Board of Advisors
Steven H. Aden, Esq.: “Steven H. Aden serves as senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund in its Washington, D.C., office, where he heads litigation efforts to defend the sanctity of human life. Joining ADF in 2008, Aden is admitted to the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Hawaii (inactive). He is also a member of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal circuit and district courts. He has practiced law since 1990 and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.”
Samuel B. Casey, Esq.: “Until his appointment as Managing Director & General Counsel for the Jubilee Campaign’s LAW OF LIFE PROJECT (effective January 1, 2011), Mr. Casey served for the past two years as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Advocates International. For over 14 years before to that time, Mr. Casey served as the Christian Legal Society’s Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer from June 1, 1994 until October 15, 2008, where he was responsible for the general oversight CLS’ CENTER FOR LAW & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM and its life advocacy affiliate, HUMAN LIFE ADVOCATES, LLC. As a public interest lawyer, Mr. Casey is well-known for his legal advocacy work defending the sanctity of human life before various state and federal courts and legislative bodies, including the United States Congress and United States Supreme Court. As a pro-life advocate, he has appeared on various radio and television talk shows, and been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Washington Post, to name a few, in defense of the inalienability of human life, the health care right of conscience, the pregnancy care industry, bioethics and the advancement of human embryo adoption…”
Richard F. Collier, Esq.: Since 1989, Rich has served as the President of the Legal Center for the Defense of Life, an organization dedicated to providing pro bono legal services in support of the pro-life cause in New Jersey. Rich is in private practice in Princeton, New Jersey, specializing in the litigation of business disputes.
Carol Everett: In the 1980s, Ms. Everett was an abortion provider. After experiencing a “profound conversion,” she founded the Heidi Group in 1995. The Heidi Group consists of inner city pregnancy crisis centers, which offer parenting classes, Bible studies, counseling, and prenatal medical care. Ms. Everett is a force in the pro-life arena, speaking to colleges, workshops, and witnessing in trials, spreading the word of life. She has appeared with Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Dr. Marlon Maddox on Point of View, Dr. D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Ministries on Truths that Transform, Pat Robertson of the 700 Club, among others. Ms. Everett lives in Round Rock, Texas.
Michael A. Guevara, Esq.: Mr. Guevara serves on the board of the Hope Connections Pregnancy Resource Center in Leander, Texas. The Resource Center offers free and confidential advice, support, and services to pregnant women and needy children in central Texas, and Mr. Guevara provides invaluable advice as a member of the board. He works as a partner with Shotts, Trevino & Guevara, LLP, which has offices across central Texas. He practices a variety of law relating to state and local governments, and has a personal interest in assisting families with adoption proceedings. Mr. Guevara attended the University of Texas School of Law, and lives in Cedar Park with his family.
Joseph P. Infranco, Esq.: “Joseph P. Infranco serves as senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he is also ADF Senior Vice President of Allied Attorney Support and Coordination, working with approximately 1,800 attorneys across the nation. Infranco has tried more than 100 cases to successful conclusions and has participated as counsel or local counsel on many First Amendment cases. He joined ADF in 2003, he is admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and New York state, in addition to three federal district courts and U.S. Tax Court. Infranco has practiced law since 1978 and earned his J.D. from the University of New Hampshire Law School while clerking for the former New Hampshire Supreme Court Justice Maurice Bois.”
Abby Johnson: “Abby Johnson’s life was changed on October 6, 2009. That was the day that she resigned from the largest abortion corporation in the nation…Planned Parenthood. Abby worked and volunteered for Planned Parenthood for eight years. For the last year of her employment, Christ had been working on her heart. Although she didn’t understand why, Abby had begun to question her work and the motivations of the company she had dedicated herself to for eight years. In September 2009, she saw something that forever changed her mind on the issue of abortion. Abby was asked to assist in an ultrasound guided abortion procedure… The media were very interested in Abby’s story. A local news affiliate ran the story on the 10pm news…by Monday morning she was receiving calls from Mike Huckabee and Bill O’Reilly. On November 11th, Abby appeared on the O’Reilly Factor. Since her departure from Planned Parenthood, Abby has been traveling the country sharing her story and motivating others to continue the pro-life fight. She also works on projects for the national 40 Days for Life team. Abby lives in [Round Rock] Texas with her husband and daughter.” Abby is also a proud graduate of Texas A&M University.
The Hon. Christopher Maska, Esq.: Judge Maska is the Vice-President and General Counsel for the Texas Alliance for Life. He began his pro-life work by lobbying the Texas Legislature while in law school. Since then he has testified before legislative committees and drafted briefs for Texas and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Maska graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1991, and currently resides in Austin. Judge Maska is the Senior Administrative Law for the Texas Education Agency.
