Leadership & Staff
Richard L. "Rich" Anderson
Rich Anderson was elected in 2020 to a four-year term as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV). The following year, he presided over the Great Republican Clean Sweep of 2021 that resulted in the election of Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, and Attorney General Jason Miyares, along with flipping the Virginia House of Delegates to Republican control.
Rich is a 30-year U.S. Air Force colonel who retired from The Pentagon in 2009 and has been a grassroots activist for 15 years on the Prince William County Republican Committee. He represented the 51st House District (Prince William County) for eight years in the Virginia General Assembly (2010-2018). While there, he chaired the House Science and Technology Committee and the Joint House-Senate Military and Veterans Caucus, the clearing house for bills impacting 800,000 Virginia veterans. He also sat on the House Appropriations Committee, House Finance Committee, House General Laws Committee, and House Transportation Committee.
Rich is a native of Roanoke and a current resident of Woodbridge, VA. He is an in-residence graduate of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. His academic education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Webster University. He has been married for 36 years to Ruth Anderson, a retired 21-year Air Force officer and former member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. They are the parents of three children and grandparents to seven.
Kristi Way is an Executive Director at Moelis & Company. Prior to joining Moelis in 2014, Kristi worked on Capitol Hill, serving as Chief of Staff to U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. While on the Hill, Kristi worked on a range of public policy issues, managed projects and helped oversee policy, communications, and constituent service efforts. She also managed compliance and HR issues for the office. Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, she served as District Director and Senior Advisor to Congressman Cantor. In 2005-2006, Kristi served as the Deputy Campaign Manager of a successful statewide campaign in Virginia and then as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.
Kristi holds a B.S. in Government from Liberty University, and received an M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was named one of the Hill’s 25 Women to Watch. She currently serves as First Vice Chair of the Republican Party of VA, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Institute.
Morton Blackwell began in 1960 to identify, train, and place bright young conservatives for leadership in the public policy process. Barry Goldwater’s youngest elected national convention delegate in 1964, Blackwell chaired the state College Republicans and Young Republicans in Louisiana.
In 1980, he organized the national youth effort for Ronald Reagan, going on to serve on President Reagan’s White House Staff. In 1984, Blackwell left the White House to work full-time as the President of the Leadership Institute, an educational foundation that he began in 1979. His Institute is dedicated to training and placing conservatives. He ranks number 4 in tenure among the 168 members of the RNC.
Patricia Bast “Patti” Lyman
Patti Lyman is a born and raised native Virginian and lifelong Republican. A committed conservative activist, she joined the pro-life movement in 1991 and soon left her business career for law school to become a pro-life attorney with the American Center for Law & Justice. After 9/11, Patti entered immigration law to specialize in asylum for persecuted Christians escaping Islamic countries.
Patti holds a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a Juris Doctor from Regent University School of Law.
Patti and her husband of 30 years, Frank, live in Fairfax with their multiple cats and are blessed to enjoy their many godchildren, official and otherwise.
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Ken Nunnenkamp - [email protected]
Ken joined the Republican Party of Virginia from the Youngkin Campaign, where he served as the Director of Data Analytics. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia and attended Georgetown University. He has worked in a variety of positions on political campaigns and organizations, beginning in the field on a State Senate race in Virginia in 2011. He has served on two Presidential campaigns, in 2012 and 2020. Ken worked for several years on the staff of a member of Congress in Northern Virginia. He spent 3 years working in Political Data Analytics, first in North Dakota, and then for the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC. He joined Governor Youngkin's campaign in January of 2021, serving as his Director of Data Analytics. Ken joined the Republican Party of Virginia at the end of 2021, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He has lived all over the Commonwealth, including Fairfax, Culpeper, Roanoke and now resides in Richmond.
Chief Financial Officer
Frank joined RPV over 16 years ago. Originally from Portsmouth, VA, he gained his Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Masters in Management from the University of Arkansas. Before coming to RPV, he was an Air Traffic Controller for the United States Air Force. He also holds the status of undefeated Champion of Tennis and Bowling RPV Competitions.
Nathan comes to RPV after helping Governor Glenn Youngkin win the 2021 Convention as a Regional Political Director. Before Youngkin, Nathan was most recently the Campaign Manager for Congressman Rob Wittman's 2020 win in the First Congressional District.
He has been actively involved for over a decade in Virginia politics and brings a wide variety of experiences to the Party. Nathan holds a Bachelors in Government and International Policy from George Mason University.
Director of Candidate Services
Bio coming soon.
Director of Office Administration/Finance Assistant
Cathy became an employee of RPV on May 7, 1986. She started as Data Entry Operator and presently serves as Office Manager. Her goal has and remains to be a team player with like-minded people that helps to bring positive results for our Elections. Enjoy talking to constituents and helping them with their political questions to sometimes being a listening ear to their personal circumstances.
I have served 12 State Party Chairs & 14 Executive Directors. To my knowledge they have all enjoyed my tenure here thus far. In my present role I am responsible for processing all incoming donations using a digital deposit system and a specific donor data base. Lead registration person for yearly events and fulfill various office needs for other staff members.
Chief "Pawsitivity" Officer
Bella comes to us from the Youngkin Campaign where she served as the Chair of Paws for Youngkin. After Governor Youngkin's historic win, she joined RPV as our Chief Pawsitivity Officer where she ensures our hopes are high and the Spirit of Virginia is alive and well.