KAREN GARNETT, is the Vice President of Community Relations and National Expansion for Heroic Media. Karen joined the Heroic Media team in May 2017, bringing 28 years of pro-life experience. Previously, she was commissioned by Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann to serve as the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (CPLC) from 1993 until 2015, and as the Chair of the Life & Family Life Department of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops from 2012-2014. Under Karen’s leadership, the CPLC was heralded as the largest and most effective diocesan-based pro-life organization in the world and a model for the nation. Shortly thereafter, Karen founded and became President of Culture of Life Network, serving the pro-life movement through consulting, speaking, and special projects. Karen has been recognized with several awards and honors, including: 2004 Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation of Texas’ Motherhood Award; Legatus International’s 2005 John Cardinal O’Connor Pro-Life Hall of Fame Award; 2009 Texas Knights of Columbus ACE Award; 2011 Texas Life, Faith & Education Award; and The 2017 Father Edward Robinson, O.P., Pro-Life Person of the Year Award. Karen has been married to her husband, Eddie, since 1984 and are proud parents of six children, including one lost to miscarriage. The Garnetts live in Texas where they are active members in their parish and the Christian Community of Delight where Karen serves in the music ministry.
Joe Pojman, Ph.D., is the founder and Executive Director of the Texas Alliance for Life, a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, pro-life organization whose goals are to protect innocent human life from conception through natural death using legal means. Dr. Pojman is frequently asked to write and speak on pro-life issues and has done numerous interviews for print, radio, and TV media. Dr. Pojman has lobbied for pro-life issues in the state Capitol for 27 years. Capitol Inside Magazine has twice ranked Dr. Pojman as one of the top 10 lobbyists for causes. Since its founding, under his direction of Dr. Pojman, Texas Alliance for Life has been instrumental in effectuating all major pro-life bills in Texas, including the parental notice and consent laws, the Prenatal Protection (personhood) Act, the Sonogram Bill, the Choose Life license plate bill, defunding Planned Parenthood, and House Bill 2. Dr. Pojman is frequently asked to write and speak on pro-life issues and has done numerous interviews for print, radio, and TV media. Dr. Pojman holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, both from the University of Notre Dame. Joe Pojman lives in Texas with wife Beatriz. They have four children.
Deanna Wallace, J.D. joined the Americans United for Life legal team as Staff Counsel, working directly with legislators to assist their efforts to protect mothers and their unborn children from abuses in the abortion industry. Deanna consults with state and federal legislators, provides testimony in favor of life-affirming legislation and creates strategic legal tools to advance life in the law. Deanna is also an editor for AUL’s premier publication Defending Life, often called “the pro-life playbook” and contributed to AUL’s December 2016 Report, Unsafe: How the Public Health Crisis in America’s Abortion Clinics Endangers Women. Prior to joining AUL’s team, Deanna was Legislative Director for Louisiana Right to Life, where she helped pass legislation establishing Louisiana as one of the most pro-life states in America, consulted with legislators and policy directors on the state level, and provided pro-bono legal assistance to the Attorney General’s office with litigation efforts to defend Louisiana’s life-affirming laws. Deanna has been published and interviewed by a variety of news sources including The Federalist, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, Fox News, CBN, AP and NPR. Deanna earned her BA in Speech Communications from Louisiana State University- Shreveport. A member of the State Bar of Louisiana, she earned her Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.