Citizen Leaders

Sentari Minor

Sentari Minor

Arizona

With a career that has covered private industry strategy, social impact consulting and political engagement, Sentari Minor has done his share of corporate and policy development. As vice president of strategy and chief of staff for an industry-leading behavioral health company, evolvedMD, he is passionate about bringing the best out of people, companies and communities.

Phoenix-born and Midwest-educated, he was selected as a member of the “40 Under 40” list by the Phoenix Business Journal in 2022 for his positive impact on business and the community. He taps his expertise in corporate strategy, organizational leadership and brand building in his role as co-chair of No Labels in Arizona.

Sentari, who identifies as an independent, was once a member of the Young Republicans but says that, like so many other Americans, he now feels like a political refugee from the two main parties, which he says don’t reflect the views of most Americans. The gridlock between the parties has also become debilitating for the country and raises concern for him.

“Political infighting, with no end and no solution and nobody talking, is frustrating to watch,” says Sentari, who is most concerned about the nation’s youth and the government’s inability to be fiscally responsible.

It’s that acrimony that, he says, makes No Labels so important.

No Labels plan to put up a Unity ticket in 2024 hits home with Sentari. “We need viable and sustaining third choices, if the parties don’t have meaningful and viable candidates,” says Sentari.

Susan Magee

Susan Magee

California

Susan B. Magee lived in California most of her life before embarking on life-changing experiences in Washington state and Washington, D.C., that gave her a front-row seat to politics. She is now state co-chair for No Labels in the Golden State.

With a degree in international relations from Pomona College in Claremont, California, Susan first moved to Washington, D.C., as a White House Fellow during the administration of former President Gerald Ford. The mayor of Seattle then appointed her to a position advocating for women’s rights in the workplace. Later, she moved back to Washington, D.C., to work at the U.S. Department of Commerce, crafting urban and regional policy during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. She also worked in the policy office of the U.S. Treasury Secretary.

Susan says, “I have watched what has happened to our U.S. Congress. There has never been such a divisive time in America for people having different opinions. The way people demonize each other and the way politicians hold on to their power offends me to my core. No Labels is the only group that has successfully brought people together.”

She’s particularly concerned about America’s ever-increasing debt and lackluster border and immigration policy.

Now, back in California, Susan says: “I want a choice of folks in the center who have the good of all Americans in mind, not just those in their power base. A Unity ticket addresses what most people are seeking.”

Barbara Guillory

Barbara Guillory

Georgia

Born in New Orleans, La., Barbara Guillory has lived in Atlanta, Ga. for over three decades and serves today as the state co-chair of No Labels in Georgia.

With a long and successful career in real estate, Barbara volunteers for area non-profits advocating for the homeless, financial literacy and higher education. She has helped Atlanta-area residents raise money to live in affordable housing.

Barbara says, “The biggest factor in the stabilization of a family is a home.”

As a board member at the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, a non-profit, Barbara helps area residents set financial goals, including securing a down payment for a home. Through a start-up that she started, DownPaymeAccess, Barbara helps women heads of household become homeowners.

In 2020, Barbara, frustrated by the divisiveness between the two political parties, joined No Labels. She became Georgia state co-chair at No Labels, amplifying No Labels message of bipartisan solutions.

“We’re looking for solutions that positively impact the people in our country. We are about improving the quality of life for people versus being divisive with one extreme or the other,” says Barbara. “By putting the country first before political parties, we all win, and No Labels is intent on including everyone.”

Glenda Reynolds

Glenda Reynolds

Kansas

As a lifelong Kansas resident, Glenda Reynolds, No Labels’ state co-chair, has had a long history with the Sunflower State that not only includes raising her family there and working 27 years in the social services field, but also running twice for the Kansas House of Representatives.

In 2010, during her first run for the state legislature, she learned that voters often prioritize a candidate’s party affiliation. That’s why in 2012, when running for a second time, she opted not to list her party. Although she was met with a lot of mutual agreement about her views, upon revealing to those inquiring that she was a Democrat, many said they could not vote for her.

“That’s when I decided politics would be better if we or ballots weren’t labeled with party affiliation,” says Glenda, who liked what she found when she discovered No Labels.

She and her husband Ernest attended the No Labels 2017 Problem Solvers Conference, and she has been active ever since.

Glenda says, “I believe this is the most critical time for us to be involved in the politics of our country. It’s just getting more and more corrupt — on both sides.”

She sees the economy, health care and lack of safety as America’s most concerning issues, with the latter especially concerning because her grandson works as a police officer in Wichita.

