Chad Cohen is the President of Lone Wolf Oil Co., LLC, an oil and gas company engaged in the acquisition of mineral and royalty interests in the Permian Basin. Before founding Lone Wolf in 2014, he worked for two years as a landman at a privately-held exploration and production company based in Dallas. He received his BBA in Finance with a Specialization in Alternative Asset Management from the Cox School of Business at SMU, where he graduated magna cum laude and was a Hunt Scholar. While at SMU, he served as President of SMU College Republicans for three years. A lifelong native of Dallas, he is a graduate of Trinity Christian Academy in Addison.
Director of Programming
Roger Shafer is a Financial Analyst in the Capital Markets group at Cushman & Wakefield. He previously was a Senior Investment Associate in the Wealth Advisory practice at The Northern Trust Company for four years serving ultra-high net worth investors. Roger received his B.S.B.A in Financial Management & Investments from the Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of the student managed Arvest Bank Fund, and Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Roger serves on the Young Benefactors Board, Executive Committee, and Scholarship Committee for The First Tee of Greater Dallas. He is also a member of The 43 Club, and the Dallas Petroleum Club.
Director of Membership
William Mercer is a Dallas native born and raised. He attended The University of Texas, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Radio, Television, Film. After working in television for two years, William decided to hang up the microphone and move back to Dallas to begin his second career in education. He is currently in his 12th year as an educator in the Dallas Independent School District. William has always had a love for politics and has been a lifelong Republican. In the summer of 2003, he worked for Governor Perry’s office, during the special secession during redistricting. It was a great experience. William to this day continues to be involved with the Republican Party in Dallas. This includes being a member and current officer of the Dallas County Young Republicans, and volunteering with local campaigns throughout Dallas by block walking and phone banking. In his free time, William is involved at his church, Church of the Incarnation and different social organizations in Dallas. He enjoys hunting/fishing, being outdoors, grilling, and spending time with family/friends, as well as traveling. William is an avid sports fan. You can always find him in Austin, on Saturdays in the fall, at Longhorn home games. Also traveling around the country during the Summer attending games at all 30 Major League Ballparks, only 8 to go!
William’s goal as vice president of membership, is to make new members feel welcome and join the Dallas County Young Republicans. With new members we can continue to be a strong voice in Dallas County and the State of Texas. If you are new to the club, please make sure to stop by and introduce yourself, I always enjoy meeting new people and would love to have you join if you haven’t!
Charlie Kolean is a Patriot and life long Republican. As Treasurer he ensures the club is financially stable. Kolean uses his sales acumen as a small-time GOP fundraiser. His passions include foreign affairs, golf, cigars and hunting.
Director of Community Service
Sarah Schoonover is a Texas native and graduate of The University of Texas in Austin with a B.S. in Textiles and Apparel Design. After graduation she moved to New York for an internship with stylist Lori Goldstein who gave her start to her career in the fashion industry by introducing her to the start up Maiyet, an ethical luxury fashion brand that partners with global artisans. During her time with the luxury label she helped launch the label at Barneys New York and Barneys San Francisco, started their social media, collaborated on seasonal campaign photo shoots, liaised as Maiyet hosted the Metropolitan Museum of Art Apollo Circle Benefit, re-launched Maiyet.com while managing all the styling and uploading of the e-commerce imagery, and opened the a flagship store on Crosby Street. Getting to travel to Paris for Maiyet’s runway shows during Paris Fashion Week were some of her favorite times.
After three years in New York, Sarah moved back to Dallas, Texas for an opportunity at Forty Five Ten, as their new Digital Coordinator. Where she managed all stores social media accounts as well as created and merchandised emails for the company. During the launch of a new flagship downtown location, collaborated on seasonal campaign shoots, styled social shoots, and managed the content and implementation of the seasonal story telling across channels.
Sarah is now a Senior Designer at Neiman Marcus and is currently active in a number of civic organizations in Dallas. She currently serves on the board of The Slipper Club of Dallas, the first women’s social club in Dallas, now a non-profit organization that raises support and awareness for local charitable agencies. Sarah is an alumni of Chi Omega, member of the Salvation Army Echelon, and actively volunteers for Helicopters for Heroes.
Director of Social Activites
Kathryn is the Campaign Operations Manager/Elections Director at Dallas County GOP. Prior to her role with the county party, Kathryn served in various capacities for hometown Congressman Pete Sessions as well as Central Texas Congressman Roger Williams. She received Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Corporate Communications and Public Affairs from Southern Methodist University.
Director of Communications
Originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, Meredith graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.S. in Business Administration. She also obtained her Master of Business Administration from “Ole Miss” where she served as Vice-President of her MBA class and a member of the Board of Directors for the School of Business Administration. She was inducted into the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Meredith also served as a Staff Member for Congressman Jim McCrery, Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of Louisiana.
After graduating from Ole Miss, Meredith lived in Washington D.C. where she was a member of the Junior League of Washington and attended the Protocol School of Washington. She graduated as a Consultant in Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol and then attended Protocol Officer School. She is a certified Protocol Officer and served as Protocol Assistant to the Office of the Speaker, United States Congress.
Meredith moved to Dallas in 2014 to attend Southern Methodist University and graduated with a Master of Education. She was inducted into the Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society. Meredith also served the community as the President of Slipper Club of Dallas from 2017-2018 and spent the year raising money for Camp Sweeney, the largest camp for children with juvenile diabetes in the world. Currently, she is the Executive Director for Helicopters for Heroes, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and supporting veterans and educating our nation’s youth about the importance and value of our veterans and their legacy of dedication, bravery and sacrifice. In her spare time, Meredith is an avid snow skier and enjoys volunteering with the Junior League of Dallas.
A native of New Orleans, Houstoun has been interested in politics for as long as he can remember. He currently serves as Director of Retail Merchandising and Business Development Consultant for Mister Tuxedo, a family-owned tuxedo shop that has been a staple of the Park Cities since 1961. A licensed CPA, he previously practiced international tax at Deloitte Tax, LLP, where he helped advise clients in global tax planning and compliance. Houstoun received his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting degrees from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, where he was a BBA Scholar and an active member of the SMU College Republicans and the SMU Sailing Team.
Houstoun is active in a number of civic organizations in Dallas. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Honor Guard, whose members support the annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Presentation Ball, which is the largest fundraiser for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League and supports the community outreach programs of the Dallas Symphony Association. He is a recipient of the Lois Monk Watson award for outstanding service to the Honor Guard and Symphony League and is working on a book commemorating the first thirty years of the Presentation Ball and Honor Guard.
Houstoun is also a member of the IBEX Business Club, the Salvation Army Echelon, the Dallas Safari Club Conservation Society, Ducks Unlimited, and the Dallas Petroleum Club.