Staff


John Dodd

President of the Jesse Helms Center, Creator of the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge

Since joining the staff of the Jesse Helms Center in 1994, John Dodd’s work has focused on the continuing development of numerous initiatives promoting liberty and our country’s founding principles.  Dodd completed his undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary and received his Master’s in Education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to his work with the center, Dodd was president of J&T Dodd, a consulting firm. Dodd is the author of The World Came His Way – Jesse Helms’ Contributions to Freedom and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs to discuss the policies and programs of the Jesse Helms Center. He and his wife Teresa have two adult daughters, Mary and Katie.

Brian Rogers

Chief Operating Officer of the Jesse Helms Center, Director of the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge

Brian Rogers joined the staff in 2004, after working as Executive Director of the Defenders of Property Rights, based in Washington, D.C. As the Chief Operating Officer, Rogers works closely to ensure the programs and fundraising initiatives of the center keep a close focus on free enterprise and Founding Fathers principles. Rogers’ prior roles include working for Century Communications, Inc and working as the Director of Special Projects for the Leadership Institute. Rogers is a graduate of Wingate University and began his policy-focused work with an internship for the late Senator Jesse Helms. Additionally, he is a 2009 graduate of the E.A. Morris Fellowship. He and his wife Catherine, have four children, Ashley, Sarah, James and Sam.

Garrett Dahms

Assistant Programs Coordinator for the Jesse Helms Center and Coordinator of the Free Enterprise Leadership Challenge

Garrett Dahms joined the Jesse Helms Center in October of 2014.  Garrett received his Bachelor of Science from Wingate University and is currently working on a Project Management focused Masters of Business Administration at Wingate University ’s Graduate School.  Garrett attended FELC as a student in 2008, returning as a summer counselor in 2011 and 2012, and is originally from Bahama, NC.