Leadership

NIFLA Leadership

Thomas Glessner, J.D.
Founder and President

Thomas Glessner founded the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates nearly 30 years ago. NIFLA is a national nonprofit providing legal counsel, education and training for pro-life pregnancy centers and medical clinics. 

  • Representing a network of more than 1,500 pregnancy centers and medical clinics across the nation, NIFLA has challenged laws targeting its members in several states — including California, Hawaii, Illinois, North Dakota and New York. 
  • NIFLA featured prominently in the Supreme Court case NIFLA v. Becerra which successfully challenged a California law forcing pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion. The NIFLA ruling in favor of the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers and all Americans was released on June 26, 2018. 
  • He is also the author of several books: Achieving an Abortion-Free America, Destiny’s Team: A Story About Love, Choices and Eternity, and The Emerging Brave New World, a nonfiction work. His most recent book entitled Created Equal: Reflections On The Unalienable Right To Life, highlights the constitutional protection of our most vulnerable citizens: children in the womb. 
  • Mr. Glessner has appeared on or been published in media outlets such as Fox News, USA TODAY, Tucker Carlson, CBN News, EWTN, 700 Club, Washington Examiner, Washington Times, TownHall, National Review, The Federalist, Washington Post and many more. 
  • He is a graduate of the University School of Law in Seattle, Washington in 1977 and is currently a member of the bar associations for the states of Washington, Virginia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

To book interviews with Thomas Glessner, J.D., please contact NIFLA’s media team at [email protected]nifla.org.

Anne O'Connor, J.D.
Vice President of Legal Affairs

Anne O’Connor has been with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) since 1993. She served as NIFLA’s General Counsel until she joined the staff full-time as the Vice President of Legal Affairs in April 2013.

During her tenure with NIFLA, Ms. O’Connor has been responsible for writing the monthly NIFLA Legal Tips, performing about 1,000 legal audits, consulting with hundreds of centers about the medical clinic conversion process, and teaching at Board trainings, conference workshops, webinars and at NIFLA’s Institute of Limited Obstetric Ultrasound.

  • She also has written and/or updated many of NIFLA’s publications, including the Legal Primer, the Medical Clinic Conversion Manual, the Medical Policies & Procedures, the Basic Operational Policies & Procedures, the Employment Handbook, and the HIPAA Voluntary Compliance Manual.
  • Recently, Ms. O’Connor acted as co-counsel on the pro-life Supreme Court case NIFLA v. Becerra.
  • She has also been published by or featured on media outlets such as The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalThe HillThe Washington Examiner, CBN News and more.
Audrey Stout, R.N., R.D.M.S.
Vice President of Medical Services

Audrey has been actively involved in pregnancy resource centers since 1987. Audrey was Nurse Manager at pregnancy centers in Marietta, GA and Sandy, OR during their conversion to medical clinics. She developed and taught curriculum for post-abortive women, served on a Pregnancy Medical Clinic Board of Directors.

In addition to writing curriculum and instructing with NIFLA's Institute in Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound 2000, she has written NIFLA’s monthly Clinic Tips, provided consultation with hundreds of PMCs, spoken at numerous conferences on nursing and sonography. Audrey has trained medical professionals in OB sonography across the U.S. and in Ukraine. Audrey challenges her students to always pursue growth in knowledge, skills and ability to serve the women and their unborn with integrity, compassion and excellence.

Katherine Hager
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Katherine joined the NIFLA staff in December 2007. Her main area of responsibility rests in identifying private foundations which provide grant opportunities to enhance NIFLA's financial base. In addition to grant-writing, she oversees Donor Development, tracks NIFLA statistics, serves as a resource for Pregnancy Resource Centers pursuing medical clinic conversion and provides general customer service to members who contact the NIFLA. She brings to the ministry a background in fundraising, sales and customer service.

