Thomas A. Glessner, JD – President, NIFLA

Thomas A. Glessner, JD – President, NIFLA

Thomas A. Glessner is the founder and President of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), a public interest law firm founded in 1993 and committed to legal counsel and training for pregnancy centers. Mr. Glessner graduated from the University of Washington, School of Law in Seattle in 1977 and practiced law in … Read More

ANNE J. O’CONNOR, JD – Vice President of Legal Affairs, NIFLA

ANNE J. O’CONNOR, JD – Vice President of Legal Affairs, NIFLA

Anne O’Connor has been with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) since 1993. She served as NIFLA‘s General Counsel until she joined the staff full-time as the Vice President of Legal Affairs in April 2013. During her decades with NIFLA, Ms. O’Connor has been responsible for writing the monthly NIFLA Legal Tips … Read More

Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS – Vice President for Medical Services, NIFLA

Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS – Vice President for Medical Services, NIFLA

Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS, Vice President for Medical Services with NIFLA, has been involved in pregnancy centers since 1987. While serving with pregnancy centers in Georgia and Oregon, her responsibilities included the development of curriculum for post-abortive women, peer advocacy, speaking on life issues in schools and churches, board member, Nurse Manager, and facilitating their … Read More

Angie Thomas, JD – Staff Attorney for NIFLA

Angie Thomas, JD – Staff Attorney for NIFLA

Angie Thomas, JD serves as Staff Attorney for National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA). She is also the Associate Director for Louisiana Right to Life, specializing in development, legislative advocacy, and education about life issues. Prior to these positions, she served as CEO of the Woman’s New Life Clinic, a professional counseling and … Read More

Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, FASAM, MBA – Professor, Vice-Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, FASAM, MBA – Professor, Vice-Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Calhoun serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the West Virginia University-Charleston and is directly involved in resident and medical student education. He is licensed in several states and continues to actively practice maternal-fetal medicine, perform diagnostic obstetrical ultrasound, participate in prenatal diagnosis counseling, and provide education to residents and medical students. Read More

Dotsy Davis, RDMS – Instructor, NIFLA

Dotsy Davis, RDMS – Instructor, NIFLA

Dotsy Davis, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, is an instructor for NIFLA and has over 30 years of obstetrical ultrasound experience in OB/Gyn offices, Pregnancy Medical Clinics and as a college program director. She started a college-based medical sonography program and facilitated the program’s accreditation through the JRCDMS. Dotsy’s heart is to serve in this Ministry for His purposes … Read More

Danielle White, JD – Legal Counsel, Heartbeat International

Danielle White, JD – Legal Counsel, Heartbeat International

Danielle M. White has served as legal counsel for Heartbeat International since 2015. She earned her J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law, where she ranked in the top-10 percent of her class and served as a senior editor for the Ave Maria Law Review. After her first year of law school, Danielle was awarded … Read More

Kevin Theriot, JD – Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Kevin Theriot, JD – Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

Kevin Theriot serves as senior counsel and vice president of the Center for Life with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he directs the work of team members working to overturn Roe v. Wade, defend pro-life speech, and battle against physician-assisted suicide. Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2003, Theriot has been successful as lead counsel or … Read More

Jason Yates – CEO, My Faith Votes

Jason Yates – CEO, My Faith Votes

Jason Yates has over 25 years of executive leadership in finance, technology, and non-profit management. In 2015, he become the founding CEO of My Faith Votes, a national ministry empowering Christians to bring the good of their faith to the public square through voting. With Jason’s leadership and Governor Mike Huckabee’s influence as the organization’s … Read More

Josh Hetzler – Esq. Legislative Counsel, The Family Foundation

Josh Hetzler – Esq. Legislative Counsel, The Family Foundation

Josh Hetzler joined The Family Foundation in 2015 after graduating from Liberty University School of Law and being sworn in as a Virginia licensed attorney. As Legislative Counsel, Josh is actively engaged in lobbying, policy analysis and development, coalition building, bill drafting, regulatory oversight, communications strategies, compliance, FOIA requests, litigation and various other legal and … Read More

