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Princella has always been a standout leader among her peers. She began public speaking at age four and graduated from Wynne High School where she lettered in high school basketball, was selected to the Arkansas All-Star Basketball team, and graduated with academic honors.
Princella’s passion for politics solidified in high school when she was sponsored by the Wynne chapter of the Women’s American Legion Auxiliary to attend Arkansas Girls State where she was elected as the 2001 Girls State Governor out of roughly 900 girls statewide.
During her collegiate years, Princella participated heavily in statewide and national government including internships with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller, U.S. Congressman John Boozman of Arkansas, and a clerkship at the U.S. Department of Labor.
She was propelled into the national spotlight in 2004 when she won MTV’s “Stand Up and Holla” essay/speech contest and became a prime time speaker at the Republican National Convention in New York City addressing the nation on the same night as First Lady Laura Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The next day, she addressed the Youth Convention where she was introduced by Congressman Boozman.
Princella has served as a Communications Director on Capitol Hill and as the National Spokesperson for American Solutions, an organization founded by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.
She has been a guest lecturer on the topics of “New Media” and “Grassroots Activism” at The Leadership Institute and a past Visiting Fellow for the Independent Women’s Forum.
Princella is a regular political contributor and has been featured and/or written for several national media outlets including: FOX News, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, BET, Bloomberg News, PBS, France 24, EuroAmerican News, NPR, USA Today, XM Satellite Radio, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Essence Magazine, and several local press/media outlets among others.
In 2010, Princella vied to become America’s youngest Member of Congress as a candidate for the First District of Arkansas at age 26. During only a 3-month run, she garnered the support of national Republican leaders, Newt Gingrich and Mary Matalin as well as national pro-life group, The Susan B. Anthony List, veteran support group, Veterans’ Vision, and the Religious Freedom Coalition.
Princella is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas, where she majored in Political Science with minors in Communications and History and was the offensive player of the year for the Lady Tigers basketball team. She is a graduate of the Buckley School of Public Speaking.
Princella is currently the Director of Education in the Office of the Arkansas Secretary of State. She is also an adjunct teacher at East Arkansas Community College and the owner of Princella Smith Strategies.
Hal Weatherman Hal Weatherman is the National Communications and Marketing Director for Act for America, a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to national security and terrorism related issues. Hal is the former Chief of Staff to United States Representative Sue Myrick, having held the position for 12 years. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Hal earned his Masters Degree from Wheaton College. He is married, with three children and resides in North Carolina.
Gray's interests include medical ethics, politics, philosophy, medical missions, and writing. Since 1998, he has completed ten international medical trips to Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Romania, India, South Africa, and Zambia. The Battle for America’s Soul, Gray’s upcoming book, is the result of years of research and analysis of the history and philosophy of medical ethics leading to Post-Hippocratic medicine in Western culture, as well as our present cultural divide. His second book, Courage to Live, explores the basis for hope while living in a fallen world.
Physicians for Reform is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. C. L. Gray in December of 2006 to find solutions for American healthcare. Working together, physicians, patients, and the business community can recapture the heart of medicine and secure a political platform to reform American healthcare. The loss of the patient/physician relationship is central to the decline of medicine we face today. America offers the most sophisticated healthcare in the world. Yet, neither patient nor physician is content.
Patients in America view physicians with growing distrust. They often schedule appointments months in advance only to get five minutes with a doctor they don’t know. Physicians view patients as potential plaintiffs. Trapped by forms, litigation, and a bewildering array of regulations, they contemplate abandoning the practice of medicine altogether. Physicians for Reform provides solutions to this escalating dilemma.