About the Staff

Learn More about the Staff at the Yankee Institute:

Acting Executive Director: Heath W. Fahle

Heath W. Fahle (Fah-LEE) is the Policy Director of the Yankee Institute, overseeing the Institute’s policy operations, online communications, and also conducting research with a particular focus on government reform, elections, and voting procedures.

His first research report, Slanting the Playing Field, was published in October 2009 and he authored the Institute’s 2010 Connecticut Voter Guide.

Fahle lives in East Hampton, CT, with his wife, Emily. For more information, visit his website: www.heathwfahle.com


Policy Scholar: Dr. Lewis Andrews

Dr. Lewis M. Andrews is a writer and researcher specializing in public policy innovations. He has served as the executive director of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, located at Trinity College, and founded the CEO Foundation of CT, one of America’s largest privately-funded school voucher programs. His work appears frequently in both professional journals such as Policy Review and popular publications including the Wall Street Journal and Investors’ Business Daily.


Investigative Reporter: Zach Janowski

Zachary Janowski is an investigative reporter for the Yankee Institute and is responsible for the material posted to Raising Hale. Most recently he was editor of The Southington Citizen, a weekly community newspaper, and he has daily reporting experience from the Willimantic Chronicle. He lives in Plantsville.


Director of Operations: Jessica Buchanan

Jessica Buchanan joined the Yankee Institute in 2010 as Director of Operations. She coordinates events, office management, and donor relations.

In 2008, she graduated from Patrick Henry College with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. The following year she completed the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation Associate Program. Subsequently, Jessica worked for two years at the Commonwealth Foundation for Public Policy Alternatives, Yankee’s sister think tank located in Pennsylvania.

Jessica lives in Hartford with her husband, Jesse.