Meet our Staff
Get to know the people behind the movement!
& Federal Candidates
The leadership of the American Solidarity Party is made up of dedicated volunteers. Men and women who, like many, were searching for a better political party. Hopefully you will join us in building a strong foundation for our party, a foundation that will help us to elect well-qualified men and women to local positions across the country in the next two years. Please feel free to contact any of our candidates or National Committee Members by emailing them at: email@example.com
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Matthew Bartko grew up as a member of the Baptist Church and remains active in his local church. In college he studied secondary education before switching to sociology. Since then he has worked in sales and customer services. Just over three years ago he met the love of his life, and married her six months later – a choice that still brings him joy each day.
He has always been fascinated with politics, sociology, anthropology, religion, and psychology, spending most of his spare time in readings and discussions on those subjects. Several years ago he became frustrated with the seeming lack of caring from Republicans, and the sense of amorality from the Democrats. Finding himself politically “homeless” he researched his options and eventually settled on the American Solidarity Party. He now dedicates his time to growing the party and ensuring its future endeavors.
Desmond is currently working as the American Solidarity Party vice-chair, the campaign manager for the Maturen-Muñoz 2016 campaign, and is helping to set up state chapters and general recruiting for the party. He is a practicing Catholic, professional software engineer, a husband, and a father of seven children. Born in Zambia and of Indian (Goan) descent, he has lived in southern California since he was one-year-old. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in computer science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, Desmond has worked at various companies and organizations including GE, JPL, YellowPages.com, Los Angeles Times, and Disney.
He is socially conservative and fiscally moderate, and had spent his adult life as a Republican until the 2016 election season, when he discovered the American Solidarity Party. Desmond has been involved at different times with various ministries at his parish including CCD, Familia, and Cub Scouts. In his free time, Desmond enjoys playing video games with his kids.
Jim was born and raised in Seattle. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1980 and in 1982 both in Political Science from University of Washington. In 1982 he enrolled in a joint degree program at the University of Notre Dame, receiving a Master’s Degree in Economics and a law degree, both in 1986. He has served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Legislation. Jim has worked as a practicing lawyer since 1986. He has served as a King County Deputy Prosecutor and later entered private practice as a union labor lawyer. In 1994, he started his own law firm now known as Cline and Casillas, which has become one of the leading law firms on the West Coast that specialize in representing Public Safety employees. He has been involved in various federal, state and local political campaigns over the years. In 2001 he was a candidate for Seattle City Attorney. Jim joined the ASP after finding that values based platform provided a new political home for himself as well as millions and millions of Americans who have been marginalized by the two major parties.
Born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas; Amy attended Stephen F. Austin State University, where she double majored in Theatre and History, with a minor in Communication. She received her teaching certification in 2008, and has been a teacher since that time. She has taught both high school and middle school, focusing on Theatre Arts and Professional Communications. She and her husband have been married for ten years and have four children. Previously an ardent Democrat, Amy converted to Catholicism in 2010 and slowly realized that important aspects of her faith were not compatible with her voting practices. Still believing in the importance of community and fellowship, she felt distanced from both major parties. Finally, she joined the ASP. In addition to teaching, she volunteers off and on at her local parish, though most of her free time is spent with her children, who range in age from 9 months to 8 years old.
Skylar Covich is currently a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in New Jersey, he later moved with his family to New York and then the far north of California. He has been totally blind since birth. Covich earned a BA from Saint Mary’s College of California in 2009 with a Major in Politics and a Minor in Religious Studies, and he received an MA in political science from UC Santa Barbara in 2012.
Covich has conducted research and taught undergraduate courses on interest groups in American politics. He is particularly interested in the impact of religious organizations on economic policy and anti-poverty legislation. Before finding the ASP, he had planned to focus his academic career on researching the possibility of whether a socially conservative party with more progressive or moderate views on other issues might be viable in the United States. He will assist the American Solidarity Party with demographic data analysis, local and state organization, and ballot access. Covich has presented his research at numerous conferences, including the American Political Science Association and the Calvin College Symposium on Religion and Public Life.
