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


Jake Evans, President

Jake Evans is the President of the Atlanta Young Republicans.  Jake was formerly AYR’s Executive Vice President, Vice President of Political Affairs, and Secretary.  Jake also was formerly the General Counsel to the Georgia Young Republicans, and formerly worked at the Georgia Office of the Governor, for Speaker Newt Gingrich, and for Senator Saxby Chambliss.

As President, Jake has three principal goals:

(1) make AYR a relentless organization of action, including shaping and influencing political dialogue, enhancing the local community, and helping Republicans get elected;

(2) make it “cool” to be a young Republican and, in turn, to engage millennials throughout metro-Atlanta;

(3) make AYR an inclusive organization welcoming to people of diverse backgrounds, races, genders, professions, sexual orientations, and in innumerable other ways.

With these goals, AYR is an action-oriented organization focused on effectuating positive change and inclusive engagement through conservative principles.

Jake is a business litigation attorney in Thompson Hine LLP’s Atlanta office, where his practice focuses on complex business litigation and representation of emerging companies.  Jake is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of Georgia and a cum laude graduate from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Janelle Jones, Vice President of Political Affairs

Janelle Jones is AYR’s Vice President of Political Affairs. As an experienced and credible voice on issues of critical importance to African Americans, Janelle’s position and respect within the movement brings a diverse perspective to conversations about the future of the Republican Party. Janelle firmly believes that as the nation changes, so must the parties that lead it. She puts her belief into practice as a Regional Field Director for the Georgia Republican Party. There, her focus is to change the face of the Republican Party in a very diverse region of the country by making relationship building, the facilitation of access and the empowerment of minority communities all urgent priorities.

Prior to her current position, Janelle was a top consultant to the state G.O.P. for community engagement, public affairs, and diversity initiatives. Janelle is the Former Chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council, a current board member for The League of Women Voters Atlanta-Fulton Chapter, Chair of the Fundraising Committee and board member for the Georgians for Fair Taxation, Vice Chair of the South Fulton Republicans, Vice President of Membership and board member for the Atlanta Young Republicans, and Community Affairs Director/Board Member of the Georgia Young Republicans.

She is a New Haven, Connecticut native. A graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology; she also holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Capella University.

Nick Carlson, Vice President of Organizational Outreach

Nick Carlson serves as vice president of outreach for the Atlanta Young Republicans; previously he served as outreach director.  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 SK Commercial, a local real estate firm.  There, he specializes in representing office buildings.  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

for Atlanta Young Republicans. He got involved with Atlanta Young Republicans two and a half years ago and has been active ever since. Kevin started off as the Secretary and is now the Vice President of Events. Kevin’s major goal for the club is to make being a Republican fun again and putting the party back in the Republican party since politics have become so serious over the last couple of years. Trying encourage people around his age to get involved and pay attention to policies that will affect our generation. Kevin grew up in the northern suburbs of Atlanta where he attended high school. He attended University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University for college where he obtained a BBA in MIS and Accounting. He currently works as an accountant in the real estate industry but has also worked in the finance department of a large Atlanta law firm before switching to the real estate industry. In his free time, he likes to explore the city of Atlanta with all the great activities the city has to offer especially Piedmont Park.

Gabe Hartwig, Vice President of Membership

Gabe graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2010 and moved posthaste to Georgia where he enjoys both the climate and the political climate. Professionally he works for Rohde & Schwarz where he sells technical instrumentation to the US military and government agencies. Gabe has been active in politics since his time in college where he ran the Illinois Conservative Union and coordinated campaign volunteer efforts on campus. In addition to his activities with AYR he also holds an officer position with the Fulton County GOP and runs the Midtown Republican Breakfast along with Nick Carlson. Favorite activities include knocking on doors for Republican campaigns, exercising the Second Amendment, competing in amateur boxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu, and maintaining the lawn at Providence Church in Duluth.

Spencer Klene, Treasurer

Spencer Klene is serving as Treasurer for Atlanta Young Republicans. He has been involved in the club since 2015, assisting in events and media engagement prior to his first role as an officer.  He previously served as the Board’s secretary. He has also been involved in many campaigns through his life, including Senator David Perdue’s 2014 campaign and Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign. Spencer works as a Consumer Analyst at a leading retail brokerage, JMK, headquartered in Atlanta. His expertise in food and beverage allows him to provide valuable insight on issues concerning labeling, nutrition requirements, labor, imported food products, GMO regulations, and more. Whether it’s for his consumers or for his fellow citizens, Spencer looks to ease the burden of big government so we can all live a little easier! Spencer has been a resident of Georgia for 7 years, and loves the state from Atlanta to Savannah! He enjoys flying planes recreationally, traveling as much as possible, fostering relationships and serving the community through Buckhead Church, and enjoying the outdoors!

