The Meyer Fund for Adult Literacy, AIDS, and the Advancement of Global Democracy is leading the fight against the merciless three-headed scourges of adult readinglessness, AIDS, and global anti-democracy through advocacy, awareness-raising, teaching people to read, encouraging them to also avoid certain high risk behaviors, and finally to support democracy and democratic institutions. We also encourage people to have hope.
President Selina Meyer’s own daughter Catherine’s lifelong struggle with dyslexia forced her to become a dance major and has left her with impaired communication skills to this day. Inspired by her daughter’s ordeal, President Meyer is deeply committed to the important but often forgotten cause of adult literacy. According to the most recent government statistics, adult illiteracy and semi-literacy leads to hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in lost wages and productivity every year.
While there is no AIDS in President Meyer’s immediate family, she regards all those living with AIDS as part of her extended “family.” “Unless we begin treating people with AIDS like our own brothers and sisters, our own sons and daughters, we cannot hope to win this seemingly endless battle,” Meyer has said.
Finally, having participated in electoral politics for almost her entire adult life, few players on the world stage have a deeper and more intimate understanding of democracy than Selina Meyer. Along with billions of oppressed peoples worldwide, she dreams that one day everyone on Earth will have the freedom to select their own leaders, for better or worse.
"One of the best ways to combat stupidity is through reading.”
Chief-of-Staff to President Meyer
Richard Splett was formerly the Director of Communications for New Hampshire Congressman Jonah Ryan. A native of Iowa, Splett attended Yale as an undergraduate and received graduate degrees in Constitutional Law and Veterinary Medicine from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His outside interests include recreational pub brawling, the mysterious stone heads (moai) of Easter Island, Civil War reenactments, Basque cuisine, model rocketry, light opera, tropical fish, and movies, particularly the work of director Paul Verhoeven.
Marjorie Palmiotti was born on the Cree-Chippewa Reservation in Montana, attended tribal schools, and received a full athletic scholarship to Purdue University for volleyball. She served with the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of Operation Phantom Fury and Operation Enduring Freedom. She received a Bronze Star for her actions during the Second Battle of Fallujah. Palmiotti was honorably discharged as a master gunnery sergeant whereupon she joined the Secret Service, serving on the Presidential Detail.
Director of Fundraising
Mike McLintock has a long association with President Meyer, having worked in various capacities on her campaigns for the House and Senate and as her Director of Communications during her terms as vice-president and president. A graduate of American University, he is married to Wendy Handler, a style reporter for the Washington Post and the proud father of a daughter, Ellen, age 5, and twins Maude & Milo, 16 months.
Amy Brookheimer is widely regarded as one of the sharpest young political operatives in the country. A perennial fixture on the Hill’s annual Hot List, Brookheimer is the former chief-of-staff for vice president Selina Meyer and then served as the campaign manager for Meyer’s presidential campaign. Most recently, she was the campaign manager for Nevada gubernatorial candidate Buddy Calhoun. A graduate of Denison University, her hobbies include jogging and Pilates.