Atlanta Young Republicans

Welcome to the Atlanta Young Republicans (AYR), an incredible group of fiscally conservative young professionals, ages 18 – 40, who come together to be politically engaged, network, and socialize.

We hold at least two events each month – meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month and happy hours the second Thursday.  Our members benefit from club voting privileges, and discounts for AYR/other political events, and certain retail locations, and formal AYR name tags.

The AYR offers many different membership options.  Just click “Join,” or sign up at any AYR event.

Membership Levels:
Individual Lifetime: $50
Individual Yearly: $30
Individual Yearly Renewal: $20
Couples Lifetime: $80
Couples Yearly: $50

For more information, please contact President Angelyn Dionysatos at staff@atlantayoungrepublicans.org.

Officers

Angelyn Dionysatos, President

Angelyn began attending AYR in 2006 while she was home for the summer during college.  She was first elected to the AYR Board as vice president of events in 2011, and in 2013, she was appointed executive vice president.  In 2015, she was elected president.

Angelyn has held various professional and volunteer roles in a number of campaigns and Republican organizations.  She is particularly grateful for the opportunities AYR has afforded her and enjoys helping others find their own opportunities for growth.  “I view AYR as a platform for young professionals to gain access to elected officials and to take a stake in the issues that affect them.  Our members help elect Republican candidates, and that gives us buy-in to governance of our state, county, and more.  AYR also offers a lot to the individual.  It has afforded me invaluable professional development opportunities in event planning, fundraising, and structural organization.  I encourage every young Republican to get involved.  We have something for everyone.”

A self-described “Georgia enthusiast,” Angelyn is fascinated with our state’s culture, industry, people, and history.  From Cornelia to Camilla, she takes as many opportunities as she can to travel the state and learn by meeting new people whose perspectives are different from her own.  Outside of politics, her interests include (but are not limited to) cooking and Georgia football.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Wofford College and returned to her hometown, Sandy Springs, shortly thereafter.  She currently works in public relations and enjoys writing both for work and fun.  In 2014, she enrolled in Georgia State University’s College of Law and takes classes at night.

Jake Evans, Executive Vice President

Jake Evans is executive vice president of the Atlanta Young Republicans.  Jake has assisted political candidates and elected officials in both formal and informal capacities.  Particularly, Jake interned with former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, former U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, and Gingrich Communications, a company founded and managed by former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.  Through these experiences, Jake cultivated and harvested his interests and knowledge regarding politics, the Republican Party and, most importantly, helping others.

Jake seeks to expand AYR’s membership by fostering an interactive environment that is conducive to productive politically-oriented discussions.  Jake, additionally, aims to bridge the political gap, by encouraging others to focus on collective goals and similarities as opposed to ideological differences.

Jake is an attorney in Thompson Hine LLP’s Atlanta office, where his practice focuses on complex business litigation and corporate advisement.  As a graduate of the University of Georgia for both law school and undergrad, Jake is an avid Bulldawg fan.

Nick Carlson, Director of Community Outreach

Nick Carlson serves as vice president of events for the Atlanta Young Republicans; previously he served as secretary.  He began coming out to Republican Party events after he returned to Atlanta in 2012 following college graduation.

While a student at Rhodes College in Memphis, Nick was an officer in the College Republicans, serving as Party Coordinator.  Nick studied History and Economics and spent a semester abroad in Shanghai.

Nick, who was born in Minnesota and moved to Atlanta at age 5, believes in Atlanta’s bright future.  “My goal is to help build a strong community of Young Republicans, and bring our ideas in compelling ways to the young people of Atlanta.”

Nick works in the commercial real estate field as part of the team at Commercial Property Professionals, a local real estate firm.  There, he specializes in intown properties.  He currently lives in Buckhead and is very fond of old movies and television shows.  He enjoys skiing in the winter and relaxing in the sun in summer.

Kevin Henderson, Vice President of Events

John Bush, Immediate Past President

A native Atlantan, John Bush was elected to a second and final term as AYR president in 2014 and has served as an officer since 2008.  John’s political work has included volunteering with campaigns and organizing events in Metro Atlanta, including the Midtown Republican Breakfast.  AYR’s social events drew him into the club, and AYR’s opportunities to interact with governors, senators, congressmen, and other elected officials have taught him more about the issues facing home state.

“AYR is one of the nation’s leading young professional groups.  Our members come from all points of the conservative spectrum and form lifelong bonds in our group.  We were thrilled to have been recognized as the 2012 and 2014 National Large Young Republican Club of the Year and will continue building off of that work.”

By day, John practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on litigation, licensing, and counseling.  When he’s not practicing law or helping Republicans, John watches the Braves, Hawks, Falcons, and Duke basketball.  He also regularly runs in Piedmont Park and serves as a deacon at his church.

History

The Atlanta Young Republicans would like to thank all of the men and women who have given their time and skills to lead this club as President. It is their dedication to the AYR that has helped build this club into Georgia’s largest and most active Young Republican organization.

Angelyn Dionysatos
2015 – Present

John Bush
2013 – 2015

Christopher Sanders
2011 – 2013

Nicole Barry Fash
2009 – 2011

Brandon Seigler
2008 – 2009

Cameron Fash
2006 – 2008

Jim Elgar
2005 – 2006

R.J. Briscione
2004 – 2005

Matt Molnar
2003 – 2004

Chad Wingate
2002 – 2003

Mike Kovachic
2001 – 2002

Liz Dallas
2000 – 2001

Julia Lang
1999 – 2000

Winston Campbell
1998 – 1999

Tricia Welsh
1997 – 1998

Chris Meehan
1995 – 1997

Ed Kelly
1994 – 1995

Marty Dekom
1992 – 1993