National Staff

LFL Job Board

Rev. Michael W. Salemink

Executive Director
765.418.2342

Rev. Michael W. Salemink began serving as executive director-elect of Lutherans For Life in August 2015 and became executive director on January 1, 2016. He received a B.A. in theology from Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Illinois, in 1999 and a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2003. He has served as pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Webster, Minnesota, (2003-2005) and as associate pastor of St. James Lutheran Church and School in Lafayette, Indiana (2005-2015). Pastor Salemink and his wife, Heather, have been married since 2000 and reside in St. Louis, Missouri, where they attend Immanuel Lutheran Church, Olivette, with their three sons: Christian, Nathan, and Luke.

 

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Rev. Scott Licht

National Director

Scott grew up in New Ulm, Minnesota, and was raised in the Wisconsin Synod. He graduated from Martin Luther Preparatory School, Northwestern College (the WELS pastor-training college), and attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary for a short time. In 2005, he earned an MBA and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Iowa State University. Most recently, Scott worked for Burke Corporation in Nevada, Iowa, as the Information Technology Manager and Supply Chain Manager. His true passion, however, is fulfilled in his weekend job—Pastor of Shepherd of the Prairie Lutheran Church in Huxley, Iowa. They are a mission congregation rostered with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission to Christ (LCMC) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Scott’s role at Lutherans For Life allows him to combine his business experience with his passion for serving our Lord of Life. Scott has two daughters who are grown and living on their own in the Des Moines area. He and wife, Sue, live near Huxley with her three daughters, three horses, two cats and a dog. Scott says, “There is never a lack of things to do and I give thanks for how richly God has blessed me. I look forward to serving Him through the mission of Lutherans For Life and I would ask for your prayers as we continue to ‘equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.’”

 

John Hawkins

Director of Development
512.468.9777 (Office)

John joined LFL in May 2014. Previously, he had served since September 2011 as ministry advancement officer for the Southwest Region for Lutheran Hour Ministries. Before then, John worked as director of development and public relations for Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas. His extensive fundraising and stewardship experience also includes serving as director of planned giving for the Lutheran Foundation of Texas; major gifts officer for Children’s Hospital of Austin, Texas; vice president for development at Providence Health Center in Waco, Texas; annual giving director & assistant director of development for Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and annual fund manager for the University of Detroit. John earned a bachelor’s degree in history and mass communications and an MBA in marketing from the University of Detroit. He has been a certified fund raising executive (CFRE) since 1982 and is also a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP). He has also been active in life causes, having previously served as an officer of both an LFL chapter in Texas and the Waco Crisis Pregnancy Center. Hawkins and his wife, Diane, are members of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lago Vista, Texas, and have one adult son.

 




Lowell Highby

Director of Communications
507.626.6163

Lowell joined the staff of LFL in January of 1998. Before assuming this position, he served as general manager of KNGN Good News Radio in McCook, Nebraska, from 1992 through 1997. Before 1992, Lowell worked in various capacities at radio stations in Marshall, Minnesota; Antigo, Wisconsin; and Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He received his broadcast training at Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been active in local congregations, serving as a Sunday school and VBS teacher, LYF advisor, Lifelight group leader, local LLL president, choir member, in various church council positions (board of education, president, and secretary), and as a member of the Clemons Lutheran School board. He is a past president and secretary of the McCook Sertoma Club. Lowell has also been in community theater and local historical societies in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and Nevada, Iowa, and is on the committee for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove. He was also involved for several years—until Russia closed down international adoption—with Camp Hope which worked to find adoptive homes for older Russian orphans. Lowell resides in his hometown of Lamberton, Minnesota, with his son, Alex, and daughters Kierra, Callie, and Eva. They are members of St. John Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls.

