Ann ScheidlerVice President, Pro-Life Action League
Ann’s involvement with the pro-life movement began in 1973 when her husband, National Director, Joe Scheidler, began to work full-time in pro-life work. In 1980, she helped found the League. In 1990, Ann began working part-time at the League as Assistant Director, a position which gradually became full-time. She served as Executive Director from 2000 until 2009, and has served as Vice President since then.
Ann is closely involved with all aspects of the League’s work, from public relations and development to activism and outreach. Ann is a frequent speaker on pro-life activism and sidewalk counseling, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. She travels extensively conducting sidewalk counseling training sessions. Ann holds a bachelor’s degree from Mundelein College. She is the mother of seven children, including League Executive Director Eric Scheidler, and grandmother of twenty-two grandchildren.
Brian WestbrookExecutive Director, Coalition for Life St. Louis
Brain Westbrook became an outspoken pro-life advocate after the birth of his son in 2008, bringing with it a new understanding of preborn human life. He helped to start and build a local grassroots 40 Days for Life campaign that rallied over 130 churches and thousands of people and dramatically reduced abortions in the region. Brian left his job at a local engineering firm in 2011 to serve as the Founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Life St. Louis. Brian and his wife, Marisa, have three children: Ethan, Eva and Michael.
The Coalition for Life St. Louis is a Christ-centered, community-based pro-life organization made up of over 140 churches and organizations from various faith backgrounds and thousands of individuals working to end abortion in St. Louis, peacefully and prayerfully. Under Brian’s direction, prayer volunteers and sidewalk counselors have helped save over 200 children from abortion and have impacted over 3,000 men and women since 2009. They look forward to the day that Missouri is the first abortion-free state.
Chantel PoiselCommunications Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Chantel Poisel serves as Communications Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she oversees external communications, social media, website content and various projects to advance the mission of the organization.
Prior to joining Sidewalk Advocates for Life, Chantel spent eight years working for the 40 Days for Life National Team as an Administrative Coordinator. Chantel has an extensive background in virtual administration; she worked for several years as a legal secretary and ran her own transcription company for over ten years.
Chantel spends time praying at the abortion facility near her, as well as encouraging and working with area pro-life groups. She is passionate about motivating those in her church, local community and virtual community to get more involved in the pro-life movement.
Chantel is married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they are raising their four children on a small hobby farm in rural Indiana. Chantel also homeschools her children, is active in their 4-H clubs, and keeps busy with her children’s hobbies. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Christine MelchorExecutive Director, Houston Coalition for Life
Christine has been involved in pro-life work as a volunteer since 1973 — first with Southern California Right to Life, Arizona Right to Life, Birthright in Houston, Texas and then, starting the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in Houston in 1995 and acting as their president until 2005. In 2005, Christine was given the honor of being named the Executive Director of the Houston Coalition for Life, a position she thanks God for every day.
She is a long time sidewalk counselor and is one of the two people who has the awesome privilege of performing the free ultrasounds that are offered in the mobile crisis pregnancy center of the Houston Coalition for Life. She is the mother of four and grandmother of two who was a single parent for many years. She met her husband, Raul, in 1992 while praying the Rosary outside an abortion facility.
Dan MillerSidewalk Counselor
Dan Miller is a full-time volunteer sidewalk counselor who has logged over 5,000 hours sidewalk counseling at abortion facilities over the last four years and has personally witnessed over 400 babies saved from abortion. His devotional to the ministry has garnered national attention. One of the babies saved is now his Godson, Joseph. His story is highlighted in Chapter 34 of the 40 Days for Life book, “40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done…” available at Amazon.com.
