Alex Smith is serving as National Chairman. Alex, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Politics. Prior to being elected as National Co-Chairman for the 2012 cycle, Alex served as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. During her tenure as State Chairman, she organized multiple deployments for candidates along the east coast.
Before becoming involved at the national level, Alex served as a chapter leader for the Catholic University College Republicans. She is a recent graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and is also an alumna of Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international network of Sacred Heart schools. In 2014, Alex was named as an RNC “Rising Star” and was the recipient of the RNC’s Jeane Kirkpatrick Award. During her free time, Alex proudly cheers on the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.
Skot Covert is serving as National Co-Chair. Skot, a native of Ozark, Arkansas is a recent graduate of Arkansas Tech University where he graduated with a degree in Emergency Administration and Management. Skot joined the Arkansas Tech College Republicans in 2008 and was elected Chapter Chairman in 2010. Prior to serving as National Co-Chair, Skot served two terms as State Chairman of the Arkansas Federation of College Republicans. During his time as State Chairman statewide membership increased from 100 to 1,200, the number of active chapters doubled, all while logging over 10,000 volunteer hours in the 2012 election cycle.
After working as one of two staffers on the successful 2010 Mark Darr for Lt. Governor campaign, Skot then went to work for the Lt. Governor in the State Capital. In 2012 Skot managed Bill Gossage’s campaign for State Representative which successfully defeated an incumbent by 28 points. In 2012 Skot was elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.
In his spare time he enjoys storm chasing and playing with his two AKC registered golden retrievers, appropriately named Reagan and Bush. In 2013 Arkansas Business named Skot to their list of most influential 20 in their 20s list.
Follow @ryanlyk Ryan Lyk is currently serving as the National Treasurer. Lyk got his start in the College Republicans near the end of high school. He went to college early at Bethel University where he became very involved with the 2008 presidential campaign, interning for the Minnesota Republican Party and the Minnesota State Legislature.
Lyk later attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth for two years. He instantly sought out the College Republican chapter and became the chapter chair of the group a year later. Leading the organization through the 2010 elections, his chapter focused intensely on the 8th congressional district (where they were the only active chapter) and helped Congressman Chip Cravaack unseat 30 year Congressman and Chair of the Transportation Committee, Jim Oberstar. Lyk was elected as the State Chairman for the Minnesota College Republicans at the end of his sophomore year.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Lyk moved to Washington, D.C. where he currently works for the social media consulting firm IMGE.
Follow @katietthopson Katie Thompson is serving as National Secretary. Katie, born and raised in the great state of South Carolina, is currently in her last year at the University of South Carolina where she is studying Public Relations and Political Science. Katie initially began her collegiate career as a Fashion Merchandising major before getting gladly roped in to Student Government and College Republicans. In 2010 she aided Congressman Joe Wilson’s reelection campaign and joined the USC College Republicans. Her work ethic and creative recruiting quickly aided her rise through the local ranks to Chapter Chairman and as Student Body Vice President.
In 2012 she aided two presidential bids serving roles from surrogate to state director to coalition chairman. Katie was then elected as the Chairman of the South Carolina College Republicans. During her tenure, College Republicans grew to 16 chapters and CRs volunteer efforts helped increase the GOP super majority in the South Carolina General Assembly. Katie has also taken her talents to Washington interning for the American Conservative Union and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In her spare time Katie loves nothing more than cheering on the Gamecocks during football season and enjoying a sweet tea on her family’s farm.
Liz serves as Southern Vice Chair. Liz is a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied government and economics as a Jefferson Scholar. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Liz got her start in politics in 2009 when she was elected chairman of the Minnesota Teenage Republicans. Liz served as chairman of UVA’s chapter of College Republicans in 2013 while also organizing statewide campaign operations for the College Republican Federation of Virginia as political director. Her work reaching out to millennials during Virginia’s 2013 gubernatorial race helped Ken Cuccinelli win the youth vote by 6 points. In 2014, Liz went on to be elected chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia. She is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Virginia’s Batten School. Outside of politics, Liz loves cheering on UVA basketball and attending ACC football tailgates.
