Leadership

NIFLA Leadership

Thomas Glessner, J.D.
Founder and President

Thomas A. Glessner is the founder and President of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA).

As the CEO of NIFLA, Mr. Glessner has developed and implemented legal guidelines for Pregnancy Resource Centers to enable them to convert their operations into licensed medical clinics and provide for abortion-minded clients’ medical services such as ultrasound.

Mr. Glessner and his wife, Laura, live in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and have four children — Joshua, SaraLynn, Brannan and Jefferson.

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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.

Kimberly Chronister
Conference Coordinator

Kimberly Chronister began working with NIFLA in February of 2017 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.

She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a specialization in Hospitality Management. She caught the travel bug early and was blessed to live in Germany as a military spouse for three years and has worked in restaurants, hotels, and airlines. With those experiences, she felt that this position within NIFLA was a great fit.

Kimberly is proud to be a part of the team of NIFLA and all the good work they are doing.

Jackie Clodius
Administrative Assistant

Jackie joined our team in September 2016 and found a niche as our Administrative Assistant. Her duties include answering phones, updating memberships and handling shipping.

Jackie had an enjoyable career in property management before she raised and home schooled her two children. After experiencing the healing through the local pregnancy center’s post abortion study, she was looking for a way to support the good work done there. NIFLA was an answer to that prayer. Jackie looks forward to supporting the great staff at NIFLA and their members across the country.