February 25, 2015

Workshop Speakers

Kevin Allen

Allen-KevinKEVIN ALLEN is chief operating officer of The Richard Norman Company, a direct mail advertising company, and works for Active Engagement, an Internet marketing company. He has been a direct-mail advertising professional for more than twenty years. Mr. Allen has raised funds for non-profits, pro-life groups, political party organizations, and political candidates in various states across the nation through direct mail, events, telemarketing, and the Internet. In 1992, he served as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention. He has been active in the pro-life movement since 1985 when he formed a pro-life group while attending college. Currently, he is the treasurer of the Virginia Society for Human Life. He is married to fellow pro-life activist Michele Arocha Allen and has two children, Blake Allen and Shannon Allen.

 

Michele Arocha Allen

Allen-MicheleMICHELE AROCHA ALLEN has been involved in pro-life work for more than 25 years. In 1987, Ms. Allen joined a college pro-life group; within two years, she became a spokeswoman for the Texas Right to Life Committee. Ms. Allen worked in the NRLC Communications Department from 1991–97; in 1994, she became the department’s director. She managed NRLC’s media relations, advertising, and broadcast programs. She served as a spokeswoman for the organization and appeared on programs such as NBC’s Today, was interviewed for publications such as the New York Times, and wrote opinion pieces for journals including USA Today. In 1997, she became a consultant to NRLC, served on the board of the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), and served as vice president of the VSHL-Alexandria chapter. In 1999–2000, she served as a Respect Life coordinator in Chantilly, Virginia. Currently, she is the stay-at-home mom of two, Blake and Shannon. She volunteers for VSHL, and serves as a member of the NRLC board of directors.

Dave Andrusko

Andrusko-DDAVE ANDRUSKO is the father of four adult children, two grandchildren. He is the husband of Lisa Andrusko, the editor of the NRL Yearbook. A prolific writer, Mr. Andrusko has edited five books and written for newspapers, including the New York Times, USA Today, the National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and the National Catholic Register; magazines, such as First Things and Touchstone; and biomedical journals, including the Hastings Center Report. He came to National Right to Life in 1981 after working as a freelance writer, a campaign manager, and an advocate for the developmentally disabled. In November 2000, Mr. Andrusko began Today’s News & Views, a Monday through Saturday blog, subsequently replaced by the more comprehensive National Right to Life News Today (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org). Both serve to keep pro-lifers absolutely current on the latest in politics, education, legislation, and culture. Mr. Andrusko has taught an adult Sunday school class for 17 years and serves on his church’s Staff-Parish Committee and is a member of the Church Council. Dave and Lisa are the proud parents of Emily, a special education teacher; David, who works in security; Joanna, who works as a government contractor; and Louisa who works as a teacher’s assistant for special needs students.

Lisa Andrusko

LISA ANDRUSKO compiles, writes and edits the annual National Right to Life Yearbookwhich is published in conjunction with the National Right to Life conventions. She came to National Right to Life in 1981 with her husband, Dave, and worked in public information. Prior to coming to National Right to Life Lisa worked as press secretary at Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, the Minnesota state affiliate of National. Before that she was an editor at a community newspaper. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota. Lisa is a Stephen’s Ministry leader at her church and also coordinates the church’s regular meal deliveries to a local homeless shelter. She and Dave are blessed with a very happy family.

Rep. Francis Awerkamp

Rep. Francis Awerkamp grew up in a political family with a long history defending life and supporting pro-life candidates.  His political interests first led him to help campaigns with door-to-door and yards sign efforts. He later served on a city council and on the County Republican Party Central Committee and now serves as a state representative for the 61st District in Kansas.  Rep. Awerkamp works in his family’s manufacturing business, The Onyx Collection.  He and his wife, Shannon, and their four children live in St. Mary’s, Kansas.

 

Jessie Basgall, J.D.

JESSIE BASGALL, J.D., is the legislative director on the Kansans for Life board. She is an attorney in Wichita, Kansas, specializing in child welfare law. Ms. Basgall has devoted her entire professional career and volunteer time to advocating on behalf of children, born and unborn. She joined KFL’s lobbying team in 2011 and has since ​served KFL in various roles​. She and her husband, Frank, have two daughters, Elizabeth Anne and Karoline, and another child on the way.

 

Sister Patricia Barnett

SISTER PATRICIA MARIE is a Sister of the Good Shepherd who currently lives in eastern Pennsylvania. She has been involved in counseling women who are seeking healing after an abortion since 1990 though Catholic Charities, Project Rachel in several dioceses and at Bethesda-The House of Mercy. She has her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and is licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor in two states.

 

Sen. Molly Baumgardner

Sen. Molly Baumgardner has a mixture of corporate, healthcare, political and leadership experience. She represents the 37th Senate District in Kansas and chairs the Kansas Senate Education Committee and the Select Committee on Education Finance. She is the newly elected chair of the Joint Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee and is a member of the Senate Commerce, Assessment and Taxation, and Judiciary Committees. Sen. Baumgardner and her husband, Brian, have been active with pro-life and sanctity of life issues, campaigns, and candidates for more than 30 years. They have been outspoken advocates of Kansans for Life, Right to Life, and the Vitae Society since the 1980s. Sen. Baumgardner and her husband are both professors. She has taught at Johnson County Community College for more than 10 years in the business, communications, and journalism departments, and she has served as an elected member of the JCCC Board of Trustees for 18 years. She previously taught in high school for seven years. Sen. Baumgardner and her husband reside in Louisburg, Kansas.

Terry Beatley

TERRY BEATLEY is the author of What If We’ve Been Wrong? Keeping my promise to America’s “Abortion King.”  In a rare interview in 2009, Terry accepted the pro-life mantle of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, cofounder of NARAL. She promised to arm Americans with the truth of how he deceived America with the lie that abortion is healthcare. Terry is president of Hosea Initiative, a 501(c)(3) educational organization, focused on changing hearts and minds about abortion by bringing this healing truth.  She also consults political candidates on how “life” is the winning issue through Broaden the Base Communications, LLC.

Mary Hahn Beerworth

MARY HAHN BEERWORTH has been a volunteer for Vermont Right to Life since 1982, serving as a chapter chair at the local level and as both vice president and president of Vermont Right to Life. Mary has served in her current capacity as executive director and State House advocate for the organization since 1996. For over two decades Vermont has been targeted by well-funded, pro-euthanasia organizations, and Mary remains actively involved in the strategy to repeal the State’s doctor-prescribed suicide law. Mary has been married to Steven Beerworth for 42 years, and they have four married children, and ten grandchildren.

Hon. Lynda Bell

bell-lCOMMISSIONER LYNDA BELL has been married to Mark for twenty-eight years. She has three daughters and nine grandchildren, the ninth, Bennett Crabtree, was born last September. Mrs. Bell was elected to the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners in November 2010, beating out five other candidates. As commissioner she represents over 200,000 residents. She was elected the vice chair of the Board of County Commissioners this year and will serve in that position for two years. She chairs the Economic Development and the Port Miami committees in Miami Dade County and is the liaison to the Sports Commission. Last year she oversaw a 6.3 billion dollar budget as chair of the County’s Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committee. Mrs. Bell was elected mayor of Homestead in 2007, making her the first woman mayor in the city’s ninety-six-year history. She is the past president of Florida Right to Life and the Florida delegate to the National Right to Life board of directors, where she also serves as the vice chairwoman. She has won numerous awards and was the recipient of the Athena Award by the Homestead-Florida City Chamber of Commerce in 2004. She received the “I am Blessed Award” at the Dade County Days in Tallahassee in 2009. In 2012, in honor of Women’s History Month (March) she received honors/awards for “Women First: Miami Women Who Led the Way,” “In the Company of Women,” and the “American Society for Public Administration.” Mrs. Bell has debated many issues for FRTL, including the authorization for the Choose Life license plate, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and partial-birth abortion. She has also appeared on many local and national television and radio programs. Mrs. Bell also mentors young women and is an adult Sunday school teacher.

