Board of Directors and Officers of the Gertrude & Morrison Parker West Side Republican Club
Cathy Bernstein, Treasurer
Jean Blevins, Vice President
Jean Blevins is a business owner in NYC and has been with the West Side Republican Club for over 15 years. She has served as the Club’s vice president as well as a former meeting coordinator. She has seen the club grow from a few attendees to now over one hundred and continuing to grow. She feels our voices must be heard in order to keep our freedom, especially in today’s environment, and many voices are stronger than one. Come join us!
Marion DS Dreyfus
Marion DS Dreyfus is a communications specialist with significant experience in campaign politics, healthcare/pharmaceuticals, advocacy and teaching. Her career encompasses extended tenures as a journalist, film and theatre critic, and has been a professor of literature and writing in Colombia, Costa Rica, The People’s Republic of China, Thailand and Hong Kong as well as the United States. She is a published poet and a Mensan.
Marcia Drezon-Tepler, President
Marcia Drezon-Tepler, founder of Language Masters, is a published writer and editor, specializing in the Middle East, military affairs and terrorism. She’s been especially active in Republican politics since 2008 and currently works at New York City’s Board of Elections. By engaging speakers who attract large audiences and new members, Marcia has successfully raised the club’s profile. Hoping to encourage greater Republican registration, Marcia shares the fact that she was a Democrat until that party left her. She realized that it no longer made sense to remain a Democrat in order to vote in that party’s primaries, for one Democrat is worse than another. The Republican Party needs support, and Marcia works hard to help.
Peter C. Hein
Peter C. Hein is Of Counsel in the Litigation Department at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Mr. Hein’s practice has included securities, corporate, ERISA, real estate, insurance and other complex commercial litigation, arbitrations, appraisals and mediation.
Poul Hornsleth, III
A Florida native, Poul (Danish spelling of Paul) moved to New York City just prior to 9/11 after graduating with a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. He has worked in fintech his entire career, including positions as Chief Technology Officer of both a hedge fund and a blockchain start-up. Poul is focussed on our technology initiatives and is always on the look-out for young Republicans to join the club.
Born and raised in Bethpage out on Long Island, James became a Republican at the age of 25 when he realized that progressive policies lead to social decay. It was at that time that he began devoting his spare time to learning the issues and arming himself with the facts. James works as a Film Lighting Technician on major motion pictures and television shows throughout the Tri-State Area. He graduated in 2010 from SUNY Oswego with a BA in History and a BA in Broadcasting-Mass Communications. James has traveled all over the world, including solo backpacking trips through countries like Israel, India, Japan, South Africa, Argentina, and France. He is passionate about nutrition, Olympic weightlifting, faith, family, and friends.
Joseph A. Maffia, Vice President
Joseph A. Maffia, is a Vice President of the Gertrude & Morrison Parker West Side Republican Club, Co-district leader of the 75th Assembly district –south, a member of Community Board 5, and National delegate for the Newt Gingrich 2012 Presidential Campaign and former member of the executive committee of the Metropolitan Republican Club. Joe is a CPA and partner at Janover, LLC in New York City.
James F. McDonnell
James F. McDonnell is a native ‘Manhattanite’ where he graduated from Regis High School and is an alumnus of Boston College. James holds MAs in Finance and in International Relations & Diplomacy (from Newcastle and SOAS – University of London, respectively). Working on two recent NY campaigns stirred an awakening in himself politically to advance Conservative ideals here in NYC. A resilient marathoner, James (aka ‘Mac Atac’) is raising funds for The Green Beret Foundation by road cycling. Whilst a football man at heart, he is a keen supporter of Arsenal F.C. & NYCFC, but follows London Irish through the prism of his playing days at the NYAC R.F.C.