Gabriella Shanahan

Gabriella holds a duel B.A. in political science and United States history, as well as a MBA in finance. She has served on the 708 Mental Health board and she currently sits on the Kendall County Board of Health.

“When our mentors decide to pass the torch of practices, tradition, responsibility, and knowledge over, a younger mentee needs to have their hand extended and ready to run. The Young Republicans organization is a vehicle to promote and engage the future leaders of Kendall County.”

– Gabriella Shanahan


Matthew Prochaska

Matt is an experienced public servant and life-long Kendall resident. He was elected to Kendall County Circuit Clerk where he currently serves. He has served as youngest member of the Kendall County Board ever elected. Matt is also the Chairman of the Planning, Building, & Zoning Committee and the Chairman of the Kendall County Housing Authority. In addition, Matt Prochaska is Vice President of the Kendall County Forest Preserve and is a member of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.

Matt attended Loras College, in Dubuque, IA, where he earned a bachelor’s in religious studies and political science. Believing fiscal discipline is a municipal virtue, Matt established a record of balancing budgets and holding the line on taxes.


Crystal Steinbach

Crystal first got involved with the Young Republicans in 2010 while living in Chicago. She has as an MBA in Management and Finance and works in marketing for an ad agency that serves financial institutions.

“Young conservative voices need an outlet. The Young Republicans are an extraordinary vehicle for young adults to get involved, share ideas, and make a difference. I want to see that expand even further into more modern channels.”

– Crystal Steinbach


Heidi Baird

Heidi recently moved into Kendall County and has quickly become apart of the community. She has her undergrad from Michigan State University in Communication and is pursuing a double Masters in Business Administration and Leadership and Management while also working for a local credit union.

“I believe everyone needs to feel as though their voice matters. Young republicans have such a great opportunity in our community to interact with their republican figureheads to learn and grow as strong Kendall County future leaders.”

– Heidi Baird

Sergeant at Arms

Rusty Corneils

Rusty is a lifetime Kendall County resident that has been involved in the Kendall County Republican Party since 2007. He has served as the Recording Secretary for the KCRCSC and is currently serving as Precinct Committeemen for Bristol 1 in the Kendall County Republican Central Committee as well as Sergeant at Arms for the Kendall County YRs.

“I see the Kendall County Young Republicans as an exceptional opportunity for young men and women to  actively participate in our community. It is my hope that through social and civic involvement we can bolster our community engagement by working with fellow residents and local leaders to positively impact our county. I believe the strongest communities are engaged communities.”

– Rusty Corneils