The Praemon Team

Jon Isaacson (President, Analyst)

Jon Isaacson is a senior at Brigham Young University studying International Relations and Statistics. He works as a data specialist and a research assistant, on campus and spends his free time reading a book, or catching a movie. Jon specializes in terrorism and the study of non-state actors in the Turkey and the Middle East.

Matt Hurst (Co-President: Logistics, Analyst)

Matt Hurst is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in management at BYU.  He focuses his studies on international conflict, U.S. foreign policy, and national security.  Matt is originally from Idaho and his work experience includes managing his family’s farm and interning in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Jim Risch.  His goals include attaining a master’s degree in international relations or a related field and working for the U.S. government.

Andy Chapman (Co-President: Operations, Analyst)

Andy is a senior studying geography at BYU. He focuses on physical security, illicit trade/organized crime, counter terrorism, and proliferation. He also monitors Western European affairs.

Abe Collier (Analyst)

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Abe Collier is a junior at Brigham Young University and majoring in Philosophy, which has allowed him to study and analyze a variety of disparate topics such as politics, business, ethics, culture, international relations, music, and even sports. He also minors in Latin American Studies and Business Strategy and learned Spanish while serving an LDS mission in Washington State. His internship in Puebla, Mexico  teaching job-hunting seminars and studying Mexican culture and literature has spurred an intense interest in Latin American politics and foreign affairs, subjects he now covers for Praemon. Future plans include management consulting, grad school, and university administration, though he intends to welcome any unexpected opportunities that come up along the way. (click here to read Abe’s articles)

Blake Bonar (Analyst)


Blake Bonar is a senior at Utah State University majoring in International Studies with an emphasis on Peace and Security. He is also studying Arabic and is the current Vice President of the USU chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the Honor Society for International Studies. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Samoa where he cultivated an interest in foreign languages and cultures. His specialties in counterterrorism, Middle Eastern studies, and intelligence studies will aid him as he seeks opportunities for advancement within the intelligence community.

Brian Preece (Analyst)

BrianPraemonProfilePicBrian Preece is a senior at Brigham Young University studying Russian and Aerospace Studies.  His studies have focused on the defense policies of Eastern Europe, with particular emphasis on the relationship between NATO and the Russian Federation.  His research interests include air war doctrine and the use of asymmetrical warfare by both state and non-state actors.  He served a two-year mission in Alberta, Canada.  He currently resides in Moscow, where he works as an intern for the Center for Policy Studies in Russia (PIR Center).

Gayleen Webb (Editor)

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Gayleen is a junior at Brigham Young University studying English Language with minors in both Spanish and Editing. Gayleen’s passion lies in the linguistic side of her major. She speaks Spanish and has taken a bit of German. Gayleen would love to pursue a career in editing in television or radio broadcasting after graduation.

Sophie Roberts (Editor)


Sophie Roberts is a junior studying English and planning to minor in Editing at Brigham Young University. She has also been studying Spanish for five years, and is passionate about language acquisition. Sophie is a Writing Fellow at BYU, and loves being able to use her skills in writing and editing to help other students with their writing assignments. After graduation, she plans to work as an editor for a magazine or newspaper.

Ted Ellsworth (Analyst)

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Ted is a freshman at Brigham Young University double majoring in International Relations and Arabic. He grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His love for international affairs developed early in high school as a result of competitive debate and through participation in Amnesty International. He looks forward to studying abroad in the Middle East and hopes to work with a non-governmental organization promoting human rights. (click here to read Ted’s articles)