Elizabeth Benda

Elizabeth Benda is a dancer and artist who actively incorporates Pope St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body into her work as a professional dancer, dance instructor and in her theological pursuits. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Benedictine College in Kansas with a B.A. in Theology and in Theater Arts. She was awarded her senior year with the St. Anselm Award for Excellence in Theology and received a meritorious achievement award for her senior project as a Theater Major. Elizabeth has been involved in ministry her whole life. As a child and now as an adult, she volunteers with Bethesda, the House of Mercy a ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio whose mission is to provide healing and support to persons suffering after abortion. She is also active in her parish as a cantor and choir member. Elizabeth lives in North Olmsted, Ohio with her mother Rachel Benda (foundress of Bethesda), father (founding member of Bethesda) and best friend/sister Bernadette. She is also the younger sister of two beloved aborted siblings, Mary and Matthew.

Rachel Benda

RACHEL BENDA is the director of The Community of Jesus, the Living Mercy, which ministers healing and hope, especially to those suffering after an abortion. For thirty years, Mrs. Benda has served in a variety of healing ministries.  She has been published in many periodicals and has been on several Catholic radio shows.  She is also the mother of two children who died by abortion.

 

 

Tatiana Bergum

TATIANA BERGUM is the National Right to Life deputy press secretary. She also serves as an associate producer for Pro-Life Perspective, National Right to Life’s daily radio show that airs across the country. She has been involved in the pro-life movement since high school, serving on the leadership team of Wisconsin Teens for Life and National Teens for Life. Prior to joining the staff of National Right to Life in 2013, Tatiana served as National Right to Life Communications intern in 2008 and 2009. A native of Superior, Wisconsin, she volunteered as the development coordinator for Douglas County Right to Life while completing her degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

James Bopp, Jr, J.D.

bopp-jJAMES BOPP, JR., J.D., general counsel for the National Right to Life Committee, is a member of The Bopp Law Firm with practice emphasis on not-for-profit corporate and tax law; campaign finance and election law; the biomedical issues of abortion, foregoing and withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment, and assisted suicide; federal and state trial and appellate litigation; and United States Supreme Court practice. He has litigated extensively on these subjects, including arguing six cases before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Bopp has testified before the numerous congressional committees and has published dozens of popular and law review articles on pro-life and First Amendment topics. Mr. Bopp is a former vice chairman of the Republican National Committee and a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. He previously served on the National Commission for UNESCO, on the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, on the Congressional Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee, and on the National Institutes of Health’s Fetal Tissue Transplant Research Panel. He is also general counsel for the James Madison Center for Free Speech and Special Counsel for the Republican National Committee. The National Law Journal recently recognized Mr. Bopp as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America. He resides in Terre Haute, Indiana, with his wife, Christine. They have three grown daughters, two sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Marie Bowen

MARIE BOWEN is the executive director of Presbyterians Pro-Life, Research, Education and Care, Inc. Her involvement with Presbyterians Pro-Life began in 1988. Mrs. Bowen served PPL first as a volunteer and a member of the board of directors, becoming the second executive director of the organization in 2005. Mrs. Bowen is the author of the Bible study, Pregnant with Promise.

 

 

Rev. John Brown

THE REV. JOHN BOSERT BROWN, JR., M.Div., D.Min., has been president of Friends for Life in the United Church of Christ (UCC) for over twenty years and has served on the board of the National Pro-Life Religious Council during that time. He has been a pastor at Shepherd of the Hills since 1984. During this time, Shepherd of the Hills, UCC, has grown to become a strongly pro-life congregation.

 

 

Brandon Buell

BRANDON BUELL was born and raised inside a conservative Christian home in a small town of Central Florida, but it wasn’t until the birth of his son, Jaxon, that Brandon truly recognized the purpose behind his lifelong pro-life belief and convictions. Jaxon “Strong” Buell was born on August 27, 2014 in Orlando, Florida, with an extreme and incurable neurological disorder. During the pregnancy, hope for Jaxon’s life was nearly impossible to find. Frequently, abortion was suggested by medical professionals and it was stated that Jaxon may live only a few weeks – if he were to even survive delivery – and he would be significantly limited in his abilities. Through faith, Jaxon’s parents chose life for their son. Jaxon is now approaching his fourth birthday, and although the journey has not been easy, and his future is unpredictable, Jaxon has undoubtedly surpassed the expectations and his original prognosis. Brandon decided to share Jaxon’s story publicly, believing that his son’s life was special, and that all lives have value and a purpose. On social media, Jaxon’s life has been followed by hundreds of thousands of people from every continent and his story has been featured in numerous major media articles around the world. From the far-reaching impact that Jaxon’s life and story has created, Brandon has been blessed with the opportunity to become a published author and a public speaker, delivering addresses and keynotes at various pro-life events, including in Washington, D.C., on several occasions and at the National Right to Life Convention. Brandon has also met with representatives of the United States Congress to share the story of his son and his pro-life stance. Brandon boldly lends his voice – for the voiceless and for his son – from a father’s perspective, which he believes is imperative for the pro-life movement now and in the future.

Ben Clapper

BENJAMIN CLAPPER has committed his life to speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. His expertise in the pro-life movement ranges from the political and legislative realm to youth education and activism. Benjamin currently serves as the executive director of Louisiana Right to Life. During his years with Louisiana Right to Life, Benjamin has built a volunteer-run organization into a professional operation making an impact in Louisiana from the state Capitol to the high school classroom. During his time working to advance pro-life legislation, Louisiana has become one of the most pro-life states in the nation. In addition to his role with Louisiana Right to Life, Benjamin is the executive producer of the short adoption documentary film I Lived on Parker Avenue.  Benjamin also serves the national pro-life cause through the National Life and Leadership Youth Initiative, a program focused on expanding pro-life youth training camps and programs. Benjamin’s dedication to the pro-life movement began in late high school in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama, but was crystalized in college as he actively worked with Students for Life of America (SFLA) and went on to found Louisiana Students for Life. In 2013, Benjamin was honored to receive a top-award from SFLA. Benjamin graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2007 as the Ignatian Award winner for Outstanding Male Graduate. At Loyola, he was blessed to meet his future wife, Kristen, through their collaboration on pro-life activities. Kristen and Benjamin reside in New Orleans with their four beautiful daughters: Kate, Mary Rose, Julia, and Claire.

Dick Conklin

Dick Conklin has been active in the pro-life movement since 1973 and is currently a board member of the Illinois Federation for Right to Life. Dick was one of the original founders of his local pro-life group, Knox County Right to Life. Dick is also a member of his local county board and a volunteer ESL instructor for recent Congolese immigrants in his area.

 

 

Krista Corbello

KRISTA CORBELLO joined the Louisiana Right to Life team in December 2015 as Youth Programs co-director. Her main goal is to reach out to the youth of Louisiana, particularly in Acadiana, Alexandria, and Lake Charles, in order to help build up a pro-life generation. This initiative includes everything from youth education presentations to PULSE Immersion Weekends, PULSE Leadership Institute, and the Geaux Forth Rally in Washington, D.C., at the March for Life. Krista attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she was heavily involved with the Ragin’ Cajun Catholics, serving on the leadership team on the Community Life board and as an intern during her senior year. She also went on mission trips to Brazil in 2013 and 2015 and World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. As a member with UL Students for Life, she helped out in the background by tabling and chalking on campus, helping draw 3,600 hearts in front of the UL Library to illustrate the number of abortions that happen every day in the U.S. Krista graduated from UL Lafayette in May 2014 with a degree in public relations, then served as assistant programming director for a year and a half at Our Lady of Wisdom, the home of the Ragin’ Cajun Catholics. Her work at Wisdom included music ministry, girls’ group book studies, retreat and event planning and marketing, social media management, and speaking on behalf of the ministry. Krista lives in Lafayette and is an active parishioner at Our Lady of Wisdom. She also performs in community theatre and plays at singer/songwriter nights. She enjoys traveling, dancing, and spending time with her family and friends.

