Staff Directory

Washington D.C. Office

Thomas Van Flein - Chief of Staff

Thomas graduated from the University of Arizona College of Law after which he clerked on the Alaska Supreme Court before working for Paul Hastings in its Los Angeles office. Thereafter he relocated and grew his own law firm, Clapp, Peterson, Van Flein, Tiemessen and Thorsness, while serving on the Alaska Supreme Court Rules Committee and as Editor in Chief of the Alaska Bar Rag. After litigating many cases, including 38 to trial, his law practice focused on political and campaign law, where he represented Governor Sarah Palin as her personal attorney and then SarahPAC, as well as Joe Miller in his senate bid and the related litigation involving election issues.  After helping Dr. Gosar win election in 2010, he came to Washington D.C. first as Legislative Director and  has been Congressman Gosar's Chief of Staff since 2012.  A published author, Thomas also plays bass guitar in a jazz ensemble.

Jeff Small - Senior Advisor/Executive Director of the Congressional Western Caucus

Jeff Small is the Executive Director of the Congressional Western Caucus and a Senior Advisor in Congressman Gosar’s personal office. He previously served as Legislative Director in Chairman Gosar’s personal office, managing his Natural Resources Committee, Appropriations, Rules, Immigration and Border Security portfolios for three years. Jeff has worked for several other Western Caucus Members including caucus Vice-Chairman Scott Tipton and caucus members Ken Buck and Mike Coffman. Jeff played college football and graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He was born and raised in Lakewood, Colorado where he grew up hunting and fishing. Jeff and his wife Kristie attend St. Peter’s on Capitol Hill. They had their first baby, Kadence, in December of 2016.

Trevor Pearson - Legislative Director

Trevor currently serves as the Legislative Director for Congressman Gosar managing health care, natural resources, defense, foreign affairs, and transportation and infrastructure issues. He graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science-Foreign Affairs. Trevor attended graduate school in Saint Petersburg, Russia where he earned a master’s degree in Russian and Eurasian Studies with an emphasis in energy security from the European University at Saint Petersburg. Before working for the Congressman, he was the linguistic editor at one of Russia’s top social science research institutes, The Centre for German and European Studies, as well as a research assistant at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Trevor is a 6th generation Arizonan and grew up near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Leslie Foti - Director of Scheduling and Administration

Leslie currently serves as the Director of Scheduling and Administration.  She also serves as the Finance Director for the Congressional Western Caucus as well as the Executive Director of the Arizona Congressional Chiefs of Staff Organization.  Leslie is a 7th generation Floridian from a long lineage of citrus growers, farmers and public servants.  Leslie attended Florida Southern College where she obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in History.  She is an accomplished equestrian and an alumnus of Alpha Delta Pi. Leslie and her husband, Anthony are the proud parents of two boys.

Joshua Ronk - Legislative Assistant 

Joshua serves as Congressman Gosar’s Legislative Assistant.  The son of a Navy family, Josh was born in Illinois but raised in Virginia Beach.  He attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he graduated with a double major in Political Science and Homeland Security and a minor in Criminal Justice.  He later went back to Virginia Commonwealth to obtain his Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Planning.  Josh joined Congressman Gosar’s office in early 2015 as an intern and over the past two years has progressed to become the Congressman’s Legislative Assistant where he handles Second Amendment, judiciary, education, housing, immigration, labor, telecommunications, family, and veterans issues. A proud Pi Kappa Alpha alumnus, Josh volunteers his time working with local chapters as an advisor. He enjoys hunting, hiking, and being outdoors in his off time.

Drew Holden - Legislative Coorrespondent

Drew serves as Congressman Gosar’s Legislative Correspondent in his Washington, DC office. He attended Seton Hall University in Northern New Jersey, where he graduated with degrees in Political Science, Environmental Studies and Catholic Studies. From there, he spent two years working in business strategy for a hedgefund based in Southern Connecticut before moving to Washington, D.C. to join Congressman Gosar’s office in September 2016. In his spare time, Drew enjoys hiking, playing tennis and reading.


Gold Canyon Office

Penny Pew - District Director

A 5th generation Arizonan with ranching/farming background, Penny lived in Gilbert until 1998 before moving to Apache County.  She worked as Apache County Elections Director for nearly five years, establishing a voter outreach education program for the large Native American population.  In 2006, Penny was honored to present congressional testimony on the merits of this program, as well as assisting the State of Alaska Elections Department in establishing a program for their Native Alaskans. She entered federal service in 2006 as District Director for Congressman Renzi before moving to northeast Texas to work with Congressman Louie Gohmert.  In 2010 Penny returned to Arizona and has been honored to serve as District Director & Intergovernmental Affairs for Congressman Gosar ever since helping constituents navigate ‘Red Tape’ and government bureaucracy. Married forty years to husband Leo-her greatest accomplishment is being a mother to five children, ‘bonus’ military son and 25 grandkids; currently resides in Pinal County.


Sean Johnson - Veteran Outreach Coordinator

Sean is originally from Houston Texas and moved to Arizona in the 90’s when his father was transferred for work. Sean attended Arizona State University where he majored in Exercise Science and Kinesiology and minored in Psychology before doing 10 years in the Marine Corps. He was medically retired in 2012 at which time Sean came to work for Congressman Gosar. Sean took a brief hiatus to go back to school where he earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from University of Phoenix and is now currently working on a Masters in Education at ASU. On top of working veteran cases for Congressman Gosar, Sean is a full-time police officer, a high school substitute teacher, a gymnastics coach and a proud father to his 7-year-old son.


Teresa Martinez - Director of Hispanic Outreach and Coalitions

Teresa Martinez works part-time in Congressman Gosar's Gold Canyon office as the Director of Coalitions and Hispanic Outreach Coordinator.  She joined the office in January of 2014 and also works part-time for Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan. Teresa enjoys traveling and has visited every county in Arizona as well as almost 95% of the towns and cities, including Native American Reservations. She hopes to visit every town and city in the entire State at least once. Teresa began her career in public service in 2004 while working for Congressman Rick Renzi.  She was born and raised in Arizona and is a mother to a 15-year-old son.  She is a big fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Suns.   


Prescott Office

Jeremiah Cota - Caseworker/Assistant Office Manager Prescott

Jeremiah Cota serves as the Caseworker and Assistant Office Manager in Prescott for Congressman Gosar's District Office in Prescott, Arizona.  He considers himself a proud Prescottonian, having moved with his family in 1990 to Prescott, Arizona. Jeremiah attended Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Management and an Associates in Bible.  Having also lived on the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation and as an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, he understands the issues facing Arizona’s rural and tribal communities.  Jeremiah currently resides in Prescott, Arizona and is active in his local church and community.