Committees

PHA is led by a committee structure drawing pro-life leaders from all spheres of the pro-life movement.  Below are listed the members of the Working Committee and the Advisory Committee:

 

Working Committee Members

Karl Benzio, M.D.,

Christian Psychiatrist, writer, speaker, media guest expert, social issue activist, and the founder and clinical director of Lighthouse Network. Dr. Benzio brings scientific expertise and biblical principles together to examine common daily struggles and help people successfully navigate life’s storms. <more>

Mary Kellett, Exec. Dir., Prenatal Partners for Life

Mary Kellett is the executive director of Prenatal Partners for Life, a group of concerned parents (most of whom have or had a special needs child), medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy whose aim is to support, inform and encourage expectant or new parents.<more>

Advisory Committee Members

Father Derek Sakowski, Chaplain, S.T.D. (Dr of Sacred Theology)

Fr. Derek Sakowski is a priest for the Diocese of La Crosse, ordained by Cardinal Raymond Burke (then bishop of the diocese) on June 28, 2003. He completed his philosophy studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., earning his B.A. in 1998 and a Licentiate in Philosophy in 1999. He completed his theology studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, OH), earning an M.A. in 2002 and an M.Div. in 2003. <more>

Ralph A. Capone, MD, FACP,

Ralph A. Capone, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine) is board-certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Internal Medicine, is the medical director at the Jewish Association on Aging, Sivitz Hospice. He also serves as medical director of the palliative care consultation service, UPMC McKeesport Hospital. <more>

Gracie Ortiz, MSW, LCSW, Program Dir of Senior Services for Catholic Charities. in the diocese of Arlington,Virginia

Gracie Ortiz is the program director of senior services for Catholic Charities in the diocese of Arlington,Virginia. Her past work experience includes serving as an eldercare consultant in Washington, DC, coordinator of elderly programs at the Housing Opportunities Commission in Maryland, program director of Hogar Hispano in Virginia, social services director of a nursing home in Texas, and care manager at the Prince William county Area Agency on Aging. <more>

Mark Pickup, Exec.Dir. Human Life Matters

Mark Pickup has written the Human Life Matters blog for several years, and has spoken at inumerable conferences of advocacy of pro-Life issues and the sanctity of human life spanning 30 years. He co-founded a Canadian crisis pregnancy centre in the mid-1980s that has served thousands of women in crisis pregnancies, helping them find life afffirming options for themselves and their babies. The centre has also reached out to post-abortive women in need of spiritual and emotional healing. <more>

Alex Schadenberg, Exec. Dir. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, International Chair of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition works to preserve and enforce legal prohibitions and ethical guidelines prohibiting “mercy killing.” They also work to increase public awareness of truly ethical hospice/palliative care. To promote improvement in the quality and availability of hospice/palliative care, and effective methods of controlling pain and suffering. To develop and build compassionate care community services as alternatives to “Mercy Killing.” To educate the public on the harm and risks associated with the promotion of euthanasia and assisted suicide through the use of pamphlets, information seminars, media campaigns and research articles. To co-ordinate and disseminate research and information on issues related to euthanasia, assisted suicide. To represent the vulnerable and where appropriate, advocate before the courts on issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide.<more>