Sheryl Crosier

SHERYL CROSIER, MA, MBA, is the mother of Simon who had Trisomy 18, otherwise known as Edward’s Syndrome and lived for 88.5 days in a St. Louis area NICU. She is currently a chapter chair for Missouri and previously served on the board of directors for SOFT, Support Organization for Trisomy. Sheryl authored the book I Am Not A Syndrome-My Name is Simon, which was published August 2012. Sheryl also authored the children’s book, Hello, My Name is Simon, as told by Samuel and Sean Crosier, Simon’s big brothers. This book was published in October 2014. Sheryl has told Simon’s story to many groups including Missouri Right to Life, Western Region Right to Life, National Right to Life, health care professionals, special school districts, and faith based communities. Simon’s story was featured in the 2014 documentary Labeled. “Simon’s Law,” a parental rights bill, named after Simon Crosier, passed in Kansas April 7, 2017. Follow “Simon’s Law” on Facebook, Twitter or #SimonsLaw or visitwww.simonismyname.com

Karen Cross

cross-kKAREN CROSS is the political director for National Right to Life. She helped build the grassroots base in West Virginia, and, as director of West Virginians for Life PAC, was instrumental in putting George W. Bush in the White House in 2000 with his surprise win in the state. Karen, who previously served as West Virginians for Life’s executive director, became involved in the pro-life movement in 1984 as a result of her own two abortions. Her story has been featured in USA Today, in the video Aching Heart, Too, in Life Cycle magazine, in the magazine The Word Among Us, on the 700 Club, on RBC Ministry’s radio program Words to Live By, and various radio and television programs and newspaper articles. She has spoken at many right to life conventions, Rally for Life ’90, and numerous universities and colleges. She has testified before the West Virginia legislature and has successfully lobbied to pass a Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, a Women’s Right to Know Act, an Unborn Victims of Violence Act, and an Ultrasound Option law. Her presentation at an international conference on abortion in Poland in June 2004 was published as a chapter in the book Abortion: Causes, Ramifications, Therapy. She currently serves on the National Right to Life board as an at-large member, on the West Virginians for Life board as their political liaison, and as an advisory board member for Labor of Love, a maternity home and crisis pregnancy center. She has three children and one grandson, Jameson.

Mary Kay Culp

MARY KAY CULP was named one of the top 150 most influential people in Kansas City by the Kansas City Star. Mary Kay Culp has held various volunteer and leadership positions within the Missouri and Kansas affiliates of the National Right to Life Committee. From 1978-1987 she served as the head of the public relations committee for Missouri Right to Life. In 1987 she became the executive director of Missouri Right to Life, Western Region, and from 1994-1997 she was the president of Missouri Right to Life. Mary Kay also served as the associate director of education for the Kansas Catholic Conference from 1997-2000 before she became the executive director of Kansans for Life, a position she has held since 2000.

Brian Cusak

BRIAN CUSACK graduated from Western Michigan University in 1980, with a bachelor of business administration in marketing and general business. At that time he had no idea he would devote his entire professional career to protecting the unborn. Brian is in his 34th year as the director of Development for Right to Life of Michigan.

 

 

Tiffany Delgado

TIFFANY DELGADO first joined The Lukens Company in 2009, and since then has been instrumental in devising and implementing some of TLC’s most complex direct response programs. She is a multi-time Pollie, Goldie, and Maxi award winner. Tiffany’s accounts have included the National Republican Senatorial Committee, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and a host of Republican candidates up and down the ballot. In 2015, Tiffany moved to Houston to embed with the Cruz for President Campaign where she ran the low and high dollar direct mail programs, and oversaw the development of multichannel efforts that ultimately raised over $25 million and acquired 200,000+ new donors to the file. Tiffany is a graduate of the University of Virginia and holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Art History. In her spare time, she keeps her friends entertained with an endless amount of Beverly Hills 90210 trivia and tries to keep up with the trainers at various gyms.

 

Carol Dengel

Carol Dengel has served on the Board of National Right to Life since 2014.  She is the National Director for Kansans for Life and serves on their Executive and PAC Boards.  Carol’s involvement with KFL began when her oldest daughter volunteered to put KFL voter guides on windshields in church parking lots.  Since that time, Carol has led many successful grassroots efforts in support of prolife legislators who face prochoice challengers–the biggest of which was in support of Pro-Life Governor Sam Brownback who beat Paul Davis, a candidate who voted against life 80 times as a state representative.  Carol received a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Fort Hays State University and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.  When not engaged in the work of KFL and NRLC, she manages her family’s farms in Kansas and Missouri.  She has been married to her husband for 27 years and they have two adult daughters, Katherine and Makenzie.

Allie Donohue
ALLI DONOHUE is the director of Pro-Life Outreach for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. She speaks to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as: How to foster a Pro-Life Home, Living Your LIFE for LIFE, and Keep Your Faith Off My Body. She is a graduate of Graceland University and has been involved in ministry for nearly 10 years. She spent time as a kindergarten teacher and then as a youth minister before accepting her current position. She has attended Christopher West’s Head and Heart Immersion Course and spent countless hours working with ministry leaders in the area. She was the house mom for a local crisis maternity home as well as being featured as a model for Pure Fashion. For nearly 4 years, Alli spent almost every Saturday on the sidewalks of Planned Parenthood counseling women. That heart-wrenching experience gave her a front row seat into the hearts of women and men who are entering an abortion clinic. It was then that she began speaking to youth, women, and young adults about the encounters she had and the encouraging message of Life. Alli shares her message at school assemblies, retreats, and conferences across the country. She has appeared on Archbishop Naumann’s radio show, “Shepard’s Call,” and has been featured in the Archdiocesan newspaper the Leaven. Alli spoke to every Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas in 2017. She was most recently featured as a speaker for the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis.  Alli resides in her hometown of Kansas City.

Ingrid Ann Duran

duran-iINGRID ANN DURAN serves as the director of the State Legislative Department of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC). She has over twenty years’ experience in state legislative policy.  She advises executive directors, state lobbyists, and state legislators in advancing their legislative priorities as well as tabling legislation that is against the organization’s mission.  She has assisted in the enactment and enforcement of many laws advancing National Right to Life’s mission.  In addition to drafting and analyzing policy, she also researches policy issues, tracks legislation, and organizes legal data that summarizes the research into helpful fact sheets which are used by media outlets and state and federal policymakers.  Ms. Duran holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in public policy from American University in Washington, D.C. Ingrid Duran is the second vice president of Maryland Right to Life and serves on its legislative committee.  She also completed a certificate program with Westlaw for computer assisted legal research.  She volunteers for local organizations that help victims of domestic violence and families in need as well as volunteering as an interpreter for undocumented persons seeking asylum.

