.
Chad serves as the Vice President of Communications for CampaignHQ and is celebrating his 10th anniversary with the company this year. Chad is responsible for recruiting, motivating, and training our amazing team of campaign representatives, encouraging them to achieve excellence on every call.
Chad has over 16 years of telemarketing, professional fundraising, and sale experience which helps him quickly identify and solve problems and make every project as successful as possible. Chad maintains that positive thinking is integral to success and has an incredible attention to detail. He also believes that creating a fun work environment is an essential part of a winning operation.
When not at Capitol Resources Chad enjoys spending time with his family, wife Hannah, son Jax and daughter Brynley. Some of Chad’s hobbies include fantasy football and collecting anything Superman, playing video games, riding all-terrain vehicles, rock hunting, gardening with father, playing softball and cooking for his family.
Marlys serves as the Senior Projects Director for CampaignHQ. Marlys is a 25 year veteran of Iowa politics and is among the nation’s most experienced and respected social conservative organizers. Her vast political experience helps our clients effectively plan and organize their advocacy, persuasion, and voter turnout efforts.
Publications such as the Washington Post, The National Journal, and the Des Moines Register have frequently listed Marlys as of the top GOP operatives in the nation.
Marlys currently serves as the President for Iowa Right to Life, the largest pro-life organization in the state of Iowa, and the Iowa affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.
In 2008, Marlys was the National Coordinator of Evangelical and Social Conservative Outreach for John McCain’s Presidential campaign.
Aaron Windeknecht serves as the Digital Director for Campaign Headquarters. Aaron is a political campaign veteran having worked on numerous congressional, state, and presidential campaigns throughout the years. Aaron specializes in social media and runs some of the largest conservative pages on Facebook with hundreds of thousands of followers.
In 2012, Aaron served as a field representative for Rick Santorum’s victorious Iowa caucus campaign. Aaron later worked as the political director for Bobby Schillings congressional re-election campaign.
In 2010, Aaron worked as a field director for the Republican Party of Iowa and ran one of the most successful offices in the state regularly leading the state in contacts.
Aaron received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from St. Ambrose University.
Melissa Gesing joined CampaignHQ as Special Projects Director in August 2014. Melissa first became active in politics while attending Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. During the summer of 1999, Melissa was Field Director for the Elizabeth Dole for President campaign and organized central Iowa for the historic Iowa Straw Poll in Ames that year.
Following her graduation from Simpson College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Melissa worked on various campaigns and then for the Republican Party of Iowa during the 2003-2004 election cycle. Melissa also worked for three years in various capacities at Victory Enterprises, a political consulting and marketing firm based in Davenport, Iowa.
Melissa has been a member of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women since 1999 and is currently serving as the organization's 2nd Vice President, chairing the Communications and Membership committees.
Paul joined the CampaignHQ team in 2011. He produces daily reports and analysis for our clients. He is responsible for the continuous improvement and efficiency of our data and computer systems. If you have a data problem, Paul can solve it!
Kayte manages campaign databases and reporting for many clients. She is also responsible for our in-house mail fulfillment department, and led the transition to full-service automation as required by the US Postal Service almost a full year ahead of schedule.
Christie joined CampaignHQ in 2014. She is responsible for maintaining our professional fundraising licenses in the states that require it, as well as keeping financial records, payroll, personnel filings up to date.
Angie communicates with high level donors and prospects to secure their support. She also plays a vital role in our daily mail fulfillment process.
As a call floor supervisor, John ensures each client's calling program runs smoothly throughout the day. He also assists with monitoring and training, with a special focus on introducing new projects to our seasoned veterans and Elite Calling team.
Trevor ensures each client's calling program runs smoothly throughout the day. He also works to train our campaign representatives each day with new projects to make sure that our quality is of the highest caliber.
Our newest call floor supervisor, Staci ensures each client's calling program runs smoothly throughout the day. She also works to train our campaign representatives each day with new projects to make sure that our quality is of the highest caliber.
Martha Waffles Lang joined CampaignHQ as Chief Canine Officer in November, 2011. Her duties include welcoming visitors, sniffing packages, and providing moral support to the CHQ team. In her spare time, Waffles enjoys chasing toys, chewing bones, and going on walks. Her favorite food is peanut butter.