“Every time I hear there’s been a shooting or an officer down, I’m always checking if officers were shot on his street,” says Glenda. “Health care is especially concerning, because if you don’t have good insurance and get really sick, it can just wipe somebody out financially.”

Justin Schair

Justin Schair

Maine

As a businessman, foreign affairs columnist, board member, husband and father, Maine No Labels Co-Chair Justin Schair wears many hats. Yet, he’s never labeled himself a Democrat or Republican.

A graduate of Hofstra University and later Northwestern University, Justin has long been devoted to reform politics, as a proponent of education, economic empowerment and an advocate of equality and social and civil rights.

“I’m a big believer that people’s opportunity and life success are not determined by their zip code,” says Justin, whose goal is to help his state’s residents thrive.

What troubles him deeply is seeing so many people put party before country.

“The Democratic and Republican parties are comprised of decent people trapped in a bad system, driven by a political industrial complex that is deeply corrosive,” he says. “I think when we come together a lot of those divisive issues — they become relatively unimportant.”

An advocate of the United States maintaining its position as a strong military and economic leader, Justin worries that without both, America will lose its global competitiveness and its ability to use economic, diplomatic and military power as a force for good in the world.

Says Justin, “We have troops in countries around the world. It’s an unbelievable service to the world. There’s no question the world is a better place because of the U.S., and we’re heavily rewarded for providing that service.”

In Maine, Justin says he comes from a place where people think for themselves and aren’t afraid to buck party politics.

“They don’t need parties to tell them how to vote. They’re independent-minded, whether Democrat or Republican or something else. Mainers are very thoughtful, decent people and care a great deal about their state. The mission of No Labels resonates very closely with how most Mainers think.”

Rebecca Rothstein

Rebecca Rothstein

Nevada

A mother and grandmother, Rebecca Rothstein is committed to charting a more positive future for the nation for eight reasons: her eight grandchildren.

“It’s all about my grandchildren,” she says.

Born in Canada, Rebecca lived in New Jersey before her family settled in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where she raised her children and built a career in the financial industry.

“I just could never have imagined the cesspool that politics has become,” she says. “The rhetoric and hatred have hit new lows. If you were a mother, you would tell them, ‘Break it up!’”

Issues of public safety worry her as she navigates her family through rituals that were otherwise calm and peaceful, like going to the mall or dining out at restaurants.

A while ago, sitting at her kitchen counter, she logged onto a virtual event hosted by No Labels and tears fell from her eyes as she listened to former Sen. Joe Lieberman speak eloquently about his vision for the nation.

“He was so thoughtful,” she recalls. “He was so genuine. I miss that in our political leaders. I’m so sad about what is happening to our country with divisions splitting families, communities and the nation.”

Rebecca is drawn to No Labels’ moderate approach to typically hot-button issues like immigration, abortion and gun safety. “Everything should be discussed from a balanced perspective,” she says.

The idea of a third choice in the 2024 election is visionary, says Rebecca. “It gives me hope.”

Carrie Zeidman

Carrie Zeidman

Nevada

As a Californian transplant now residing in the entertainment capital of the world in Las Vegas, Nev., Carrie Zeidman has embraced her role as Nevada’s No Labels state co-chair.

The tenth-generation Californian, who relocated to Las Vegas four years ago, is happy to live among like-minded centrists.

“People I’ve talked to here are in favor of No Labels and very enthusiastic, so it really does give me hope that the movement will have a positive effect on getting us a reasonable presidential candidate the nation could support,” says Carrie.

A graphic designer and illustrator by trade with a digital fine art gallery, Carrie also works in genealogy and historical research, volunteering for several historical societies.

She considers it very important to educate our nation’s children and young adults about the past and its importance. She worries the nation isn’t focused on important priorities of educating children in basic math and reading. Carrie, a board member of Hillel of Silicon Valley, an organization that serves the needs of Jewish students, says she is also concerned about the increasingly polarized direction the country is headed.

“It’s pretty depressing watching people get further and further to the right and left and not able to have a conversation with each other,” says Carrie. “I’m happy to support a movement that brings us to the middle.”

Mark McLaughlin

Mark McLaughlin

New Hampshire

As a native of New Hampshire living on the state’s coast, Mark McLaughlin serves as No Labels’ state co-chair.

Mark says, “The idea we could have a third option in this 2024 election is really important. We know from the presidential records of both Biden and Trump who they are, and 70 percent of the country feels like we need a third option. Why not give it to them?”

After earning his undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford University and a master’s degree from Northeastern University, Mark has worked at the U.S. Geological Survey in the field of oceanography, studying sea urchins.

