Pregnant on Campus, a transformative initiative which
Jenifer began volunteering at Iowa Right to Life in 2001, joining the staff in 2007. In early 2010, she began her current tenure as Executive Director. She holds a B.A. in Biblical Counseling from Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania and has counseled women in crisis in both religious and secular institutions. The impact of Roe vs. Wade on her generation is not lost on Bowen, who was born just four months before the landmark decision legalizing abortion in the U.S. “With parents who were mere teenagers at the time, I could have easily been an abortion statistic. There are a lot of people my age and younger saying, ‘Maybe God spared us for a reason. Perhaps this is why we are supposed to be involved.” It is her passion to share the truth and wonder of human LIFE in all stages of development.
Pro-Life Governor Terry Branstad was born, raised and educated in Iowa. A native of Leland, Branstad was elected to the Iowa House in 1972, ’74 and ’76, and elected as Iowa’s lieutenant governor in 1978. Branstad was Iowa’s longest-serving governor, from 1983 to 1999. Following his four terms as governor, Branstad went on to serve as president of Des Moines University (DMU). Sensing a need for change n the way state government operates, Branstad retired from DMU to explore running for governor in 2010. Iowans have re-elected the Branstad/Reynolds team in 2010 and 2014.
Governor Branstad and his wife, Chris, have three grown children: Eric (Adrianne), Allison (Jerry Costa) and Marcus (Nicole), and six grandchildren, Mackenzie, Bridget, Sofia, Alexis, Estelle and Everett.
Kim Reynolds, a former state senator and county treasurer, serves as Iowa’s 45th Lieutenant Governor. She was elected Iowa’s Lieutenant Governor on November 2, 2010. Kim truly understands the importance of fiscal responsibility, job creation, education, and technology. Each year, Kim travels to all 99 counties and enthusiastically listens to Iowans of all ages. She actively seeks to learn how Iowa can become an even stronger state. Whether it’s meeting with women business owners or rural farmers, Kim embraces the opportunity to gain insights into their concerns or encourage collaboration. A native of St. Charles, Iowa, Kim enjoys her small town roots. Kim and Kevin reside in Osceola. They are proud parents to three daughters and six grandchildren.
On April 10, 2008, Bishop Richard E. Pates was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the ninth bishop for the Diocese of Des Moines. He is the third consecutive Twin Cities auxiliary bishop to be given the appointment. Bishop Joseph L. Charron, C.PP.S. and Bishop William H. Bullock also served the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis before moving to Des Moines.
Tom Chapman is the executive director of the Iowa Catholic Conference, the public policy agency of the Catholic bishops in Iowa. He was named the executive director of the Conference in 2007 after 16 years with the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. Chapman heads the pro-life legislative efforts of the Catholic Church in the state and was among the leaders of the successful effort to petition the Iowa Board of Medicine to regulate telemed abortions. He is a graduate of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City and was raised in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Eric Goranson – Lobbyist
Eric has more than 15 years’ experience in State government and nonprofits and is currently an independent contract lobbyist. His role as a lobbyist and political consultant for Iowa Right to Life has given him a unique perspective on the fight for life at the Iowa Capitol and at the local level.