Chief Executive Officer
Stacia, is a DC resident and an active member of the DC Republican Committee and The GOP Black Engagement. This gifted Vocalist, Songwriter and Director, has appeared in television commercials, music videos, stage plays, musical productions, and performed with various bands. She is a A Florida native, who attended Miami Dade College where she studied Music Business. She has over 15 years of leading sales organizations in the health care, tech, and staffing spaces. She currently works as a rental consultant for CORT Business Services. Stacia is also active in her church where she’s served as Drama Director with youth, Worship Leader and Dance Minister. She currently supports filming of political campaign advertisement. She’s passionate about religion, politics, and helping Republican candidates rise to victory as they are the ones who “desire to serve the people justly and protect the United States Constitution.”
A retired U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel and retired CIA officer, Mr. Schoelwer wants to help transform the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) to remain relevant and effective at electing Republicans to local and national office. Mr. Schoelwer's years of experience working in challenging settings around the world taught him the importance of engaging with communities that have different perspectives. He found that through deliberate, thoughtful dialogue, conflict can become common ground.
Mr. Schoelwer ran for Republican Party of Virginia Chairman in 2020 and is an active member of the RPV and President of the 1st District, where he authored and helped pass the RPV’s first Anti-racism Resolution in 2021.
Mr. Schoelwer is a founding member of REAL. He currently is working with legislators and nonprofit groups that represent underserved communities to find solutions for Virginia's problems, including the school to prison pipeline, which robs the state of its most precious commodity - young people.
Teresa Giral, JD, Phd is.a native Washingtonian and first-generation Cuban-American who owns a large counseling and education practice in Maryland. A former litigator, she earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center and her doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University. During her internship and postdoctoral training - providing therapy and assessments to court-involved youth and child trauma victims in DC - she became passionate about improving educational and enrichment opportunities for underserved children. Her businesses, positions on several nonprofit Boards, research on early intervention for learning challenges, and advocacy for school choice all focus on improving the lives of children and adolescents, especially those who lack the resources to succeed.
Dr. Giral serves on the DC GOP Advisory Council and is a member of the Maryland GOP and Fredrick Douglass Foundation. She is a founding member of REAL
Director of Education and Mental Health Advocacy
Lisa Tropez-Arceneaux, PsyD, MSCP is a Clinical Psychologist who trained at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and completed her internship at Howard University Hospital. A native of New Orleans, Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux is the Director of Assessment for a Maryland-based psycho-educational assessment group practice, Screening for Success. In that role, she oversees all aspects of educational and psychological testing. An expert on pediatric trauma, Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux has worked at Johns Hopkins University, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and the University of Texas Medical Center in their departments of Pediatric Burn Surgery. She also served as Mental Health Director for a juvenile correctional facility in Louisiana and as Board Chair for a charter school in New Orleans.
With years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings, Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux hopes to help REAL address some of the educational and social needs of teens to help protect them against low self-esteem, poor mental health, and unsuccessful life trajectories. With a special interest in helping young women of color succeed, she also developed a multi-tiered mentorship program for pre-teen and adolescent females.
She hopes to use her expertise in mental health, criminal justice, and education to empower young men and women of color to envision and obtain their dreams.
Anson Franklin is a strategic communications professional whose experience has spanned state and federal government, politics, and the private sector. He has served three Republican administrations, including his role as an assistant press secretary for President Reagan. His assignments directing public communications for four federal agencies in the Reagan and both Bush administrations included two Senate-confirmed positions. He worked in numerous political campaigns, including managing four statewide campaigns in Virginia and Texas, and his role as a White House spokesman overlapped President Reagan’s re-election campaign. He also worked for two Members of Congress, served in the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia and was vice president of communications for a Fortune 500 corporation.
Mr. Franklin is a founding member of REAL. He hopes to help the Republican Party better articulate how its policies support underrepresented communities.