President - John Shannon
John is a Marine Corps veteran, and has been a practicing attorney since May 1975. In 1981, he opened an independent law firm, John Hugh Shannon, PA, in Lakeland. A lifetime member of the NRA, John served as a range safety officer while in the Marine Corps. In addition to serving as the RCL's president, John is also the president-elect of the Citrus Center Kiwanis Club.
Vice President - Chad Davis
Chad works as a legislative assistant for our 22nd District State Senator, Kelli Stargel. He received a master's degree in public policy and a juris doctorate degree from Pepperdine University.
Valeria Jorn - Secretary
Valeria has previously served as Secretary of The Republican Club of Lakeland and also currently serves as the Legislative Committee Chairman. Valeria served as the Corresponding Secretary of Women for Responsible Legislation and also served over 10 years as Secretary for The Polk County Republican Executive Committee. She currently serves as Legislative Committee Chairman of the Republican Women's Club of Lakeland, Federated. Valeria is married to Wade; has two sons, Beau and Michael, two grandsons William and Jacob and three granddaughters Chasity, Lilly and Abi. Valeria is the Marketing Executive/Legislative Liaison for Tri-County Human Services, Inc. Valeria is proud to be a native of Lakeland - go Dreadnaughts! Her father was Mayor of Lakeland in 1960.
Treasurer - Richard Derk
Certified Public Accountant
1983-Present Richard Derk, CPA PA
1982-1983 Polk General Hospital, Director of Finance
1981-1982 Evans, Parrish & Fisk, CPA
1975-1981 Internal Revenue Service
Member: American Institute of Certified PublicAccountants
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Lakeland Lodge 91 - Treasurer
National Society of Tax Practitioners
Republican Club of Lakeland, Treasurer
National Association of Tax Professonals
National Society of Accountants
Education: BS Business, Florida Atlantic University
AA Palm Beach Jr. College
Licenses: Certified Public Accountant Insurance, State of Florida
Personal: Married, two adult children, Veteran, U.S.A.F.