Devin Foley


Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Takeout and a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota. Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis' KTLK and NPR's Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights by giving presentations to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation. Devin and his wife have been married for seventeen years and have five children. When he's not working, Devin enjoys time with family the most while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.  

Watch Devin Foley and Christina Hoff Sommers recently discuss the question, "Is there a war against men?"

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John Elliott

Senior Fellow

John is a Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. In this role, he is responsible for directing seminars, organizing networking events and mentoring Intellectual Takeout’s journalism interns.


John previously directed the journalism programs at the Institute for Humane Studies and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He has many mentees at media outlets in New York and Washington. John got his journalism experience working for Dutch and German television. He covered four presidential elections as well as breaking news stories such as 9/11 in New York City.


John has a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in New York City and a B.A. in German from the University of Montana. He also studied at the Universitaet Tuebingen in Germany and the Theological College of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands.

Annie Holmquist

Senior Writer

Annie is a senior writer for Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  

Annie received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of Northwestern-St. Paul. She also brings 20+ years of experience as a music educator and a volunteer teacher – particularly with inner city children – to the table in her research and writing. 

In her spare time Annie enjoys the outdoors, gardening, reading, and events with family and friends.

Eric Teachout

Director of Operations

In supporting Intellectual Takeout's operations, Eric is responsible for the administration of strategic plans, finances, and mass communications.
Eric received a B.A. in the Philosophy and Psychology of Ethics from St. Olaf College. With five years of admin experience, Eric enjoys using systems to facilitate effective missions and edifying communities.
Outside the world of admin, Eric likes dancing, cooking, reading, and time with family and friends.

John Welsh

John is the Head of Institutional Advancement. A recognized thought leader in the area of organizational performance readiness, especially in the areas of fund raising and professional services, he drives initiatives that improve business processes, revenue, learning and systems in measurable and sustainable ways by increasing human capital, innovation, and time-to-market. As an accomplished senior leader, coach, innovator, researcher and adjunct faculty member, John is best known for leading complex organizations through periods of change.

John graduated from Saint John’s University with a degree in accounting, and completed two Master’s degrees at the University of St. Thomas in Business and International Management.
He also holds Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Capella University and is an adjunct college professor, where he teaches Healthcare Informatics, Organizational Research Methods and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods at the doctoral level. He has also designed doctoral level curriculum for several leading universities about Creativity and Innovation and Qualitative Research Methods.

John enjoys spending time at home and traveling with his wife and their three adult children. He keeps a full schedule visiting donors, officiating high school and college football, golfing, and deepening his understanding of today’s new generation of Americas who are looking for a path out of a dark age and into a new world filled with purpose and Judeo-Christian values, principles and traditions.

Todd Rains

Multimedia Editor

Todd is the Multimedia Editor at Intellectual Takeout, having began as a '18 Alcuin Intern with the organization. He is currently a senior at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is pursuing a B.A. in the History of Ideas. Both he and his wife are transplants to Minnesota, but have come to love its lakes and summer weather.