Executive Board


Ryan DeMara


Ryan is currently the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. He is a Senior 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 


Paige Gianfortune is currently the Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. In the past she has served as the Vice Chairwoman and Communications Director of the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans and the Secretary of the Temple University College Republicans. Paige is a Senior 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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   Matthew Deegan 

Vice Chairman

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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Mitchell Snyder


Mitchell Snyder formerly served as the Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. He also serves as the  Communications Director for the PA Young Republicans and as 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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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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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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Rachel Ferrance

Political Director

Rachel is currently the Political Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans and is a part of their Communications Team. She is currently a Public Administration major at Shippensburg University and is active within her college chapter. Rachel is looking forward to continuing to work with all the amazing PAFCR members.

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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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Bernadette Salvucci

Special Events Coordinator

Bernadette Salvucci is a junior at Saint Joseph’s University, where she is majoring in Managing Human Capital and minoring in Justice and Ethics in the Law. She is the social chair of the SJU chapter of College Republicans, founding brother of business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi, and co-founder of Oven Luvin, a baking club. She previously worked as a campaign intern for Chester County and volunteers for the Delaware County Republican Party. Bernadette is eager to start planning political and social events for PAFCR. Her goal is to have all the chapters grow closer together through these functions.

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Karly Matthews 

Communications Director

Karly Matthews is a freshman at Temple University, where she is majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in Spanish. She formerly served as the Federation’s Deputy Communications Director. At Temple, she is the Chairwoman of Network of Enlightened Women at Temple and is an active member of the Temple College Republicans as well as Young Americans for Freedom. Karly is passionate about public service and looks forward to energizing College Republicans all over the Commonwealth.

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Reagan McCarthy 

Deputy Communications Director

Reagan McCarthy currently serves as the Deputy Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Federation of College Republicans. She is a Junior at The Pennsylvania State University, earning a dual degree in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism. She is also the Vice President of the Penn State College Republicans. Reagan is thrilled to get to work with other young Republicans to both spread conservative values on campus and throughout the Commonwealth, and elect Republicans across the state in such an important election year.

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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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