Steven Ertelt

ertelt-sSTEVEN ERTELT is the editor and CEO of LifeNews.com, the daily pro-life news service covering abortion, end-of-life, and bioethics issues. LifeNews.com reaches more than 1 million pro-life advocates every week and its news articles are cited and reprinted by countless news outlets, blogs, and pro-life organizations. Steven is the president of Colorado Citizens for Life, the National Right to Life state affiliate, and he is a member of the National Right to Life board representing Colorado. During over two decades of pro-life work, he has served as the president of Right to Life of Wyoming, executive director of Montana Right to Life, and lobbyist and communications director for Indiana Right to Life. He holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Hendrix College in Arkansas and, during that time, he was the president of Students for Life of America. Steven and his wife, Julie, and their son, Andrew, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

 

Sen. Michelle Fischbach

fischbach-mGOV. MICHELLE FISCHBACH, J.D.,currently serves as the lieutenant governor of Minnesota. She served as a member of the Minnesota State Senate from 1996-2018. She served as the first female president of the Minnesota Senate during the 2011-2012 session and was re-elected as president of the Senate for the 2017-2018 session. She was chief author of the Women’s Right to Know bill, which was signed into law April 14, 2003. She also carried the clinic licensing bill. With an extensive background as a grassroots pro-life activist, Lt. Gov. Fischbach has helped start and strengthen many local right-to-life chapters. In addition, she has worked on numerous local, state, and national political races and on the Rally for Life. Currently, she coordinates the National Right to Life Youth Pro-Life Essay Contest and directs the annual National Oratory Contest, which brings high school students from around the country to compete at the National Right to Life Convention. She received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Lt Gov. Fischbach and her husband, Scott, the executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Scott Fischbach

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SCOTT FISCHBACH has served as the executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) since 2001. Under his leadership, MCCL has been able to pass several pieces of pro-life legislation, including the Women’s Right to Know Act, the Unborn Child Pain Prevention Act, and the Positive Alternatives grant program. MCCL has also embarked on numerous new educational outreach programs under his direction, including the Compassion Media campaign; MNAAS, Minnesotans Against Assisted Suicide; Hispanos por la Vida Hispanic outreach; and the GO! Global Outreach program, which provides life-affirming human rights activists with research and educational materials worldwide. While promoting educational outreach, local grassroots development is still most important at MCCL. The annual MCCL Fall Tour, Student Day at the Capitol, educational booths at ninety-two county fairs, and Mother’s and Father’s Day recognition projects keep MCCL’s two hundred chapters active in their local communities saving lives. Scott is married to Michelle, and the couple has two adult children and four grandchildren.

Jeanne Gawdun

JEANNE GAWDUN is the senior lobbyist at Kansans for Life. She began lobbying the Kansas Legislature in 1995 and is honored to have played a part in the passage of over 25 pro-life laws. These laws include the Women’s Right to Know Act, a ban on assisted suicide, Alexa’s Law for Unborn Victims of Violence, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, abortion clinic licensing, the Healthcare Rights of Conscience Act, creation of the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act, and Simon’s Law. Jeanne lives in Topeka, Kansas, and is a wife, the mother of seven children, and the grandmother of three. She credits her passion for the pro-life cause to her late mother, who, as a member of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, encouraged her children to wear black armbands to school every year on January 22.

Tom Glessner

THOMAS A. GLESSNER, J.D., is the founder and president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a public interest law firm committed to legal counsel and training for pregnancy resource centers.  Mr. Glessner has enabled pregnancy resource centers to convert their operations into licensed medical clinics and provide medical services such as ultrasounds. He founded and led four pregnancy help centers in Seattle. He has filed several amicus briefs in significant pro-life cases in the United States Supreme Court.

 

Greg Hasek

GREGORY HASEK, M.A., MFT, has been a licensed professional counselor in Oregon since 2004 and a licensed mental health counselor in Florida since 2015. He is also the executive director of a non-profit agency called Southwest Florida Christian Counseling which specializes in treating sexual addiction, affairs, and post-abortion issues for men and women, all from a trauma perspective. They use an integrative model to treat trauma and PTSD symptoms that includes addressing how trauma has impacted the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Psychology is integrated with theology to address each client on a spiritual level of healing. Greg has previously taught in George Fox University’s Graduate School of Counseling for six years from 2005 to 2011. He is a frequent and highly requested national speaker and has spoken at numerous conferences over the years, including at National Right to Life conventions. He was one of the featured speakers at “Reclaiming Fatherhood,” an international conference on men and abortion, which took place in 2007 and 2008. He has presented in Australia in 2012, and he recently presented at the World Congress on the Family in Barbados in 2016. In 2005, he also organized the first ever men’s summit in the United States to specifically address how abortion affects men. Since then he has been involved with others in developing The Men and Abortion Network, which is a national organization with a mission to create both awareness and healing resources for men who have lost a child due to an abortion decision in their life. He is a founding member of the Crisis Pregnancy and Abortion Recovery Division of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He has also recently developed an organization called the American Association of Therapists Treating Abortion Related Trauma, which has a goal of legitimizing abortion as a trauma by developing evidenced-based treatment programs and providing trainings for professional therapists in the field of counseling.

Kelsey Hazzard

KELSEY HAZZARD, J.D., is the founder and president of Secular Pro-Life, which brings together people of every faith and no faith to expose abortion as a violation of fundamental human rights. Kelsey is an atheist. Her writings appear regularly in pro-life media and she is featured in the pro-life documentary 40. Kelsey has also made appearances in mainstream news sources such as NPR, Buzzfeed, and Slate. She received her bachelor’s degree in 2009 from the University of Miami, where she founded the school’s pro-life student organization. She earned her law degree in 2012 from the University of Virginia School of Law. Immediately following law school, she was selected for a Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Fellowship, which allowed her to devote a year to public interest work. She is now an attorney in private practice in Naples, Florida

Annie Hermann

ANNE HERMANN is an assistant to the National Right to Life State Organizational Development Department and to the National Right to Life Convention director. She first began working for National Right to Life in 1984 as an assistant for National Right to Life’s Volunteer Identification Program and later served as program coordinator. Over the years she has worked with nearly all of National Right to Life affiliates. She has been a speaker at both state right to life conventions and at National Right to Life’s annual conventions. She served as a board member and secretary for Illinois Federation for Right to Life. Ms. Hermann has five grown children and is a grandmother of four.

Marjorie Higgins

higgins-mMARJORIE HIGGINS helps National Right to Life with critical alerts, state affiliates and chapters with the business end of the movement, explaining by-laws as a management tool, petitions, list development, and computer processing, each as a necessary component in the work of right-to-life. She works from her home office in Northeast Florida. She and her husband, Bill,have five grown children and seven delightful grandchildren.

 

Rep. Susan Humphries, J.D.

Rep. Susan Humphries, J.D. is a mother of four, grandmother to one, and wife of 38 years.  Her two youngest children were adopted during their family’s two years in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in the late 1980s. After 26 years as a homemaker, volunteer, Bible study leader, and cheerleading coach, Rep. Humphries returned to law school in 2011, completed her law degree, and joined the Kansas Bar in 2014, focusing on adoption law.  When her state legislative district opened up in 2016, she ran successfully and now represents the 99th District in Andover and east Wichita.  Rep. Humphries’ passion for life was expanded when, as a young mom, she chaired the founding board of Compassionate Care Crisis Pregnancy Center in Plainview, Texas in 1992.  The Humphries have continued their support of CCCPC, which has operated continuously for 25 years. She and her husband, Cary, reside in Wichita, Kansas.

Thomas Jacobson

Thomas W. Jacobson is executive director of the Global Life Campaign, and President of GLC Publications LLC.  He has been studying Biblical principles of public policy since 1983, and researching the abortion policies and data of nations since 2002.  He and Dr. Wm. Robert Johnston combined their research to create the Abortion Worldwide Report published in 2018, which is available at:www.GLCPublications.com.  Prior to forming the GLC, he served as representative to the United Nations for Focus on the Family (2001 to 2010), and as senior policy analyst monitoring the UN for Freedom Alliance (1999 to 2001).  He earned a master’s in Public Policy from Regent University, a bachelor of arts in Psychology from George Fox College, and a diploma in Biblical Studies from Lutheran Bible Institute. He is the father of two sons.