Angie Thomas, J.D.
Staff Attorney and Spokeswoman

Angie Thomas, J.D. serves as staff attorney and spokeswoman for National Institute of Family and Life Advocates. Her work at NIFLA includes legal education and training for pregnancy centers, The Life Choice Project, board trainings and legal audits. She is passionate about helping pregnancy centers develop holistic, sustainable models and about implementing new programs in building a culture of life. 

Ms. Thomas has been featured or published in outlets such as the Washington Examiner, Daily Caller, NPR and many more. She also serves as the Associate Director for Louisiana Right to Life, specializing in development, legislative advocacy, and education about life issues. Prior to these positions, she served as CEO of the Woman’s New Life Clinic, a professional counseling and medical clinic offering life-affirming services for women in unplanned pregnancies, post-abortive men and women, and women’s health. She led the effort to expand authentic women’s health services in south Louisiana, reclaiming reproductive healthcare and offering alternatives to Planned Parenthood.

Ms. Thomas was trained through the Blackstone Fellowship, an intensive training in Christian worldview principles and how they apply to the study and interpretation of law. She worked for Americans United for Life and Bioethics Defense Fund during and following law school. Angie is a graduate of the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University and Loyola Law School. She lives in New Orleans with her husband and four daughters.

Byron Calhoun, M.D., FACOG, FACS
National Medical Director

Dr. Byron C. Calhoun, MD, FACOG, FACS, MBA is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is board certified in general Obstetrics/Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

He has authored 60+ peer review articles in the obstetric and gynecologic literature, presented 100+ scientific papers, participated in 40+ research projects, and published several articles on perinatal hospice. He is an original author of the perinatal hospice concept which provides a multidisciplinary care to families with a lethal prenatal diagnosis.

Dr Calhoun serves as Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at West Virginia University-Charleston. He and his wife Kathryn have five children.

Dotsy Davis, R.D.M.S.
Ultrasound Consultant

Dotsy Davis, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, is an instructor for NIFLA and has over 30 years of obstetrical ultrasound experience in OB/Gyn offices, Pregnancy Medical Clinics and as a college program director. She started a college-based medical sonography program and facilitated the program's accreditation through the JRCDMS. Dotsy's heart is to serve in this Ministry for His purposes and His glory.

Dotsy and her husband Olin reside on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They have three children and four delightful grandchildren.

NIFLA Administrative Team

Robin Judy
Assistant to the President

Robin is a 1981 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. Robin has been working in the education field for over 20 years. Her work has been varied, including homebound teaching, teaching preschool music, private tutoring, classroom teaching, and homeschooling her own children.

Currently, Robin is working for the National Institute of Family and Life Advocate (NIFLA) as Assistant to the President. She is responsible for editing and updating materials, supervision of office staff and assists the legal team.

Victoria Vazquez
Conference Coordinator

Victoria Vazquez began working with NIFLA in October 2019 as our Conference Coordinator. She is the person you will speak to regarding future conference arrangements, registrations, and she will also greet you at the registration table at the conferences.

Victoria is a graduate of Liberty University with degrees in Graphic Design and Studio Art with minors in Psychology and Sociology. She has a passion for photography and has successfully been running her own business for the past 6 years. During that time she became a single mother to an amazing little boy. Being a single mother who chose life, when the opportunity to work with NIFLA came about, she readily jumped on board. The opportunity to serve for a ministry that promotes life and gives mothers options and support means everything to her.

Micayla Rhoades
Coordinator of Membership Services

Micayla Rhoades began working with NIFLA in March 2020. She is responsible for membership communications, membership resources and updating materials. She graduated from Liberty University with her Bachelors of Science in Public Health with a concentration in health promotion. Not long after she graduated, she married her high school sweetheart, Conner, in 2019. 

Micayla’s passion for empowering women to make informed health choices sparked her interest in working with health-related nonprofits, which eventually led her to NIFLA. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve NIFLA’s members who are pursuing the well-being of women across the United States.