Covich lives with his wife in Ventura, California. At around the same time he became involved with the American Solidarity Party, he also began another new activity; singing in the choir of his Catholic parish.
H. Lillian Vogl was born to parents who had recently been involved in establishing a Christian-democratic political action committee in the mid 1970s. Her father worked in media production for Christian international humanitarian organizations, giving her an early passion for justice and human dignity. She studied English Education at Dordt College and then moved to the Washington DC area to pursue a policy-oriented career. After a few years working for educational non-profits she attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a Federalist Society officer who organized public debates on current legal issues. She has focused her subsequent career on tax and financial services, and was a federally registered lobbyist for several years. She spent a decade actively involved in local Republican Party committees in Northern Virginia, volunteering as precinct captain, women’s coalition chair, executive committee member, and ran for State Central Committee. Meanwhile, her study of Catholic social justice principles caused increasing cognitive dissonance with the “party line,” leading to her public resignation from the GOP and joining the American Solidarity Party.
Brian Lester’s pro-life activism in high school and college initially led him to involvement in GOP politics. After college he was elected to his hometown’s Borough Council and served from 2001-2003, and so has seen the nitty-gritty of politics and governing at the local level. But this time coincided with a deepening of his concern for broader issues of peace and social justice, frustration that neither party addressed them, and a deep dive into studying distributism, localism and sustainability. He summarizes his political views with a paraphrase of Peter Maurin: “We should build a society where it is easier to choose the good.” He was thrilled to find in the Solidarity Party a community of people who share this vision.
Professionally, Brian brings 17 years of experience with a consulting firm focused on operational improvement, workforce development, strategic planning, and knowledge management. He hopes this expertise will be of service to the party as we bring on paid staff, coordinate volunteers, develop best practices for state, local, and college chapters, and evaluate strengths and vulnerabilities of potential candidates and races. Brian is a lifelong Catholic, a graduate of Cornell University, and lives with his wife and five children in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Darryl was born and raised in Northeast Ohio. Always considering himself politically homeless; he was drawn to the ASP for their message of solidarity and consistent life ethic. He was ecstatic when he finally found a political party that was Pro-Life for the “WHOLE” life! He is a U.S. Navy Veteran with a B.A. in Applied Conflict Management and a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Currently, he works for Medicare. He is diligently serving his nation once more by helping to ensure our country’s elderly get the care they so desperately deserve. With several years of admin, IT, and customer service experience in both the public and private sector; he desires to use his skill sets to help grow the party nationally. In addition, Darryl desires to foster shared goals and peaceful interactions between this nation’s contesting demographics. He believes that the ASP has a platform that can build a bridge and break down these current walls of division in our political system. He dreams of a day where hatred and vitriol will give way to love and acceptance.
Dr. Laurie Carrillo is a native Texan. She works as a professional engineer and professor. She witnessed first hand the Solidarity Movement in Poland nurtured by John Paul II to overcome Communism with bravery and passion. This left a memorable impression on her. Never feeling fully represented by either of the two dominant parties, she joined ASP because it encompassed the ideals of guarding against acts that for any reason violate the respect for Human Dignity and Life: torture, biological/atomic/chemical weaponry for indiscriminate destruction of vast areas of inhabitants, abortion, death penalty, euthanasia, and lack of compassion for the disabled, immigrants, and refugees. She is particularly sensitive for the need of a solid core foundation of ethics to guide the application of technological advancements in a manner that supports humanity’s ability to thrive instead of destroying it. She also has a particular interest in the application of global cooperations such as the International Space Station to develop knowledge for the betterment of society.
Raised in the Twin Cities metro area, Christopher came to the ASP as a result of his study of political philosophy. The consistent life ethic and emphasis on local community excited him, and drew him to the party where he can be volunteering his time and currently is head of PR for both the party and the campaign. He met his wife while in college at Bethel University. They currently live in Minneapolis, where he works in insurance and she works in social services. While a Protestant in college, Christopher has since become a member of the Orthodox Church of America.