Leadership

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, Director of 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.  

Board of Directors

Bill Wohlgemuth, Chairman (Third 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.

Tom Shakely, Vice-Chairman (Second 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.

Bob Biggs, Treasurer (First 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.

Tom Holman, Secretary (First 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.

Fr. Christopher Walsh (Third 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.

Patrick Stanton (Third 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.

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.

Mary Paris (First term. Elected December 2015.)

Mary Paris and her husband Bob, married for nearly four decades, live in Doylestown, PA. In their many fruitful years together they have raised six children, who are themselves now grown with children of their own across the country. Mary has striven to live the pro-life message of respect for the sanctity of all life through service and witness to the beauty of faith, family, and home throughout her community.

Paul De Camera (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.

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.

 

Committees

  • Executive Committee, responsible for corporate governance and legal and fiduciary best practices, identifying and nominating board members, and working with Executive Director to schedule board meetings, create strategic plans, and conduct performance reviews.
  • Development Committee, responsible for overseeing development goals, strategies, and tactics, execution and support for raising funds, and overseeing special fundraising projects as necessary.
  • Alternatives Committee, responsible for ensuring organizational capacity for service to those who are in need of help as they make the choice for life in order to tangibly and sustainably build a Culture of Life by broadening the spectrum of choice.
  • Education Committee, responsible for encouraging a spirit of hope among advocates of the Culture of Life and unity among individual and organizational members, continually speaking truth with love on behalf of marriage, family, and the rights of children.
  • Outreach Committee, responsible for engaging diverse constituencies in the growth of and witness to a Culture of Life through prayer, public action, and volunteership, inviting new individuals to participate in the perpetual work of support for those making the choice for life.
  • Public Affairs Committee, responsible for building strategic relationships with leaders in government, religious institutions, community organizations, and the business community to build and sustain a Culture of Life on the local and statewide level.

 

Emeritus Directors

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

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