Our Team

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Amy Lannom Wilhite

Executive Director

Amy Lannom Wilhite is the Executive Director at 2ndVote. Prior to taking this position, Amy was the Director of Finance/Events for the Diane Black for Governor campaign. In this role, she traveled with Congressman Black across the state managing fundraising events while meeting with state leaders, business owners, and supporters.

Prior to the campaign, Amy served as the Executive Director of the Aegis Sciences Foundation where she led the company’s philanthropic efforts focused on youth education and character building, veterans support, and healthy-lifestyle initiatives.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama where she majored in Public Relations, while also earning All-SEC honors for the Crimson Tide’s basketball program.

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Ben Vega

Director of Research

Ben is the Director of Research for 2ndVote. He holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Using his experience in research and data analysis, he directs the 2ndVote research department in its endeavors, working closely with the research team to produce high quality methodologies, research, and ratings for 2ndVote’s various purposes. With a keen focus on qualitative and quantitative analysis, the 2ndVote research department aims for the highest standards in all that it produces.

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Terri Hasdorff

Chief Strategy Officer

Terri Hasdorff is the Chief Strategy Officer for 2nd Vote. She is a former Congressional candidate and has served as the Vice President for Government Affairs for Convoy of Hope, . From 2006-2009, she served as a U.S. Diplomat in her role as the Director of the Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) where she was responsible for the international implementation and oversight of the President’s Faith-Based & Community Initiative. She has traveled to 78 countries, has represented the United States at high level development meetings at the OECD, in DOHA at the UN High Level Forum on International Aid Effectiveness and has spoken before Parliament and Cabinet members in African and European countries.  She has worked alongside several U.S. Ambassadors & US Mission Directors to address critical development needs in countries across the globe.

Before serving at USAID, Ms. Hasdorff established the first Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives for the Governor of the State of Alabama, serving as the Executive Director.  She served as Chair of the Alabama Statewide Interagency Council on Homelessness, Vice Chair of the Alabama Citizen Corps Council and a member of the Alabama Homeland Security Task Force.  After managing the constituent relations and Hurricane Katrina response for the Governor’s office, she established a nationally recognized system for Alabama that was used for the coordination of all volunteers and donations given to assist hurricane victims in the state.

Her experience also includes working in the White House Office of Public Liaison, serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. House of Representatives; Legislative Assistant to Congressman Robert Aderholt; Deputy Director of the House Republican Conference under Congressman J.C. Watts, and Senior Advisor to Congressman Mark Souder. She has also worked in the U.S. Treasury Department and in the U.S. Department of Labor under former Secretary Elizabeth Dole. A graduate of Samford University, Ms. Hasdorff has also completed the Senior Executives Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Ms. Hasdorff also has an extensive background in working with political as well as nonprofit fundraising.  

In 2015, Terri was chosen out of 900 applicants to be part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a bipartisan leadership training and network hosted by four presidential libraries designed for mid-career leaders from diverse backgrounds who share a commitment to helping solve society’s greatest challenges.

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Jennifer Thompson

Market Research & Development Coordinator

Jennifer has called Tennessee home for the past 25 years. After 19 years in Christian education, she joined the 2ndVote team in 2018 as an Executive Administrative Assistant.

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Elian Richter

Senior Research Analyst

Elian is a research analyst and has been with the 2ndVote team since February 2021. He holds a B.S. in Communications and graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.