Constituting America’s Mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, television, internet, and social media to reach, educate and inform America's adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights. Our multi-tiered approach features a contest for kids, a school speaking program, academic forums with Constitutional Scholars, and Patriot Clubs. National Youth Director Juliette Turner reaches youth across America with her bestselling book, Our Constitution Rocks, and motivational speeches, videos and media interviews.
Janine TurnerFounder & Co-Chair of Constituting America
Cathy Gillespie Co-Chair of Constituting America
Janine Turner, Founder & Co-chair, Texas
Janine Turner is a native Texan raised by her father, Turner Maurice Gauntt, Jr., from Athens, Texas and her mother, Janice Gauntt, from San Antonio, Texas. At the age of fifteen, Janine journeyed to New York City to become the youngest model at the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. At age seventeen, Janine was in Hollywood launching her acting career. After acclaimed success, Janine returned to Texas in 1995 to raise her beloved daughter, Juliette, on their Longhorn cattle ranch in North Texas.
Janine is an entrepreneur at heart. Besides being a single mother, she is an actress, author, speaker, singer, director, yoga enthusiast, rancher, foundation chair, columnist and political activist.
As an actress, Janine is best known for her Emmy & Golden Globe nominated role as Maggie O’Connell, the feisty bush pilot in the hit TV series, Northern Exposure, during which she was named one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful” and one of Esquire Magazine’s “Women We Love.” Other notable feature film credits include: Cliffhanger, Leave it to Beaver - as June Cleaver, Dr. T & the Women, Steel Magnolias, and the popular TV series - Friday Night Lights. Janine has recently completed three new film roles in Solace, opposite Anthony Hopkins, Occupy Texas, & Ivy League Farmer.
As a director, Janine has won multiple awards for her directorial short film debut, Trip in a Summer Dress and now is launching her first full length feature film as screenwriter, director and star in the upcoming, Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy. Amongst producing and starring in a Christian Yoga DVD, Christoga, and writing and singing songs with her daughter, Juliette, for their debut album Mockingbird Hill, Janine has authored two published books, the Washington Post Bestseller, Holding Her Head High about historical, heroic single mothers and the recently released A Little Bit Vulnerable - on Hollywood, God, Sobriety and Politics.
On fire to protect America’s Republic, Janine launched an award winning radio show, The Janine Turner Show, a foundation, Constituting America, and authored 85 essays on the Federalist. Her opinion editorials are published at the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, Foxnews.com - and as a column at PJ Media. Appearing on The O’Reilly Factor every Friday for a year as a political pundit, Janine continues to be a frequent guest on Fox News.
Inspired by her appointment to President Bush’s Council for Service and Civic Participation, Janine created her foundation, Constituting America, which she co-chairs with Cathy Gillespie. Her mission is to educate America’s youth and citizens about the importance of the nonpartisan United States Constitution. She utilizes her Hollywood experience to encourage kids to write and direct short films, public service announcements and hit songs about how the founding document protects liberty.
Janine, inspired by her father, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, speaks across the country to school kids and adults about preserving America’s principles and the United States Constitution, including a prime time speech at the Republican National Convention in 2012.
Janine continues to inspire audiences across the country not only with her artistic talents but with her speaking talents - on tours with such issues as single motherhood, civic duty, Constitutional politics, sobriety, health, her Christian Faith and on overcoming rejection surviving her Hollywood 10,000 no’s. ________________________________
Cathy Gillespie, Co-chair, Virginia
Cathy Gillespie has held numerous positions in government and politics over the past 30 years. She has served as a congressional chief of staff (Congressman Joe Barton), campaign manager, fundraiser and grassroots organizer. Women’s outreach has been a special interest of Cathy’s and in 2004 she served as Director of President Bush’s W Stands for Women effort and in 2008 helped Actress Janine Turner promote her Washington Post bestselling book, Holding Her Head High: 12 Single Women Who Championed Their Children and Changed History.
Cathy serves as co-chair of Constituting America with Actress Janine Turner (Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights, Cliffhanger) and has served in this capacity since Constituting America’s founding in 2010 by Actress Janine Turner. Constituting America’s mission is to utilize the culture and multi-media outreach such as music, film, internet and social media, to educate, engage and inspire America’s adults and students about the importance of the U.S. Constitution and the foundation it sets forth regarding our freedoms and rights.
Constituting America is the only organization that utilizes the movies, music and television with the kids’ own works, to inspire Americans of all ages to learn about the U.S. Constitution by distributing their works through the national media.
Cathy is active in a number of political and charitable organizations, having served until recently on the Board of Visitors of Virginia State University, and currently on the board of Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services in Alexandria, Virginia and the Joe Barton Family Foundation based in Ennis, Texas.
She has volunteered and raised funds for the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation, Independent Women’s Forum, Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Histiocytosis Association of America, and the Susan B. Anthony List. She has served as a Commissioner on the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, and as a board member of Bishop Ireton High School.
After 25 years on Capitol Hill and in politics, Cathy has come to believe that in addition to participating in the political process, we all must work to educate our children and re-educate ourselves about the principles embodied in the United States Constitution, and upon which our country was founded. Cathy believes we all must engage in “culture making,” in order to preserve and protect these values.
