Leadership & Board of Directors

Edel Finnegan, Executive Director

Edel Finnegan graduated from Christendom College in 1991 and worked in the non-profit sector in Northern Virginia while volunteering at a Pregnancy Care Center and was hired as the Director of A Woman’s Choice Center in Falls Church, VA, in 1996. Edel joined the PLU as the Executive Director of the Pro Life Union in 2006. At that time the PLU began answering the local 24 Hour Pregnancy Hotline and expanded our efforts to strengthen the network of alternatives available to women facing abortion. She can be contacted at efinnegan@prolifeunion.org.

Anne Hinnegan, Member Services 

Anne Hinnegan has been with the PLU since 1992 working with our founder John P. Stanton for many years. Anne serves as our Member Services Coordinator working with Church and Parish contacts to build support for the sanctity of life and the mission of the Pro Life Union. Anne can be reached at ahinnegan@prolifeunion.org

Nicole Gibboni, Business/Operations Manager

Nicole Gibboni became the Business/Operations Manager in January 2017. Nicole has supported the work of the PLU for many years and served on our Stand Up for Life Dinner Committee as a volunteer. She can be reached at gibboni.nr@prolifeunion.org.

Amy Grace Miller, Alternatives Director

Amy Grace Miller has been working as the Alternatives Director at the Guiding Star location since September 2016.  Amy Grace may be reached at amygrace@prolifeunion.org

 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for corporate governance and legal and fiduciary best practices, identifying and nominating board members, and working with staff to schedule board meetings, create strategic plans, and conduct performance reviews. The Executive Committee consists of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and two At-Large board members.

Fr. Christopher Walsh, Chair (Fourth term. Elected 2009.)

Fr. Chris is Pastor of St. Raymond of Penafort Church in Northwest Philadelphia where he has served since 2008. He has been active in various aspects of the pro-life movement since 1985 and has served on the Board since 2011. Fr. Chris believes that the Culture of Life can only be built and maintained through a comprehensive strategy like that of the Pro-Life Union.

Paul DeCamera, Vice Chair (First term. Elected February 2016.)

Paul De Camara, along with his wife Cindy, has been involved with Pro-Life activities for the last 25 years at St. Alphonsus Parish in Maple Glen, PA. They have six children and live in Upper Dublin Township, PA. Paul has worked in the fire sprinkler industry for the last 38 years and has supported pro-life activities for many years.

Helene Hallowell, Secretary (First term. Elected 2017.)

Helene Hallowell is a health and wellness professional who is committed to guiding others to see their full potential in body, mind and spirit. Helene thrives on being the supportive presence for some who sometimes have little positive influence in their lives, and is a proponent of Natural Family Planning as a means to build up family life.

Bob Biggs, Treasurer (Second term. Elected 2014.)

Bob and Maggie Biggs currently reside in Newtown, PA.  He is a CPA and has served as Board Member for several non-profit organizations. The Biggs’ are pro-life advocates anchored by their three adopted children.

Dr. Monique Ruberu, At Large (First term. Elected 2017.)

Dr. Monique Ruberu is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. She earned her medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch and completed her residency at Hahnemann University Hospital/Drexel University respectively. When she's not working, she enjoys traveling, dancing, singing, volunteering with her church and spending time with her three children.

Tom Shakely, At Large (Third Term. Elected January 2012.)

Tom is Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network in Philadelphia. He sees the building of a Culture of Life as an essential component of restoring our nation’s goodness. He has served on the Board since 2012 and was elected Vice-Chairman in 2014. He attended Penn State University where he remains active in a variety of community and alumni activities.

Board of Directors, Members

Tom Holman, Secretary (Second term. Elected 2014.)

Tom grew up and lives in West Chester, PA. He is a graduate of St. Joseph University and works as a technical writer for a defense contractor. Tom is passionate about building the Culture of Life across many organizations including the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Knights of Columbus, and Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

Richard Auletta (Second term. Elected November 2013.)

Rick and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three and live in Yardley, PA. Rick is the CEO of Softgate Systems, Inc. Rick is passionate about life issues, seeing the protection of innocent life as a key building block for any society. He joined the Board in 2014 and serves as the Chair of the Development Committee.

Patrick Stanton (Fourth term. Elected November 2009.)

Pat, the oldest son of our founder John Stanton, has been active in the pro-life and other human rights movements for many years. With his wife Wendy, he has raised nine children in the metropolis of Jenkintown. He is owner of Sloane Moving Company in Elkins Park.

Catie Payne (First term. Elected September 2016.)

Catie Payne works with The Culture Project, an international initiative of young people set out to restore culture through the experience of virtue. She graduated from Ave Maria University.

Bill Wohlgemuth (Fourth term. Elected 2009.)

Bill and his wife Pat live in West Chester; they are the parents of four grown children. Bill retired from a career in the insurance industry and has been active in the pro-life movement since 1994. Bill has served as Chairman since 2010.

Richara Krajewski (First term. Elected 2017.)

Richara Krajewski is an alumna of Rutgers and the University of Pennsylvania, and a New Jersey native. Richara has worked directly with mothers and families in crisis in clinical and social service environments. Her commitment to pro-life work is rooted in her faith and hope in the redemptive work of Jesus: life is sacred, and she believes that those who love Jesus are required to bear witness to the sacredness of human life—the poor, the sick, the migrant, those coping with mental illness, the aging, the lonely, rejected, and the unborn are especially close to the heart of Christ. Richara currently lives in Philadelphia with her family.

Lisa Liccione (First term. Elected 2017.) 

Lisa and her husband Tony together are the parents of 10 children, 5 adult children and 5 little residents of Heaven.  Both active parishioners of St Ignatius Parish in Yardley PA, Lisa is a founding member of the St Ignatius Servants of Mary; a Rosary ministry devoted to strengthening our youth through hospitality; and serving our elderly, sick, bereaved, and shut-ins through witnessing God’s love and healing through the prayer of Rosary. Devoted to building up a Culture of Life serving those at risk for abortion and/or in delicate stages of life, she served a number of years as a Post Partum Support Group Facilitator and continues to teach and promote the benefits of mommy/baby massage. Accountant (Rider University), and Healing Arts Practitioner (Health Choices-Princeton, NJ), she employs her expertise as owner of both Bottom Line Techs Services and Inspired Touch.

Emeritus Directors

  • John Patrick Stanton (1927-2014)
  • Nick Gibboni
  • Sandy Sasso
  • Regina O'Reilly

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