Leadership Team

Executive Staff

Josh Brahm

President

Josh has worked in the pro-life movement since he was 18. After 12 years of full-time pro-life work he launched Equal Rights Institute to maximize his impact for the movement. Josh's primary passion is helping pro-life people to be more persuasive when they communicate with pro-choice people. That means ditching faulty rhetoric and tactics and embracing arguments that hold up under … Read More

Timothy Brahm

Director of Training

Timothy Brahm is a former Training Specialist with Justice For All, where he trained students to have good conversations about abortion and not be weird about it. Tim is interested in helping pro-life and pro-choice people to have better dialogues about abortion through 1) taking care to understand what the other person means, 2) using more carefully-constructed arguments, and 3) treating each … Read More

Jacob Nels

Jacob Nels

Operations Coordinator

Jacob Nels left a 16-year career as a carpenter to follow his passion for investing in the lives of people by taking a job with Justice For All. Since 2008, Jacob has been working to make abortion unthinkable, to make Jesus thinkable, and teaching others to do the same. Jacob works to show pro-life and pro-choice people that humans matter more than divisive arguments. Through respectful dialogue, … Read More

Christina Awad

Director of Development & Digital Media

Christina Awad graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. While in college, she founded and served as president of Rutgers for Life, a nonsectarian student pro-life advocacy group. She also served on the Board of Directors for Rutgers University Dance Marathon -- the largest student-run philanthropic event in New Jersey -- a yearlong fundraising effort … Read More

Melody Zimmerman

Digital Media Manager

Melody Zimmerman graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in piano performance. During her senior year of college, she founded and served as president of Ithaca College Students for Life with the aim of raising awareness about the reality of abortion, engaging in friendly dialogue on the topic, and supporting pregnant and parenting students. Melody now serves as the Director of Campus … Read More

Kim Bagato

Administrative Assistant

Kim Bagato is happy to be part of the Equal Rights Institute team and serve the staff as an executive assistant. She has experience in the pro-life movement stretching back to the mid 1980s. She’s volunteered as a counselor, coordinated volunteers and led prayer ministry teams at pregnancy care clinics across the nation. She’s also a certified Biblical counselor and certified women’s … Read More

Incoming Staff

This is section is for people that we've formally offered a job, they've formally accepted, but they haven't finished raising their financial support yet.

Rachel Crawford

Trainer

Rachel graduated from the University of Michigan with a Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience major and Women’s Studies: Gender and Health minor. She was the president of the Students for Life club at the University of Michigan, leading their efforts to educate students on pro-life topics and to advocate for pregnant and parenting students. Rachel is a former staff member of the … Read More

Interns

Our interns spend a period of several months learning about non-profit work and the things that have made ERI so succesful while learning new skills and serving the organization. If you're interested in joining our intern program, email Josh.

Megan Ryser

Megan Ryser is an intern at Equal Rights Institute. Megan is a sophomore, honors student at The Ohio State University where she is studying Public Affairs and Economics. In addition to working as an Office Assistant, Megan is a co-president of the pro-life club on campus, a holistic organization that works to provide education and resources for both faculty and peers. Megan has spent the … Read More

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provide wisdom and accountability through quarterly meetings where they go over our financial reports, discuss the direction of the organization, and make the decisions that only a board of directors can make.

David Conley

Certified Public Accountant

David Conley is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Directors. David Conley is a CPA and is an owner and co-founder of Smith, Conley & Associates, PC. David and his wife Gayla reside in Peachtree City, Georgia. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center as well as Treasurer for the Center. He's the current President of the Fayette chapter of … Read More

Phil Friesen

Non-Profit Consultant

Phil Friesen is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Directors. Phil has held managerial and executive-level positions for nearly 40 years. Additionally, Phil has been involved in church and para-church leadership for over 20 years. His vast experience in both public and private industries allows him to bring a rich background to the board. Phil currently is the Founder and President … Read More

Nathan Hitchen

Analyst

Nathan Hitchen is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Directors. Nathan completed his M.A. at the Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to Johns Hopkins, Nathan participated in the John Jay Institute fellowship, a program in theology and political philosophy, and then worked at a number of domestic and foreign policy think tanks in Washington, … Read More

Alice E. Witt, LCSW

Family Therapist

Alice Witt is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Directors. Alice currently has a private practice for marriage, family, and individual counseling. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Wayfinders Inclusive Post Secondary Education Program on the campus of CSU Fresno. She served as their TPSID grant Project’s Principal Investigator. Alice worked for ten years at … Read More

Board of Advisors

The members of the Board of Advisors will meet with Josh one-on-one at least once a year. After hearing about Josh's vision for ERI for the next year, he'll ask them for their thoughts, advice and critiques. What pitfalls should we be looking for? Are there major opportunities that we're missing? We’ve purposefully put together an advisory board of people whose advice we not only respect, but who have a diverse set of experiences and areas of expertise.