Jeanneane Maxon, Esq.: Jeanneane Maxon is Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United for Life (AUL). As the daughter of a fourteen-year executive director of a Care Net center in Amarillo, Texas, Jeanneane has been involved in the pro-life movement since age seven. An avid spokesperson on pro-life issues, Jeanneane frequently appears in media, including a recent Christian Broadcast Network feature story on pro-life pregnancy center advocacy airing on “The 700 Club.” She has been actively involved in dozens of pro-life legislative battles, and has been called to testify before numerous state legislative bodies. Jeanneane is in high demand as a keynote speaker for pro-life public awareness events, having presented before dozens of such events with audiences typically ranging from 300 to 1500 persons. Prior to joining AUL, Jeanneane served as General Counsel of Care Net, a national pro-life pregnancy center network. Prior to that, she practiced as a commercial litigation attorney at Devine, Millimet and Branch in Manchester, New Hampshire. Jeanneane received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 2005, graduating cum laude, and was New England’s regional winner of the National Moot Court Competition. Before receiving her law degree, Jeanneane interned for Justice Robert Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and for Justice Duane Benton of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
Allan E. Parker, Esq.: Allan Parker has served as the president of The Justice Foundation (formerly the Texas Justice Foundation) since 1993 when it was founded to protect the fundamental freedoms and rights essential to the preservation of American society. Mr. Parker has been featured in numerous interviews or articles in national and international media, including the “Hannity & Colmes” television show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” C-SPAN, BBC radio, the Wall Street Journal, the “Jim Lehrer News Hour,” Focus on the Family magazine, Charisma magazine, Vogue magazine, the Dutch magazine, Visie, and newspapers and radio programs around the world. Mr. Parker graduated with high honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1979, where he was an Associate Editor of the Texas Law Review, and earned Chancellor, Order of the Coif, and Order of Barristers awards for his outstanding advocacy skills. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Economics in 1974.
Joe Pojman, Ph.D.: Joe Pojman, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, an independent, nonpartisan, nonsectarian, pro-life organization whose goals are to protect innocent human life from conception through natural death through peaceful, legal means. He has served as the executive director for 15 years. He is frequently asked to write and speak on right-to-life issues, and has done numerous interviews for print, radio, and TV media, including the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, New Republic, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express News, and most Austin broadcast news outlets. Pojman holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, both from the University of Notre Dame. His professional work experience includes three years as an engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. He has been a speaker at the Democrats for Life of Texas state convention, and has served as a delegate to eight Texas State Republican Conventions and as an alternate delegate to the 1996 National Republican Convention in San Diego. Dr. Pojman lives in Austin with his wife, Beatriz. They have four children.
Cindy Sunday Powell: Ms. Powell is the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Assistance Center North in the greater Houston area, and she has been with PACN for 20 years. Ms. Powell is working to ensure that women have a safe place to go to be educated about their options. She has become a force for good in the Houston area, speaking at the 40 Days For Life in The Woodlands and working with WaterMark Women. She is also on the Human Services Advisory Board at Lone Star College-Montgomery and serves as a board member of CAPA (Christian Agencies for Pregnancy and Adoption.) Ms. Powell lives in The Woodlands with her husband, Dan.
J. Oscar Ramirez, Esq.: Mr. Ramirez is the President and CEO of the Avenida Guadalupe Association. Mr. Ramirez and the Association are working to revitalize the Avenida neighborhood in San Antonio, Texas through faith-based efforts to develop business and housing opportunities and give hope to the citizens of the Avenida neighborhood for a better tomorrow. Mr. Ramirez attended the University of Oklahoma and received a joint JD and MBA from the Regent University School of Law. He is the proud father of two, active in his church and San Antonio politics, and is a respected and renowned leader in Texas who is bringing his expertise to TCDL’s Board.
James C. Spencer, Esq.: Mr. Spencer is a member of Hinkle Law Firm LLC in Wichita, Kansas, where he serves business clients in the areas of employment law, executive compensation, and employee benefits. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Spencer was in private practice and served for almost ten years as General Counsel of Justice For All, which works to educate and train high school and college students across the nation about pro-life issues. Mr. Spencer graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University and received his law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was a member of the Kansas Law Review and the Order of the Coif.
The Hon. Edna Staudt: Judge Staudt currently serves Williamson County as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, and has diligently served since 1994. A certifiable native Austinite, Judge Staudt has been long committed to improving the quality of life in Central Texas. She has been a leader within the Republican Party since 1982, holding several positions from Poll Watcher to Senatorial District Chairman. Judge Staudt also worked to break new ground in Central Texas politics, founding the Founders Vision Republican Woman and the Legacy Republican Women of Williamson County. Judge Staudt has also served with several community groups, including the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center, Greater Williamson County YMCA, Safe & Drug Free School Committee, Agape Pregnancy Resource Center, and Hope Connections Pregnancy Resource Center. Judge Staudt founded the Williamson County YMCA Teen Court to develop leaders for the future, and the Justice Court Mentoring Program ensuring troubled teens in Williamson County are given a chance to turn their lives around.
Amanda Webster: Ms. Webster currently works as the Community Relations Manager for National Instruments. After attending Southwestern University in Georgetown, Ms. Webster joined National Instruments to coordinate community relations, a program which was recently recognized for attaining the largest number of leadership givers and most volunteer hours in Central Texas. Ms. Webster has made it both a personal and professional goal to achieve positive change in our community, working also with the United Way Capital Area, the Salvation Army, the Capital Area Food Bank, Dress for Success, in Honduras for Save the Children, as a Shelter Hub Manager for the American Red Cross, and now as a board member of Hope Connections Pregnancy Center.
Greg Wilhelm, Esq.: Mr. Wilhelm is an attorney primarily practicing law in the North Texas area. He attended Baylor University and obtained his law and master’s degrees from Regent University. Mr. Wilhelm began practicing in Dallas and Ellis Counties in 1999, using his Christian values to further his law practice, and working to create a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Ellis County. In 2007, he took office as the elected County Treasurer, and was later appointed and thereafter elected to preside over the Ellis County Court at Law No. 1, in Waxahachie, Texas, and faithfully served the people of North Texas until 2011. In addition to his commitment to the defense of life, Mr. Wilhelm is strongly dedicated to the future of the legal profession, chairing the Alumni Advisory Board at Regent University School of Law; serving on the law school’s Board of Visitors; and serving as an advisor to the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law. Additionally, Mr. Wilhelm is a member of the State Board of Directors of Texas CASA; Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board; and Chairman of the Governor’s Parental Rights Advisory Panel.