Dan serves as a Board member for Pro-Life Wisconsin and Catholics4Life, Wisconsin State Director for the Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Initiative, a third degree Knight of Columbus, a Knight of Divine Mercy, an eight-term Campaign Director for 40 Days for Life-Milwaukee, and the Sidewalk Advocates for Life-Milwaukee Program Director. Dan is a cradle Catholic and lives with his wife, Janine, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Destiny De La RosaPresident, New Wave Feminists
Destiny serves as Founder & President of New Wave Feminists, a cutting-edge pro-life association that uses science, logic and true feminism to win back the culture to LIFE. New Wave Feminists’ purported mission is to take feminism back from those who have corrupted it. As they note, “Sometime before we were born, our womanhood was traded for a handful of birth control pills, the ‘privilege’ to degrade ourselves in Playboy and the ‘right’ to abort our children. We embrace the early American feminism of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, which was righteous, virtuous, inteligent and moral.”
Destiny has an extensive background in communications, having served as a writer for the many local newspapers, blogs and pro-life publications. She lives in the Dallas, TX area with her husband and their four children.
Eric ScheidlerExecutive Director, Pro-Life Action League
Eric Scheidler is a second generation pro-life activist, the oldest of Joe and Ann Scheidler. He was only five years old when his parents first got involved in the pro-life movement, shortly before the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling n 1973. In 2002, Eric came to work full time at the League as communications director, taking responsibility for the League website and email system, handling media relations, and overseeing the League’s print and digital publications. In 2007, Eric formed the local grassroots group Fox Valley Families Against Planned Parenthood to oppose the Planned Parenthood mega-abortion facility opening under a cloud of deception and controversy not far from home in Aurora, Illinois—called “Ground Zero” in the abortion battle by leaders on both sides.
He regularly assists activists across the country fighting Planned Parenthood at the local level, and is a recognized authority on bringing pro-life activism to Planned Parenthood’s mega-centers. Eric assumed the responsibilities of League executive director in 2009. Throughout 2012, he co-directed an historic series of Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies at federal buildings and courthouses across the United States in opposition to the “HHS Mandate.” He regularly assists activists across the country fighting Planned Parenthood at the local level, and is a recognized authority on bringing pro-life activism to Planned Parenthood’s mega-centers. He has appeared in such media outlets as Fox News, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Washington Times, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Christian Post, the National Catholic Register, and EWTN.
Heather GardnerExecutive Director, Central Texas Coalition for Life
Heather Gardner is currently the Executive Director of the Central Texas Coalition for Life, an organization dedicated to helping women in crisis pregnancies find loving alternatives to abortion.
Previously, she served as the Director of Communications for the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life in Bryan, Texas, birth place of 40 Days for Life and where former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, had her conversion.
Heather received degrees in Sociology and Vocal Performance at Texas A&M University. Heather’s service for the Coalition for Life includes recruiting and training “Stand and Pray” volunteers and Sidewalk Counselors, coordinating church and community outreach, and interacting with the team of leaders who help coordinate the 40 Days for Life prayer campaigns.
Over the last four years, Heather has trained over 1,100 volunteers (locally and nationally) to be Sidewalk Counselors, including in the states of Texas, Kansas, Washington, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and New Mexico. She has also trained more than 300 volunteers to be pregnancy resource center counselors. Heather spends regular time on the sidewalks outside abortion facilities reaching out to women and men, and praying for an end to abortion.
Jenna Scott, Esq.Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Jenna Scott serves as Program Assistant for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she assists the Executive Director and staff on various projects to advance the mission of the organization and multiply its life-saving outreach. Jenna has also been sidewalk counseling since 2009; she served as lead sidewalk counselor with Ave Maria School of Law’s Lex Vitae Society from 2010-2011.
Jenna holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs: Law, Diplomacy, and Organization from the University of Nevada, Reno (2006). Jenna went onto AMSOL, graduating with her J.D. in 2011.
Kathy ForckCo-Director, Midwest March for Life
Kathy Forck is mother of four children and grandmother of seven. She is married to her husband, Mike, and together, they coordinate the Columbia 40 Days for Life in Missouri and other pro-life activities in their local diocese, including the Midwest March for Life in Jefferson City each January.
