2017-2018 Executive Board Members
Jake Lubenow, Chairman
Jake Lubenow, Chairman, is a Senior from New Berlin, WI majoring in Political Science and Finance. He also serves as Chairman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. He is an intern at the MacIver Institute and has previously interned at the Heritage Foundation and Governor Walker's Office. He has previously served as Vice Chair, Media Director, and Freshman Representative. He looks forward to attending law school in the Fall and watching his Capitals inevitably lose in the playoffs this Spring.
Elizabeth Steckel, Vice Chair
Elizabeth is a Senior from Kohler, WI majoring in International Studies with a specialization in Politics & Policy of the Global Economy. She is also the Treasurer of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans and has previously served as Treasurer and Political Director for the College Republicans at UW Madison. She currently has an internship with Platform Communications, and has previously worked for Governor Walker's Campaign, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin State Senate. Following graduation, Elizabeth is excited to start her career at an advertising agency in Chicago. When not filing expenses with the GAB, you can find her out for a run or at the nearest Chick-fil-a.
Charlie Mueth, Chief of Staff
Charlie Mueth, Chief of Staff, is a Sophomore from St. Louis, MO. Majoring in Finance, Charlie anticipates a career as a financial planner. This upcoming summer he will intern with Moneta Group, a financial advisory firm in St. Louis. He loves reading the Wall Street Journal and watching Tucker Carlson to stay up to date. Charlie enjoys his summers playing golf and barbecuing with friends while listening to classic rock.
Haley Hallada (left), Fundraising Director
Haley Hallada, Fundraising Director, is a Senior from Dodgeville, WI majoring in Finance and Real Estate. She also serves as the Fundraising Director for the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. She has previously interned at Lands’ End and Ulta Beauty. She looks forward to heading to Chicago after graduation to return to Ulta in their finance department.
Bailey La Sage,
Social Media Director
Bailey La Sage, Social Media Director, is a Senior from Menasha, WI majoring in Political Science and Spanish. She also serves as Public Relations Director of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. Bailey is currently an intern with Friends of Scott Walker, cabinet member of Future Female Leaders, and social media director of the American Conservation Coalition. When she isn’t scrolling through Twitter, you can find her reading or looking for more coffee.
Mike Kowalski, Political Director, is a Sophomore from South Milwaukee, WI majoring in Economics and History. He is also currently interning with Scott Walker’s 2018 Gubernatorial Campaign, acts as a team leader for Badger Volunteers, contributes to the Daily Cardinal, and is serving as an editor for UW-Madison’s undergraduate history journal—ARCHIVE. Mike was previously a member of the Wisconsin Rowing team and interned at the State Capitol in Representative Rob Summerfield’s office.
Alesha Guenther, Deputy Communications Director
Alesha Guenther, Deputy Communications Director, is a sophomore from Berlin, WI majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications. She has previously served as a Freshman Representative for CRs. She is also the Co-Chair of Students Choose Leah and is a contributor for Future Female Leaders. She is a Research intern for the Republican Party of Wisconsin and has previously interned in the Office of Senator Ron Johnson. She is an aspiring dog-mom and looks forward to electing Nikki Haley as our first female President.
Samantha Zinnen, External Relations Director
Samanatha, External Relations Director, is a junior and a new resident to Wisconsin. She is a history major focusing on U.S. military history and policy. She works as the manager of marketing and digital media for Finch Manufacturing and Technology. She volunteers with the Wisconsin MIA Recovery Team, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and as a docent for the Wisconsin Veterans Museusm. Previously, she has worked as an intern for Americans for Tax Reform and as a labor research fellow for the Center for Worker Freedom.
Kennedy Borman, Secretary
Kennedy Borman, Secretary, is a Junior from Minneapolis, MN majoring in Political Science. Prior to Secretary, she served as Freshman Representative, Outreach Director, and External Relations Director. Currently, she interns for Governor Walker's campaign and has previously interned for both Senator Van Wanggaard and the Republican Party of Minnesota. She is excited for the day her home district is no longer represented by Keith Ellison and for JK Rowling to write another Harry Potter book.
Alyssa Birkeland, Deputy Treasurer
Alyssa is a Sophomore from West Bend, WI majoring in Political Science and Management & Human Resources with a certificate in Spanish. She has previously interned in the Office of Governor Walker and currently works as a political advocacy intern for the Wisconsin Alumni Association. She enjoys cheese curds, polka, and all things stereotypically Wisconsin.
Evan Karabas, Digital Director
Evan Karabas, Digital Director, is a freshman from Fontana, WI. Evan intends to major in Information Systems, pursuing a career in data mining, and eventually starting a small (or large) business. He has previously worked as a systems admin, network technician, tech camp counselor, and pizza chef. He enjoys fishing, listening to the Michael Knowles podcast, and is passionate about protecting the free market from government overreach.
Ryan Christens, Freshman Rep
Ryan Christens, Freshman Representative, is from Evansville, WI and looks forward to joining the communications team next year. He intends to major in Business Management and Human Resources & Political Science. Ryan currently works for Leah Vukmir’s U.S. Senate Campaign and previously interned at Republican Party of Wisconsin. He is an avid Sinatra fan, loves watching Casey Neistat and referencing The Office. He is also member of the UW Marching Band and spends his college game days at Camp Randall.