Robert Schostak, Chairman
Schostak increased his activity in politics in 2008 due to major concerns on the direction of our state and country, following years of assisting political campaigns for John Engler, Spencer Abraham, Dick DeVos, John McCain, Mitt Romney, numerous State House and State Senate races as well as numerous municipal races.
In 2009, he was appointed the Finance Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party where he was responsible for raising $28 million with then Chairman Ron Weiser. This war chest led the way to the largest Republican victories in our state capital in recent history. Results included Republicans holding the Governor’s Office, Secretary of State, Attorney General, majority in the State House, a super majority in the State Senate, and a conservative majority on the State Supreme Court.
In 2011, Schostak was elected Party Chairman and led the campaign to keep those majorities including holding the State Supreme Court and State House and defeating the union backed proposals to amend Michigan’s Constitution.
Under Schostak’s direction the Michigan Republican Party aggressively worked with local parties to improve communication, build lists, recruit volunteers, and provide training to improve grassroots operations. Since being elected chairman, Bobby Schostak has created a dynamic grassroots organization committed to electing and re-electing Republican leaders across Michigan.
During the 2011-2012 election cycle the state party raised more than $26 million dollars.
Schostak was reelected in February 2013 as the Chairman of the party. He is now working with the grassroots army across the state to protect the largest Republican majorities in Lansing in over 50 years.
He and Nancy, his wife of 37 years, have three adult married children and 2 granddaughters.
Prior to going full-time into Michigan politics, Schostak served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of the family’s real estate company located in Livonia, Michigan.
Sharon Wise, Co-Chair
Helping Republican candidates win for more than 25 years, Sharon Wise is a strong voice for local party activists. Currently the Director of Community Relations for Congressman Dave Camp (MI-04) she also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Charter School Institute and is a member of the Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a former member of the Traverse City Board of Directors.
In addition to having served as the Co-Chairman for the state party with Chairman Ron Weiser, Sharon served as Michigan’s Republican National Committeewoman for two terms. Traveling throughout the state, she worked with regional party leaders to build our Party at the local level.
Wise worked as campaign manager for a state representative, a local county (Shiawassee) Party chairman, congressional district chairman and campaign chairman for Congressman Camp. Whenever there was a job to do, Sharon did it.
Her devotion to public service extends beyond GOP political campaigns and organizations. Sharon was elected to the Michigan State Board of Education in 1994. She has continued her commitment to reforming and improving Michigan’s education serving as VP of the National Charter School Institute.
A graduate of Utah State University College of Business, Sharon lives in Traverse City and is the proud mother of two children and one grandchild.
Dave Agema, National Committeeman
David J. Agema was elected as the National Committeeman from Michigan in May 2012. He has served as a State Representative in the 74th District of Michigan from 2007 until the end of 2012. Representative Agema was the Chairman of the Transportation, Department of Health and Human Services, and Appropriations Committees and is a former American Airlines Captain. Agema received a B.A. from Calvin College, and a Business Management degree from Central Michigan University. During his time in the United States Air Force, he participated in Officer Training School, Pilot Training, Fighter Pilot Training, Squadron Officers School, and Command and Staff School. He is the President of Sabath House Ministries, a faith-based literacy organization, and a member of the NRA, and the Allied Pilots Association. Agema currently resides in Grandville, MI with his wife Barbara and has three children, Jon, Joy Herrema and Anna Graybill.
Ronna Romney McDaniel, National Committeewoman
Ronna Romney McDaniel was elected as the National Committee Member from Michigan in February of 2014. She has served as a Precinct Delegate, as a District Committee Executive Member and State Committeewoman in Michigan. She Chaired the Women for Mitt Coalition in Michigan in 2012, and served as National Delegate to the Tampa Convention representing Michigan’s 11th District. In 2013, she served as Co-Chair for the Mackinac Leadership Conference and was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve on the Board of Marriage and Family Therapists. In her local community of Northville, Ronna has served on land planning and public safety committees and is actively involved in her local PTA. She received her B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Ronna is married to Patrick McDaniel and has two children, Abigail and Nash.
Blake Elliott Edmonds, Youth Vice-Chair
Blake Edmonds is a College Republican grassroots leader from St. Joseph, MI, that is in his fourth year at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Blake formerly served as First Vice Chairman of the Michigan Federation of College Republicans from March 2012 to April 2013. Blake is currently Youth Vice-Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and Executive Director of the Aquinas College Republicans. Blake has a passion for being involved in the Republican party and greatly enjoys sharing it with other young people.