Kathy felt called to the sidewalk when she moved to Columbia from Arizona and saw the Columbia Planned Parenthood abortion-referral facility. Not knowing what she should do–but knowing she should do something–she asked God for His Will. God immediately sent people into her path and — with them and God’s grace — she has seen numerous lives saved on the sidewalk and has also grieved the loss of others. In the 5 years since her calling began, Columbia lost seven abortionists in the first three years and lost their abortion license two years ago–they give all the glory to God! Kathy, Mike and the faithful prayer supporters and Sidewalk Advocates continue a prayer presence each day Planned Parenthood is open to offer help and hope. They vow to be there until it closes.
Lauren Muzyka, Esq.Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Lauren is a licensed attorney in Texas whose passion for defending the sanctity of human life led her into the pro-life movement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Texas A&M University (2004), as well as an Advanced Certificate in International Affairs (2005). She is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Ave Maria School of Law (AMSOL).
For over two years, Lauren served as Campaign Strategist for the National 40 Days for Life Team, advising their 300+ campaigns in North America running a local campaign; most recently, she served as Director of Prayer, Civic Action, and Outreach for the CPLC of North Texas. Lauren has interned with organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom (Blackstone Fellowship), Americans United for Life, Liberty Institute, Texas Alliance for Life, and the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. She also recently served as Host of “Culture Lifeline,” a pro-life, pro-family radio program on the Guadalupe Radio Network during most of 2013; similarly, she has been a guest on various radio outlets throughout the country.
Lauren additionally serves as a pro-life guest speaker and trained sidewalk counselor of 14 years. Her greatest joy is her relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, being married to her husband of 4 years, Peter, and bringing God’s people together across denominational lines in the pro-life movement.
Dr. Pat CastlePresident and Co-Founder, LIFE Runners
Dr. Pat is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Air Force who recently transitioned to become Vitae Foundation’s new President and CEO in 2014. After graduating from the Air Force Academy in 1993, Dr. Castle’s military service took him to Texas, California, Colorado, Turkey, Illinois, and South Dakota. In 2007, he co-founded LIFE Group Devotions; and then in 2008, the National LIFE Runners Team. LIFE Runners — with their 60+ chapters in 50 states and 17 foreign countries — has a membership of more than 2,700 runners and walkers ages 1 to 88. They pray and raise awareness and funds for Pregnancy Help Centers across America. An accomplished runner, Castle has finished 17 marathons. In 2010, he was named the Scott Air Force Base Athlete of the Year (out of 4,250). He was board president of the Rapid City Care Net Pregnancy Center from 2012 to 2014. Additionally, Pat co-founded the national Law of Life Summit in 2012 which meets annually in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, CA.
Ramona TreviñoFormer Planned Parenthood Manager
For three years, Ramona worked as the manager of a Planned Parenthood abortion-referral facility in Sherman, Texas. In the spring of 2011 — thanks to the inspiration from a local Christian radio station, the prayers and public witness of a 40 Days for Life campaign, and God’s grace — Ramona reclaimed her walk with Christ and resigned her position at Planned Parenthood, which resulted in the clinic closing.
Ramona is now sharing the story of her pro-life conversion and resulting exodus from the organization responsible for the most abortions in the United States. A native of Trenton, Texas — a small town northeast of Dallas — Ramona is married to a wonderful man of seven years, and they have four children.
Theresa CamaraPrograms Coordinator, Houston Coalition for Life
Theresa Camara serves as Programs Coordinator at the Houston Coalition for Life. She coordinates 40 Days for Life and prayer vigil and gives presentations on the hope pro-lifers can offer in order to protect the unborn and their mothers from the devastation of abortion. She also gives presentations on how this generation can act as an antidote to the poison Planned Parenthood pumps into society at large. Previously, Theresa worked as the Director of the Maternal Assistance Program at Foundation for Life. Even as a child she was involved in the prolife movement and prayed on the sidewalk in front of abortion clinics.
The Houston Coalition for Life is a 501(c)3 prolife organization working to end abortion, peacefully and prayerfully. It has expanded to including a mobile crisis center — the “Big Blue Bus” — as well as 40 Days for Life and a variety of prayer vigils in front of Planned Parenthood fundraisers and gatherings in Austin. The bus is parked outside of the largest abortion facility in the Western Hemisphere and has a nurse providing free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds and a variety of alternatives to abortion.