Leadership

ELECTED OFFICERS - 2017

  David T. Hodgin - Chairman
Dave is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with degrees in Economics, International Trade, and extensive experience as a business manager. He has served the Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee for a total of some 14 years, most of that time as Treasurer, with a couple of years as Secretary.

Dave is an elected Director of the Scotts Valley Water District, Chairman of the Central Coast Region for the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), a member of the statewide board and of the Executive Committee of the Joint Powers Insurance Authority which insures water agencies throughout California. He also serves on a number of other boards of for-profit and non-profit corporations, in addition to managing the affairs of his primary business, Pathfinder Consulting.

Wade Leishman - Vice Chairman  
Wade is a 20 year resident of California transplanted from a conservative, blue collar military family from Nebraska. He has lived in Santa Cruz County since 1999 and Scotts Valley for over 10 years with his wife and twin daughters.  He works as a  Sr. IT Manager for a global tech manufacturing company in Cupertino and also owns and operates his own small business. Wade was appointed as a Board of Directors Member of the Scotts Valley Water District in July, 2017.

Wade wants to actively engage, encourage and rally Republican constituents throughout our county to represent our shared conservative platform and views, preserve our quality of life, and most importantly, protect our Constitutional rights that are under attack at every turn.

  Brian Phelps - Treasurer
A native of Santa Cruz, Brian has lived throughout the county for over 50 years.He is the proud father of four daughters and is a grandfather. He has worked in the Information Technology industry for nearly 30 years, twenty of which were local technology companies. Brian specializes in social media, website management, and email campaign creation. Brian currently serves a the Executive Director of the VC Roundtable, an organization that promotes and funds high-tech entrepreneurs. He has served on the SCCRCC for four years and has been the Treasurer for two. Brian enjoys campaigning on behalf of local candidates, having served as the Assistant Campaign Manager for those seeking local offices. 
Kristen Collishaw - Secretary  
Kristen is a third-generation California native and has lived the past 15 years in Scotts Valley. Having grown up with a father in politics, being involved with local issues and working toward making the community better seems like a natural fit.  She graduated from University of the Pacific, and worked in Major League Baseball, including working on the campaign to get the Giants ballpark initiative passed in San Francisco.  In addition to assorted volunteer positions with her kids’ schools and special events, she runs a family foundation that focuses on families affected by cancer as well as pediatric cancer research. 

Kristen has three children, twin boys who are in college and a daughter in high school.  She and her husband have raised them to be mindful of how running a business and employing people is essential to a successful economy.  Belief in pro-business, fiscal responsibility, and giving a voice to the conservative values in this county is what led her to run to become a part of the SCCRCC.

  Susan Allen  - Member-At-Large/Past Chairman

Susan Allen is a retired public affairs professional who has been in the trenches for some of California’s most contentious political battles, fighting to defend business, agricultural and taxpayer interests. Specializing in field operations and coalition building for ballot measure campaigns, she helped to defeat such high profile statewide initiatives as the Campaign Against the Peripheral Canal (Prop. 9), the Forest Forever Initiative (Prop. 130), the Tax the Rich Initiative (Prop. 167) and the Oil Tax Initiative (Prop. 87). Susan was also a government relations manager for CNF Inc., a global transportation and logistics company, where she was responsible for state government relations in all 50 states and served as the Vice Chair of the American Trucking Associations’ Environmental Policy Committee.  Susan is the third generation to be born in Santa Cruz and has attended Santa Cruz area schools including Cabrillo College and UCSC, majoring in Economics.  She lives in Corralitos.


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