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.

 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.

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.

Dr. Joel Brind

brind-jJOEL BRIND, Ph.D., is a biochemist who graduated Yale College in 1971, earned his doctorate in basic medical science from New York University in 1981, and has been, since 1986, a professor of human biology and endocrinology at Baruch College of the City University of New York, where he is presently also deputy chairman for biology. Since coming across the link between abortion and breast cancer in 1992, Dr. Brind has been known mostly for his research effort in studying and promoting awareness of what has come to be known as the “ABC link,” compiling and publishing critical reviews on the subject in 1996 and 2005 in peer-reviewed medical journals. In 1999, along with three physician colleagues, Dr. Brind founded the nonprofit Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, now headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey (www.bcpinstitute.org). From 2003–2006, he served as a member of the CDC advisory committee on the early detection and control of breast and cervical cancer. Dr. Brind also continues to analyze studies on the ABC link, as studies evidencing the link—and studies which cover it up—continue to emerge.

Brandon Buell

BRANDON BUELL is Co-Trustee of The Jaxon Strong Foundation, and Co-Author of the book, Don’t Blink, along with his wife and Jaxon’s mother, Brittany. Brandon and Brittany are proud parents of Jaxon Buell, nicknamed “Jaxon Strong,” who was born with an extreme and incurable brain malformation.

After choosing life for their son, and even through an adverse pregnancy and diagnosis, Jaxon has surpassed the expectations given to him. He continues to grow and progress, and despite the challenges he faces, he is inspiring thousands while still defying the odds. Through the “Jaxon Strong” page on social media, over 400,000 people from around the world have followed Jaxon’s story.

Most importantly, Brandon is Jaxon’s father, who chooses to lend his voice for Jaxon’s story, and a father’s voice within the Pro-Life community to continue advocating for the belief that every life has value and a purpose.

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.

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 and bioethics issues. LifeNews.com reaches more than 500,000 prolife advocates every week and its news articles are cited and reprinted by countless news outlets, blogs, and pro-life organizations. Mr. Ertelt is the vice president of Colorado Citizens for Life, the NRLC state affiliate, and he is a member of the National Right to Life board of directors representing Colorado. During 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. Mr. Ertelt 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. He and his wife, Julie, and their son, Andrew, live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Sen. Michelle Fischbach

fischbach-mSEN. MICHELLE FISCHBACH, J.D., is in her seventh term as a member of the Minnesota State Senate. She served as the first female president of the Minnesota Senate during the 2011-2012 session. She was chief author of the Women’s Right to Know bill, which was signed into law April 14, 2003. With an extensive background as a grassroots pro-life activist, Sen. 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. Prior to her election to the Minnesota State Senate, she served on the Paynesville City Council. Currently, she coordinates the NRLC 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 NRL Convention. She received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Sen. Fischbach and her husband, Scott, the executive director of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Scott Fischbach

fischbachSCOTT 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 Mr. Fischbach, including the Compassion Media campaign, 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, it is local grassroots development that still is 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. He is married to Minnesota State Sen. Michelle Fischbach, and the couple have two adult children and two grandchildren.

Marjorie Higgins

higgins-mMARJORIE HIGGINS, with her experience as a speaker, newsletter editor, lobbyist, legislative aide, and with coordinator for local, state, and national election campaigns, assists NRL state affiliates with the business end of the pro-life movement. Her current duties, as NRL State Organizational Development coordinator, include organizing educational exhibits, reviewing by-laws, developing and maintaining computer lists, and acting as a resource support for local chapters and state offices. Over the last several years she has brought local teens to serve at the NRL Convention as volunteers. She and her husband live
in Fleming Island, Florida.

Thomas Jacobson

THOMAS JACOBSON is Executive Director of the Global Life Campaign, created to lift up the sanctity of human life among the nations, serve pro-life nations, remember the unborn and document abortion as the Greatest Genocide. Formerly, from 2001-2010, he served as Representative to the United Nations for Focus on the Family, co-laboring with NRLC and other pro-life organizations, meeting with ambassadors, diplomats, and officials, and authoring 80 policy briefs. In 2002, he began compiling abortion data on countries. He and Dr. Wm. Robert Johnston have teamed up to create the Abortion Worldwide Report (see completed parts on: www.GlobalLifeCampaign.com). He earned a M.A. in Public Policy from Regent University, a B.A. in Psychology from George Fox College, and a diploma in Biblical Studies from Lutheran Bible Institute. He lived in Brazil for four years, and has traveled to many nations.

