Janet Robert, President
Janet is an attorney and counsel to a variety of non-profit organizations. She co-founded Hope House of St. Croix Valley and the St. Croix Valley Christians in Action, and has volunteered her services to the St. Croix Valley Life Care Center, The Tubman Family Alliance, and the United Way. In 1994, Janet was elected to the Oak Park Heights City Council and later appointed to the Washington County Corrections Advisory Committee and the Workforce Center Board. Janet founded AM950 The Progressive Voice of Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and St. Louis University Law School.
Jeannie French, Treasurer
A founding member of the Professional Women’s Network, Jeannie French has used her health care background to address the effect of abortion on women’s health. She appeared on the MacNeil - Lehrer report on the abortion drug RU-486, and on Sonya LIVE and Chicago Tonight with the message that the response to a crisis pregnancy is to "Eliminate the Crisis Not the Child." The founder of the National Women's Coalition for Life, Jeannie spearheaded a 6 city effort to listen to women who regret their abortions in an attempt to offer help. Real Choices (Multnomah Press) edited by Frederica Mathewes-Green conveys the findings. A lifelong Democrat, Jeannie partnered with her home state governor, the late Bob Casey and others in developing a Democratic pro-life statement Caring for Women-- Caring for the Unborn, A New American Compact. In addition to her health care work, Jeannie served as the Director of the Pro-Life Office for the Archdiocese of Chicago under the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin. Jeannie's personal experience of carrying a fatally impaired baby to term led to her testimony before the US Senate Judiciary and other state assemblies in support of a ban on partial birth abortion. Jeannie, a single mother for 20 years, has opened her home to other single mothers on multiple occasions. A consultant to nonprofit organizations, she remains actively involved in senior health care and environmental issues. French holds a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Tom Berg, Secretary
Tom is the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minnesota, where he teaches and writes on constitutional law, religious liberty, law and religion, and intellectual property. He is the author of four books, dozens of scholarly and popular articles, and numerous briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and lower courts. He has served as the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs and director of its Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy. He has degrees from the University of Chicago, in both law and religious studies; from Oxford University, in philosophy and politics (as a Rhodes Scholar); and from Northwestern University, in journalism. He is married to Maureen Kane Berg, and they have two sons, ages 16 and 13.
Charlie Camosy is Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University. Among other places, his articles have appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of the Catholic Health Association, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Commonweal. He is the author of four books, including Beyond the Abortion Wars: a Way Forward for a New Generation. In addition to serving as an adviser for the Humane Society of the United States and the Children's Hospital of New York, Camosy received the 2012-13 Robert Bryne award from the Fordham Respect Life Club. He is also a member of the international working group "Contending Modernities" which attempts to bring secular liberalism, Catholicism, and Islam into dialogue about bioethics. Camosy has facilitated several projects which attempt to deal with polarized issues, including a major international conference at Princeton (2010) designed to find new ways to think and speak about abortion. He is a registered Independent--but strongly supports the mission of DFL, especially its comprehensive, bipartisan approach which refuses to choose between women and prenatal children.
Stephen Schneck served as chair of the Department of Politics at The Catholic University of America for nine years and as Associate Professor in that department for fourteen years. He also served as Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies.
Schneck’s research is in the field of political philosophy, with special emphases on 18th century American political thought and on contemporary continental political theory; recent work has focused on the role of religion in democracy. Publications include works on American political thought (on the Constitution, or on figures such as Alexis de Tocqueville) as well as on contemporary continental authors. Among his published works are two book length studies on Max Scheler, an edited work on Fred Dallmayr, and articles and chapters ranging from studies of French post-structuralism, to the examination of the critical theory of Jürgen Habermas.
A well-known Washington-area public lecturer, with frequent media appearances, Dr. Schneck has also been honored for his teaching. He was named Teacher of the Year three times at The Catholic University of America and has received several other teaching awards.
As Institute Director, Dr. Schneck has sought to enlarge the breadth of the Institute's work, in order to address a wide array of contemporary public policies through rigorous academic research. Under his leadership, the Institute grew to more than fifty fellows.
Lisa Stiller's background includes work in education and journalism and has an MA in Secondary Education and MA in Communication Studies. She has volunteered for many nonprofits, using her skills in media, training, writing and editing, lobbying, and event coordination. Lisa has been a board member of Consistent Life since 2012 and has been helping coordinate conferences, write resource material, and advocate anywhere she can for a consistent life ethic. She organizes tables/booths at many national conferences, including many where agendas are not always in line with a consistent life ethic. Work experience includes teaching from elementary school to higher ed, working as a school counselor, and working in print and broadcast journalism. Pro-life (or rather whole life) her whole life, Lisa has stood up to friends, family, fellow Democrats, and the people she volunteers with to advocate for life Lisa currently lives near Portland, Oregon, and has recently become a state contact for Oregon.
Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama's "ambassadors to America's believers" (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.
Today, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.
Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics, and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation's largest adoption agency, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.