Meet the Board
Ethan Slyder is a Loan Officer and Marketing Manager for LendNation. He hails from Tampa, Florida where he spent a lot of his childhood on the beaches and keys of the Gulf of Mexico. He moved to Chicago from Terre Haute Indiana where he attended Indiana State Univerity where he achieved a degree in Marketing and Communications.
While at Indiana State he spent some time as the Marketing Officer for College Republicans. He was part of the Log Cabin Republicans of Illinois reconstitution in 2018 where he was elected Vice-President of the Chapter. He stepped up to the plate when the President could no longer fulfill his duties. He is excited to create a community for LGBT conservatives and their allies in the state of Illinois.
Drue is a life-long Quad Citian, born in 1964, a fourth-generation Coal Valleyan, who has a strong commitment and love for Illinois. He feels a strong responsibility to the people who call Rock Island County "home." He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Western Illinois University- Quad Cities.
Drue was elected to the Rock Island County Board in 2012 after serving 5 years on the Coal Valley Village Board. He has committed his county board term to reforming government and ensuring the people have a voice - winning an Attorney General request for review where public speaking was denied.
As a lifelong Republican, Drue believes it is a moral responsibility to participate in political life. In 2018, Mr. Mielke was elected chairman of the Rock Island County GOP. As chairman, he encourages all people to be involved in decisions that affect their community. That includes outreach to Democrats and Independents whose party may no longer be inline with their needs and beliefs. Drue asks people to consider stepping up to serve the public in elected positions in their government. His goals are to seek candidates that are inclusive who will serve our villages and cities, county, and state well by representation that protects the interest of the people.
Brendan is an actor and indie filmmaker from the south side of Chicago. He received both an undergraduate degree in Broadcast and an MBA from Marquette University. He recently moved back to Chicago from Los Angeles, where he had firsthand experience of the liberal bias in Hollywood.
The 2016 election of Donald Trump led Brendan down the rabbit hole of politics, which he has become fascinated by. He remembers how ‘coming out’ as a Trump supporter was more difficult than coming out as gay. He hopes to encourage others in his position, especially the LGBT community, to stand up for what is right, even if it means going against the grain.
Marking Officer & Champaign Area Director
Alex is originally from West Frankfort, Illinois and is a 2005 graduate of Frankfort Community High School. He joined the United States Airforce in 2007 and served 6 years.
In 2010 he moved to Robinson, Illinois in Crawford County, and graduated from Lincoln Trail College. While in Robison he served as a precinct committeeman and became very active in the Republican Party. He has sreved on several local and state campaigns, including being a Campaign Manager/Advisor for a gubernatorial candidate in 2006.
In 2012, he moved to Mattoon, Illinois in Coles County where he currently lives with his husband Taylor, who he married in February of 2016. He works at a senior living Center in Mattoon.
He enjoys spending time with his husband and their 2 dogs.
Mike Yelovich is the Political Director for the Illinois Chapter after serving a year as Vice President. He is a conservative political strategist, researcher and commentator from Chicago, IL. Currently he is the Managing Director of The MilLiberty Initiative. Before joining The MilLiberty Initiative, Mike was the Digital Director for the American Conservation Coalition and National Outreach Director of the PragerFORCE student ambassador group.
Mike has led and advised several nonprofits across the United States and has been a consultant for local and national campaigns. He graduated from Marist College in New York, where he majored in Political Science and Business. Mike served in several leadership positions on campus and is an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.