ABOUT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB
ALL ABOUT US
Montgomery County Republican Club provides the avenue for Republican grassroots activists to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect the leaders of Maryland. We provide structure and support for political activists to learn, engage, and flourish.
Montgomery County Republican Club actively supports Republican candidates, while providing strength and unity for political action. We encourage Republicans to run for office and train them to become effective Republicans in the grassroots. Our Club feels it’s important to inform our members and the electorate through political education.
Members stay current by reading our self-published Montgomery County Republican Club weekly Newsletter “DirectLine – News & Review” and other materials and by attending local and statewide meetings that help members broaden and unify their interest and education.
We aren’t the official Republican organization in the County. We are a club like many other clubs in the great State of Maryland that work in partnership with the national, state, local parties, and candidates. Other Counties that have Republican Clubs are the following
- Frederick County Republican Club
- Howard County Republican Club
- Wicomico County Republican Club
- Talbot County Republican Club
- Washington County Republican Club
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Meet our officers
Mark Uncapher, President
Mark Uncapher is serving his third term as Secretary of the Maryland Republican Party. Mark is a long-time party activist who previously served as the Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee.
In his day job, Mark is Director of the Fiber Optic Sensing Association and served on the Board of Directors for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. He is a member of the New York State and DC Bar and is a graduate of New York Law School and George Washington University. He previously was Counsel to the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information & Technology of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. After serving on Capitol Hill, he was Senior Vice President and Counsel of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA, later Tech America) and Vice President & Counsel at Stateside Associates. He was a member of Presidential Transition Team for the Federal Communication Commission in 2000-2001. Before moving to Maryland, he was an executive in New York with Park Communications, a large publicly-held newspaper and broadcasting company and Assistant Counsel to the New York State Comptroller.
PATRICIA FENATI, Vice President
Patricia Fenati attended college at Jacksonville University graduating with a BS in Mathematics. I was the first female Student Government President at the university … After college I moved to New York City where I started a career in the computer industry, a career which including programming, consulting, sales, teaching, and network simulation for large businesses, military, and government agencies.
My career changed for thirteen exhilarating years after I became a stay-at-home mom enjoying life our three wonderful children.
Then, after returning to the computer field, I earned an MS in Telecommunications Management at UMUC, where I was asked to serve on the Alumni Association Board as a student representative.
After retirement, I was elected to the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee where I served as Organization Chair and created a course in precinct organization. I am a member of the Upper Montgomery Republican Woman’s Club and an associate member of the other Republican Women’s clubs in the county
I am the District Chair of District 14. I also ran for state Delegate in District 14 three times. In 2014 I was the Republican who came closest to winning in this county.
Katja Bullock, 2nd Vice President
Katja Bullock served as a Special Assistant to the President and Director of Operations for Presidential Personnel. She held the same position and duties under Presidents Reagan, Bush 41, Bush 43, and Trump until her retirement in March 2020.
She was the Operations Officer in the Office of Presidential Personnel, responsible for the processing of all non-career appointments directed the nominating process of all presidential appointments in the Federal Government.
In 2002, Katja was detailed to Iraq as Director of Civilian Personnel to help set up the Coalition Provisional Authority government in Iraq.
From 1995 to 2000 Katja was the Office Manager for the United States, Senator Spencer Abraham, from Michigan.
Katja was born and raised in Germany and holds a pharmacy degree from the University of Erlangen, Germany.
In her free time, she has been active in Maryland politics for over forty years.
Matthew Foldi, 3rd Vice President
Matthew Foldi is an experienced conservative investigative reporter running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District. He has broken some of the biggest stories exposing the corruption of the Biden Administration which have led to multiple Congressional investigations.
At the Washington Free Beacon, Matthew uncovered Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm’s multi-million-dollar relationship with an electric vehicle company receiving government perks, and Chinese Communist Party influence in the Commerce Department. He also discovered that elected Democrats continue to lock their constituents out of their offices around the country. His reporting has been featured extensively on FOX News and Newsmax.
In 2015, Matthew was named Maryland Young Republican of the Year and has been an active conservative leader in Maryland since his high school years. He has previously served as Chair and currently sits as Vice President of the Montgomery County Young Republicans and is Vice President of the Montgomery County GOP Club.
Matthew, a volunteer with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, is a well-known community leader and serves as an Ambassador for Points for Patriots, a nonprofit dedicated to bridging the military-civilian divide. He is also an elected board member of Speech First, a nonprofit that fights for free speech rights on college campuses.
A graduate of the University of Chicago, Matthew is a native Marylander and attended the Charles E Smith Jewish Day School. In his free time, he enjoys watching football and spending time with his friends and family.
Chris Thoms, Communications Secretary
Chris Thoms is the Communications Secretary for the Montgomery County Republican Club. Chris this past spring was elected Vice-Chairman of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans. Chris Thoms is a Sophomore at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he studies Financial Economics. Chris has been actively involved in politics, holding many academic and state positions; serving as Vice President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County College Republicans chapter, an elected member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee, and former Teenage Republicans Chapter Chair and founding member. Chris has also served as a Team Leader at the Dundalk Hogan Campaign.
Donald Irvine, Treasurer
Don Irvine is the chairman of Accuracy in Media and its sister organization Accuracy in Academia. He is the son of Reed Irvine, who launched AIM in 1969, and developed an understanding of media bias at an early age. He has been actively involved with AIM for more than 30 years.
Besides directing the day-to-day operations of AIM and AIA, Don has launched a number of other projects, including the American Journalism Center (AJC), an internship program for conservative student journalists founded in 2005, and the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, launched in 2010 to provide an outlet for objective, fact-based news coverage.
Don travels extensively to attend and speak at political events and has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. He produces video profiles of leading conservative legislators and has become one of the conservative movement’s leading coalition builders and promoters of new media technology.
Don is active on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow him @donirvine to read his latest thoughts.
Articles from Don’s blog, which focuses on media and cultural issues, are frequently re-published by websites like FrontPageMagazine.com, National Review Online, Fox Nation and Big Journalism. He is the co-author of Why You Can’t Trust the News Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.