Matt is serving as the Midwestern Vice Chairman. Matt grew up in Wauwatosa, WI and went on to study economics and political science at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Matt joined College Republicans as a freshman and was elected a Co-Chairman of the Marquette University College Republicans. Shortly after being elected, Matt was appointed to be a Regional Vice Chairman for the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. He was elected chairman of WICRs in January and has worked diligently to put the Wisconsin College Republicans in a position to rally young voters across the state in the 2014 November elections.
Western Regional Vice-Chairman
Follow @aslinns Aslinn Scott is serving as Western Regional Vice Chair. Originally from Evergreen, Colorado, she attends the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she is majoring in Communication. Currently, Aslinn serves as the Chair of the Colorado Federation of College Republicans and writes for the nationally online news site, The College Fix. Several of her stories have appeared on National Review and Glenn Beck’s The Blaze. Additionally, Aslinn served as the Co-Chair for the Young Americans for Romney-Ryan Coalition, and aided in uniting the student efforts for the 2012 Romney-Ryan presidential campaign. Aslinn has worked on several state-wide campaigns, Congressional races, and continues to support and build the youth coalition efforts in Colorado for the GOP. Aslinn has received several academic scholarships for her political activism including the Colorado Federation of Republican Women Betty Chronic Memorial Scholarship (2011), Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship (2012), Independence Institute’s Colorado Citizen Journalist Project Scholarship (2013), and the UMC James Schafer Leadership Scholarship (2013).
Ted is serving as the Northeastern Vice-Chair. Originally from Holliston, MA he recently graduated from Boston College with a degree in political science. Prior to attending Boston College, Ted attended The George Washington University where he served as Communications Director for the G.W. College Republicans. Ted currently is in his second term as the Chair of the Massachusetts Alliance of College Republicans. Under Ted’s leadership, the College Republicans in Massachusetts were able to make more voter contacts for Republican candidates in Massachusetts than any other coalition. During 2012, Ted worked as an associate at Boston based Stinson Strategies, where he consulted on campaign management, polling, and direct voter contact for a number of state and congressional elections in New England. In January 2014, Ted managed State Representative Shawn Dooley’s (no relation) special election in Massachusetts where he won with over 60% of the vote in a 3-way race. He currently works for Purple Strategies New England on the public affairs and communications team.
A native from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tim Duffy will graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in December 2013 with a dual major in economics and political science. Tim wasted no time in joining his College Republican chapter his freshman year. The economic downturn and the 2008 election of Barack Obama was the driving force for getting Tim involved in Wisconsin politics and College Republicans. His time spent in politics has provided him with great friendships, experience, and interest in public policy.
Tim demonstrated his commitment to excellence and Republican ideals by serving as campus coordinator for Students for Walker in 2010, CR chapter chair in 2011-2012, and state co-chair for Young Americans for Romney in 2012. Currently serving as the state Chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans (WICR), Tim is leading his College Republicans to improved standards, groundwork for youth outreach, and relationships with state and local leaders. Tim is excited to apply his experiences in youth outreach to help win back the youth vote in 2014.
In the near future, Tim will continue his commitment to advancing Republican principles and likely continue his education with a Master’s degree or Juris Doctor. His plan is to pursue a career in politics, public policy or academia. Family, hunting, fishing, movies and hockey are his favorite diversions from his day-to-day commitments in politics.
Matthew Donnellan is serving as National Executive Director. A native of New York, Matt moved to sunny California where he attended the University of San Diego. While at the University of San Diego, Matt became heavily involved in College Republicans rising through the ranks from chapter Chair, Southern Vice Chairman, Executive Director, and State Chairman of the California College Republicans.
Aside from his College Republican accomplishments, Matt is also a seasoned political operative having worked in heavily targeted races in throughout California, managing several targeted candidate and ballot initiative campaigns and working as a leader in grassroots politics and youth mobilization for California based Revolvis Consulting.
Gus Portela is serving as the National Political Director.
Gus, born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, has been active in Michigan politics since his sophomore year in high school. Gus is a seasoned political operative having worked on multiple campaigns in Michigan and most recently on Rick Santorum’s Presidential campaign as a part of the Delegate Operations Team. Prior to coming on board, Gus worked for the Michigan based firm Strategic National.