Derrick Jones

DERRICK JONES serves as National Right to Life director of Communications. He joined National Right to Life in 1996 as a political intern and served as administrative assistant and advertising coordinator before becoming the organization’s chief press liaison. As director of Communications, he serves as the organization’s primary contact for secular and religious journalists; coordinates radio, television, and print interviews with key National Right to Life spokespeople; works with other departments to coordinate public relations efforts; and serves as executive producer for National Right to Life’s daily radio program, Pro-Life Perspective. In addition, he is a co-advisor for National Teens for Life and directs National Right to Life’s college internship program.

William Robert Johnson

WILLIAM ROBERT JOHNSTON is compiler of Johnston’s Archive, home to one of the largest on line repositories of abortion data.  He has been researching international abortion statistics since 1983.  He and Thomas Jacobson have teamed up to create the recently released Abortion Worldwide Report.  Johnston earned a doctorate in physics from the University of Texas at Dallas, a masters in physics from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a bachelor’s in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin.  He and his wonderful wife, Victoria, have been married for 23 years.

 

Brian Johnston

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BRIAN JOHNSTON has authored numerous books and articles on the topic of protecting the vulnerable and restoring legal protection for those who are not able to defend themselves. His important book (and later a documentary) Death As A Salesman: What’s Wrong With Assisted Suicide, is credited with ensuring continued legal protection for the medically dependent in New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa, and several other jurisdictions that were about to enact euthanasia laws. Brian is Western Regional Director for National Right to Life. He has served as a California Commissioner on Aging, on California’s state Board of Nursing Home Examiners, and on the board of directors of the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled. He is a frequent spokesman on the threat of assisted suicide and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC’s World News Tonight, PBS NewsHour, and many other programs.

Lori Kehoe

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LORI KEHOE is an at-large director on the National Right to Life board of directors. Lori has lobbied Congress on abortion, euthanasia, cloning, health care rationing, and other pro-life and First Amendment issues. She has conducted seminars and has spoken on life issues at conventions, seminars, and debates across the country, throughout Australia and in Canada. Lori has appeared on C-SPAN and CNN news programs, on Fox News Channel, America’s Voice, and other television and radio programs nationwide. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Associated Press, Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, the Oregonian, and numerous other newspapers across the nation. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo. She and her wonderful husband, Marty, have a fabulous 12-year-old, Rowan Blessing, and two precious children in Heaven.

Susan Klein

SUSAN KLEIN is the executive director and chief lobbyist of Missouri Right to Life.  Susan speaks in media interviews, leads many teaching and speaking engagements, works with language on legislation, and testifies at Missouri House and Senate hearings. Susan knows every aspect of the political process and has been instrumental in the writing and passage of all the pro-life laws passed since 1997.  Susan ran for state representative in 1996 intending to make a difference in public policy that affects the citizens of Missouri, but she now does this through her work at Missouri Right to Life.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Arts degree in communication from the University of Central Missouri.  Susan and her husband have one daughter.

Mike and Jan Long

MIKE AND JAN LONG live in Torrington, Wyoming and have been married nearly 28 years. Mike is retired from BNSF Railway (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) and Jan is president of Goshen County Right to Life. They are dedicated to keeping the life issues in the forefront of their local community, their neighboring counties, as well as their state of Wyoming and across state lines. Jan is an alternate board member for Wyoming Citizens for Life (WCFL). One of the best things that happened in the great state of Wyoming was to pass in March 2017 the first pro- life laws in 27 years. We are thankful to have played a small part in that.

Dr. Jeff Koloze

JEFF KOLOZE, Ph.D., has taught courses for undergraduate and graduate students since 1989 at several colleges and universities in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Springfield, Ohio, metropolitan areas.  His most recent administrative position was campus college chair for the College of Humanities, the College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences from 2005-2011 at the Columbus, Ohio, campus of the University of Phoenix.  In 2009 he was appointed one of twelve senior research fellows for that university.  His most recent full-time teaching position was associate professor of English at the Cleveland, Ohio, campus of South University, where he was appointed as a curriculum scholar in 2013. Dr. Koloze’s primary research interest is the presentation of the right-to-life issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in literature; most of his publications are available in conference proceedings and on the web.  He has presented over eighty papers before academic and professional organizations on these topics, most recently at conferences at the American University of Rome (2015), Fordham University (2014), Harvard University (2010 and 2012), Ryerson University (Toronto, 2009), the University of Notre Dame (2011), and the University of San Francisco (2013).  He is the author of An Ethical Analysis of the Portrayal of Abortion in American Fiction: Dreiser, Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Brautigan, and Irving (Edwin Mellen, 2005) and Testament to a Niagara Obsession (Spare Change Press; Ten Leaves Poetry Series, 2014). Dr. Koloze is president and founder of Koloze Consultants, whose objective is to assist faculty and students “to conduct research on the life issues for presentation and publication.”

Angela Lanfranchi

ANGELA LANFRANCHI, MD FACS, is a breast cancer surgeon who practiced 33 years in New Jersey from 1984 until 2017. A 1975 graduate of Georgetown School of Medicine, she is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and certified by the American Board of Surgery. She was surgical co-director of the Sanofi Breast Care Center at the Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville, New Jersey, for 10 years. She is co-founder and president of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, a non-profit charitable corporation that has as its mission to educate lay and professional communities in the methods of risk reduction and prevention of breast cancer through research, publications, and lectures. She was named a Castle Connelly Medical Ltd. New Jersey “Top Doc” for Women’s Health in Breast Surgery for the last 10 years of her practice. She is the author of articles on the physiology and epidemiology of abortion and breast cancer risks and informed consent. In her work with the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, over the past 20 years she has traveled nationally and internationally to Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, China, Korea, India and South Africa speaking at medical schools, hospitals, universities, cancer organizations, local and national governmental bodies and the United Nations about breast cancer risks, including its association with induced abortion.

Anthony Lauinger

ANTHONY J. LAUINGER is a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he grew up in a family of seven children. He graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and was an officer in the United States Navy, serving on a patrol gunboat in Vietnam. Tony and his wife, Phyllis, a physician, have been married for 46 years. They are the parents of eight children, and have sixteen grandchildren. Phyllis and Tony and a small group of friends founded Tulsans For Life in 1973, immediately following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. Since 1978, he has been president of the statewide right-to-life organization, Oklahomans For Life, working to pass pro-life legislation at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. He has served for the past 39 years on the board of directors of the National Right to Life Committee, for the past 33 years as a member of the executive committee and for the past 21 years as vice president of National Right to Life. He coached numerous youth football and basketball teams when his children were young. Tony has been active in the Republican party, serving as a delegate or alternate to seven Republican national conventions and as a member of the Platform Committee for the 2012 Republican National Convention. He serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and on the board of directors of the Georgetown University Religious Freedom Institute.

Joleigh Little Bass

JOLEIGH LITTLE BASS became involved in the pro-life movement at the age of fourteen, and in the 33 years since then she has worked on the local, state, and national levels to advance the cause of life. She served on staff at National Right to Life from 1992 until 1996 and has worked with the grassroots movement in Wisconsin from 1996 to the present. In her current position as Teens for Life director and Region 5 & 6 field representative at Wisconsin Right to Life, she spends her time working with chapters and teen groups and promoting the right-to-life cause among young people through Wisconsin Right to Life’s annual convention and summer leadership camp. Joleigh serves as co-advisor to National Teens for Life and helps to plan the annual National Teens for Life Convention and other events. Her most importantrole in life, however, is that of wife to her husband, John, mom to 9-year-old Clara who came home from Bulgaria in 2012 and 6-year-old Annelise who came home from China in February of 2016, and step-mom to John’s children.

