PRESIDENT AND CEO
ForthRight Strategy founder Kimberly Bellissimo was volunteering for Ronald Reagan long before she could vote for him. Kimberly’s knowledge of direct mail political fundraising, dedication to her clients and total commitment to the conservative cause are legendary.
Kimberly is a hardliner about the members of her team. They must share her total and steadfast commitment to an ethical, straightforward, open method of doing business — and, most importantly, delivering success. That’s the stuff that ForthRight is founded on. The values that ForthRight Strategy goes to battle with are not negotiable.
Clients need to be 100 percent, pro-life, movement conservatives, have a compelling story that can fuel a national fundraising program, and have the energy and commitment to take on a RINO or a liberal — and win. Kimberly also has a great passion for the charities that call ForthRight Strategy their direct mail fundraising "home."
Kimberly proudly serves on the Board at The American Conservative Union and as an Executive Board Member as Secretary of The American Conservative Union Foundation. Kimberly earned a degree in Political Communications from George Washington University. She has a great sense of humor and a lot of interests outside of politics. She is originally from the Jersey Shore, and although she is an avid New York Giants fan, she will “cross the aisle” to cheer on the new Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals. Kimberly and her husband Terry make their home here in downtown Washington, D.C. with their three dogs, Wolfgang, Isabella and Dino. They are communicants of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle Catholic Church.
PARTNER AND CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER
ForthRight partner Timothy Webster discovered the power of direct mail in college when he successfully solicited alumni to support his campus conservative paper. With one mailing he funded his paper for an entire year. Since that time he has been convinced that any campaign, organization or charity that doesn’t make direct mail a cornerstone of its fundraising strategy is just not serious about winning elections or fulfilling its mission.
Timothy has helped candidates and organizations raise funds to successfully sue the president before the U.S. Supreme Court, become the first elected black Republican to Congress from his respective state since Reconstruction, and set a record for the most money raised — and netted! — in a U.S. Senate race.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Timothy has studied at Princeton, Cambridge and Notre Dame. Timothy and his family reside in Maryland.
Client Financial Manager
Patrycja began her career in direct mail marketing when she joined our team back in 2004. “Pati”, as we call her, is responsible for all the clients’ day to day financial matters including providing detailed financial reports to all the client’s at the end of each month. She also works closely with the treasurers of our FEC clients. She is always being complimented on how responsive and thorough she is, which they appreciate very much since they are always working on filing deadlines. Pati received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with an International Business Specialization from Strayer University.
Patrycja is originally from Poland. We have been proud to sponsor her through the long and arduous process of her working toward her American citizenship. Pati and her husband (and best friend!), Daniel, reside in Waterford, Virginia. They have three very beautiful, happy and energetic daughters, Emma, Alicja, and Melania. When Pati is not working or filing a report, she enjoys traveling, canvas painting, and long walks on the beach. But she would say, hands down, her favorite thing to do is spending time with her family both here and abroad!
Pati is an integral part of ForthRight Strategy and we are very blessed to have her as a longstanding member of our team.
Pam was a pioneer in database management and has been working in this position since 1996. She was with us when we founded ForthRight Strategy in 2002 and has remained a valuable and trusted team member ever since!
Pam is responsible for making sure the entire database is in tip top shape at all times. She is not only the fastest person we’ve seen key donor information, but she is also extremely precise! Pam understands how important it is for our clients’ donor files to be uploaded as quickly and as accurately as possible and she sees to this every day. Being in the business for decades, we know that other vendors can take weeks to have this crucial information uploaded. Pam prides herself in the fact that she manages a state of the art system that is very unique to ForthRight Strategy’s clients.
Pam was born and raised in Washington, DC. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children and her granddaughter. When family is not keeping her busy, she enjoys quiet time cuddled up with a good book.
We are so grateful to Pam for all that she has done on behalf of our clients for so many, many years now. We don’t know what we would do without her!
Terry joined ForthRight Strategy as part of the Production team in September of 2016. For the previous 30 years, he held various positions in the pharmaceutical industry, most recently spending 19 years at Johnson & Johnson. His dedication to providing our clients the best service possible along with his conservative republican viewpoint made him a great fit within our organization. As a 19 year old college student, his first presidential ballot was placed for Ronald Reagan in the Republican primary, and his second vote was cast for Ronald Reagan for President. Outside the office, Terry enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and three dogs, along with family and friends. He loves golf, cooking, politics and spending time at the Jersey Shore.
