Jim helped to found a pro-life pregnancy center in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1980. He joined Missouri Right to Life in 1984 and was selected to the state board of directors from the Northeast Region in 1986. He became the state vice president in 1987 and state president in 1988. After his term with the Department of Justice, he headed MRL's state legislation efforts from 1994 through 2008. In 1995, he had the honor of being named General Counsel of Missouri Right to Life, and he continues to volunteer in that position to the present day. He is the primary author of MRL's Pro-Life Action Guide and the summaries of Missouri law regarding life issues that are posted on MRL's Internet web site. In December, 2015, he was part of a team of pro-life lawyers that filed a friend of the court brief in the Missouri Court of Appeals on behalf of Missouri Right to Life, Lawyers for Life, and the American College of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists in a case involving two unfortunate frozen embryos who were caught between divorced parents warring over whether the embryos should live or die.
Jim and his wife, Ann, attend St. Mary of Victories Catholic Church in St. Louis. They are the parents of seven adult children, and they recently learned to their joy that their first grandchild is on the way.
She has spoken on life issues throughout the state, has had numerous articles published, and is a regular on Catholic radio. Pam has served as her parish pro-life chairman, taught a pro-life class to 8th graders throughout the St. Louis area, and served as a delegate to National Right to Life.
She and her husband Tom live in St. Louis County, have three sons and five grandchildren.
Kaley was born in Santa Margarita, California, but moved to central Missouri to the small town of Hallsville when she was eight. After graduating high school, she attended the University of Missouri where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political and Organizational Communication. During her time at MU, Kaley was involved in political activism and volunteered for a few local political campaigns.
Upon her May 2016 college graduation, Kaley accepted a position in Virginia Beach, VA as the communications coordinator at ACT for America, the nation’s largest non-profit national security organization. However, realizing her passion would always reside within the pro-life mission, she reached out to Missouri Right to Life to pursue a career in this field. Aside from pro-life activism, Kaley is an active outdoorsmen who enjoys hunting, fishing, running, hiking, cooking, and reading.
Contact Kaley – Kaley.G@missourilife.org
Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Central Missouri. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Communication in various colleges.
Susan was born in Texas, been around the world but spent most of her childhood in Oklahoma. She grew up in a military family with her father serving his life in the United States Air Force. Susan has been married to the Rev. Charles “Dusty” Klein for 42 years. They have one daughter who is an Assistant Curator at the Museum of the Bible.
Susan enjoys reading, cooking, decorating, baseball and football games, playing with their toy poodles and antique shopping.
Contact Susan – Susan.K@missourilife.org
Gerard supports and is involved in various pro-life organizations. He participates in the 40 Days for Life semiannual campaigns and has been the Pro-Life coordinator at Immaculate Conception Dardenne church for several years. In addition, he is a bus captain for the annual Washington DC March for Life trip, is on the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Life, is local Associate Counsel of the Thomas More Society working on pro-life litigation and has been the Legislative Director of Missouri Right to Life since 2008.
He is a volunteer teacher at Respect Life Apostolate, St Louis Archdiocese; Manager of Volunteers at Society of St. Vincent De Paul; and Santa Claus at St Johns Mercy Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
She served concurrently as the local pro-life chapter chairman, Chairman of the NE Region of Missouri Right to Life, and delegate to the State Board of MRL. This advocacy work led her to realize that if she wanted to have pro-life representation in Jefferson City, she would have to do it herself. After an unsuccessful first try in 2000, she won her first election to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2002 and went on to serve eight years in the General Assembly, retiring from public service in 2010.
Daughters Tamara Copple (business woman), Kathleen Basi (published composer and author), Andrea Williamson (HS Spanish teacher), and Cecelia Cannon (lawyer) have given Ted & Therese nine grandchildren.
Ms. Skain also spent over 7 years lobbying for the organization. She has been involved in all aspects of the legislative process. Missouri Right to Life has been successful in passing over 45 pro-life laws. She also serves as the treasurer for the organization’s three political action committees.
Patty has done numerous media interviews, talks, debates, and workshops at different pro-life events. Patty is married and has three grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.
Contact Patty – Patty.S@missourilife.org