Occupation: Middle School ELA/ Literacy Teacher- South Country CSD
Education: M.A.- Literacy and Cognition (5-12) St. Joseph’s College -2014
B.A.- English Secondary Education (7-12)/ Social Sciences St. Joseph’s College- 2010
Advanced Reagents Diploma Eastport-South Manor High School – 2006
Extra-Curricula’s: Lions Club, My nephews and niece, my students, politics, reading, crafts, and watching “vintage” shows.
Favorite Politician: Barry Goldwater
Quotes: “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
“Do not look down on anyone, unless you are looking down to help them up.”
“Love the life you live.”
“I am jealous of LOVE, she can reach so many people and I can’t.”
Occupation: Assistant to the President, Town of Islip Department of Environmental Control
M.A. - Elections and Campaign Management Fordham University- Anticipated Graduation Date 2016
M.A.- Public Administration/Urban Development C.U.N.Y Brooklyn College-2012
B.A.- Social Sciences St. Joseph’s College- 2009
Advanced Reagents Diploma Connetquot High school – 2005
Extra-Curricula’s: Recording Secretary- East End Republican Club, Islip Town Republican Committeemen
Favorite Politician: George W. Bush/ Thomas Jefferson
Quote: “They Misunderestimate Me”- George W. Bush
Gary Pollakusky is an accomplished business executive who brings to the Suffolk County Young Republicans a broad scope of professional experience. Pollakusky has more than 19 years of experience partnering with large and small corporations across multiple industries and sectors to maximize performance growth potential. His company Media Barrel LLC is a New Media Services organization that offers advertising & marketing strategy, implementation, and management. Gary also runs Travel Barrel LLC, a travel tours & transportation business that includes micro-branded holdings like Vino Crawl, Foodie Hop and Agro Journey.
Prior to Media Barrel & Travel Barrel, Gary served in management roles for Bernard HODES Group, Unilever HPCNA, Columbia Business School, and AHL Services, Inc. Pollakusky holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is an active member of SHRM, North Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, LICVB, and LILA. Additionally, Gary serves as a Board Member for the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, Brookhaven Local Development Corporation, Vice President of the North Brookhaven (Ward 2) Republican Club and recently was honored with the Long Island Business News Corporate Citizenship Award for 2016.
Shawn Hyms graduated from Sachem North High School in 2009. He currently works as a sales assistant for a lighting goods wholesale distributor. Shawn has also served as an intern and Deputy Campaign Manager for NYS Assemblyman Alfred C. Graf. In addition to being Secretary of the Suffolk County Young Republicans, Shawn is also a committeeman for the Brookhaven Republican Committee. Shawn has received numerous awards and recognition in the community, including being named 2014 Suffolk County Young Republican Man of the Year.
Kimberly currently serves as a Legislative Aide for Suffolk County Legislator Tom Cilmi of the 10th District. She is the past Chairwoman of the Islip Town Young Republicans Club, is a committeewoman for the Islip Republican Committee, a member of FEMA’s Suffolk County Emergency Response Team, and was recognized in 2015 as the Suffolk County Young Republican Woman of the Year. After a previous service to the SCYR board as parliamentarian, she returns after a brief break to focus on her studies, now serving us as Recording Secretary. In addition to her dedication to the Republican Party and preserving fiscally conservative values, she has degrees in Interior Design, Business Administration, and is currently in progress towards a degree in Engineering Sciences.
Occupation: Dockbuilder Local 1556, New York City District Council of Carpenters
Education: Reagents Diploma Bellport High school – 2005
Extra-Curricula’s: East End Republican Club
Email: Michael Kuhn
Favorite Politician: Tom Croci/ Ronald Reagan
Quote: “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company."- George Washington
Sergeant at Arms
Educator, Small Business Owner, and Chief of Staff to New York State Assemblyman Al Graf
Past President (2014 to 2015)
Occupation: Aide to New York State Senator Phil Boyle
Education: Hofstra University - Marketing
Extra Curriculars: Eastern Region Vice Chair, New York State Young Republicans, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Huntington Chamber of Commerce Top 30 young Professionals Under 30, 2014.
Favorite Politician: Ronald Reagan
Quote: "We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions"- President Ronald Reagan