Rey Anthony Lastre
Born to a family of Cuban exiles, Rey Anthony's life has revolved around politics as long as he can remember. As a Miami native, he sees first-hand the negative affects that pollution, deforestation, & climate change have on his community.
An outspoken supporter of freedom, democracy, and Human Rights, he has been featured in the local, state, and national media for his involvement in the Cuban exile community and his commitment to the principles and values that America was founded on as a 21-year old trilingual millennial Latino.
In 2016, he was proud to have been nominated as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and is a major advocate for expanding & modernizing the conservative movement. He was named Volunteer of the Year by Republican Party of Miami-Dade County for his dedication to grassroots activism.
Rey Anthony lives in Miami and is currently a PhD candidate at Florida International University. His favorite president is Theodore Roosevelt.
Brian R. Smith is a Product Manager at Gogo Inflight in Chicago, IL, where he manages the development and maintenance of airborne internet and entertainment products. Prior to Gogo, Brian served as an officer in the United States Air Force and a contractor for the U.S. Army, where he developed and led initiatives to reduce battlefield casualties through the deployment of renewable energy and energy conservation solutions. Brian is a lifelong Republican, and has served in various leadership positions within the National Young Republican Federation. Brian earned an MBA / MEM from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business and McCormick School of Engineering, and a Bachelors in Economics from Harvard University.
Brian has been En since Day 1, November 14, 2014
Kelsie Wendelberger is currently working at the Senate Budget Committee as a Policy Assistant in D.C. She is a highly motivated foreign affairs and political science professional with substantial leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Over the years she has helped operate the Republican/conservative strategy for local, state, national, and international campaigns, and most recently served the Foreign Affairs Advisers for President Donald Trump's campaign. She has seen first-hand the importance of environmental care and sustainability, and how it can drastically improve the economy and everyday lives of people in her work abroad. This has motivated her to promote RepublicEn's mission both in the grassroots level back in her home state of Wisconsin and in the national level in D.C. Kelsie is a recent graduate from Wheaton College (’15) with a BA in International Relations and Economics.
David Rokeach is a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in Washington, DC, where he has focused on strategy and organizational change for public sector, consumer, and pharmaceutical clients. David served as the Director of Project Leadership for Trump for America, Donald Trump's presidential transition team. Previously, he advised Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate on energy and environmental policy. David earned an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.
Liam Nuhring, a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN as of late Spring 2017, has promoted conservative values and principles on campus and in his community throughout his college career. Serving as president of the school’s College Republican organization, as well as holding leadership roles on campus with Young Americans for Freedom and as a pro-liberty writer with Concordia’s student newspaper, The Concordian.
As a Biology major with a minor in Chemistry, science has served a crucial role in his undergraduate education. Nuhring is passionate about the development and implementation of positive measures to effectively combat climate change on a national scale, as a proponent of carbon neutral efforts in the form of carbon tax solutions. Nuhring plans to attend law school with the hope of pursuing a JD specializing in environmental law.
Sam Ressin is a first year undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Economics-Statistics and Political Science. As an Eagle Scout, Sam cares deeply about preserving our natural resources for ourselves and future generations. He is active on campus as a member of the Green Fund, a student board that funds sustainable projects, and as a member of the Pitt Men's Glee Club. Sam is the President of the Climate Stewardship Society, a student organization that is working to bridging the divide on issues such as environmental stewardship and climate by appealing to the shared values of liberal and conservative students alike. He hopes to become an effective advocate for pollution-reduction policies with a focus on the economic reasons for doing so.
Native Iowan Kelsi Wolever, a recent graduate of Iowa State University with a dual degree in environmental science and political science, currently works as an associate consultant with Sibson Consulting. She first started working with republicEn.org in 2015 as a reporter for ClimateEye, leading the #Dare2Ask campaign in Iowa, where she followed the Republican candidates for the presidential nomination to events around the state to ask if free enterprise can solve climate change. Passionate for politics, she also hosted at her university discussion groups on the importance of conservatives engaging young voters with climate change policies. She lives in Chicago but remains rooted to Iowa.
Vernon Lindo is a rising sophomore at Cornell University where he is studying Industrial and Labor Relations with minors in Economics, Policy Analysis and Management, and Urban and Regional Studies. Vernon has been heavily involved in Republican politics since the age of thirteen, working in his home state of Florida on the Julius Melendez for Congress and the Governor Rick Scott for re-election campaigns. He has collaborated with republicEn.org on op-eds and youth outreach.
Jessica Fernandez leads Ai Advisory’s public affairs and marketing group, leveraging over a decade of experience in high impact roles working with political, public, and private sector clients to transform their communications and operations to drive awareness and conversions. A veteran of the McCain 2008, Romney 2012, and Trump 2016 presidential campaigns, she has held key roles in statewide campaigns, including statewide cabinet elections, Florida Senate, and Florida House of Representatives, and municipal campaigns.
She currently serves as President of the Miami Young Republicans, the largest and fastest growing Republican Club in Miami-Dade County, and Executive Director of the Florida Federation of Young Republicans and is a member of Maverick PAC. She also served as Florida’s youngest delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, where she served as a voice for women. Ms. Fernandez is a noted LGBT advocate, receiving the Luminary of Equality award from SAVE in 2015, and has been a voice for market-based solutions to climate change.
Ms. Fernandez frequently provides political analysis in English and Spanish-language networks, and is a roundtable panelist for This Week in South Florida, and is frequent guest on AmericaTeVe, MiraTV and Actualidad Radio. She has been featured on Univision, Telemundo, Fusion TV, the Today Show, Fox News, CNN, Financial Times, Washington Post, and the Miami Herald.
Jacob Abel originally hails from Huntington Beach, California, but he has lived in Concord, North Carolina for 12 years. Jacob's college education has taken him north to study International Relations with a minor in Business Administration at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He is currently a sophomore.
Over the summer, he interned for Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC-8). In high school Jacob did an internship for Rep. John Bradford in North Carolina's State Assembly as a house page. While at Seton Hall, Jacob has volunteered on a few local Republican campaigns around the state. He has also worked to register students at Seton Hall to vote using Turbo Vote. In his free time, Jacob likes to catch with friends, play golf, and keep up with current events.
Joseph Pinion is the Founder & Chair of The Conservative Color Coalition, a political organization dedicated to promoting conservative engagement among ethnic, racial, and religious minority groups. A Republican strategist and a lifelong conservative advocate, Joseph frequently provides political commentary and analysis on CNN, MSNBC, & Fox News Radio. With over 10 years of political experience, he has worked on congressional races and state elections in New York and around the country, including the 2016 presidential campaigns of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Joseph is also a small business owner and the Outreach Chair for the New York State Young Republican Federation. He is a Colgate University alum, where he studied Early American Literature and was a three year Varsity letterman in football. He currently resides in New York.
Born in Houston and raised in Dayton, self-identified ecoRighter Tyler is a senior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he's a Zoology and Environmental Science major. On campus, he's involved in Zoology Club, Primatology Club, Wildlife Society Club, and Miami University Eagle Scout Association and he's also a part of the local Pheasants Forever chapter. He writes for Miami University's student-led environmental publication: GreenHawks Media, where I help write weekly blogs about conservation and the environment. An Eagle Scout who loves the outdoors, boating and photography, he's applying to Miami University's Advanced Inquiry Program for graduate school where I hope to get Master's of Arts in Biology.