Executive Board Leaders

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Alesha Guenther

University of Wisconsin—Madison

Alesha Guenther is the Chairwoman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. She is originally from Berlin, Wisconsin and studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has previously served as the Communications Director for WICRs, the Communications Director for the College Republicans of UW-Madison, the Co-Chair of Students Choose Leah Vukmir. She is also a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and a proud Catholic. Alesha worked as a Research Analyst for the Republican Party of Wisconsin during the 2018 election cycle and has previously interned for the Republican Party of Wisconsin and the Office of Senator Ron Johnson. Alesha hopes to spend her time as chair creating more partnerships between College Republicans and grassroots activists, laying the groundwork on college campuses to increase membership ahead of 2020, and reaching more young voters with the message of hope and optimism provided by the Republican Party.

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Blake Ruppe

Vice Chairman
Marquette University

Blake Ruppe is a senior at Marquette University and is currently the Political Director for the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans. Blake has interned with Former Congressman Jason Lewis of Minnesota, the MNGOP, and at the White House during Spring of 2018 in the Trump Administration. Blake is excited to use his Washington experience to help elect Republicans and keep America great in 2020.

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Montana Piper-Thomas

University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

Montana Piper-Thomas is a senior at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and is majoring in Business Economics. She is an active member on Student Senate and is currently Vice President for College Republicans of Eau Claire. Montana looks forward to being State Secretary for Wisconsin College Republicans and ensuring all Republicans have a place on college campuses. She believes it is critical to create a strong, fundamental base of College Republicans that have the leadership skills and dedication to carry out conservative values and become leaders of the future.

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Nick Esbeck

University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

Nick Esbeck is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Nick's political experience includes an internship at the Republican Party of Wisconsin headquarters in Madison and volunteering at the RPW field office in Eau Claire. Nick has been involved in politics throughout his life and is ready to take the next steps to help WICRs and the Party thrive.


Evan Karabas

Digital Director
University of Wisconsin—Madison

Evan Karabas, Digital Director, is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Double majoring in Information Systems and Operations & Technology Management, Evan plans to pursue a career in data analytics, and eventually start 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. A fun fact about Evan is that he is ambidextrous.


Ryan Christens

Executive Director
University of Wisconsin—Madison

Ryan is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, originally from Evansville, Wisconsin. He is a student in the Wisconsin School of Business, double majoring in Business Management and Marketing. During the school year, Ryan is an intern for the department of State Relations at UW-Madison. He previously worked on Senator Leah Vukmir's Senate campaign, and for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. In addition to serving as Executive Director for WICRs, he is also the Chairman for College Republicans at UW—Madison. In his free time, Ryan enjoys listening to Frank Sinatra, playing euchre with friends, and cheering on President Trump.

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Alec Bukowiec

Communications Director
University of Wisconsin—Madison

Alec Bukowiec is a Junior from Green Bay, Wisconsin currently pursuing his BBA with a major in Marketing and a certificate in Digital Studies at the Wisconsin School of Business. In addition to serving as the Communications Director for WICRs, he is also Communications Director for GOP Badgers, the University of Wisconsin-Madison WICRs Chapter. Alec loves working to spread a winning conservative message across the great State of Wisconsin and looks forward to a successful year preparing for the 2020 election cycle.

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Madison Bau

Public Relations Director
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

Madison Bau is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire studying Political Science with a Marketing minor. Madison is the former Eau Claire Field Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin. She is excited to work with College Republicans across the state of Wisconsin to ensure that Republicans get elected with the help of Wisconsin CRs!

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John Beauchamp

Southern Regional Vice Chair
University of Wisconsin—Whitewater

John is the current Vice Chair of the UW-Whitewater chapter of College Republicans. He was very involved in the 2016 election with the Ted Cruz campaign and continues to work actively through grassroots efforts with the state and local parties to get conservative candidates elected. John is excited to be apart of such an amazing team and is looking forward to mobilizing people to get out and vote in the 2020 election and beyond.

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Luke Dretske

Northeastern Regional Vice Chair
Ripon College

Luke Dretske is a junior studying at Ripon College and is currently the President of the Ripon College Republicans. Luke is also the former Secretary of the Student Senate of Ripon College and a former intern at the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Luke is excited to inform the college community of Wisconsin about conservative values that will ensure that Wisconsin continues to build on its success in the future.

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Philip Anderson

Milwaukee Regional Vice Chair
Marquette University

Philip Anderson is a sophomore at Marquette University studying Applied Mathematical Economics with a minor in Theology. Philip is currently the Secretary of Marquette University College Republicans and has lived in Madison since he was five. Philip is excited to help share the conservative message across the state and make Wisconsin a bastion of conservative principles for years to come.