Lauren Mills, Secretary

Lauren is the Secretary for the Atlanta Young Republicans.  She believes that being involved in AYR is a great way to make a difference in the millennial generation and contribute positively to the Republican party.

She is a graduate of The University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business, obtaining a BBA in Real Estate. As a contractor at The Coca-Cola Company in their Global Mobility department, she supports the international relocation of associates and their families.  Having a passion for travel, people, and logistics makes this job a perfect fit for her.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys running the parks in Atlanta, trying new restaurants, serving at Buckhead Church, volunteering in the community, and spending time with family and friends.


Harrison Fletcher, Director of Communications

Harrison Fletcher is AYR’s Director of Communications. Harrison is an Atlanta native who has a passion for developing creative communication strategies. Harrison is known for his specializations in media relations, digital marketing strategies, writing content, market research, and relationship building. He has experience running multifaceted public relations and communications campaigns for entertainment organizations, public affairs, non-profits, and small businesses for his previous Public Relations business (Fletcher Public Relations). He is currently a Digital Marketing Account Manager for a local agency.
As a Public Relations Consultant, Harrison is qualified in many areas of communications management and has proven success in achieving goals for various campaigns and marketing objectives with over six years of experience. He believes that a certain amount of creativity in marketing strategy, content, and imaging is required to “Aim your sights high” in brand development.
Harrison is also an accomplished public speaker. He is a former radio talk-show host from Kennesaw State University’s OWL Radio and ‘The Moby in the Morning Show’, he has done voice-overs for radio commercials and other media outlets, and is a DJ-MC. Currently, Harrison is a stand-up comedian and hosts the Well Crafted Comedy Show. The weekly show is one of a few shows under the Well Crafted Comedy Series, which is co-produced by Harrison.

Sam Meyer, Deputy Vice President of Membership

Sam Meyer is Deputy VP of Membership for the Atlanta Young Republicans. He began attending AYR in the fall of 2017. His primary desires are to realize AYR’s goal of including a wide and diverse set of members and to promote the soundness of Republican principles, especially among millennials.

“One of AYR’s goals is to reach people of all backgrounds, races, religions, and walks of life. I want to champion that effort.”

Sam graduated from Georgia Tech in 2014, completing his BS in Finance with Highest Honor. He now works as a client-facing Strategy Consultant for the telecommunications company, Ericsson. There he specializes in short-term projects dealing with M&A, go-to-market plans, and competitive positioning.

Sam actively manages his own stock portfolio and enjoys golf, tennis, and skiing in his free time.

Michael Abramson, Deputy Vice President of Events

Michael Abramson is a lawyer and founder of Abramson Law Firm, Attorney-at-Law.  He is an Advisor on the National Diversity Coalition for Trump and a state chair for Georgia for Jews Choose Trump.  His book is entitled “A Playbook for Taking Back America:  Lessons from the 2012 Presidential Election.”  He has had articles in Breitbart, The Daily Caller, and The Washington Examiner.  His articles can be found at

Ronald Cato, Director of Minority Engagement

Ronald is AYR’s Director of Minority Outreach. Ronald is originally from Oakland California and moved to Georgia in 2012. He recently graduated from Georgia State University, with a B.A in political science.

He now works at the Congressional Leadership Fund where he will be working directly with members of Congress and constituents. He is the former Chairman of the College Republicans at Georgia State University and a board member on the City of Sandy Springs Board of Ethics. As Chairman, He has increased visibility around campus reaching more than 70 students a week, increased membership and has reached out to more than 25 student organizations to build strong student collations. Ronald was a part-time campaign staffer and has worked for campings around the State of Georgia.

Chuck Stone, Political Director

Chuck Stone is AYR’s Political Director.  In his day-to-day work, Chuck is the Constituent Services Manager for Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.  He started out in politics as a volunteer on Jack Kingston’s Senate campaign and since then has volunteered on numerous metro area campaigns for the Fulton County GOP.

He recently completed Republican Leadership Georgia which has strengthened his relationships and increased his passion to see Republicans get elected. Chuck holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of West Georgia.

“As Political Director, I hope for AYR to have focused efforts through out our Metro Area campaigns and and assisting our VP or Political affairs with recruiting speakers that will align with our goal of diversifying and growing our party.”


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.

Jake Evans – 2017 – Present

Angelyn Dionysatos – 2015 – 2017

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