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].

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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 21 years with NIFLA, Ms. O'Connor has been responsible for writing the monthly NIFLA Legal Tips (now numbering more than 250 editions), performing more than 700 Legal Audits and consulting with hundreds of centers about the medical clinic conversion process. She currently teaches at Board trainings, conference workshops, webinars and at NIFLA's Institute of Limited Obstetric Ultrasound course. She also has written and/or updated many of NIFLA's publications.

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

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.