 Brian Johnston

johnston-bBRIAN 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. Mr. Johnston is Western Regional director for the National Right to Life Committee. He has served as California commissioner on aging, on California’s state board of nursing home examiners, and 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, World News Tonight, PBS News Hour and many other programs. A father of five, he and his wife Valery reside in Sacramento, California.

Lori Kehoe

kehoe-lLORI KEHOE is the senior congressional liaison for the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee. She is also executive director of the New York State Right to Life Committee. Mrs. Kehoe 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 and throughout Australia. Mrs. Kehoe has appeared on CSPAN and CNN news programs, on Fox News, 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 seven-year-old, Rowan Blessing, and two precious children in Heaven.

Joleigh Little

little-joleighJOLEIGH LITTLE became involved in the pro-life movement at the age of fourteen, and in the twenty-eight 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 coordinator 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 WRTL’s annual convention and four summer
leadership camps. Ms. Little helped develop NRLC’s Life and Leadership Camp Initiative to roll out a national camp program, along with colleagues from Louisiana RTL and Rhode Island RTL. She also serves as co-advisor to National Teens for Life and helps to plan the annual NTL Convention and other events. Her most important role in life, however, is that of mommy to beautiful, funny, vivacious four-year-old Clara, who came home from Bulgaria in 2012.

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. For nearly two decades, he has tracked the latest scientific research and statistics on abortion and other life issues for the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund, helping pro-life activists to better promote the cause and culture of life. Dr. O’Bannon developed the popular full color fetology booklet a baby’s first months and contributed to Infinite Possibilities, the beautiful DVD based on that brochure. Over the years, he has researched and written on several critical pro-life concerns, such as the activities and funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain, with special attention to recent efforts to expand the abortion empire through giant new mega-clinics and webcam abortions; the abortion industry’s efforts to develop and deploy chemical abortifacients like RU486 in the U.S. and elsewhere and the dangers and deaths associated with these pills; the reasons women have abortions; and the accumulating evidence for abortion’s post-abortive harmful effects. He has been interviewed by the national press on many of these subjects. He has also been responsible for the development and publication of a number of vital educational resources, ranging from factsheets to pamphlets. Many of those resources are available for download on the NRLC website. Dr. O’Bannon received his doctorate in philosophy (ethics) from Georgetown University in 1998. He and his wife, Sandy, live in Manassas, Virginia, with their lovely daughter Kerry, while their two oldest daughters, Kathleen and Kelly, study at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, respectively.

Ernest Ohlhoff

ohlhoff-ernieERNEST 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.

Joey Papa

Since 2010, he has served as a visionary producer, writer, director and on-camera talent for countless projects and brands, such as Jockey, Intel, GE, Mary Kay and Target. The loss of his 3-year old daughter, Canaan, propelled him into his first independent feature documentary, “In the Land of Canaan,” & is currently in production on a short film, “ (un)wanted,” which discusses the foster care crisis in SouthEastern Wisconsin.  You can find his work at joeytalks.com. Joey is a devoted husband, father and advocate for children in need. Originally from New Jersey, he now calls Wisconsin home.

Don Parker

parker-donDON PARKER is director of the Development Department for National Right to Life. His department expands NRLC’s membership base and oversees its direct mail and telemarketing programs. From 1989 to 1996 Mr. Parker worked for Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL), NRLC’s Minnesota affiliate. He served with MCCL as a lobbyist, organizational development director, and fundraising letter writer. He is the secretary of Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), the Virginia affiliate of NRLC, and previously served as treasurer of that organization. In addition to his pro-life activities, Mr. Parker taught speech and journalism at a community college in Minnesota; edited Good Age, a monthly newspaper for the elderly; and was twice elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Rev. Frank Pavone

pavone-frank-frTHE REV. FRANK PAVONE is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world, and works full time as national director of Priests for Life, with his bishop’s permission. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor. In 1993 he became the first full-time national director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life ministry in the Catholic Church. He is 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 has been an official of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family and is currently a member of 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 has been a spiritual guide for Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” of Roe vs. Wade. She calls him “the catalyst that brought me into the Catholic Church.” He is the author of two books, Ending Abortion, Not Just Fighting It and Pro-life Reflections for Every Day.

