Alex Smith is serving as National Chair. Alex, a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, is a recent 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, Alex served as Chairman of the D.C. Federation of College Republicans. During her tenure as State Chairman, Alex organized multiple deployments for candidates along the east coast, including a joint federation effort with the New Jersey College Republicans that produced tens of thousands of voter contacts for Congressman Jon Runyan (NJ-3). Before becoming the D.C. Federation Chairman, Alex also served her home chapter in the capacity as a Freshman Representative, Executive Director and, eventually, Chairman. Throughout her time in Washington, Alex has gained experience through a number of different internships in media, lobbying, Congress and the Republican Party. In the summer of 2010, Alex returned to Pennsylvania in order to campaign for Congressman Lou Barletta, during which time she assisted the campaign with volunteer coordination, fundraising events and social media efforts. Alex is a proud graduate both of the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies and Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, a member of the international network of Sacred Heart schools. She is currently pursuing a career in law, attending Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ. During her free time, Alex enjoys cheering for her beloved 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.
Skot will begin graduate studies at Penn State University for Meteorology in the fall of 2013. In his spare time he enjoys storm chasing and playing with his two AKC registered golden retrievers, appropriately named Reagan and Bush.
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.
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.
Southern Regional Vice-Chairman
Michael Cogar is serving as Southern Regional Vice Chairman. Originally from Arizona, Cogar graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 2003 and joined the Army shortly after. During his time in the Army, Michael served as a Combat Engineer; where he completed 2 tours of distinguished service in Iraq and retired a Sergeant in 2008 along with receiving the Bronze Star with Valor. In 2009 Michael enrolled at Old Dominion University where he is currently studying Mechanical Engineering. While at Old Dominion, Michael quickly became a leader in College Republicans; serving as Chairman of the ODU CRs, Regional Vice Chairman of the Southeast, and Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia. During his time as Chairman of the College Republican of Virginia membership grew astronomically. Michael’s focus on student outreach through ground and social media efforts grew the Virginia CRs to their largest size in history.
Midwestern Regional Vice-Chairman
Mick Paskiewicz is serving as Midwestern Regional Vice Chairman. Mick is a lifelong resident of the Midwest. Born in Kansas and raised in Indianapolis, he attended DePaul University in Chicago, where he served as Political Director of their College Republican chapter. Mick became more interested in campaign politics at the dawn of the 2010 cycle and served as Field Director for Congressman Robert Dold. The victory was the most Democratic district won by a Republican in 2010 and Swing State Project named it the number one Congressional Campaign in the country. Afterwards, Mick wanted to see a resurgence of College Republicans in Illinois and was elected State Chairman in 2011. In 2012, Mick served as Campaign Manager for a State Representative campaign and Political Director for Congressman Joe Walsh’s reelection bid. During his second term as State Chairman, Illinois College Republicans had their most successful campaign cycle generating over 300,000 voter contacts. Mick has been named a Ronald Reagan Campus Leader Scholar by the Phillip’s Foundation and was awarded as one of the Top Conservative Campus Activists by Young America’s Foundation in 2010.
Western Regional Vice-Chairman
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).
Northeast Regional Vice-Chairman
Anthony is serving as Northeast Regional Vice-Chair. Anthony is native of Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, nestled in the always politically contentious Philadelphia suburbs. He is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History. Anthony served a term as Co-Chair and two terms as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. During his tenure as State Chair Anthony oversaw deployments for one of the most competitive battleground state in the country in 2012. Including PA-12, where College Republicans were instrumental in helping elect Keith Rothfus over his Democrat opponent—one of the cycle’s few GOP pickups. Prior to his work with the Pennsylvania College Republicans, Anthony served his home chapter at Penn State as Treasurer and Vice-Chair where he helped elect a Republican Governor and Senator in 2010. Anthony is seasoned political operative who has worked on county and statewide races throughout the Commonwealth. He is currently pursuing a career in law where he will be attending The Dickinson School of Law in the fall. In his free time Anthony enjoys rooting for his beloved Nittany Lions and Philadelphia Phillies, where he has been a lifetime season ticket holder.
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.
National Executive Director
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.
National Political Director
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.