Executive Board

Brandon Ferrance


Brandon Ferrance is the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans, he is also currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Cumberland County Republican Committee. In the past he chaired the Luzerne County Teenage Republicans, served as Northeast Central Caucus Representative for the Pennsylvania Teenage Republicans, served as Co-Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans, as well as working on numerous campaigns across the Commonwealth. He was recently named to PoliticsPA’s 30 Under 30 list as one of Pennsylvania’s 2016 Rising Stars. Brandon attends school at Shippensburg University where he majors in political science.

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Ryan DeMara


Ryan is currently the Co-Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. He is a Junior Political Science and Communications major at Villanova University. He has previously served the PAFCR as Vice Chairman, Secretary and Southeastern Regional Director. He also previously served as Chairman of the College Republicans of Villanova. Ryan looks forward to working with all members of the PAFCR to grow the organization on campuses around the state.

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Paige Gianfortune 

Vice Chairwoman 

Paige Gianfortune is currently the Vice Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. In the past she has served as the Communications Director of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans and the Secretary of the Temple University College Republicans. Paige is a Junior Risk Management and Insurance major and Marketing minor. She is passionate about Republican principles and is excited to work with the rest of the PAFCR members in spreading the organization’s message across campuses in Pennsylvania.

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Amanda Parrish


Amanda is a junior at Indiana University at Pennsylvania, where she is majoring in Accounting. She is the current Chairwoman of the IUP Chapter of College Republicans, Treasurer of the Young Americans for Freedom at IUP, as well as a member of the IUP Division II Women’s Softball team. Amanda is excited to have the opportunity to serve as Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. She is excited and prepared to work with College Republicans across the Commonwealth.

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   Matthew Deegan 


Matt Deegan currently serves as the Chairman to East Stroudsburg University’s College Republicans Chapter. Matt has worked many contentious races throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at both State and Federal levels. Raised in Bucks and Montgomery County, Matt now attends East Stroudsburg in Monroe County where he majors in Political Science with a concentration in American Government. 

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PAFCR Directors

John Gower

Executive Director

John is a Senior at Lock Haven University where he majors in Political Science & Pre-Law with a minor in Business. John recently interned for Senate of Pennsylvania President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati. In the past, John assisted the House Republican Campaign Committee on one of their key races that cycle. As Executive Director John will continue to coordinate the efforts of the PAFCR to keep Pennsylvania Red and expand the conservative movement among millennials.

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Mitchell Snyder

Communications Director

Mitchell Snyder is the Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. He also serves as the Treasurer of the Cumberland County Young Republicans. In addition to his volunteer work, Mitchell is a member of the PAGOP Staff serving as Digital Director Over the past two years, he has spent his time advocating for Conservative Principles across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on television shows ranging from Business Matters to FOX 43 Nightly News talking about the importance of fiscal responsibility and the value of electing conservative candidates. He is a Junior at Dickinson College where he is dual majoring in Economics and Law & Policy.

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Nicholas Shields

Outreach Director

Nicholas Shields is currently the Founder and Chairman of Valley Forge Military College Republicans and President of the Valley Forge Military College Student Government. Nicholas is also on the York County Young Republican Board of Directors as the Public Outreach Chairman. Nicholas is currently a sophomore where he majors in Political Science and is a starting wrestler on the wrestling team. Nicholas will also be commissioning in May into the PA Army National Guard as an Army Officer.

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Sean Egan 

Finance Director

Sean Egan is a junior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong Republican, he is currently the president of Penn’s CR chapter, where he previously served as chief of staff and political engagement director. In his free time, he enjoys biking, skiing, and reading history. He is also the founder of Hearing Our Heroes, a charity that aims to assist veterans and military personnel by connecting them with high school volunteers.

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