Sara Blicharz has been a dedicated pro-life volunteer for more than 25 years. Retired from the Bank of Stockton as its Assistant Vice-President and Manager, Sara spends her time organizing and educating on the cause of Life. A specialist in grassroots education, she has worked in every aspect of the prolife movement. Sara is a master of leading small groups to accomplish much more than they ever thought possible. Through CPLC’s Political Action Committee, Sara and her husband Dave have dedicated themselves to making the pro-life grassroots an effective voice in California, by focusing on encouraging voters to support pro-life legislation and candidates.
Emphasis: Local grassroots organizing
Anissa Gallegos began advocating for life at 16 when she tried unsuccessfully to persuade a friend from aborting her unborn child. Anissa participated in Speech and Debate competitions in high school and college on the topics of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide. While majoring in Communications during her college years, she worked full-time with California Pro Life Council (1991-1994). Anissa recently rejoined CPLC as a spokeswoman dedicated to educating and advocating on behalf of women and children.
Emphasis: The hypocrisy of the abortion mentality; the real meaning of ‘choice’
James Jenkins lives in Roseville, California with his beautiful wife of seventeen years, Carrie, along with their 2 teenaged daughters. He attended Eastern Michigan University and it here that he was driven to defend the life of the unborn as he became more aware of the immensity of the problem. Jenkins is a born leader and excels at coaching others to see and think clearly about what is at stake. He has served as an elder and youth leader in his church and is a 2013 graduate of Dr. Frank Turek’s Cross Examiner’s Instructor Academy–an intense Christian apologetic bootcamp. Jenkins volunteers at California ProLife Council by teaching Pro-Life defense and speaking. He is also volunteer speaker for Life Training Institute, an award-winning salesperson, sales manager, speaker and a huge baseball fan.
Emphasis: How to present the pro-life message
Brian Johnston has spent more than twenty years as an advocate for the medically vulnerable.
He is the Western Regional Director for the National Right to Life Committee and has served as California Commissioner on Aging, on California’s State Board of Nursing Home Examiners, and on the Board of Directors of the National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for California ProLife Council.
Johnston has authored numerous books and articles on the topic of protecting the vulnerable and restoring basic legal rights for those who are not able to defend themselves. His important book (and later documentary), Death As A Salesman: What’s Wrong With Assisted Suicide, is credited with ensuring continued legal protection for the medically dependent in New Zealand, the Republic of South Africa, and several other jurisdictions that were about to enact euthanasia laws.
A trained Parliamentarian, Johnston has testified before numerous state and national legislatures, including those of Belgium, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. He is a frequent spokesman on the threat of assisted suicide and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, World News Tonight, PBS News Hour and many other programs. He has been a visiting lecturer at several universities including Franciscan University, Gaming, Austria; University of South Africa – Durban; and the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Johnston’s upcoming book, Restoring the Right to Life, is a guidebook for those seeking to understand the history of the Right to Life and how to bring clarity to their efforts of ensuring protection for those who cannot protect themselves.
Emphasis: “Right to Life” in practice; understanding the real threat of its loss
Lawrence Lehr is a native Californian who has lived in Santa Rosa since 1972 and is a graduate of Sonoma State University. He and his wife Mary have 9 children and 11 grandchildren. Active in the pro life movement for over 30 years, Lehr is the President of Sonoma County Pro Life and the Northern Vice President for the California Pro Life Council. He has long been active in local politics and his church, and serves on the boards of several other non-profit organizations. He has been the owner of Lehr Insurance Agency in Santa Rosa for over 25 years.
Emphasis: How and why churches should impact their community
Rob Smith serves as Legislative Director to pro-Life Assemblymember Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield). Rob has a passion for defending Life and Liberty within the legislative arena, especially for the defenseless unborn. Rob has worked on various Life-related issues in the state legislature, including helping Assemblymember Grove author proposals to require parental notification for minors seeking abortion and to outlaw the practice of abortion for purposes of gender selection. Rob resides in Sacramento with his wife, Sarah, and their two children.
Emphasis: How the legislative process works
Wesley J. Smith is an attorney and public policy advocate and speaker. Smith is a prolific author and a frequent contributor to National Review and The Weekly Standard.
He opposes policies allowing for assisted suicide, euthanasia, and abortion. He is also a noted critic of mainstream views in bioethics, human cloning research, radical environmentalism–which he worries exhibits “anti-humanism”–and of what he calls the radical animal liberation movement. His book Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America was named Best Health Book of the Year at the 2001 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Smith is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows, having appeared on national programs such as Good Morning America andNightline, as well as internationally on BBC Radio 4. He has testified as an expert witness in front of federal and state legislative committees, and is an international public speaker. He contributes a weekly podcast called “What It Means to be Human,” which is produced by the Discovery Institute. His work as a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute is with the Project on Human Rights and Bioethics.
Emphasis: Bio-ethics issues; commentator on culture
Mike Spence is Los Angeles Regional vice president of the California ProLife Council, Mr. Spence was elected six times to West Covina Unified School District Board, and was recently elected to the West Covina City Council. As a school board member he authored the district’s parental notification policy. He also served as Chief of Staff to two California State Assemblyman. In 1996, the speaker of the state assembly appointed Mr. Spence to a four-year term on the Library of California Board. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs providing commentary on political issues, including shows such as the John and Ken Show, Laura Ingrham Show, Roger Hedgecock Show, Fox News, and shows on MSNBC and CNN.
Emphasis: Impacting federal, state, and local government; Current issues and events; Communicating the pro-life message