David Bereit

National Director, 40 Days for Life

David Bereit is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. David became an outspoken pro-life advocate after Planned Parenthood announced plans to build an abortion clinic in his Texas town in 1998. He helped to start and build a local grassroots coalition that rallied 60 churches and thousands of people together and dramatically reduced abortions in the region. Planned Parenthood … Read More

Nick Bradley

Pastor of Student Ministries, First Baptist Church of Clovis

Nick Bradley is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Nick Bradley is one of the Pastors at First Baptist Church of Clovis. He has specialized in Youth Ministries for over 13 years and has heart for truly educating people of all ages in the importance of owning their faith. His desire is for people to come to know the Lord and believes that using logic, critical thinking, … Read More

Kristi Burkhart

Executive Director, Fresno Pregnancy Care Center

Kristi Burkhart is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Kristi Burkhart is the Executive Director of the Fresno Pregnancy Care Center, an affiliate of CareNet and National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA). Pregnancy Care Center provides over $700,000 of free goods, services and education every year at no cost to their clients, governments or … Read More

Dr. Charles Camosy

Ethics Professor, Fordham University

Charles Camosy is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Dr. Camosy teaches Christian ethics at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Camosy grew up in the cornfields of Wisconsin, but has enjoyed living and teaching in the Bronx. A theme running throughout his work is the fostering of intellectual solidarity between political groups and ethical approaches which find … Read More

Shawn Carney

Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life

Shawn Carney is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Shawn began as a volunteer in the pro-life movement while still in college. During this time he helped to lead the first-ever local 40 Days for Life campaign. After graduating from college, Shawn was asked to serve as the Executive Director of the Coalition for Life, a local pro-life organization in Texas made up of more … Read More

Dr. Craig Hazen

Founder and Director of M.A. Program in Christian Apologetics, Biola University

Craig Hazen is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Dr. Hazen is the editor of the philosophy journal, Philosophia Christi. He is also the author of the monograph The Village Enlightenment in America, the acclaimed apologetics novel Five Sacred Crossings, and dozens of articles and chapters in various books and journals. He is a recipient of the Fischer Award, the highest … Read More

Kelsey Hazzard

Founder and President, Secular Pro-Life

Kelsey Hazzard is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Kelsey Hazzard founded Secular Pro-Life in 2009 and serves as its president. Her writings appear regularly in pro-life media and she is featured in the pro-life documentary "40". Kelsey has also made appearances in mainstream news sources like NPR, Buzzfeed, and Slate. She is a graduate of the University of Miami (B.A. … Read More

Trent Horn

Apologist and Speaker, Catholic Answers

Trent Horn is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Trent Horn is an apologist and speaker for Catholic Answers. He earned a graduate degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College. Trent is a regular guest on the radio program Catholic Answers Live, a lecturer who speaks across … Read More

Walter B. Hoye II

Founder and President, Issues4Life Foundation

Walter Hoye is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Walter B. Hoye II is both Founder and President of the Issues4Life Foundation, the California Civil Rights Foundation, Founder of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of California, Core Member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, a Board Member of The Morning Center which was founded to provide free full-service … Read More

Scott Klusendorf

Founder and President, Life Training Institute

Scott Klusendorf is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute (LTI), which was established in 2004 to challenge and equip pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square. Scott travels throughout the United States, Canada and Europe training groups of people to engage the … Read More

Casey Mattox

Senior Counsel & Director of the Center For Academic Freedom, Alliance Defending Freedom

Casey Mattox is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Casey joined ADF in 2009 litigating cases to protect the First Amendment rights of students and faculty at public colleges and universities across the nation. Since December 2016 he has served as Director of ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom, where he leads a team of attorneys that is one of the most active groups of … Read More

Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director, Priests for Life

Fr. Frank Pavone is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. Originally from New York, he was ordained in 1988 by Cardinal John O’Connor, and since 1993 has served full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. He is the National Director of Priests for Life, the largest pro-life … Read More

Jojo Ruba

Executive Director, Faith Beyond Belief

Jojo Ruba is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Jojo Ruba is the Executive Director of Faith Beyond Belief. Jojo equips Christians to effectively explain and defend their faith using reasonable arguments that make sense to non-believers. He has spoken at venues that include Sunday morning services, secular debates on universities and morning chapels at Christian … Read More

Alan Shlemon

Speaker, Stand to Reason

Alan Shlemon is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Alan Shlemon is an author and public speaker for Stand to Reason and is known for teaching on some of the most controversial issues of our time like abortion, evolution, homosexuality, bioethics, and Islam. He has been a guest on both TV and radio, and has spoken to thousands of adults and students across the country at … Read More

Stephen Wagner

Executive Director, Justice For All

Stephen Wagner is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. Stephen Wagner is the Executive Director of Justice For All, an organization that trains thousands to make abortion unthinkable for millions, one person at a time. He has spent hundreds of hours interacting with abortion-choice advocates on over 30 university campuses in the United States and Canada. Frustrated by … Read More

Tina Whittington

Executive Vice President, Students for Life of America

Tina Whittington is a member of Equal Rights Institute's Board of Advisors. In 1999 Tina began working full-time in the pro-life movement as Project Manager for Rock for Life. While there she put together pro-life literature, wrote for the monthly newsletter, spoke at high schools and colleges, organized events, and toured with Christian bands sharing the pro-life message from stage at hundreds … Read More