DCYRs

2018-2019

DC Young Republicans

Executive Board


  Lila Nieves-Lee Chairman   Lila Nieves-Lee is the Chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans. She hails from the great states of California and Virginia and previously served as Vice-Chair of Membership and as National Committeewoman of the D.C. Young Republicans.  After graduating from Harvard College, where she stayed active in politics through participation with the Harvard College Republicans, Lila moved to the District of Columbia to start her career in politics. She currently works for the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

Lila Nieves-Lee
Chairman

Lila Nieves-Lee is the Chairman of the D.C. Young Republicans. She hails from the great states of California and Virginia and previously served as Vice-Chair of Membership and as National Committeewoman of the D.C. Young Republicans.

After graduating from Harvard College, where she stayed active in politics through participation with the Harvard College Republicans, Lila moved to the District of Columbia to start her career in politics. She currently works for the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

  Maria Giannopoulos Executive Vice Chair   Maria Giannopoulos is the bubbly Executive Vice Chair of the DC Young Republicans, who previously served as Vice Chair of Events.  Before arriving in DC, Maria served as the Senior Class President and Student Body Vice President of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While there, her experiences included a summer in London with the British House of Commons, a spring internship at Walt Disney World, and work with Fox News in New York.  Upon moving to DC, Maria worked at i360, a political data firm on their digital team. Also, she served as the Social Media Director for United States Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.  Outside of work, Maria also enjoys indoor cycling at Flywheel, the occasional Wednesday live band karaoke session, and eating all types of cheese. Feel free to shoot her a message or say Hi when you see her!

Maria Giannopoulos
Executive Vice Chair

Maria Giannopoulos is the bubbly Executive Vice Chair of the DC Young Republicans, who previously served as Vice Chair of Events.

Before arriving in DC, Maria served as the Senior Class President and Student Body Vice President of the University of Wisconsin - Madison. While there, her experiences included a summer in London with the British House of Commons, a spring internship at Walt Disney World, and work with Fox News in New York.

Upon moving to DC, Maria worked at i360, a political data firm on their digital team. Also, she served as the Social Media Director for United States Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.

Outside of work, Maria also enjoys indoor cycling at Flywheel, the occasional Wednesday live band karaoke session, and eating all types of cheese. Feel free to shoot her a message or say Hi when you see her!

  Robert Sinners National Committeeman   Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Robert Sinners experienced politics at a young age. His first introduction came at the age of 3, when President George H.W. Bush stopped into town on a “Whistlestop” tour.  He got his start in Columbia, South Carolina, while in college and graduate school. There, he interned at the State House, worked at a nationally recognized digital firm Push Digital, and worked with the South Carolina Republican Party.  Shortly after graduating, he moved to Washington D.C. and hasn’t looked back. He interned on Capitol Hill, got his start in Commercial Real Estate, and in his free time has deployed, volunteered, or worked for over 30 candidates in 14 states. He is also a former board member of the District of Columbia Republican Committee, and was elected Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Currently, he works for the Federal Government, often supporting the Executive Office of the President.  When not at meetings, Robert can be found on the lawn of a live music venue, backpacking on a trail, or in his kitchen testing out his latest recipe. Passport stamps are a must.

Robert Sinners
National Committeeman

Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Robert Sinners experienced politics at a young age. His first introduction came at the age of 3, when President George H.W. Bush stopped into town on a “Whistlestop” tour.

He got his start in Columbia, South Carolina, while in college and graduate school. There, he interned at the State House, worked at a nationally recognized digital firm Push Digital, and worked with the South Carolina Republican Party.

Shortly after graduating, he moved to Washington D.C. and hasn’t looked back. He interned on Capitol Hill, got his start in Commercial Real Estate, and in his free time has deployed, volunteered, or worked for over 30 candidates in 14 states. He is also a former board member of the District of Columbia Republican Committee, and was elected Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Currently, he works for the Federal Government, often supporting the Executive Office of the President.

When not at meetings, Robert can be found on the lawn of a live music venue, backpacking on a trail, or in his kitchen testing out his latest recipe. Passport stamps are a must.

 
  Jen Stello   National Committeewoman   Jen Stello is a nine-year DC resident and eight-year DC Young Republican as well as DC Republican Committee member who has been working hard to turn DC a little bit more purple since moving into the District from Virginia.  She is a member of the League of Republican Women for the District of Columbia and was recently elected Membership Vice Chair for the organization. She is former Ward 1 Chair for the DCGOP and has previously held numerous offices for the DCYRs including Chairman, Executive Vice Chair, and Vice Chair for Events.  Jen works in Logan Circle for a small business managing the day-to-day operations for both private and government contracts and spends any free time not working or politicking, on the softball field. She is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and grew up in Fredericksburg, VA where she often visits to see her proud Republican Mother & Sister plus future Republican Niece.

Jen Stello
National Committeewoman

Jen Stello is a nine-year DC resident and eight-year DC Young Republican as well as DC Republican Committee member who has been working hard to turn DC a little bit more purple since moving into the District from Virginia.

She is a member of the League of Republican Women for the District of Columbia and was recently elected Membership Vice Chair for the organization. She is former Ward 1 Chair for the DCGOP and has previously held numerous offices for the DCYRs including Chairman, Executive Vice Chair, and Vice Chair for Events.

Jen works in Logan Circle for a small business managing the day-to-day operations for both private and government contracts and spends any free time not working or politicking, on the softball field. She is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and grew up in Fredericksburg, VA where she often visits to see her proud Republican Mother & Sister plus future Republican Niece.