Abby Loftus

ABBY LOFTUS is the assistant to the State Organizational Development director and is the Conventions assistant of National Right to Life. Abby helps to organize the National Right to Life Convention, coordinate social media, and assists in the grassroots efforts of National Right to Life. Prior to joining the staff at National Right to Life in 2017, Abby served as an intern in the PAC Department in the summer of 2016. Abby graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and public policy and administration. She currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia.

Joshua McCaig

JOSHUA MCCAIG is one of the leading voices for Catholic professionals today on living the faith boldly and defending life.  Joshua is a shareholder at Polsinelli, P.C. one of the100 largest law firms in the United States, where he practices in the areas of health care and intellectual property.  Joshua currently serves as the CEO/President of the National Lawyers Association, the pro-life organization for attorneys formed in 1993 after the American Bar Association formally took a position in favor of abortion.   In 2015, seeing a need to organization Catholic attorneys across the world, Joshua started the Catholic Bar Association and served as its Founding President.   In October of 2017, Joshua made national news speaking at the U.S. Senate against the anti-Catholic questioning of law professor Amy Barrett during her confirmation hearing to the Federal Court.  Joshua has appeared on C-Span and has been quoted by the Washington Times, Fox News, The Daily Signal and U.S. News.  He is a frequent guest on radio shows including EWTN’s Morning Glory, Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo, The Drew Mariani Show, A Closer Look with Sheila Liaugminas and Beyond the Median.  Joshua was honored to be a guest panelist at the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders on the topic of religion and politics, and he has spoken internationally on conscience right protection. Joshua is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ithaca College and was a member of the inaugural class of Ave Maria School of Law. He is a parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Kansas City and is a member of the Heart of the Redeemer Catholic Community with his wife, Cathy, and their four children.

Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon

obannon-randalkRANDALL K. O’BANNON, Ph.D., joined National Right to Life in 1989 and has served as its director of education and research since 1994. In carrying out that responsibility, Dr. O’Bannon has monitored the latest abortion developments, following the introduction and proliferation of the chemical abortifacient RU-486 (mifepristone), tracking and analyzing the latest abortion statistics, keeping tabs on the activities and funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain. In the course of that research, Dr. O’Bannon has uncovered and publicized the dangers and deaths associated with use of mifepristone in the U.S., special efforts by abortion researchers and activists to promote do-it-yourself chemical abortions around the world, and recent efforts to expand Planned Parenthood’s abortion empire through giant new mega-clinics and webcam chemical abortions.  His critical analysis of abortion studies and statistics have helped pro-lifers combat powerful misinformation and made clear the role our side has played in bringing down abortion totals, rates, and ratios to levels not seen since the earliest days of Roe. In 2017, Dr. O’Bannon took over as Academic Director for the National Right to Life Academy, considering it a wonderful opportunity to inform and inspire the next generation of pro-life leaders. Dr. O’Bannon received his doctorate in philosophy (ethics) from Georgetown University in 1998. He and his wife, Sandy, are empty nesters who live in Manassas, Virginia, working in the garden, walking their dog Indy, watching baseball, playing jazz trombone, and keeping in touch with kids in Connecticut and Washington state.

Ernest Ohlhoff

ERNEST OHLHOFF directs NRLC’s Department of Outreach. Housed within NRLC’s busy Outreach Department is Religious Outreach, Black Americans for Life, American Victims of Abortion, Latinos for Life, Youth Outreach (National Teens for Life and College Students Outreach), and Indians for Life. Mr. Ohlhoff is a co-founder of the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC). NPRC is a Christian pro-life coalition called to witness to and affirm the biblical standards of the value, dignity, and sanctity of human life. From 1979–88, he served as executive director of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment. Mr. Ohlhoff, who left his career in engineering to work full time in the pro-life movement, has served as president of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and chairman of the board of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. He is also an expert organizational consultant for National Right to Life and is active building cooperative relationships with pro-life groups.

 

Dr. David O’Steen

osteen-davidDAVID N. O’STEEN, Ph.D., is NRLC’s executive director and the author of many articles on abortion, euthanasia, and pro-life politics. A mathematics professor and Department chairman at the College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota at the time, he began his grassroots pro-life involvement in 1973. Dr. O’Steen served first as a chapter chairman and regional coordinator for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). He later became MCCL’s executive director and served in that position for nine years. In 1984 Dr.O’Steen assumed his position as National Right to Life’s executive director. Dr. O’Steen has played a key role in assisting numerous state right to life organizations to develop successful organizational, fundraising, and legislative programs. In the 1980s he also helped organize several statewide groups in the southeastern United States in an outreach program called “Mission Possible.”Dr. O’Steen has advised numerous campaigns. He has testified before various congressional committees on a wide range of issues important to the right to life movement.

Kathy Ostrowski

KATHY OSTROWSKI is a wife, mother of five grown children, and grandmother to nine from Topeka, Kansas, and a frequent contributor to National Right to Life News. She has directed legislation, policy and research for Kansans for Life since 2003 and played a key role in making Kansas a top pro-life state. She would like to acknowledge the aid of her guardian angel and support from her husband, John, as crucial in all these endeavors! Kathy’s pro-life activism began in 1992 with sidewalk counseling and abortion malpractice research and progressed to grassroots organizing and citizen-petitioned grand juries leading to the closure of three abortion clinics. Kathy created the legislative materials resulting in the 1997 passage of the Woman’s Right to Know Act in Kansas, one of the earliest states to provide informed consent materials warning of the abortion link with breast cancer and future preterm births. She also directed the update of those materials to include the first-in- the-nation use of interactive fetal imaging. Kathy played a key role in the 2015 national rollout  (and passage in Kansas) of the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.  Most recently, she spearheaded enactment of Simon’s Law, empowering parents in the face of futility policies and unilateral DNRs. Kathy is particularly knowledgeable about abortion litigation, fetal-pain capability, stem-cell therapy, and end of-life medical ethics.

Joey Patton

JOE PATTON started out in the pro-life movement as a young child volunteering for campaigns and doing sign waves. Joe continued to help out around the Kansas scene during his formative years.  In high school he started Topeka Teens for Life and began talking in local high schools about the importance of being pro-life.  Upon graduation he spent two summers as an intern at National Right to Life.  He continued to volunteer as he went into his professional career.

 

 

Rev. Frank Pavone

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THE REV. FRANK PAVONE is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, Fr. Frank was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. In 1993 he became the first fulltime national director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church. He still serves in this position with his bishop’s permission. He is also the president of the National Pro-Life Religious Council, a coalition of groups from many different denominations working to end abortion. He is pastoral director and chairman of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry for healing after abortion, and is pastoral director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. Fr. Frank was asked by the Vatican to serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Academy for Life. He was present at the bedside of Terri Schiavo in her final hours and was an outspoken advocate for her life. Fr. Frank was asked by the graduating class of Notre Dame to lead an alternate commencement ceremony for those who refused to honor pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Fr. Frank travels to four states a week speaking at pro-life events, including for many state and local affiliates of National Right to Life. He appears daily in Christian as well as secular media. He was a spiritual guide for Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade. She called him “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.” He is the author of four books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It; Pro-life Reflections for Every Day; Abolishing Abortion; and Proclaiming the Message of Life.

Jeannie Pittam

JEANNIE PITTAM was formerly the post-abortion services coordinator with the Pregnancy Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has led post-abortion healing Bible studies since 2006.  In 2015, after moving out of state, God opened a new forum for PATH: Post-Abortion Transformation and Healing, to reach women through social media.  PATH went from in-house Bible studies to meeting women with encouragement, compassion, and spiritual support from every walk of life from all over the globe.  Every woman, regardless of where she lives, never has to walk alone but can experience the true hope and healing found in Jesus Christ.  During this workshop, Jeannie will share how the internet can expand healing ministries from our own living room to women worldwide.

