Board of Directors

Board of Directors and Officers of the Gertrude & Morrison Parker West Side Republican Club

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.

Stephen M. Evans III, Secretary


Stephen M. Evans, III has a background in managing both political campaigns and movie theatres. He ran for city council in New York in 2003. Born in Dallas, he moved to New York in 1994. His political views are inspired by Ronald Reagan and Rudy Giuliani.

Joseph A. Maffia, Vice President and Treasurer


Joseph A. Maffia, is Vice President and Treasurer 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.

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!



Cathy Wasserman

James Lalino

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.