National Staff

LFL Job Board

Rev. Michael W. Salemink

Executive Director

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 BA 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. Scott worked for Burke Corporation in Nevada, Iowa, as the Information Technology Manager and Supply Chain Manager. He began his work with LFL in 2012 as national director. 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 an adult daughter in the Des Moines area and one daughter, son-in-law, and grandson near Colfax, Iowa. He and his wife, Sue, live near Huxley, Iowa, with three horses and a cat. Sue also has three adult daughters. Scott says, “There is never a lack of things to do, and I give thanks for how richly God has blessed me. I enjoy 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.’”


Lowell Highby

Director of Communications

Lowell joined the staff of LFL in January of 1998. Before accepting this position, he served as general manager of KNGN Good News Radio in McCook, Nebraska, from 1992 through 1997. Prior to 1992, Lowell worked in various capacities at radio stations in Marshall, Minnesota; Antigo, Wisconsin; and Redwood Falls, Minnesota, having received his broadcast training at Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has been active in local congregations, serving as Sunday school and VBS teachers, LYF advisor, Lifelight group leader, local LLL president, and choir member. In addition, he has held various church council positions (board of education, president, and secretary), was a member of the Clemons Lutheran School Board, and was past president and secretary of the McCook Sertoma Club. He is currently the treasurer for the Lamberton Lions Club, and, as of March 2019, he serves on the board of directors for Choices Pregnancy Center in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. Lowell has also been involved in community theater and local historical societies in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, and Nevada, Iowa, and is currently on the committee for the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove. Until Russia closed down international adoptions in 2012, he had been involved for several years 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.


Michelle Bauman

Director of Y4Life
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Michelle Bauman joined the Lutherans For Life team on June 1, 2019. She earned her Lutheran teaching degree in secondary education from Concordia Nebraska in 1998 and a master’s degree in English from the University of Indianapolis in 2011. Before joining Lutherans For Life, Michelle taught middle school English from 1998 to 2002 at Holy Cross Lutheran School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and English, Drama, and Speech at Trinity Lutheran High School in Seymour, Indiana, from 2002 to 2019. Michelle also served as Trinity’s Recruitment Director from 2004 to 2017. She lives in Columbus, Indiana, with her husband, Pastor Doug Bauman, and two sons, Nathaniel and Simeon, and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clifty, where her husband serves as pastor.


Deaconess Rachel Geraci

Mission and Ministry Director

Rachel Geraci began serving as mission and ministry director of Lutherans For Life in January of 2018. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University in 2011 and a Masters of Arts in Deaconess Studies from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2017. Before joining the national staff of Lutherans For Life, Rachel worked as a registered nurse in an emergency department in Cincinnati, Ohio, as well as the deaconess intern at Village Lutheran Church in Ladue, Missouri. She currently resides in Milan, Michigan, with her husband, Coleman, and daughter, Augustana Ruth.


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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


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.


Virginia J. Flo

Regional Director of Minnesota and National Conference Director

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

Regional Director of Texas
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Dr. Geistfeld, LFL Regional Director of Texas, 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, three granddaughters, and a daughter and son-in-law. Barb has been a donor to Lutherans For Life for over 40 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 her profound desire to be a voice for life. She values life at all stages and ages and has taught teens and adults for many years. Since accepting the position of Lutherans For Life Regional Director of Texas in July of 2015, she has given LFL presentations all over Texas. She is a certified Life Team Leader at the church she attends. Barb believes her medical background and her firm belief that we are to be “Gospel-motivated voices For Life” equip her to help others create healthy Life Teams that will become voices for Life in Texas.



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.


Deaconess Chrissie Gillet, PsyD
Word of Hope Director


Frequently seen in boots and jeans, Chrissie reveals her Texan upbringing and love for country living. She particularly enjoys time with her family in the garden or at the lake. Down-to-earth and modest, she prefers genuine conversation on a first-name basis over haughty titles related to her education or vocation. Chrissie is married to her best friend, Steph Gillet, who is a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tomahawk, WI. They enjoy working side by side in the ministry as a husband-wife and pastor-deaconess team. Together they have seven children, but only their youngest still resides at home, along with Phoebe, their Labradoodle in therapy dog training.

Chrissie earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Spalding University and completed her psychology residency as an officer in the United States Air Force. She served four years active duty and another four as inactive reserve. God blessed her with a range of counseling experiences in settings such as: a domestic violence shelter, the suicide crisis hotline, military mental health clinics, and a Christian counseling agency. Transitioning from an emphasis on psychology to theology, Chrissie attended the Distance Deaconess Program at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. She graduated in October 2018 and was commissioned as a deaconess with Lutherans for Life.

In her position as the Word of Hope Director, Chrissie answers the hotline calls and emails. Understanding both the secular worldview and the Christ-centered perspective, she listens without personal judgment while also responding in Christian truth and love. Motivated by compassion, she often goes above and beyond to connect people with local services and natural supports. Beyond her typical hotline responsibilities, Chrissie writes articles, publicly speaks, and leads Bible studies on a range of topics related to life issues.

Valuing a Christ-centered lifestyle, Chrissie serves her neighbor through acts of mercy. Each year, she opens her heart and home to exchange students from around the world. Amongst her church family, she regularly visits folks who are hospitalized or shut-in, and enjoys the fellowship while creating crafts with members in her home. Within the rural and small-town community, she gifts numerous people with produce from her garden, home-cooked dishes, or crocheted newborn-baby blankets. Truly, to know Chrissie is to know her as your loving sister in Christ.


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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.