Senior Account Executive
After nearly a decade working with numerous Republican campaigns and conservative non-profit organizations, Allen Miller joined Team ForthRight Strategy in August of 2003. His extensive political background in the conservative movement and superior writing abilities make him an especially gifted and effective copywriter.
Whether writing for a candidate, a PAC, charity, or a non-profit organization, Allen has a special ability to find a unique angle and “voice” for each client. Over the past 15 years, Allen’s packages have helped many clients build large and successful donor files, thus maximizing their direct mail fundraising potential. Allen is very modest about what an impact he’s had not only here, but for all the clients he has managed over the years. He is one of the top copywriters in the realm of conservative fundraising. He has helped countless candidates get elected to Congress. The charities and nonprofits Allen has worked with have grown exponentially under Allen’s watch.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Allen is an avid Tar Heel’s fan and enjoys time with his family especially traveling abroad, camping and hunting. Allen, his wife Pam, son Clayton, daughter Vivien, and their dog Pug Lee live in Annandale, Virginia.
Production Manager and Director of Digital Marketing
Hank Eckardt grew up in Canton, Michigan where he got his first taste of politics while working on his Aunt’s judicial campaign. He then went on to graduate from the University of Notre Dame with degrees in both Political Science and Spanish.
After college, Hank moved to Washington, DC to work for Congressman Kerry Bentivolio who hailed from Hank’s home district. He has been with Forthright Strategy since 2014 and currently serves as the Production Manager. Hank also manages ForthRight Strategy’s digital fundraising efforts. In addition to the robust email fundraising programs he manages, Hank serves as the Editor-in-Chief of our in-house publication, TheLead.com. This website dedicated to client news and conservative politics and commentary, in general, allows us to reach a larger audience with stories about the news of the day, the culture in general, and showcase our wonderful clients.
When he isn’t raising money for our clients, Hank enjoys reading non-fiction and cheering on the Fighting Irish and the Green Bay Packers!
Thomas “T.J.” Bellissimo
T.J. is the most recent addition to the ForthRight Strategy team. He is a recent graduate of West Virginia University majoring in Public Relations and Strategic Communications.
T.J. grew up in a conservative family, where either Fox News or sports were on the television! A born leader and team player, T.J. broke many records at his high school playing football. He carried those values, leadership skills and political insights to Washington, DC where he interned for a conservative Public Relations firm called Media DC. He is now doing direct mail production along with writing for our in-house publication, TheLead.com. His features tend to lean toward how politics creeps into our every days lives and he wrote extensively on the NFL/National Anthem controversy.
Originally from Manahawkin, New Jersey, T.J. is now living in downtown Washington DC. When not working or riding his skateboard through the streets of DC, T.J. also enjoys rooting for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia 76ers. He loves to be outdoors where in the summer months he likes to “skim board” and, in the winter months he likes to snowboard.
We are so excited to have such an enthusiastic and eager to learn young person on our team. It brings us hope for the future that there are young people out there who share our conservative values!
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Marva came on board the ForthRight Strategy Team in 2008, sent from a temp agency when we were short handed. From the start, we knew immediately she was a keeper, and many, many, years later, Marva is a valued and trusted member of our team!
She wears many hats while here at ForthRight. She is the first person you talk to when you call our office. We still believe that exemplary customer service and talking to a “real person” who greets you, the way only Marva can, still really matters! Her smiling face is the first thing you see when you walk through the door. Marva also keeps our office up and running efficiently – everything from ordering supplies, dealing with vendors, keeping track of Executive matters, and in her “spare time,” she also is one of the fastest data entry folks you will ever find. She makes sure that all of our clients’ donations are keyed accurately and updated on their donor file every single work day.
Marva was born and raised in Northeast, Washington DC. So, she really can claim the title, “native Washingtonian.” Outside of the office, she enjoys word games, event planning, cooking, traveling, volunteering, pet sitting (total dog lover!), and spending time with family and friends.
Marva is always smiling and happy to help us in any way she can. And, we are so blessed to have her with us for so long!