President: Mr. John Augustine

John Augustine works in management for a family recreational business, and lives in Washington County. Mr. Augustine is married with two children. He became LEA’s Vice-President in 2007, and has served as its President since April 2011. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from St. Cloud State University.

Mr. Augustine also worked at Human Events in Washington, D.C., as an intern through the National Journalism Center in the early 1990s, after which he returned to Minnesota and edited a newspaper and a couple of political newsletters. In 2001, he served a term as Chairman of the John Adams Society (, a conservative debate society based in Minnesota.

Vice-President: Ben Riechers

Ben Riechers is retired from a 30-year career with Trane, a world leader in air conditioning systems, services and solutions. At Trane, he served as the financial leader for several business units including the start-up of its energy management business. Prior to his Trane career, Ben served in the U.S. Army. He has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin at Platteville.

In retirement, Ben has served in various roles within the Republican Party and the Liberty Tea Party Patriots. He continues to provide business and financial consulting on a limited basis. Ben was nominated and became an LEA board member after serving as an advisor to the board for several months.

Ben and his wife Katie have been married for 38 years and live in Andover. They have 3 sons and 6 grandchildren, all residing in the surrounding communities.

Secretary: Kathie D. Roberts

“I have 40 Years of “In the Trenches” Grassroots Experience. I’m a Committed Pro-Lifer and ardent Platform Republican.”

Legislative Evaluation Assembly – Secretary
HD52A Secretary
JD1 – Secretary

Tony Hernandez for US Congress – Treasurer
Pete Hegseth for US Senate – Bookkeeper
Republican Party Of MN – Administrative Support Staff 2/2011- 3/12
Tom Emmer for Governor – Front Desk, Accounting Assistant & CFB compliance
Campaign Consultant – Diane Anderson for HD 38A
Norm Coleman Campaign – Accounting & HR Department Manager – FEC Compliance
Mark Kennedy Campaign – Accounting Assistant
Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life
Precinct Caucus Organizer, Church Liaison, Administrative support to Lobbying team (including bill tracking), Production Office, Legislative Alert Program.
Texas Right to Life – Executive Director

Treasurer: Mr. Dana Burkinshaw

Dana Burkinshaw graduated from the University of South Dakota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration. He worked for sixteen years in that field for such companies as Koehn Manufacturing, Honeywell and Norwest Bank.

In 2007 Dana graduated from Central Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. He currently assists with ministry at Twin City Fellowship in St. Louis Park, MN and with childhood education at the United Church of God in Newport, MN. Dana resides in Plymouth, MN.


Officers of the Board — 1 Comment

  1. John,
    Thanks for your leadership as the President of LEA. Please pass on my best regards to everyone at the Annual Dinner. All of your efforts there are greatly appreciated!
    Ted Daley

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