Gus worked his way up from being a member of the College Republicans his freshman year at his college, to becoming first Hispanic Chairman of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans for the 2010-2011 cycle, one that proved to be extremely successful for the organization shattering fundraising records, expansion in number of chapters, and improved online presence. Under his leadership, the Michigan College Republicans helped to bring a new Republican Governor to Michigan, a majority in the state house, and a super majority in the state senate. Gus’ work aided in the capture of two Congressional seats, as well as, abetting the election of a new Republican Attorney General and Secretary of State. Most recently, Gus served as the Midwestern Regional Vice Chairman for the College Republican National Committee under Chairman Alex Schriver. As a proud Hispanic Republican, Portela’s biggest passion is to bridge the gap between Hispanic voters and the Republican Party.
Stefanie Petropoulos is serving as the CRNC digital director. Stefanie joins the CRNC from the DC-based political consulting firm, DC London, Inc., where she was an associate on the creative and digital team. At DC London, Stefanie shaped both traditional and digital messaging, grassroots activation, and played an instrumental role in the 2012 election cycle. Prior to DC London, Stefanie spent time in the newsroom as a press assistant and digital content producer at Washington DC’s 630 WMAL Radio.
She graduated with a degree in political science and communication from American University in Washington, DC in 2012. While at AU, Stefanie interned at The McLaughlin Group, CRNC, CNN, and the National Journalism Center. She also served as the Communications Director for the AU College Republicans.
Stefanie is from the northern Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, IL where her passion for politics was fueled by the shenanigans of Chicago politics. She has worked on Illinois congressional campaigns, including Adam Robinson and Mark Kirk. As a third generation Greek, Stefanie credits her Greek American heritage for her love of freedom, expression and of course, democracy.
Cassie Williams is currently the Southern Regional Political Director at the CRNC. A Texas native, Cassie moved to Springdale, Arkansas, where she first discovered her love of politics. Cassie graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2013 with degrees in both History/ Political Science, and Social Studies Secondary Education. While in college, Cassie was involved with College Republicans, as well as Student Government Association, and Zeta Tau Alpha.
Prior to joining the CRNC, Cassie interned on Capitol Hill for both Representative Tom Cotton and Senator John Boozman. After volunteering on campaigns in Arkansas, she decided it was time to make the jump to the big leagues and headed to Washington, DC.
When she’s not sending Snapchats from the CRNC office, Cassie enjoys Sunday brunch, readying Harry Potter, and DC food trucks.
Regional Political Director
Aaron Summers is currently the Northern Regional Political Director at the CRNC. He grew up in Delaware County, PA, and there got his first taste of the political world, learning from one of the best county GOP operations in the nation. During his time at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he studied political science, he interned for Pat Meehan’s successful run for U.S. Congress in 2010. In 2012, he served as a county Field Director in the Philadelphia suburbs for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.
He has also interned on Capitol Hill, for House Speaker John Boehner, and Rep. Devin Nunes. During his downtime, Aaron enjoys watching billiards on television, and rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles, Sixers, and Flyers.
Regional Political Director
Catharine Cypher is serving as our Midwest Political Director. Born in Georgia and raised in Michigan, she attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated in April of 2014 with a B.S in Legal Studies with honors.
Catharine grew up in a politically active family and she attributes her initial political interests to her grandfather who held a county seat for over 20 years. Catharine’s active political involvement began in the 2012 election cycle where she worked as a Campaign Manager for a county commissioner, raising just under $20,000. She also worked for her county party assisting in state, house, and senate races, as well as the Romney campaign. Leading up to her work at the CRNC Catharine interned for Congressman Bill Huizenga in his D.C office and worked on his 2014 re-election campaign.
Catharine has also worked at top international law firms in the D.C area as a Legal Assistant and Recruitment Assistant. When she is not working she enjoys participating in a number of outdoor activities including kayaking, biking and horseback riding.
Carolina Hurley is serving as the Executive Assistant. Growing up in Northern Virginia only a short drive from D.C., she had early experience with the political world. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in May 2014 with a double major in Political Science and Communications. While at Christopher Newport, she was involved with the College Republicans, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and served as a non-partisan survey research interviewer for the Wason Center for Public Policy.
Carolina’s political experience includes interning for the Newport News Romney for Victory Campaign, interning with Congressman Frank Wolf (VA-10) and most recently serving as a press assistant for Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10).