Karolyn Schrage, RN, BSN – Executive Director of the LifeChoices Health Network, Joplin, MO

Karolyn Schrage, RN, BSN – Executive Director of the LifeChoices Health Network, Joplin, MO

Karolyn Schrage (RN, BSN), serves as the Executive Director of the LifeChoices Health Network, Joplin, MO. Their multiple clinic locations and mobile unit offer sexual health medical services including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and limited OB care. Karolyn is the Victims Response Team lead for RISE – the SW MO anti-trafficking Coalition, … Read More

Dr. Sandy Christiansen, MD, FACOG – National Medical Consultant, Care Net

Dr. Sandy Christiansen, MD, FACOG – National Medical Consultant, Care Net

She currently serves as the National Medical Consultant to Care Net, and is the medical director and staff physician of a medical pregnancy center in Frederick, MD. She is a member of the Christian Medical Association (CMDA), and the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians & Gynecologists. She serves as the Maryland State Representative to the CMDA and is the co-director of the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Medical Ethics. Dr. Christiansen is an author and speaker on the topics of abortion, Hippocratic medicine, and unplanned pregnancy, addressing a variety of forums including the United Nations, the President’s Council on Bioethics, and legislative bodies as well as providing commentary to numerous national media outlets. Read More

Matt Bowman, JD – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Matt Bowman, JD – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Matthew Bowman serves as a Deputy General Counsel at HHS, where he currently oversees legal services provided through OGC’s Civil Rights Division regarding civil rights matters, the Children Family and Aging Division, and generally the Public Health Division. Mr. Bowman also served as a law clerk for Judge John M. Roll at the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. Mr. Bowman earned his J.D. summa cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law in 2003, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Dayton. Read More

Harold Cassidy, JD – Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Harold Cassidy, JD – Certified Civil Trial Attorney

Harold Cassidy has engaged in a broad variety of litigation, both trial and appellate, in his 42 years in the private practice of law. Most significantly, Harold Cassidy is considered the leading and most accomplished attorney in the nation as a defender of the rights of pregnant mothers. Mr. Cassidy has devoted part of his practice to protecting the rights of pregnant mothers where abortion providers have violated their rights and subjected them to procedures without obtaining informed and voluntary consent. Read More

Alexandra Snyder, JD – Life Legal Defense

Alexandra Snyder, JD – Life Legal Defense

Alexandra has a background in public policy, having served as Legislative Counsel to a California Member of Congress in both Washington, D.C. and Sacramento, Calif. In that capacity, she handled a wide array of legislative and policy matters, including pro-life issues, bioethics, and the protection of human rights. Prior to joining Life Legal, Alexandra worked … Read More

Jeanneane Maxon, JD – Attorney and Nationally Recognized Speaker

Jeanneane Maxon, JD – Attorney and Nationally Recognized Speaker

With almost 10 years of executive-level non-profit leadership, Jeanneane Maxon is an attorney and nationally recognized speaker and human rights advocate.   In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with brain cancer, inspiring the #TeamJeanneane social media campaign.  From 2012 through 2015, she served as Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United for … Read More

Jeffrey C. Tuomala – Professor of Law, Liberty University

Jeffrey C. Tuomala – Professor of Law, Liberty University

Dean Tuomala is committed to restoring the moral foundations of law. In addition to teaching, he has pursued that commitment having served as legal consultant both here and abroad. He argued the case of Regina v. Demers before the British Columbia Court of Appeals, addressing the unborn child’s right to life under international law and … Read More

Lynne Marie Kohm, JD – John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law

Lynne Marie Kohm, JD – John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law

Lynne Marie Kohm serves as the John Brown McCarty Professor of Family Law at Regent University School of Law. She earned her law degree from Syracuse College of Law and is a graduate of Albany University. She was honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Excellence as the Regent University Professor of the year in … Read More