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RPT Staff

Accounting

John Alvey
Accounting Director
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As Accounting Director, John serves as controller for the RPT. His responsibilities include all in-house financial reporting and analysis, cash management, all payroll and HR functions, FEC and TEC compliance, annual audits, company liability and health insurance packages, maintain and update accounting software. He works closely with the Treasurer, Executive Director and SREC.

Administration

Kyle Whatley
Executive Director
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As Executive Director, Kyle works with the Chairman to organize and supervise the exceptional staff of the RPT. He is charged with developing a budget and ensuring that there are processes in place to execute the mission of the Republican Party of Texas. Kyle manages the relationships with the party’s outside consultants especially as the party plans for its 2018 State Convention.

Kyle and his wife live in South Austin and have three daughters.

 

Leslie Recine
Special Projects Coordinator
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As Special Projects Coordinator, Leslie works directly with the Chairman to manage and prioritize his schedule. This includes, scheduling speaking engagements, emails, inquiries relating to the State Party and coordinating with the County parties.

Communications

Sam Pohl
Comms Director
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As Comms Director, Sam manages all communications being released from RPT. This includes press relations, social media, and emails. He works closely with RPT Administration to ensure our message is effectively conveyed.

Morgan Lloyd
Comms Assistant
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As Comms Assistant, Morgan assists with all communications being released from RPT. This includes press relations, social media, and emails.

Finance

Marissa Weisenburger 
Finance Consultant
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As RPT’s Finance Consultant, Marissa serves as the primary in-house fundraiser, and works to maintain donor relations.  In addition, she works with all fundraising vendors contracted with the RPT, as well as maintaining the Grassroots Club.  Marissa is charged with event planning and facilitating all events from start to finish with the RPT.

Party Organization and Primary Election Administration

Brandon Moore
Organization Director
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As Organization Director, Brandon works with all of the Republican County Chairs throughout the state to ensure they have the tools, resources, and support to help conduct the elections across the state and to help organize their Executive Committees. As the Primary Elections Administrator he also helps supervise the conduct of the Primary with the help of the Assistant Primary Administrators, other volunteers, staff, interns, and Party & Primary Counsel.  Brandon works with the Operations Director, and others to help with convention training & resources, and to help organize the quarterly SREC meetings & activities.

Jen Hall
Assistant Primary Administrator
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Ashley Becktold
Assistant Primary Administrator
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Political

Mitch Carney
Political Director for RPT / Executive Director for the Volunteer Engagement Project
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Mitch Carney serves as both the Political Director for the Republican Party of Texas and the Executive Director of the Volunteer Engagement Project.

He has managed and worked on some of the most competitive Republican campaigns across the country. Including Congressman Will Hurd’s extensive voter contact and turnout effort in 2016. Congressman Hurd become the first member of any party to win two consecutive elections in Texas’ Twenty-Third Congressional District.

Carney has also served as Deputy Political Director for Carly for America, Regional Political Director for The Republican Party of Texas in South Texas, assisting Governor Abbott and other Texas Republicans win landslide elections in historically Democratic seats, and directing campaign operations in states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

In Addition to his current position a Political Director of the Republican Party of Texas, Carney will also be serving as Executive Director for Republican Party of Texas Volunteer Engagement Project

Carney is originally from New Hampshire but considers Texas to be home.

 

Keith Khazae
Data Director
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Keith leverages data to guide the field team, and serves as a liaison to campaigns and party activists using data to inform voter contact.

 

Alexander Fulton
Deputy Executive Director – Volunteer Engagement Project
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Alex was born and raised in Silvis, Illinois in December of 1990. Alex went to United Township High School. After graduation, Alex went to Central College in Pella, Iowa where he played both football and baseball for the Dutch for two seasons. After his Sophomore year, he transferred from Central College to Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois, where he studied Political Science, and became a member of Phi Kappa Psi, and served as President his Senior year. During college, Alex interned on now Illinois State Senator, Neil Anderson’s Campaign during the summer of 2012, as well as coached AAU baseball for his high school – which he did for three years.

Immediately after college in 2014, Alex went to work for now Iowa State Senator, Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ bid for Congress in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. After the election, Alex interned for Congressman Aaron Schock, in Washington D.C., before returning to Iowa to work for America’s Renewable Future, which was an effort to promote ethanol and biodiesel to all Presidential Candidates during the Iowa Caucus, which was led by Governor Branstad’s son, Eric Branstad. In March of 2016, Alex moved from Iowa to the Detroit Metro Area, to work for the Republican National Committee, winning Michigan for the first time since President Reagan. After leaving Michigan, Alex relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas to work for Texans for Greg Abbott as the South Texas Director. After a successful 2018 election, Alex stayed with Texans for Greg Abbott, moved to Austin, and worked to mobilize the College Republicans and the Young Republicans to register new voters within Texas.

 

Stephanie Bolke
Executive Assistant – Volunteer Engagement Project
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Stephanie is a born and raised Austinite. She attended Regents School of Austin from K through 12th and then went on to continue her studies at the University of Texas at Austin. There she earned a degree in Psychology and Communications while maintaining an active role in Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Stephanie worked as a sales and marketing intern for JLL and then as a fundraising and events coordinator for Austin based fundraiser Kate Doner of Doner Fundraising.

When able, Stephanie enjoys volunteering her time and resources to non-profits like Side by Side Kids, Reading is Fundamental, and Trotter House (formerly Austin Pregnancy Resource Center).

