Jeannie French, Treasurer
A founding member of the Professional Women’s Network, Jeannie French has used her healthcare 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.
Matt formerly worked on Capitol Hill for both U.S. Senator Bob Casey and former Congressman Christopher Carney. He is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University. He serves as the State Chapter Coordinator for DFLA working to build up DFLA chapters locally across the country. Matt is a native of northeastern Pennsylvania and now resides in Washington, D.C.
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.