Jenny Popik, J.D.

JENNIFER POPIK, J.D., serves as the federal legislation director of National Right to Life.  The Federal Legislation Department is charged with advancing National Right to Life’s public policy goals in Congress and within the federal executive branch.  Additionally, Jennifer directs the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, which deals with euthanasia-related issues including assisted suicide; denial of lifesaving medical treatment, food, and fluids; and health care rationing. Jennifer has testified before numerous state legislatures on assorted pro-life issues.  She has made frequent appearances on radio and in national media outlets including CNN, NBC, and Fox. Prior to coming to National Right to Life in 2007, she worked with the Cleveland Bar Association’s ProBono Program as well as with Cleveland’s prosecutor’s office. She received her bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and her law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She has four children.

David Prentice, Ph.D.

prentice-davidDAVID PRENTICE, Ph.D., is Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute.  He is also Adjunct Professor of Molecular Genetics at the John Paul II Institute, The Catholic University of America and an Advisory Board Member for the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center, a unique comprehensive stem cell center in Kansas that he was instrumental in creating.  Previously he served over 10 years as Senior Fellow for Life Sciences at the Family Research Council, and prior to that he spent almost 20 years as Professor of Life Sciences at Indiana State University, and Adjunct Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics, Indiana University School of Medicine.

 

Jacki Ragan

JACKI RAGAN directs National Right to Life’s State Organizational Development Department and the annual National Right to Life Convention, in addition to coordinating special events for the organization. Formerly president of Arkansas Right to Life, she is that state’s representative to the National Right to Life board of directors. While living in Arkansas she directed the Diocese of Little Rock’s Respect Life Office and also guided the diocese’s adoption program. In 1985, she became director of the State Organizational Development Department. Her department’s mission is to work in collaboration with all fifty state affiliates and more than 3,000 chapters to provide expertise, information, and tips on chapter development, fundraising, and legislation. Active in the pro-life movement since 1976, Jacki is the mother of three grown children and has eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jessica Rodgers

JESSICA RODGERS is a lifelong pro-life activist, speaker, and writer. From 2005-2007 she served Oregon Right to Life and the Campaign to Protect our Teen Daughters as an education assistant and grassroots coordinator. She then joined the National Right to Life Committee to work as deputy press secretary and co-executive producer of Pro-Life Perspective, National Right to Life’s daily five-minute radio program. From 2013-2015 she served New York State Right to Life as legislative, youth outreach, and communications director. She has also worked directly with the vulnerable elderly in a nursing home setting, serving residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Never far from pro-life work, she blogs on
pro-life issues at www.inthepursuitoflife.com, while back in school for a degree in social work to better serve the vulnerable.

 

Raimundo Rojas

rojas-raimundoRAIMUNDO ROJAS, director of Latino Outreach for the National Right to Life Committee, travels nationally and internationally to speak on life issues and how they affect Latinos in the United States and abroad. Mr. Rojas works to energize Latinos, a naturally pro-life constituency, on behalf of the pro-life cause. He has been interviewed on numerous Spanish Language radio and television programs, including multiple appearances on Univision’s Cristina and CBS-Telemundo’s Polos Opuestos. Mr. Rojas is the past president of Florida Right to Life and has served on the NRLC board of directors since 1991. Mr. Rojas also represents NRLC as an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations, where he works with members of South and Central American delegations and other pro-life NGOs. He is a contributor to National Right to Life News as well as having been published in periodicals ranging from the Orlando Sentinel to World magazine. Mr. Rojas lives in Miami, Florida.

 

Chet Rucinski

CHET RUCINSKI was first elected as the representative to National Right to Life from Wisconsin Right to Life in 1992. For the past four years he has served on the executive board. An active leader in Wisconsin Right to Life, Chet serves as president of WRTL’s Marathon County Chapter and as a member of the Wisconsin Right to Life board of directors. Chet also serves on the Village of Kronenwetter’s Police and Fire Commission. Chet devoted over 30 years as an elementary school teacher in the Wausau Public School System. He and his wife, Pam, have five fabulous children.

 

 

Pam Rucinski

PAM RUCINSKI is an award-winning writer/producer creating for film, print, and electronic media. For more than 20 years her company has produced for businesses of all sizes including: Verizon Corporate, Nestlé, and Kohler Company. She has also written for many political projects that include notables such as Newt Gingrich, William Bennett, Tommy Thompson, and Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post) when she was a conservative.
Pro-life issues are a high priority for Pam. Married barely one year, God called her to right-to-life work. All five of Pam and husband Chet’s children grew up in the movement. Their first-born daughter, Tricia, is one of the founders of National Teens for Life. Today, Pam and Chet are state and national leaders. A video produced for National Right to Life, A Baby’s First Months: Infinite Possibilities, was recognized in 2012 as a best short documentary finalist at LifeFest — a California-based film festival dedicated to pro-life themes. The film also won an International Telly Award in 2011 and can be viewed on Youtube.

Andrew Sabak

sabak-andyANDREW A. SABAK has owned Sabak Computer Services since 1985. The company has performed extensive database management and address enhancement services since 1992 for the National Right to Life Committee and NRL PAC, as well as for many of NRLC’s state affiliates. Sabak Computer has also specialized in providing pro-life, Republican, and conservative candidates and campaigns throughout the country with computerized information services, including direct mail programs and voter contact services. Mr. Sabak is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in mathematics and computer science. Following in the footsteps of his father, a Carpatho-Russian Orthodox priest, he also earned his bachelor of theology degree at Christ the Savior Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Seminary. In 1980, he earned his master’s degree in computer science and dreamed of starting his own company to help conservatives campaign more effectively. He lives in Fairmont, West Virginia, with his wife, Linda, and their daughter, Nina, who has won numerous writing awards, including at the University of Pittsburgh where she has just graduated and will remain for graduate school.

Ann Saladin

saladin-annANN SALADIN has shared her many pro-life concerns about the Girl Scout organization with pro-life groups, parishes, and clergy across the state of Missouri. She has been featured on several local and national radio shows relating to this topic and has published an op-ed detailing her daughter’s own experience as a former Girl Scout. Recently, Ann has launched www.mygirlscoutcouncil.com, a website presenting specific, documented concerns related to the Girl Scout organization at the local, national, and international levels. A former teacher and current swim coach, Mrs. Saladin is a mostly stay-at-home mom who lives in St. Louis, Misouri, with her husband and four kids.

Bobby Schindler

schindler-bobbyBOBBY SCHINDLER is president of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network and associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Bobby advocates for the medically vulnerable in honor of Terri Schiavo, his sister. A full-time advocate, speaker, and writer, Bobby and his family have been instrumental in providing resources and support to more than 2,700 patients and families at risk of euthanasia from physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and others more interested in healthcare rationing than in providing basic, life-affirming care for their most vulnerable. His writings have appeared in many major publications. Bobby’s life took a dramatic and unexpected turn when his older sister, Terri, suddenly collapsed and was left with a profound brain injury. When Terri’s estranged husband sought court permission to starve and dehydrate her to death, Bobby was propelled into a life he’d never imagined. He spoke in defense of his sister on numerous national television and radio programs. Bobby co-authored the book A Life That Matters: The Legacy of Terri Schiavo as a resource for those seeking to understand the true story of Terri’s fight. Bobby has spoken in more than 45 states and in more than a dozen countries and has testified before state legislatures and before members of Parliament in Australia and Canada.  He especially likes to address young people at colleges and universities, with special emphasis on medical and law students. He speaks not only with firsthand accounts of Terri’s story—which was often misrepresented by mainstream media—but also on topics on how to uphold human dignity for a disabled or medically vulnerable loved one.

