Here are your 2017-18 Republican officers:
Adam Thomas, Chair
Adam has lived in the town of Olathe most of his life. He is General Manager of a local restaurant and is looking to be a new, fresh face to the Republican Party. Adam is a member of the Olathe Youth Symphony Association Board of Directors, and has volunteered to help campaign with multiple local and state officials. Most recently he was elected Treasurer of the Olathe Republican Party in 2015. Adam ran for the City Council in 2017 and came within 4 votes of a victory.
Adam and his wife Kristin are currently raising 4 daughters in the Olathe School District.
Lupita Powell, Vice Chair
Lupita has served youth through working in the Olathe School District for the last fourteen years. Born in Mexico, Lupita is the youngest of fifteen children and values family, friends, and the Lord. Lupita is a devoted mother to her three adult children and is married to a KC area native, Randy Powell, who currently serves as the District 30 Kansas State Representative. In her free time, Lupita loves to fellowship with women from church and to spend time experimenting with plants, recipes, and crafts. She hopes to motivate younger people to give back to their communities and engage in culture to make a difference.
Ted Lockwood, Treasurer
Ted is a lifelong Republican and has lived in Olathe for almost 22 years. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from the State University of NY at Oswego. He is a retired Army officer with three combat tours to Iraq and Afghanistan and has been awarded two Bronze Stars and the Combat Action Badge. He has served as a precinct committeeman for 7 years and is currently a delegate to both the 3rd Congressional District Republican Party and the Kansas Republican Party. Ted is employed as a Manager, Purchasing and Planning in a Pharmaceutical manufacturing company. He volunteers as a coach for the Olathe Trailblazers Special Olympics team. Ted has been married to his wife Michele for over 27 years and has 2 adult Republican children.
Mike McGovern, Secretary
Mike has been re-elected to the Olathe Republican Party and has served as Secretary since 2003. Mike and his wife Tana, are serving their ninth term as Republican Committeeman and Committeewoman for Olathe Ward 3. Mike is an underwater consultant, auditor and educator for the commercial diving industry and owner and President for RYCAM, Inc. previously named Midwest Marine Contracting, Inc., his successful underwater contracting firm. He was inducted into the Commercial Diving Hall of Fame in 2005 by the Association of Diving Contractors International which he served as a board member for six years. Mike has served twice as PTO President at Prince of Peace Catholic School. He was the Cubmaster for Pack 3240 and served as President for the Olathe Catholic Charities Advisory Board for eight years.
In 2003, Mike ran for the Olathe School Board of Education – District #233. He serves on the Kansans for Life Board and belongs to Council 7909 Knights of Columbus. Mike is an NRA Instructor, a trained Kansas Concealed Carry Instructor, and FFL. McGovern is a resident of Olathe along with his beautiful and loving wife, Tana, and they have three sons, Ryan, Camron, and Aaron.