Now teaching math and science to prisoners in the state, he says his best work involves people.

Mark is particularly concerned about global trade, the environment and economic issues that impact Americans, “right outside their back doors.”

In 2017, Mark became involved with No Labels when it hosted a convention in New Hampshire. Since then, Mark has expanded his knowledge of local and national politics, while engaging with staffers from the offices of New Hampshire Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan.

“One thing that discourages people is that they don’t know if their representatives know what’s going on,” says Mark. “No Labels has provided me an avenue to promote citizen involvement. We can’t keep kicking the can down the road on our nation’s most important problems. We must be problem solvers for our nation.”

Suzanne McCafferty

Suzanne McCafferty

New York

As a media veteran who has produced and directed productions and trained major Hollywood clients, including MGM Studios and Universal Television, Suzanne McCafferty knows the media landscape from coast to coast.

Suzanne, a No Labels co-chair of New York, grew up in the Midwest and Texas and still remembers canvassing voters with her politically active parents.

As the mother of two sets of twins who are now adults, Suzanne took her children canvassing and laments, “Democracy worked when I was growing up as a kid but hasn’t worked since my children have been alive.”

Six years ago, it was that apathy about the country’s gridlocked government that led her to find No Labels and its Problem Solvers Caucus. And it’s why she sees the overall theme of “saving democracy” as her greatest mission.

Suzanne, whose great-great-grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War, sees the nation’s polarization as its biggest roadblock and something that has to stop.

“Whether it’s police safety, ballot access or the economy, if we don’t have people working together in D.C., we’re lost,” she says, noting that Congress has been taken over by “those who shout the loudest.”

She sees No Labels as a movement that wants democracy to not only survive but thrive.

“I really want to save democracy for my kids and my kids’ kids. If not now, when are we going to do this? It might be too late.”

Louise Short

Louise Short

Oklahoma

Growing up in Columbus, Ind., with entrepreneurial and politically active parents, Louise Short, co-chair of No Labels Oklahoma, was exposed regularly to political issues and politically engaged people.

In 1956, Louise’s mother was one of the first female delegates to the National Republican Convention, and in 1964, her father served as the treasurer for the Republican Party in Indiana when politician Barry Goldwater ran for president.

Growing up, Louise was particularly influenced by Columbus native J. Irwin Miller, the CEO of Cummins Engine Co. and a leader in the Christian ecumenical and civil rights movement.

She graduated from Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio. After marrying her husband, who served in the military, Louise moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1981, where she started a business as a registered investment advisor.

Considering our country’s current fiscal state, Louise wonders how many people in Congress have taken economics.

“If they did, they might understand debits and credits and how you have to have so many pieces of the puzzle before you pass legislation that’s going to spend money you don’t have,” says Louise, noting the importance of having one’s fiscal house in order.

A graduate of Leadership Tulsa, a program that teaches leadership skills, she is also concerned about Oklahoma’s low educational standards and voter participation.

“I want to move us forward and away from the divisiveness and get us back to the values that built us as a nation and that make us great,” she says.

As she watches the No Labels movement grow, she is reminded of her childhood inspiration, Miller, not only building her hometown but moving the nation forward in civil rights.

“He attracted people from all over the country to work for his firm. He made Columbus one of the best places to live. He reminds me that we must all try to be a force of positive change.”

Gary Sasse

Gary Sasse

Rhode Island

As No Labels state co-chair for Rhode Island, Gary Sasse has drawn from his experience working at the most senior levels of both the public and private sectors.

With a bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Missouri, he has held senior positions as a member of the governor’s staff for the state of Tennessee.

From 1977 until 2007, Gary served as executive director for the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. In 2008, he was appointed by former Republican Gov. Donald Carcieri to serve as director of the Department of Administration and Department of Revenue.

More recently, the father of four and longtime Republican worked as Rhode Island’s state chairman for Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign from 2015 through 2016. He then became policy advisor for campaigns in New England and Rhode Island and co-chair for the Kasich for America 2016 campaign.

Gary says he’s most concerned about the issues related to the nation’s economy, immigration policies and national security, and he was drawn to No Labels for its pragmatic and stalwart efforts to bringing people together to address the nation’s current challenges.

He commends No Labels’ bipartisan viewpoint and work bringing people together to find commonsense and common ground solutions.

“Either you join hands, or you point fingers. No Labels was an antidote to the partisan finger-pointing when people call each other names,” he says.

Gary continues to lead the effort in Rhode Island to spread the message about No Labels and circulate petitions to get ballot access in the state.