Cathy is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She lives in Fairfax County near George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Cathy is married to Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman and Counselor to President George W. Bush. Ed and Cathy have three children: John, Carrie & Mollie.
Chris Foster, Oregon
Chris Foster, a descendent of President John Adams, is an independent insurance agent with Brown & Brown; past president of W.R. Reed & Company in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Oregon State University, Foster holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Science and has completed post-graduate studies in business. He is a former major in the Oregon Army Reserve and a Leadership Graduate of Oregon Military Academy.
Mr. Foster serves as a board member for Citizens for Local Accountability (COLA) in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is precinct committee person for Clackamas County, Oregon, elected in 2010, and has distributed 4,000 copies of the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence in 2010. Mr. Foster is also a volunteer fly fishing instructor with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. His hobbies include fishing, photography, and hunting.
Denise Teel Fuller, Texas
Denise Fuller graduated from Texas A & M with a Bachelor of Science. During her time at Texas A & M, she was the Student Senator for the College of Education. She completed her post-graduate work at North Texas University with a Masters in Education. She taught and developed curriculum for Irving Independent School District (ISD) and for North Lake College.
She has been a member of the Junior League of Dallas since 1997 and has served on the board of Irving Cares. She spends time doing volunteer work with Meals on Wheels, MediSend, and Lift - Literacy Instruction for Texas.. ________________________________
Janice Gauntt, Texas
Janice Agee Gauntt is a native Texan, originally from San Antonio and now living in Colleyville, TX. She attended Trinity University. While there she was awarded membership in Alpha Chi Honorary Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Women's Honorary Society. She, also, was a member of Chi Beta Epsilon Sorority, head majorette of the Trinity Band, and Corps sweetheart of the ROTC. She met and married Turner Gauntt in San Antonio while he was in pilot training with the US Air Force. After eight years in the service, they returned to Euless, TX, and Turner became a pilot with Braniff Airlines. In addition, they opened the first Red Carpet Realtors franchise in Texas, and Janice became the number one salesman nationally. She has continued as a real estate broker for over four decades winning awards at the national, state and local levels. Janice joined her son, Tim, when he opened Century 21 in 2002 in Colleyville, TX - the heart of the DFW Metroplex. Janice has achieved the coveted award of Centurion with Century 21 multiple times. In addition, she was awarded Emeritus status by the National Association of Realtors in 2016 for her long service and dedication to the profession. Janice is the mother of Janine Turner, Co-founder of Constituting America. ________________________________
Robert Gauntt, Texas
Robert Gauntt received his BBA from the University of Texas in Austin, where he played Varsity Baseball for the 1983 NCAA Division I National Championship team. He worked for Paine Webber Inc. in New York City and London before entering the University of Texas Graduate School of Business, where he received his MBA in 1990. He joined Goldman Sachs in the summer of 1990 and was directly involved in equity portfolio management for private clients. At Morgan Stanley, Robert was responsible for the management of equity portfolios as well as advising families on asset allocation. Previously, Robert was the Director/President of H.O.P.E. Worldwide in Houston, President of the Board for his local congregation, a former member of the McCombs School of Business Advisory Council at UT and served on the Texas Growth Fund Board.
He currently serves on the board of West University Little League, the Endowment Committee at River Oaks Baptist School, Provision Charter School and serves on the UT Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee. In 2008, Robert was appointed to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas Board of Trustees ($105 billion fund, serving 1.3 ml teachers) and currently serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee.. ________________________________
James (Jay) McConville
James (Jay) McConville is an Aerospace and Defense Industry executive responsible for a portfolio of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and component technologies for the defense, intelligence, commercial and civil sectors, both in the US and internationally. Previously, Jay served as an Executive Vice President for Chandler/May, Inc. and is the former President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of AME Unmanned Air Systems, Inc. Before joining Chandler/May, Jay was a Vice President at General Dynamics. He has served for over twenty years in various other industry positions supporting the defense and intelligence market.
Jay is a past President of the Washington DC "Capitol" Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), having been elected in 2009 to two terms after multiple years on the Chapter's Board of Directors. Jay is also serving his second term as an elected member of the Mt. Vernon-Lee (Virginia) Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Jay ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009. He subsequently served two years as a Fairfax County Republican Committee (FCRC) Vice Chairman and was then elected Chairman in 2012. During his tenure FCRC was recognized as the outstanding unit in Virginia, and Jay was awarded the 11th District Chairman of the Year Award and the Republican Party of Virginia Chairman's Award.
Prior to entering industry, Jay served as a United States Army Intelligence Officer, including service with the 1st Cavalry Division during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Jay has a Bachelor of Science from George Mason University and a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC.
Jay lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife of over 30 years, Susan Ulsamer McConville. They have three children, James Robert, a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army, Colin Evans, a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force, and Katelyn Grace, a student at East Carolina University.
Constituting America National Youth Director Juliette Turner
Featured Author at the Dallas 2013 Celebration of Reading
for her bestselling Harper Collins/Zondervan book
Our Constitution Rocks
Constituting America National Youth Director Juliette Turner's Mount Vernon Speech!
Click The Video Above to Hear Juliette Discuss the Constitution at the George Washington Symposium at Mt. Vernon.
"The Youngest Scholar ever to Address a Symposium at Mt. Vernon!"