NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Meet our Volunteer Leaders

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Get to know the people behind the movement!

National Committee

The leadership of the American Solidarity Party is made up of dedicated volunteers who, like many of us, were searching for a better political party. Join us to build a strong foundation for our party, elect Solidarity Party candidates as a new kind of leader, and redirect the conversation about public policy towards the common good. You can contact us by emailing admin@solidarity-party.org, and your inquiry will be routed to the appropriate member of our leadership team.

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Skylar Covich

Chairman

Skylar Covich is an academic political scientist who has conducted research on the influence of American Christian organizations on economic policies, and on past efforts to build socially conservative, economically progressive movements. He earned his BA in politics from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2009 and his doctorate in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2017. Totally blind since birth, he was involved in on-campus activities related to the labor movement, the pro-life movement and accessibility for the disabled. Upon finding the American Solidarity Party in 2016, he eagerly took the opportunity to put insights from his research into practice for an organization which matched his values. He assisted with ballot access and write-in vote counting research for the Maturen-Munoz presidential campaign, along with the party’s efforts to gain media coverage and active state chapters. He took a leading position in the party’s California chapter, which ran several candidates for the June 2018 Top Two primary elections including Brian Carroll for Congress and Desmond Silveira for governor.

Dr. Covich lives with his wife in Ventura, California. He teaches university level political science courses and sings in the choir of his Catholic parish.

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Patrick Harris

Vice-Chairman

Patrick Harris is a PhD candidate in History at Rutgers University, where he studies the political and intellectual history of modern Europe. He previously received a BA with majors in International Studies and Philosophy and a minor in French from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. An Alabama native, he lives in Memphis with his wife Sara and daughter Lena. His doctoral research has also taken him to Britain and France for extended periods, including a recent exchange year at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has worked intermittently for the past several years in assessment development for the Educational Testing Service. Patrick joined the Solidarity Party in 2016 and has served on the National Committee since 2018. He is also a volunteer organizer for the AND Campaign in the Memphis area.

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Zebulon Baccelli

 

Treasurer

I am a 39 year old small business owner and father of 4. I was born and have spent all but a few years of my life living in rural western Pennsylvania. Coming from a farm family background, I studied agriculture at Penn State University. In my late twenties I started a business providing marketing and distribution for a cooperative of Amish organic vegetable farmers which has become by full time occupation.

I have been involved in political activism since my college years, when I discovered the Catholic peace and justice movement and the Catholic Worker movement. As the president of the Penn State chapter of Pax Christi I organized demonstrations against the death penalty and war, and ran educational campaigns to introduce fellow students to Catholic social teaching. I joined the American Solidarity Party in 2016, overjoyed to find a real political party fully compatible with Catholic social teaching that is pro-life for the whole life. I was elected chair of the Pennsylvania chapter of the party in October 2107 and joined the national committee in June 2018.

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Carter McNeese

Secretary

Carter McNeese grew up on the Gulf Coast in Northwest Florida. Majoring in History and Political Science and minoring in Peace Studies, Carter received his BA from Warren Wilson College. While living in Virginia, and working for Colonial Williamsburg, Carter met the single most amazing woman in the world, the former Audrey Biser, and in January of 2016, they got married. In May of 2018, he graduated with a Master of Divinity from (the now-defunct) Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.

In September of 2018, Carter and Audrey moved to Fairmont, NC where Carter serves as Pastor of Fairmont First Baptist Church.

Politically active from a young age, Carter joined the ASP in 2018, excited to find a party in the Christian Democratic tradition, one that supported a consistent life ethic. Active with the re-establishment of the NC chapter of the ASP, Carter was elected to the Solidarity National Committee in June of 2020.

Carter is a Reformed Christian of the Baptist variety, a WhoDat, a Geek, a member of the Rebel Alliance, and a music nut. He loves to read fiction (especially Fantasy and Sci-Fi), History, Biography, Theology, and Comic Books. He owns more books than he knows what to do with. He also strongly believes in the Oxford comma.

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Tony Guidotti

Vice Treasurer

Tony Guidotti is currently an Innovation Fellow with enFocus Inc., a community development and entrepreneurship organization, and previously was recipient of a Coca-Cola Global Affairs Fellowship. He earned his Master of Global Affairs from the University of Notre Dame, dual concentrating in sustainable development and public policy, and has a bachelors degree from the University of St. Thomas where he triple majored in economics, international studies, and justice and peace studies. He has worked as a research partner with Catholic Relief Services, reviewing humanitarian cash and financial inclusion policies with refugees in Bangladesh and Uganda, and as a graduate consultant with Food for the Poor in Honduras where he designed livelihood projects alongside the residents of a sustainable community development.

Joining the National Committee in 2020, Tony Guidotti has previously served as chair of the state chapter in Washington state and most recently as state chair in Indiana. Tony and his wife continue to live in Indiana where they enjoy reading, playing board games, going hiking, and gardening. He is a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan and loud supporter of Notre Dame football.

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Bonnie Kallis

Bonnie is a small business owner, working as a writing consultant and educator. She is the mother of three, and the grandmother of four. She was born and raised in Michigan, where she spent the majority of her career as a teacher at a Title I school in metro Detroit. Bonnie is an Orthodox Christian and has offered her time as a church school director and kindergarten teacher. She now resides in northern Illinois, in close proximity to all of her grandchildren.

In 2018, Bonnie joined the American Solidarity Party and became the editor of the party newsletter shortly thereafter. She has since worked alongside many talented and passionate writers and editors in order to develop our current blog. She was elected as chair of the Illinois chapter in 2019 and was elected to the national committee in 2020.

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Albert Thompson

Albert Thompson is a conflict and culture historian specializing in the Great Depression and Second World War-era America, the Troubles in Northern Ireland, and the African Diaspora in the British Atlantic. He is from Fairfax County and a married father of two young children. A college instructor, he has also led seminars and given talks on racial-reconciliation, cultural literacy, and mental health disparities. Albert is currently researching and writing his dissertation in United States History at Howard University about the influence of FDR’s New Deal and Second World War policies and US reaction to the Holocaust, on race, national identity, and Jim Crow.

He is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a BA in Government and Norwich University with an MA in Military History.

He is also a lay leader in the Anglican Church in North America, where he serves on the Executive Committee; and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Christy Yao

Christy Yao has lived in the state of Maryland her whole life, currently residing in Baltimore County. She joined the American Solidarity Party in early 2018, and served on the Maryland state committee in February of that year. She has been chairwoman of her state since September 2018, is excited to be a delegate for the Northeast, and honored to have been elected to the National Committee. She has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and is currently a graduate student at Towson University, studying professional writing. She is an infant teacher at a child care center, as well as a staff writer and former intern for Rehumanize International. She is passionate about pro-life feminism, care for the environment, stopping unjust war, and many other issues!

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Michael Beard

Michael Beard is the father of 3 grown children: Gabriella (24), currently in the US Navy, Brevin (23), who works for Little Ceasar, Lillianna (21), who works for OMCO.
Michael is an Industrial Electrical and Electronics Technician at LSC Communications.

He helped found a Jail Ministry at his Warsaw, IN Sacred Heart parish. In addition he is currently involved in Warsaw People of Change, a local group that has lead local Black Lives Matter protests and talks with community leaders about police reform. Michael also helped found a group called Warsaw Area Voters. The goal of this group is to register, educate, and engage voters in Kosciusko County, IN.

When he gets free time, Michael likes to travel with his fiancee, Mandy Neff, and read philosophy, history, biographies, and books on different cultures.

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