David Wolkinson, Administrative Vice Chair
David Wolkinson was born in Royal Oak, Michigan in 1980. He grew up in Oakland County where he graduated from Southfield-Lathrup in 1998. He then earned three degrees from Michigan (a BA and MA in Economics and a JD by the time he was 24). In pursuit of his lifelong interest in politics David was elected the Administrative Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party at the 2013 Republican State Convention. Prior to being elected Vice Chair, David served as the Policy Director on Rick Snyder’s 2010 campaign. David is an attorney in private practice. When not working or attending to political activities, he is an NBA enthusiast and Detroit Piston fanatic.
Kelly Mitchell, Outreach Vice-Chair
Kelly Mitchell has lived in Michigan her entire life growing up in rural Thetford Township. Her activism in Republican advocacy began as a Young Republican. Having been a resident in Genesee and Kent Counties at different stages, she has been a delegate to county and state conventions over the years.
In 2012, Kelly was elected to the Electoral
College as one of 16 statutory delegates to be seated in the Electoral College if
the people of Michigan favored the Republican Candidate, Mitt Romney. She is a precinct delegate and former 3rd District Committee Member. No activism however, has been met with such interest, energy and success as that of being a grassroots activist. Kelly has served on presidential, gubernatorial, state and local campaigns when called upon.
In Grand Rapids, Kelly may be found volunteering at Art Prize, LaughFest, Mel Trotter Ministries, Heart of the Neighborhood and as a board member for Women’s Life local Chapter 888.
Kelly is married with one adult daughter and resides in Grand Rapids. She is employed as a Sales Executive for a Blueprint Tooling company. She will complete her BS in July 2013.
Linda Lee Tarver, Ethnic Vice-Chair
Linda Lee Tarver is married to Clint and has two adult children, Jennifer and Terrance. Linda Lee is assistant to Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology. She is pursuing a doctorate of education in organizational leadership. Linda Lee has been involved in local and state party politics for many years. She serves as Ethnic Vice Chair of the Michigan Republican Party, former Chairwoman of the Ingham County Republican Party, member of the 8th Congressional District Executive committee, and advisory board member of The Frederick Douglass Society of Michigan. Linda Lee is involved with the Mid-Michigan Republican Women’s Club and is the vice chair and co-founder of the Alliance of Black Republicans. In 2008 and 2012, Linda Lee served as a National Delegate to the Republican National Convention and in 2009, Linda Lee was appointed by the state Senate Majority Leader to serve on the Lansing Promise Zone Authority Board. Aside from her political involvement, Linda Lee serves her community as a board member for the Old Newsboy Association and is a member and teacher at Mt. Zion All Nations Bible Church.
Nick Hawatmeh, Grassroots Vice-Chair
Nick Hawatmeh was born and raised in Michigan and currently resides in Macomb County. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wayne State University and his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School Of Law, where he served as the Executive President of the Student Bar Association and Vice-President of the Federalist Society. Nick has been involved in Republican politics since the age of 12 years old and has served in several capacities including Executive Committee Member, Youth Chair and Vice-Chair of the Macomb GOP, State Committee of the MIGOP and has volunteered in national, state, and local campaigns for conservative candidates and causes. During the 2012 election, Nick was appointed to serve as a National Co-Chair of Arab-Americans for Romney. He is a member of Our Lady of Redemption Catholic Church where he is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Victor Diaz, Coalitions Vice-Chair
Victor Diaz has served our Country as a Marine, a stature he brings to every public engagement. This Marine has crossed all over our State speaking at Lincoln Day Dinners, County Party Meetings, TEA Party meetings and local Republican clubs, discussing door to door trainings, insights from poll challenging, precinct delegate empowerment and Hispanic outreach just to name a few topics. Power and energy are bywords that accompany Victor wherever he speaks with innovative approaches to growing the Republican Party. Victor’s message circles around a core belief that we are the party of growth, opportunity and prosperity. Wrapped into measurable objectives this belief system will lead us to victories in coming elections. Contact him and schedule a meeting, a dinner, or a training and let’s continue The Republican Party’s march to victory for Michigan and America!