Doreen Shirek

DOREEN SHIREK is chapter director and college outreach director with Wisconsin Right to Life. In these positions she is responsible for motivating and leading over 55 grassroots chapters in various counties and developing and overseeing the exciting and growing college campus program for WRTl. Wisconsin College Students for Life began nine years ago with four campuses participating. The program has been expanding ever since and now gives nine grants and helps a total of 20 campuses with their programs. More college campuses are looking to start chapters in this coming school year. Besides these duties she is the wife of a pastor and seriously involved in the leadership of their growing church and ministry. Doreen Shirek is a mother of four and grandmother of 14 and resides in Mauston, Wisconsin, with her family.

 

Veronica Arnold Smither

VERONICA ARNOLD SMITHER was raised in a pro-life family of five children and regularly participated in and organized pro-life events while growing up. In 2009, while pursuing her biology and Spanish degree at Texas A&M University, she was accepted into Texas Right to Life’s Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship for College Pro-Life Leaders. She and another Fellow formed Pro-Life Aggies and established the Pregnant and Parenting Student Scholarship at Texas A&M University to assist students who have chosen life while continuing their college careers. Upon graduating in 2012, she attended National Right to Life’s Academy and then joined Texas Right to Life’s staff. Veronica was a full-time lobbyist at the 83rd Texas legislative session, during which Wendy Davis filibustered for 11 hours against pro-life legislation. Veronica now works as the education director for Texas Right to Life, which includes managing the Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship.

 

Rev. Paul Stallsworth

THE REV. PAUL T. STALLSWORTH was born a Kansan and baptized into Christ in a Methodist church. He graduated from Garden City (Kansas) High School in1968, Kansas State University in 1972, and Duke Divinity School in 1976. Ordained in The United Methodist Church in 1977, the Rev. Stallsworth now pastors Whiteville (North Carolina) United Methodist Church. Since 1987, he has been the president of the Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality (TUMAS); since 1993 he has edited Lifewatch, TUMAS’s quarterly newsletter. The Rev. Stallsworth was the initiator of “The Durham Declaration” in 1991 and the editor of The Church and Abortion (Abingdon, 1993), The Right Choice: Pro-Life Sermons (Abingdon, 1997), and Thinking Theologically about Abortion (Bristol, 2000). His articles, reviews, letters, and comments have appeared in Catalyst, Christian Century, Christian Social Action, Circuit Rider, First Things, Good News, The Human Life Review, New Oxford Review, The Raleigh News & Observer, and The United Methodist Reporter. Married in 1970, Paul and Marsha Stallsworth have three sons — Peter, Matthew, and Ryan — and a daughter, Paige, who crossed the Jordan in 2004.

Darla St. Martin

DARLA ST. MARTIN is the co-executive director of National Right to Life.  After graduation from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English she worked in the field of education. Later she joined the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), one of the earliest right to life groups in the nation as a volunteer lobbyist at the state Capitol.  She and Mary Schmit, a nurse, began designing educational programs for MCCL. Darla was elected to their board of directors, later becoming president of MCCL and the Minnesota director on the National Right to Life board.  After Dr. David O’Steen became executive director of MCCL, Darla collaborated with him on designing the fundamentals of pro-life political action. They created Mission Possible to expand the organization of the right to life movement nationally and spread MCCL’s expertise in pro-life education organization and political action. MCCL became the prototype for many aspects of the nationwide pro-life movement.  Darla has written numerous educational materials and authored essays for various books. In 1983 she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a Human Life Amendment. In 1997, after the fall of communism, she went to Moscow to assist Russian pro-life leaders with the development of the Russian pro-life movement. Over the years she has also been a speaker at international events in Great Britain and at the Vatican. During the administrations of President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, Darla served as National Right to Life’s liaison with the president and top White House staff. She currently serves as president of Maryland Right to Life and represents the organization on the National Right to Life board of directors. Darla has extensive experience with a full range of right to life areas: education, media, lobbying, political action, organizational development, and fundraising. She has three children, six grandchildren, and three great grandchildren

Roger Stenson

ROGER STENSON has researched and written about the Obama health care law and its inevitable rationing of lifesaving medical treatment. He has also done research on “comparative effectiveness” and on rationing in foreign countries that are often held up as models for the U.S. by advocates for the Obama health care law. Mr. Stenson was until recently the executive director of NRLC’s New Hampshire affiliate, Citizens for Life. He has also held the same position at Maryland Right to Life and Hawaii Right to Life. He supports NRLC’s state affiliates with their direct mail programs and assists with the instruction of students at the National Right to Life Academy.

Carol Tobias

CAROL TOBIAS is president of the National Right to Life Committee. A native of North Dakota, she has served on the National Right to Life board of directors since 1987. From 1983 to 1991, she was executive director of North Dakota Right to Life and in 1991 was hired as National Right to Life political director, a position she held until 2005. In that capacity, she organized and conducted seminars on pro-life issues and on becoming involved in the political process. She was a regular speaker at conferences around the country and participated in candidate-training seminars, teaching candidates how to handle pro-life issues in a campaign. During her tenure as political director, pro-life majorities were elected to both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. In both 2000 and 2004, she oversaw the efforts of National Right to Life’s political action committee on behalf of George W. Bush. Mrs. Tobias has appeared on ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC’s Today show, The News Hour on PBS, news shows on CNN, C-SPAN, and Fox News Channel, as well as on numerous television and radio programs throughout the country. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She and her husband, Damon, live in Cedar Crest, New Mexico.

Olivia Gans Turner

turner-oliviaOLIVIA GANS TURNER directs American Victims of Abortion (AVA), an outreach project of the National Right to Life Committee. Mrs. Turner helped to organize one of the nation’s first peer-to-peer post-abortion support groups in the New York City area after almost two years of suffering through an acute emotional reaction to her own abortion experience as an unwed college student. Mrs. Turner has spoken widely on post-abortion syndrome and other abortion-related issues in the United States and in Europe. She travels to many college campuses throughout the year to meet with the students, and, as a frequent witness before legislative bodies, she provides testimony on informed consent laws and parental notification laws as well as abortion complications. In the twenty-six years since she became AVA director she has traveled to over seventeen countries. Between 1994 and 2000, Mrs. Turner was a non-governmental organization delegate to numerous United Nations conferences. Those include the 1994 World Population and Development Conference held in Egypt; the 1995 United Nations Conference on Women held in Beijing, China; and the 2000 World Summit on Children held in New York City. Mrs. Turner has appeared on such nationally syndicated programs as Nightline, Good Morning America, and Hannity & Colmes, and on C-SPAN, CNN, and National Public Radio news programs. In addition to her duties at NRLC, Mrs. Turner currently serves as the president of Virginia Society for Human Life.

Nancy Valko

NANCY VALKO, R.N., ALNC (Advanced Legal Nurse Consultant) writes and speaks on medical ethics around the US from both personal and professional experience. After 45 years of nursing, mostly in critical care, Nancy now devotes her time to consulting, writing, speaking and volunteer work. She writes a weekly blog titled “A Nurse’s Perspective on Life, Healthcare and Ethics” at www.nancyvalko.com .  She is also a spokesperson for the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses (NursesforLife.org). In 2015, she received the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.

 

Luis Zaffirini

LUIS ZAFFIRINI worked for National Right to Life for over 12 years as the assistant director of State Development and Conventions and as administrative assistant for the same department. He helped organize the annual National Right to Life Convention, maintain websites, coordinate social media and e-mail campaigns, and assist in grassroots organization and mobilization. He was founder and president of Beltway Right to Life, the local chapter of Virginia Society for Human Life in the District of Columbia. Luis received his bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America and his master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.