BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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 CHAIR

1ST TERM – ELECTED 2022

PAUL DECAMARA

Paul DeCamara, 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.

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TREASURER

1ST TERM – ELECTED 2017

DEACON PAT KENNEDY

Deacon Patrick Kennedy is a Deacon of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (AOP), who besides serving in several parishes is assigned to the Office of Life and Family, wherein he works with parishes and assists engaged couples in marriage preparation, provides counseling, and oversees the AOP programs to help couples nurture, enrich and strengthen their marriage and family life. Dn. Pat has been married to his wife Diane for almost 50 years, they have five adult married children and nine grandchildren. Most of his business career was dedicated to the Emergency Medical & Healthcare field, beginning as a Philadelphia firefighter & paramedic, then as the Founder, President & CEO of an EMS company, and ending as the Senior Vice President of a Catholic hospital & healthcare organization. Called to the life of a deacon, Pat entered formation in 2010 and after completing the Master of Theology program was ordained in 2017.  A lifelong pro-life advocate in the defense of the unborn and for the sanctity of all life in all stages and conditions, especially the most vulnerable among us, is honored to be among such a distinguished group of women, men and priests who stand for life in love of Jesus Christ.

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VICE CHAIR

1ST TERM – ELECTED 2017

ASHLEY GARECHT

Ashley Garecht is a homeschooling mom of four who was unexpectedly thrust into the national pro-life debate after she and her daughters were filmed and harassed by State Representative Brian Sims while they were praying outside of a Planned Parenthood in downtown Philadelphia.  She continues to pray outside of abortion facilities in the region and speaks publicly about the sanctity of life and the civil and religious liberties of pro-life activists.  Before motherhood, Ashley worked in the White House and is a graduate of Duke University.

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AT-LARGE-MEMBER

1ST TERM – ELECTED 2019

MARLENE DOWNING

Marlene Downing is a mother of two, author, public speaker and director of HOPE Pregnancy Center. She is a dedicated community leader who brings awareness to tough issues facing society. Her desire is to create opportunity for organic conversations, wholeness and healing. Her wisdom in these areas is based on her own personal experience. She is no stranger to hardship or to the power that Jesus Christ has to turn it all around. After working nearly a decade at a corporate organization, Marlene yielded to the call of God to work at a non-profit organization named HOPE Pregnancy Center. Since then, her love for the work has given her zeal to be divinely creative through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Marlene views her work at the HOPE Center as a beautiful golden opportunity to mentor women while saving lives.

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SECRETARY

1ST TERM – ELECTED 2017

HELENE HALLOWELL

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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Members

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PATRICK STANTON

4TH TERM – ELECTED 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.

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ESTELA BUGG

1ST TERM – ELECTED 2019

Originally from Honduras, Central America, Estela is now living in Greater Philadelphia and married with three children and five grandchildren. She has been Director of Volunteer and Parish Community Relations at Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for 24 years. In addition to this job role, Estela is the Project Rachel Ministry Director recently relaunched in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Office for Life and Family. Estela has been volunteering as a sidewalk prayer in front of abortion clinics. She is a longtime parishioner at St. Peter the Apostle Parish. Before her work at Catholic Social Services, Estela was the founder and first director of the Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Philadelphia. Estela holds a Masters in Human Services, bilingual and bi-culture. Because of her parish outreach for seven parishes in the North Philadelphia Latino area, she became instrumental in the development of the Office for Community Development of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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LIANA HOLLENDONNER

1ST TERM – ELECTED 2019

Liana is the Regional Coordinator for Students for Life of America in Pennsylvania and Delaware. She graduated from DeSales University in 2016 where she studied Political Science and Theology. Originally from New Jersey, she is the oldest of six children and remains very close to her family. Liana now lives in Media, PA and continues to stay involved with Catholic ministry and liturgical music.

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RICHARA KRAJEWSKI

3RD 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. 

EMERITUS DIRECTORS

JOHN STANTON (1927-2014)

NICK GIBBONI

SANDY SASSO

REGINA O’REILLY

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PRESIDENT & CEO

TOM STEVENS

Tom Stevens is a husband to Ann and father to Tommy, John Paul, Megan, Kellan, and Andrew. The Stevens family are parishioners of St. Colman Catholic parish in Ardmore.

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MEMBER SERVICES

ANNE HINNEGAN

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.

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ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

PHAEDRA ANDERSON

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Phaedra Anderson is an author, speaker and voice for the voiceless. In 2020 she received Congressional recognition for her work in the community impacting the lives of at risk youth. Anderson is also is an advocate for purity. Known for teaching girls and women the many benefits of living a chaste life before God. She also believes in protecting the sanctity of life and worked as a volunteer at HOPE Pregnancy Center. Where she  provided abortion minded women with life-affirming alternatives to abortion.