Devin Foley


Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Charlemagne Institute, which operates Intellectual Takeout, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and the Alcuin Internship. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout/The Charlemagne Institute, 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 presenting 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 eighteen years and have six children. When he's not working, Devin enjoys time with family 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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R. John Welsh Ph.D.

Chief Development Officer

John is the Chief Development Officer. 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.

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


Annie is Editor of 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.

Edward Welsch

Director of Communications

Edward is the communications director at Intellectual Takeout, where he is responsible for our strategy to spread our message persuasively to the public.

Edward came to Intellectual Takeout after a career in financial journalism, where he covered the financial and energy markets and industries at publications including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News. He also served on the public relations team of Cargill Inc. and was an editor of financial newsletters. He is an undergraduate of St. Olaf College and a student of its Great Books program and holds a master’s degree in Journalism and Communications from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Nick Bieter

Development Associate

Nick assists with the administration of Intellectual Takeout, while also acting as a contributing writer.

He received his BA from the University of Minnesota, majoring in Political Science. 

In his free time, he enjoys history, maps, reading, writing, skiing, running, and playing board games with friends.

Patience Griswold

Editorial Assistant

Patience Griswold is a former Alcuin Intern and currently serves as Editorial Assistant at Intellectual Takeout. She is a senior at Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota in their History of Ideas program. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.