Bobby Schindler, President
Bobby Schindler is President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network and an Associate Scholar of the Charlotte Lozier Institute and is a Senior Fellow at Americans United for Life. Bobby advocates for the medically vulnerable in honor of Terri Schiavo, his sister. A full-time pro-life advocate, Bobby and his family has been instrumental in providing resources and support to more than 3,000 patients and families at risk of euthanasia from physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and others more interested in healthcare rationing than in providing basic, life-affirming care for their most vulnerable.
His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Linacre Quarterly, The Federalist, Chicago Tribute, TIME, National Review, Human Life Review, Townhall, The Daily Caller and others. He holds degrees from LaSalle University, Florida State University, and a MS in Bioethics from the University of Mary, as well as a Certificate in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He also sits on the board of Cincinnati Right to Life. Bobby lives in Cincinnati with Kristina, his wife, and a happy family of nine.
Board of Directors
Brad Mattes, Chair
Brad Mattes is the President and CEO of Life Issues Institute. He is a three-time Regional Emmy award winning host and executive producer of the pro-life TV program, Facing Life Head-On. He also hosts Life Issues, a daily radio commentary on abortion, euthanasia and related issues. Additionally, Mr. Mattes is president of the International Right to Life Federation. A veteran of the pro-life cause, he is committed to the protection of innocent human life.
Charles Kerrigan, Treasurer
Charles Kerrigan is Senior VP and Chief Lending Officer for First CornerStone Bank. Prior to that, Mr. Kerrigan was Director of Marketing for Legacy Advisors, a financial advisory firm. Mr. Kerrigan also served as Senior VP and Private Banker at Wells Fargo’s Private Bank and was the CFO for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Mr. Kerrigan earned a BA, and a MBA degree from Temple University. In addition, Mr. Kerrigan earned certificates from The Wharton Advanced Management Program of the University of Pennsylvania; and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He holds FINRA Series 7 and 66 securities’ licenses, as well as a life insurance producer license in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kerrigan serves on the following non-profit Boards: Chair, National Advisory Board for the Study of Church Management and Business Ethics, School of Business, Villanova University; Chair, Finance Committee, The Salvation Army Advisory Board of Greater Philadelphia; Irish American Business Chamber and Network in Philadelphia; Finance Committee, Catholic Social Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia; and the Budget and Audit Committee, the Union League of Philadelphia. He is also the Vice Chair, Chair of the Investment Committee, and Director of Relationships for SmartInvest, a global venture capital company with offices in Philadelphia and Ireland.
Mr. Kerrigan is husband to Mary, and father to Corinne, who experienced an anoxic brain injury 18 years ago and is dependent on others for her care. He is also the grandfather to Corrinne’s only son, Paul.
Brother Conrad Richardson, f.b.p., Secretary
Brother Conrad Richardson, f.b.p., is a Franciscan Brother of Peace from St. Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1982 by Michael Gaworski, the Brothers of Peace seek to rediscover and live in the fullness of the Christian Faith through the enlightenment of the Magisterium, Sacred Scripture and the Church's tradition through the example of the order’s inspiration, St. Francis of Assisi.
Before entering religious life Br. Conrad worked as a nursing assistant, caring for the elderly, the physically and mentally challenged and the terminally ill. He also volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity in Denver who were caring for those dying of AIDS. In 1996, Br. Conrad contacted the Franciscan Brothers of Peace in the Archdiocese of St. Paul & Minneapolis and professed final vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in October of 2001.
Sean Clark is the former vice president for finance and information technology at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), which defends and sustains individual rights at America's colleges and universities, particularly freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience, which are some of the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. He lives and works in Philadelphia.
Michael J. Tammaro
Michael J. Tammaro earned a BS in education from Mansfield University and an MS in education from Elmira College. After 33 years, Mike retired as a school teacher from Haverling Central School in Bath, NY. Mike is the co-founder of Corning Christian Academy, a K-12 Christian school in Corning, NY and was a member of their board for 30 years.
Mike was a standout basketball player in high school and college, was a high school and college basketball official for 28 years, and in 1994 was inducted into the Corning-Painted Post Sports Hall of Fame. Mike currently resides in Deltona, FL with his wife Claudia Beth of 48 years. They have two daughters, one adopted son and ten grandchildren. Mike is the Brother of Mary Schindler and the Uncle of Terri Schiavo.
Wesley J. Smith
Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books. He writes for National Review on human life and dignity.
Smith’s book Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and the New Duty to Die (1997, Times Books), a broad-based criticism of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement, has become a classic in anti-euthanasia advocacy and is now in its third edition, published by Encounter Books in 2006.
Smith’s Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and Best Health Book of the Year for 2001 (Independent Publisher Book Awards). Smith also wrote Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World, in which he explored the morality, science, and business aspects of human cloning, stem cell research, and genetic engineering. Smith is also a member of the editorial advisory board of Christian Bioethics, published by Oxford University Press.