The John Birch Society Adds Two New National Council Members


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The John Birch Society Adds Two New National Council Members

Andy “Hirsh” Dlinn, Wealth Manager and Estate Planner, and Dr. Duke Pesta, Academic Director, UW Professor

APPLETON, WIS. FEBRUARY 23, 2016 —The John Birch Society (JBS) announces the addition of two members to its National Council:  Andy “Hirsh” Dlinn from Pittsburgh, PA. and Dr. Duke Pesta from Omro, Wis.

Dlinn is a 30-year Life Member of The John Birch Society, serving as a volunteer JBS Section Leader in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  He is currently the President and Senior Portfolio Manager with Senior Wealth Management in Pittsburgh.  He is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA).  He served for 20 years and retired as a Public Affairs Officer in the US Naval Reserve.  He graduated from the University of South Carolina, earning both a B.S. in Physics and a Masters in Mass Communications.  He is a past-president of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club, past Chairmen of the Pittsburgh Rotary Club Foundation and a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, the FBI Citizen’s Academy and the Citizen’s Police Academy.  He is also the past-president of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and Founder/Director of the Squirrel Hill Citizen’s Patrol.  Currently, Dlinn is the president of the PA Republican Leadership Council, chairman of the city of Pittsburgh’s 5th Council District Republican Committee and serves on the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee.  For many years Dlinn produced “The Jewish Experience” radio program. 

Dlinn is active in his local synagogue and is married with six children.

DukePesta-web 2Pesta is Academic Director at FreedomProject Education and a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.  He received his M.A. in Renaissance literature from John Carroll University and his Ph.D. in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature from Purdue University.  He has been active in educational reform and has delivered over 400 talks on Common Core State Standards in 40 states.

National Council members voluntarily serve to demonstrate the caliber of the general membership, give advice to the CEO, and name the successor of the organization.  Currently, 25 members are serving and meet periodically throughout the year.

Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wis., The John Birch Society ( is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution.  Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, state, and national issues.  United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, JBS member educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of America and the freedom of citizens.


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