 

April Lenaghen
Regional Field Director
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As Regional Field Director, April manages all voter contact for Tarrant County including volunteer recruitment, management and training, voter registration, and coordination between the state party and local activists.

 

Keenan Williams
Regional Field Director
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As Regional Field Director, Keenan manages all voter contact for Dallas County including volunteer recruitment, management and training, voter registration, and coordination between the state party and local activists.

 

Kayla Hensley
Regional Field Director
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As Regional Field Director, Kayla manages voter contact for Harris County and surrounding counties including volunteer recruitment, management and training, voter registration, and coordination between the state party and local activists.

 

Marcus Johnson
Regional Field Director
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As Regional Field Director, Marcus manages voter contact for Harris County and surrounding counties including volunteer recruitment, management and training, voter registration, and coordination between the state party and local activists.

 

Grant Kiley
Regional Field Director
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As Regional Field Director, Grant manages voter contact for Harris County and surrounding counties including volunteer recruitment, management and training, voter registration, and coordination between the state party and local activists.

 

Blake Dickerson
Regional Field Director
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As Regional Field Director, Blake manages all voter contact for Central Texas including volunteer recruitment, management and training, voter registration, and coordination between the state party and local activists.

 

Joseph Givens
Regional Field Director
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As Regional Field Director, Joseph manages all voter contact for Bexar County including volunteer recruitment, management and training, voter registration, and coordination between the state party and local activists.

 

Bianca Garcia
South Texas Regional Field Director – Volunteer Engagement Project
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Bianca Danielle Garcia is the current RGV Field Consultant for the Republican Party of Texas, where her focus is on voter registration and community outreach. She is studying Political Science at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

From 2017 to 2018, Bianca served as the president of the UTRGV College Republicans, where she moderated a mayoral candidate forum and hosted a school choice event with the Republican Party of Texas. She has also provided political commentary on Fox News South Texas on various occasions.

In the fall of 2018, Bianca was selected among thousands of applicants throughout the nation to participate in the White House Internship Program. While serving as a White House intern in the Office of Political Affairs, she completed a variety of tasks, including assisting Regional Political Directors with outreach to facilitate among local stakeholders. Within her first week of the internship, Bianca was selected to introduce Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson for the White House Internship Speaker Series. In spring 2019, Bianca was named a ‘Rising Star’ by the Republican National Committee. Recognizing her accomplishments, the small town of Donna awarded her with the Key to the City in April 2019.

 

Steffan Carrillo
Houston Regional Field Director – Volunteer Engagement Project
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Steffen Carrillo is a Native East Texan, Eagle Scout, and a 7th generation Texans. Steffen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Stephan F. Austin University, where he spent his free time playing rugby and working with various political groups across campus.

In 2014, Steffen joined the Texans for Greg Abbott campaign as a Field Representative where his hard work and organizational skills led to his promotion to East Texas Regional Director at the beginning of 2015.

As the Regional Director, Steffen oversaw the field operations for the entire region. One of the highlights of his tenure in this role was building a battle tested team of field organizers with the lowest level of staff turnover in the state

Steffen enjoys spending time with his four-year-old son Greyson, and his Chiweenie “Charlie.”

Steffen currently lives in Austin and is very excited for the next opportunity to serve the State of Texas and preserve the values that make it great in the 2020 election cycle.

 

Taylor Converse
North Texas Regional Field Director – Volunteer Engagement Project
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Taylor Converse is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelors degree in History, and a minor in Political Science. He has worked in a variety of jobs throughout college and post-graduation, all relating to customer service, ranging from sales to administrative work. He has been accepted to law schools across the nation and has aspirations to become a bar certified attorney in the future.

Upon graduation from Texas Tech University, he worked as a bail bondsman at AAA Bail Bonds in Lubbock, Texas, and later completed the RLI internship in the same region. After the completion of the LSAT, he worked as a Field Organizer for Texans For Greg Abbott in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He consistently met and exceeded a quota of 600 ID’s per week, while continuing to recruit and manage volunteers and interns.

In addition to meeting recruitment quotas, he managed and lead training sessions over Advantage software and application, as well as organized and directed regular weekly phone banks. He simultaneously completed an internship at the Ft. Worth Military Museum, while working for Governor Abbott. Upon completion of the Abbott Campaign, he began a commercial real estate internship with Skywalker Property Partners, under the Communications and Acquisitions branch. He is currently in customer service, awaiting future opportunities.

 

Damara Fondren
East Texas Regional Field Director – Volunteer Engagement Project
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Damara was born and raised in Southeast Texas. She later attended Texas A&M University, and recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She used much of her time at Texas A&M studying and helping conduct research on the increasingly important relationship between mass media communications and political science.

During her time at Texas A&M as a full-time student she also worked full time as a Field Organizer for the Texans for Greg Abbott Campaign from May 2018 through election day in November of 2018. She recently got married in Rome, Italy and currently resides in College Station, TX with her husband and their dog Delta.

 

Sarah Lara
West Texas Regional Field Director – Volunteer Engagement Project
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Sarah Lara was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. In June of 2017, Sarah was hired on with Texans for Greg Abbott as a field organizer in El Paso.

In May 2018, Sarah was promoted to West Texas Regional Director. As regional director, she spent her time managing a team of field organizers as well as engaging with volunteers and local communities and leaders to bring about change and revitalization to the West Texas region.

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