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SHAWN CARNEY
President/CEO

Shawn began as a volunteer in the pro-life movement while still in college. During this time, he helped 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 than 60 churches. From its beginning, Shawn has been instrumental in growing 40 Days for Life nationally and then internationally.

Shawn is a regular media spokesperson, and his work has been featured on hundreds of outlets, including Fox News, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Drudge Report, The Guardian, USA Today, and Christian media including The Christian Post, National Catholic Register, Sirius XM Catholic Radio, EWTN Radio, and Focus on the Family.

Shawn is one of the most sought-after pro-life speakers, addressing audiences coast-to-coast and internationally. He has executive produced award-winning pro-life documentaries. Shawn co-authored the #1 top-rated Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done … Imagine What He Can Do and also wrote The Beginning of the End of Abortion. Shawn lives in Texas with his wife and seven children.


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STEVE KARLEN
Campaign Director

Steve got involved in the pro-life movement as a volunteer leader with the 40 Days for Life campaign in Madison, Wisconsin. Before long, he found himself at the center of a nationwide controversy as the health system at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, was secretly preparing to open a late-term abortion center on campus. Groups across the state looked to him for leadership. After nearly a year and a half, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics abandoned its plan to open an abortion facility, citing Steve and his team as the reason for the decision.

Steve now serves as the campaign director for 40 Days for Life, where he trains and assists local 40 Days for Life campaign leaders, co-hosts the 40 Days for Life Podcast, and edits 40 Days for Life’s Day 41 magazine. He has spoken in 46 states; Washington, DC; four Canadian provinces; and Mexico City. Steve lives in Madison with his wife and four children.


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ROBERT COLQUHOUN
Director, International Campaigns

Robert is based in London, where he led the first 40 Days for Life campaign in England. The vigils were held outside a BPAS abortion facility that, after several campaigns, stopped doing abortions and eventually closed its doors. Robert has helped the 40 Days for Life mission spread across the United Kingdom. He now assists local leaders coordinating 40 Days for Life efforts in nations as widespread as Australia, Croatia, New Zealand, Russia and South Africa.


KATHARINE O’BRIEN
Director of Outreach

Katharine began working for 40 Days for Life in college as an intern during the summer of 2015. She volunteered for the Charlottesville campaign and was president of the pro-life club at the University of Virginia. She has traveled around the world to encourage leaders and promote the growth of 40 Days for Life, especially in Latin America. As a new mother, she currently supports North American campaign leaders, manages 40 Days for Life’s social media presence, and works to increase the involvement of young people in the campaigns.


LOURDES VARELA
Latin American Affairs Coordinator

Lourdes is based in Mexico City, where she has led eight 40 Days for Life campaigns. After working for almost ten years in the pharmaceutical industry, she felt called to dedicate herself to defending life. As one of the first campaign leaders in Latin America, Lourdes has helped spread the mission all over Mexico. Her mother and sister are also 40 Days for Life campaign leaders in Mexico.


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MATT BRITTON
General Counsel

Matt serves as the chairman of the board and general counsel for 40 Days for Life. He has had an expansive legal career including four terms as an elected prosecutor; a county attorney; counsel to many not-for-profits and U.S. companies operating around the world; a major law firm litigator; and general counsel. Matt has written and spoken countless times on a wide range of legal and pro-life issues in locations across the United States as well as England, Japan, Colombia, Mexico, Korea, Singapore, Brazil, China, and locations across the European Union.

Most importantly, Matt is married to Libby Britton, and they have eight beautiful children and one grandchild.


BOBBY REYNOSO
Director, Administration

Bobby became involved with pro-life efforts through a simple invitation from a friend to stand and pray outside Planned Parenthood in Bryan, Texas. Bobby joined the Coalition for Life in 2008 and in 2010, he became executive director of the organization. God answered the community’s prayers in 2013 when the Bryan abortion facility closed its doors. Bobby met his wife, Erin, while praying outside Planned Parenthood during the first nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign. Bobby and Erin live in Bryan with their four children.


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JILL COPELAND
Director of Media

Jill worked for ten years at the Eternal Word Television Network, producing such popular EWTN programs as Life on the Rock, Catholic View for Women, and Women of Grace. While working on pro-life shows at EWTN, Jill came to realize that God was calling her to work full-time in the pro-life movement. Jill has been with 40 Days for Life since 2014. She is married to a true Southern gentleman, and they are the parents of a young son.


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CHERYL ANN TAMEZ
Director, Advancement

Cheryl is from Fort Worth, Texas, where she served in the Wise County district attorney’s office before serving three terms as Polk County treasurer. After leaving public office, Cheryl worked for the Billy Graham Evangelical Association and served as accountant for Breakaway Ministries, a non-denominational weekly Bible study at Texas A&M University. In 2003, Cheryl began working with the Coalition for Life, handling bookkeeping and budget responsibilities. With the closure of the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility in 2013, Cheryl joined 40 Days for Life to use her many gifts to help end abortion in other cities.


MELINDA GIAMBO
Director, Finance and Human Resources

Melinda joined 40 Days for Life after working as a teacher and administrator of a Catholic high school in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Having worked with young adults for many years in the pro-life movement, becoming a full-time member of the 40 Days for Life team seemed like a natural progression. Melinda lives in Fredericksburg with her husband, Nick. They have four children and two grandsons.


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GILBERT GONZALEZ
Director, Information Technology

Gilbert first became involved in 40 Days for Life as a student in college, where he learned of the injustice of abortion taking place locally in Bryan, Texas. After praying at several 40 Days for Life campaigns, he met his wife Bree. Gilbert and Bree are happy to be back in the town where they met and are raising two beautiful children.


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NATHAN KOCMOUD
Administrative, Fulfillment & Inventory Specialist

Nathan has been involved in 40 Days for Life since he was 12 years old, when his parents brought him and his siblings to pray at the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Bryan-College Station, Texas. In 2015, he graduated with a degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University. Nathan spent a year in seminary before God led him to the 40 Days for Life headquarters team where he runs the 40 Days for Life online store.


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BEN STARNES
Administrative Assistant & Data Entry Specialist

Ben’s pro-life work began in Fort Worth where his parents took him and his younger siblings to pray outside abortion facilities in North Texas. After moving to Bryan, they joined other families in praying outside the local Bryan abortion facility and participated in one of the first 40 Days for Life campaigns. Ben was trained as a sidewalk-counselor and continued that ministry with Crusaders for Life when he began attending the University of Dallas in 2009. After graduating in 2013 he worked for various political candidates before joining the 40 Days for Life headquarters team.


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DAWN CRAWFORD
Events Coordinator

Dawn worked for several years as an administrator of a Catholic High School that was very involved in the pro-life movement. She participated in her first 40 Days for Life Vigil in 2014. The abortion facility where that vigil was held closed permanently two years later. Dawn now coordinates 40 Days for Life events . She lives in Fredericksburg, VA with her husband, Tim, and their two boys.