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.

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.

Pam Rucinski

rucinski-pamPAM RUCINSKI is the co-owner of Rucinski & Reetz Communication and often refers to their industry as “the business of imagination.” They write scripts for film and video, content for websites, and write articles for print as well. After almost two decades of experience, the writing team has become skilled at meeting unrealistic deadlines, translating jargon, fitting square pegs in round holes and setting up their office on land, sea or in the air. Nestlé, Kohler, American Family Insurance, Kimberly Clark, Ingersoll Rand, Trane, the International Crane Foundation, Wisconsin Right to Life, and National Right to Life are just a few of the companies and non-profits on their client list. Industry awards include the New York and Chicago International Film Festivals, Telly Awards, and the Media Communications Association, International. A Baby’s First Months: Infinite Possibilities, produced for National Right to Life, 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. (See A Baby’s First Months on our website at www.rucinskireetz.com.) The Rucinski family’s pro-life roots run deep. Barely married one year, Pam says God called them to a lifetime of right-to-life work. All five of their children grew up in the movement and became experts at car washes, bake sales and lit drops. Their first born daughter, Tricia, was one of the founders of National Teens for Life in 1985. Both Pam and her husband Chet have served on various WRL leadership roles over the years. Today, Chet serves on the NRL Executive Board and Pam is assisting National Right to Life on the Branding Committee.

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.

Darla St. Martin

stmartin-darlaDARLA ST. MARTIN is the Co-Executive Director of National Right to Life. She has served on the NRLC Board of Directors since 1974 and currently represents Maryland. She is the President of Maryland Right to Life. She has also served as a member of the NRLC Executive Committee, President of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life, NRLC Director from Minnesota, and Co-Director of the Committee for a Pro-Life Congress. After graduation from the University of Minnesota, Mrs. St. Martin became a professional educator, teaching History and English. She has written numerous educational materials and authored essays for a number of books. During the administrations of President George H. W. Bush and President George W. Bush she served as National Right to Life’s liaison with the President and top White House staff. In 1983 she testified before the U.S. Judiciary Committee in favor of a Human Life Amendment. In 1997 after the fall of Communism, she went to Moscow and assisted Russian pro-life leaders with the development of the Russian pro-life movement. Over the years she has been a speaker at international events in Great Britain, Russia, the Vatican, as well as numerous states. Mrs. St. Martin has extensive experience with media, lobbying, political action committees, organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, and political parties. She has three children, Catherine, Michelle, and John; and six grandchildren, Bryce Fischbach, Brianna Eisenbacher, Alexander Hammer, Julia Hammer, Darla St. Martin, and Scarlett St. Martin; and two great grandchildren, Aaron and Ava Eisenbacher.

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 the executive director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia. He was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with his sisters, Terri and Suzanne. After his graduation from LaSalle University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing, Mr. Schindler moved with his entire family to Florida where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in meteorology from Florida State University. But his life took a dramatic and unexpected turn in February 1990 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, Mr. Schindler was suddenly propelled into a life he had never imagined. He spoke in defense of his sister’s life on numerous national television and radio programs including Hannity & Colmes, Larry King Live, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and many others. Following Terri’s tragic death on March 31, 2005, Mr. Schindler gave up his teaching job at Tampa Catholic High School. In the eight years since that time, he has spoken extensively throughout the United States and internationally telling the truth about Terri’s story. He and his family have also authored the book, A Life That Matters, (2006) regarding their decade-long struggle to care for his sister, Terri. The Schindler family continues to advocate for persons with disabilities and works tirelessly to put an end to the growing pro-death mentality that is plaguing our nation.

Doreen Shirek

shirek-doreenDOREEN 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 six and resides in Mauston, Wisconsin, with her family.

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.