  Andrew Hansen Vice Chair of Communications   Andrew Hansen is the Vice Chair of Communications for the DC Young Republicans. He is a Hoosier by birth but made his way to California for college.   After graduating from Whittier College he pursued his political career with Gridiron Communications. During his time there, he worked as a project manager and copy writer, creating mailers for candidates all across the nation. Additionally, he worked as Campaign Manager for multiple congressional races across the State of California.   After nearly 8 years in CA he moved across the nation to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career on the Hill. He is currently the Communications Director for Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. of Indiana. He has filled that role for last year.   In his free time he likes to explore our Nation’s Capital and play tennis on the weekends.

Andrew Hansen
Vice Chair of Communications

Andrew Hansen is the Vice Chair of Communications for the DC Young Republicans. He is a Hoosier by birth but made his way to California for college.

After graduating from Whittier College he pursued his political career with Gridiron Communications. During his time there, he worked as a project manager and copy writer, creating mailers for candidates all across the nation. Additionally, he worked as Campaign Manager for multiple congressional races across the State of California.

After nearly 8 years in CA he moved across the nation to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career on the Hill. He is currently the Communications Director for Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. of Indiana. He has filled that role for last year.

In his free time he likes to explore our Nation’s Capital and play tennis on the weekends.

  Stephanie Zemanek   Vice Chair of Events   Stephanie L. Zemanek is the Vice-Chair of Events for the DC Young Republicans. She was born and raised in Mantorville, Minnesota, and is excited to bring her Midwest values to DC.  She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond. (Go Spiders!) During her time there, she served as Chairwoman of the University of Richmond College Republicans, and was appointed to serve as the Central Region Co-Chair for the College Republican Federation of Virginia's Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign.  Currently, she works in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has discovered a passion for science and space policy issues.  In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out on her couch watching Netflix and the Food Network.

Stephanie Zemanek
Vice Chair of Events

Stephanie L. Zemanek is the Vice-Chair of Events for the DC Young Republicans. She was born and raised in Mantorville, Minnesota, and is excited to bring her Midwest values to DC.

She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond. (Go Spiders!) During her time there, she served as Chairwoman of the University of Richmond College Republicans, and was appointed to serve as the Central Region Co-Chair for the College Republican Federation of Virginia's Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign.

Currently, she works in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has discovered a passion for science and space policy issues.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, knitting, and hanging out on her couch watching Netflix and the Food Network.

  Elaina Bryan-Johnson Vice Chair of Finance   Elaina Bryan-Johnson is the Vice Chair of Finance for the DC Young Republicans, previously serving as Special Events Coordinator.   Elaina relocated to Washington, DC in 2014 from Nevada with a passion for work in government procurement and budgeting, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Business Administration.  Elaina has been involved with the DCYRs for the past four years and enjoys assisting with community service volunteer activities, organizing fundraisers, and dedicating her time to the organization's financial stability.  Outside of work, Elaina enjoys volunteering, skiing, snorkeling, cooking, travel, sushi, bike riding, and painting.

Elaina Bryan-Johnson
Vice Chair of Finance

Elaina Bryan-Johnson is the Vice Chair of Finance for the DC Young Republicans, previously serving as Special Events Coordinator. 

Elaina relocated to Washington, DC in 2014 from Nevada with a passion for work in government procurement and budgeting, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

Elaina has been involved with the DCYRs for the past four years and enjoys assisting with community service volunteer activities, organizing fundraisers, and dedicating her time to the organization's financial stability.

Outside of work, Elaina enjoys volunteering, skiing, snorkeling, cooking, travel, sushi, bike riding, and painting.

  Riana Studner Vice Chair of Membership   Riana Studner is the Vice-Chair of Membership for the DC Young Republicans.  She has been an active member of the DCYRs for the past five years, serving in various executive-level roles, including two consecutive terms as Executive Vice Chair, Chairman of the Bylaws Committee and Chairman of the Community Outreach Committee.  Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Riana served as Membership Chair of the Arlington GOP.    Riana, a native New Yorker, received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University, where she served as President of the Georgetown Law Republicans.  Riana has been practicing corporate law since her time in law school, with a focus on M&A, venture capital and general corporate law.  Currently, Riana is Assistant General Counsel for a large defense contractor.   In her spare time, Riana enjoys going to Pearl Jam concerts around the world, live music, and watching hockey (go Islanders).

Riana Studner
Vice Chair of Membership

Riana Studner is the Vice-Chair of Membership for the DC Young Republicans.  She has been an active member of the DCYRs for the past five years, serving in various executive-level roles, including two consecutive terms as Executive Vice Chair, Chairman of the Bylaws Committee and Chairman of the Community Outreach Committee.  Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Riana served as Membership Chair of the Arlington GOP.  

Riana, a native New Yorker, received her Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University, where she served as President of the Georgetown Law Republicans.  Riana has been practicing corporate law since her time in law school, with a focus on M&A, venture capital and general corporate law.  Currently, Riana is Assistant General Counsel for a large defense contractor. 

In her spare time, Riana enjoys going to Pearl Jam concerts around the world, live music, and watching hockey (go Islanders).

  Robert "Rob" Towner Vice Chair of Political Activities   Rob Towner has been a member of the DCYRs since 2012, actively participating in campaign deployments, community projects, and Republican outreach in the greater Washington area.  Rob is an IT Contractor in Washington, DC and enjoys reading Maps, giving better directions than Google Maps, and has a knack for all things Canada.

Robert "Rob" Towner
Vice Chair of Political Activities

Rob Towner has been a member of the DCYRs since 2012, actively participating in campaign deployments, community projects, and Republican outreach in the greater Washington area.  Rob is an IT Contractor in Washington, DC and enjoys reading Maps, giving better directions than Google Maps, and has a knack for all things Canada.