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.
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.
Kathy Dahlkemper is the County Executive of Erie County Pennsylvania. She previously served as Congresswoman for the 3rd District of Pennsylvania in 2009 - 2010. She is the first woman to hold this elected position. During her tenure in Congress, Dahlkemper served on the Agriculture Committee, Science & Technology Committee and the Small Business Committee. She was the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Regulations & Healthcare within the Small Business Committee. Prior to her election in 2008, Kathy worked in her family business, Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors. She is the co-founder of the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park in Erie, PA, a non-profit organization and served as its Director for 10 years. Educated at Edinboro University as a dietitian, Dahlkemper worked many years in the nutrition field as a Chief Clinical Dietitian in Texas and in her private consulting practice in Pennsylvania. Dahlkemper serves on the Board of Advisors for the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics. Kathy and her husband Dan live in Erie, PA and are the proud parents of 5 grown children and the grandparents of 6.
Lois Kerschen is one of the founders of Democrats for Life of America. Currently, she serves as the State Chapter Coordinator and is President of Democrats for Life of Texas. Lois has attended nearly every Democratic State Convention since 1972 and has often served as a precinct chair and election judge. An educator and freelance writer with a Ph.D. in American Literature, Lois lives in Houston with her husband Steve Ganus. They have three children and four granddaughters.
Stephen F. Schneck, Ph.D.
Dr. Schneck is the Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies at The Catholic University of America. He 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. Dr. 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. 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 has grown to more than forty fellows.