 

Hilary Haak

Mission and Ministry Director
713.677.1881

Hilary (Murray) Haak began serving as Mission and Ministry Director of Lutherans For Life in October of 2016. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, in 2014. While at Concordia, Hilary founded a life-affirming student organization called Bulldogs For the Unborn, now Bulldogs For Life, and served as its president until she graduated. Before joining the national staff of Lutherans For Life, Hilary worked as an admissions assistant at a classical Lutheran school in Houston, Texas, and as a full-time nanny for a family in St. Louis, Missouri. Hilary and her husband, Nathan Haak, attend Village Lutheran Church, Ladue.

 

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Laura Davis

Director of Y4Life
979.716.8030 

Laura Davis joined the Lutherans For Life national staff in June 2012. She is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor and a Lutheran preschool teacher from Katy, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Texas A&M University in 2010 and a Master of Public Service and Administration at A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service in 2012 with an emphasis on non-profit management. She completed an internship at a pregnancy resource center in Lynnwood, Washington, and has previously served on the National Board of Directors for Lutherans For Life. She currently resides in Edmonds, Washington.

 

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Jerilyn Richard

Data Analyst 

Jeri joined Lutherans For Life in January of 2006. She received an Associates Degree from the Association Free Lutheran Bible School in Plymouth, Minnesota. She continued her education at Northwestern Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business. Jerilyn was a stay-at-home mom prior to working at Lutherans For Life. She has three children and attends Stavanger Free Lutheran Church in Garden City.

 

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Kim Nessa

Accountant

Kim joined Lutherans For Life in April 2008. Before joining LFL, she was the manager of Creative Apparel, a screen printing business in Story City, Iowa. She and her husband, Kevin, have three married children and eight grandchildren. They are members of Stavanger Free Lutheran Church where they have been active in youth ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and many other church activities.

 

Debra Freese

Office Clerk

Deby joined Lutherans for Life in June of 2015. Prior to coming to LFL, she worked as a registered nurse, a medical transcriptionist, and a certified medical coder. She and her husband Paul have two adult sons. She is a member of Memorial Lutheran Church in Ames, Iowa. She fills her spare time with gardening, reading, and crafts.

 

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Virginia J. Flo

Regional Director of Minnesota and National Conference Director
651.333.0337

Virginia joined Lutherans For Life in September 2013 and currently resides in Eagan, Minnesota. She has spent her life in a dual career both in business management, working for several major corporations in the Twin Cities area, as well as making a career in church work. She has worked extensively in the areas of Christian education, stewardship, and evangelism, while also serving as a choir director where she is able to share her love of Christian music with both adults and children. In her business experience she has worked in management, marketing, technology, and the graphic and visual arts. Her strong conviction For Life has given her the opportunity to speak on all the life issues, with a particular emphasis in the area of physician assisted suicide, which is being addressed in many states today. She grew up in a family that welcomed foster children who found a safe home with them in the country. She has authored a Christian fiction novel capturing some of those foster care experiences. Virginia has served as an LFL life chapter president and is now working in Minnesota helping equip Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life.

 

Barbara Lane Geistfeld, DVM (ret'd)

Regional Director of Texas
830.935.3415 (H)
830-388-8640 (Smartphone/preferred)

518.755.9082 (C)

Dr. Barbara Lane Geistfeld and her husband, Dr. James Geistfeld, are “Texans by Choice” after retiring to the Hill Country in 2008. Barb retired from owning a small animal veterinary hospital and Jim retired from his job as a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian for Taconic Biosciences. They have a son and daughter-in-law, two grand-daughters, and a daughter and son-in-law. Barb has been a donor to Lutherans For Life for over forty years and has been a consistent voice For Life in the various churches she has attended over the years. Raised in the First Church of God, confirmed by faith into the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), active in an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation in New York, and now a member of a thriving, Christ-centered Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) congregation, Barb believes these different churches have shaped her faith and reaffirmed a profound desire to be a voice for life. She values life at all stages and ages. She has taught teens and adults for many years and has given LFL presentations at Texas District LCMC conventions and several churches. Prior to accepting the position of Lutherans For Life Regional Director of Texas, she was a certified co-leader of the Life Team at the church she attends. Barb believes her medical background and her firm belief that we are to be “Gospel-motivated Voices For Life” equips her to help others create healthy Life Teams that will become voices for Life in Texas.