Kathleen Reyes

Kathleen Reyes

South Carolina

Retired CPA and former New Mexico No Labels co-chair Kathleen Reyesnow leads No Labels in South Carolina, and she still remembers the first No Labels event she attended in January 2012 a rainy cold day in New York City.

“You could see the Empire State Building,” recalls Kathleen, about looking out from the venue at New York University where about 1,500 people were gathered to officially launch the No Labels movement.

The mother of two sons and four grandchildren, who recently re-located to the state of South Carolina, has always voted for the person and not the party.

“I truly am an independent,” Kathleen says.

As a person who for years used detail and preciseness in her work as an accountant and financial planner, she’s very concerned about the nation’s finances, its out-of-control inflation, the amount of government corruption that exists and the border crisis.

“So those are my concerns based on my background, but my real concern is they’re not listening to the people of the U.S.,” she says. “To me, that goes against what our country was founded on and could be the beginning of the end if that continues.”

She likens the tenacity of No Labels mission to offer Americans a commonsense alternative to the same quality her mother always said she and her other siblings had. That quality was persistence.

“All the corruption is so evident and there are no ramifications, and nobody seems to be addressing it,” says Kathleen. “It’s heart-wrenching that this is going on. Thank God No Labels is persisting.”

Mike Symonanis

Mike Symonanis

Tennessee

Tennessee No Labels co-chair Mike Symonanis has 30 years of experience in the private sector with work in ocean container shipping and the agricultural export supply chain field.

The longtime Memphis resident, who grew up in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State University. He later earned a Master of Professional Studies in Supply Chain Management from Penn State and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

A self-described lifelong centrist, Mike volunteers in his industry and for national organizations focused on supply chain initiatives and policy related to U.S. agriculture export competitiveness. He’s also worked as a state poll worker during previous elections.

Says Mike, “No Labels’ commitment to unity is precisely what our country needs for our strategic domestic and international priorities in these polarized times. It aligns with my experience throughout my entire career, which has been about focusing on the mission together to deliver tangible results.”

He also believes that "E Pluribus Unum," the literal translation for the motto of the United States (“Out of many, one”) remains foundational to how the nation operates.

“Despite our diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, we are all Americans with a shared destiny. I support No Labels because they recognize the importance of finding common ground and working together to address the critical issues facing our nation,” he says.

Dorsey Cartwright

Dorsey Cartwright

Texas

As a fifth-generation Texan with family in both political parties and as a retired marriage and family therapist, Dorsey Cartwright has long endorsed the importance of communication and compromise for the greater good.

Dorsey says, “My life and career have been a journey of healing wounds, exploring connections and fostering communication to help people create the relationships they are yearning for.”

“I can readily look at Democrats and Republicans as an old married couple going through tough times with a lot of negative history with one another but positive history as well,” she adds.

She believes in the need for people in any relationship to work together to move forward and says she sees a country that keeps getting “yanked back and forth.” As the No Labels Texas co-chair, she aims to see that seesawing end, not only for the country but for her own two sons and grandson.

“The issue that most concerns me is how people in government work with one another,” says Dorsey, who now resides in Austin, Texas. “That’s my focus. Bipartisanship is my north star.”

Through No Labels, Dorsey has connected with the movement’s leaders to address our nation’s challenges and has shared what she’s learned with fellow members.

“The No Labels community embodies a respect for differences and a genuine care about finding what’s best for our country,” she says. “I want that. I want that for my grandson. I want that for America.”

Jane Bobbitt Hill

Jane Bobbitt Hill

Wyoming

Born and raised in southeastern West Virginia, Jane Bobbitt Hill is the state co-chair for No Labels in Wyoming.

After earning her B.A. in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jane arrived in Washington, D.C., serving as chief of staff in the executive branch and as a staffer to Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-W.Va.). Afterwards, she worked as an assistant secretary under Commerce Secretaries Ron Brown, Mickey Kantor and William Daley.

Now living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with deep ties to her home state of West Virginia, Jane serves as No Labels co-chair in Wyoming.

Jane says that the longer she lives in the Rocky Mountain West, the more she feels the bureaucracy “inside of the Beltway” is disconnected from the rest of America. A lifelong Democrat, she believes that bipartisanship is key to finding solutions for the nation, from issues about education to economic opportunity.

Jane is particularly concerned about how disillusioned Americans have become with the electoral process and is hopeful No Labels can help elevate a new generation of bipartisan leadership.

Jane says, “People are angry, and I believe in the wisdom of the people.”

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