Meet Our Team

Thomas Purvis
Thomas Purvis
Partner & Founder

Thomas Purvis has an extensive background with almost 20 years experience in campaign management, marketing, public relations, web / graphic design, social media management, and business development and strategy. In 1999, Thomas was a founding member of TRUTH, a national grassroots anti-tobacco industry movement, and served as a national spokesman and a leader on the creative marketing team.

From 2002 to 2016, Thomas worked on political campaigns at every level of government ranging from Oklahoma State House to President of the United States. Prior to founding Front Runner Campaigns, Thomas has been leading the marketing strategy and development of telemedicine networks across the state, helping connect patients in rural communities to specialists in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and started a marketing agency called Needle & Hay Creative.

Dianne Hunter, M.Ed.
Dianne Hunter, M.Ed.
Partner & Fundraising Strategist

Dianne Hunter is a Partner at Front Runner Campaigns, leads fundraising efforts for our candidates. Her no-nonsense approach leads the charge to raise your campaign’s bank account. She brings an expansive background as administrator, board chair, fundraiser, and most importantly, she trained in political martial arts in Washington D.C.  She is also former candidate for Oklahoma House District 96 and knows exactly what needs to be done.

Lyle Walters
Lyle Walters
Field Strategist

Lyle Walters is Front Runner’s campaign strategist in field operations. A former candidate for Oklahoma House District 81, he has experienced firsthand how to run a campaign with nothing but a candidate, a laptop, and motivation. He is dedicated to changing Oklahoma’s path by managing campaigns at the state and local level. He is currently earning a Masters degree in Political Management at George Washington University and is perfecting the newest and most up to date methods of political strategy implementation.

Daniela Busciglio, Ph.D.
Daniela Busciglio, Ph.D.
Communications Strategist

Dr. Daniela Busciglio, a professor of applied linguistics, is Front Runner’s Communications Strategist. She works with candidates to craft messaging, branding, image and PR strategies for speeches, engagement with voters, and written position/issue statements using the research of cognitive linguists, psychologists, and sociologists. She also integrates coaching on prosody (intonation, stress, rhythm of speech), paralinguistic features (facial expressions, body language, gestures, tone and pitch of voice) as well as mindfulness training for enhancing focus and decreasing anxiety. With a Ph.D. in applied linguistics and extensive research knowledge in sociolinguistics and cognitive neuroscience, Daniela is the only messaging expert in the entire state of Oklahoma.