 

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Katie Friedrich

Office Assistant

Katie joined the Lutherans For Life staff in April of 2005 as a part-time data processor. She also works part-time at the Ames Public Library. She received an office assistant’s certificate from Des Moines Area Community College in 2000 and her associate of arts degree from Waldorf College in 2002. She has two brothers, two sisters-in-law, and three nieces. Katie lives in Ames, Iowa, and is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where she substitute taught in pre-school, taught VBS, and currently teaches Sunday school and sings in the choir and plays on the church softball team.

 

Lutherans For Life Outreach Team 

Dennis Di Mauro

LFL Representative to the National Pro-life Religious Council

Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Di Mauro holds a BA (1986) from the College of William and Mary, an MBA (1991) from George Mason University, a Master’s of Arts in Religion (2006) from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the Catholic University of America (2012) in Church History and Sacramental Theology. He teaches religion at St. Paul Lutheran Seminary, serves on the Younger Theologian Colloquy of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), and has also taught at Marymount University and Washington Bible College. Dr. Di Mauro has been active in the pro-life movement for over twenty years, serving as the president of Northern Virginia Lutherans for Life; on the board of Assist Pregnancy Center, Annandale, VA; and as Secretary of the National Pro-Life Religious Council. He is the author of A Love for Life (Wipf and Stock, 2008), as well as numerous articles and reviews in such periodicals as Anglican and Episcopal History, Lutheran Forum, Lutheran Witness, First Things, Higher Things, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and Touchstone. He currently serves as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church (NALC), Warrenton, Virginia. Before his ordination in 2013, Dennis served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve and worked for 25 years in the telecommunications and IT industries at companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Unisys, and Nortel. He has been married for 27 years to his wife Coco and they have three grown daughters, Zoey, Lucy, and Veronica.

 

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Grace Kern

Director of Word of Hope

Grace is a social worker and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, has been involved in pro-life work for over 33 years. She first served as president, counselor, and speaker for the Care and Counseling Center of Downers Grove, Illinois, and then as Director of Word of Hope (formerly Healing Hearts) since its founding in 1991. Through her ministry, she has helped women and men struggling with a crisis pregnancy or a past abortion in congregations, communities, prisons, and military bases throughout the country. In addition to counseling, Grace is an educator and teacher. She trains others in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and works with deaconesses through Concordia University, River Forest. Grace started an abstinence-centered education program that has reached well over forty thousand teenagers. She has written a number of articles for LifeDate, and has been a guest on national talk radio programs such as Mid Day Connection, Prime Time America, and Woman to Woman. Grace resides in Oak Brook, Illinois, with her husband Greg who she has been married to for 50 years. They have three children, nine grandchildren, and are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle.

 

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Pastor Don Richman

LFL International Representative

Don was born and raised on a farm near Tower City, North Dakota. After graduation from high school, he served with the Army for two years in Munich. After that, he enrolled at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Economics in 1959. Soon after beginning his career as a social worker, the Lord called him into the ministry. He enrolled at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated with a master’s degree in theology in 1969. Pastor Richman was married to the former Mavis Elster in July of 1963. They served as missionaries there until 1974. After serving as an associate pastor in Jamestown, North Dakota, for three and a half years, Pastor Richman was called to the senior pastorate at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. After much prayer, thought and consultation, Pastor Richman was led to resign from his position at Emmaus Lutheran church to organize the East European Missions Network—incorporated in 1992. Pastor Richman served as director until March of 2004. He continues as Founding Director of EEMN. Though he and Mavis continues to reside in Bloomington, Minnesota, he travels frequently to various countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.