Our Leadership

 

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Jor-El Godsey, President

Jor-El Godsey serves as President of Heartbeat International. He leads a staff dedicated to equipping, empowering, and encouraging the thousands of leaders and developing leaders of Heartbeat’s affiliated pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and adoption services, in the U.S. and on every inhabited continent. He oversees Heartbeat’s core mission to be the leadership supply line for the growing pregnancy help movement worldwide by providing accurate information, training resources, leadership development conferences, programs, and daily support to help affiliates start, grow, and expand their services to women and couples at risk for abortion.

Jor-El comes to Heartbeat having served in the pregnancy help movement since 1988. He first served as a volunteer at Hope, the pregnancy help centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Then he joined their board, served as Chair, then as Executive Administrator. In 1999, Jor-El be came Executive Director of Life Choices in Longmont, Colorado. Six years later, in 2006, Jor-El accepted the call to help Heartbeat International meet the diverse and expanding leadership needs of the pregnancy help movement as Vice-President. Now serving as the second President in Heartbeat International's 44 year history, preceded only by Peggy Hartshorn, he continues to remind us all that we are better together.

Jor-El met his wife, Karen, at a volunteer training meeting for the Hope Center in Ft. Lauderdale. They currently make their home in Columbus, Ohio, with their three children.

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Cindi Boston, Vice President

A long-time leader in the pregnancy help community at the local, state, and national levels, Cindi Boston was named Heartbeat International's Vice President in January 2016.

Cindi previously served on Heartbeat International's Board of Directors from 2013-15, and was recognized as a 2011 Heartbeat International Servant-Leader honoree. She chaired the board for Missouri's Alliance for Life that played a role in passing a state resolution honoring the work of pregnancy help organizations, as well as directing funds for specfiic services covered under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Cindi has worked in the business, education and non-profit sectors in Kansas, Ohio, and Missouri since 1985. She was first elected to the first Board of Directors for the initial setup of Pregnancy Care Center (PCC) in the winter of 1998. She oversaw the center's growth from startup through the first 15 years of service, where the ministry reached 285,150 local women and men.

Cindi is a graduate of Evangel University. She is a certified Life-Affirming Specialist (LAS) and was selected as one of the top 12 non-profit directors of underserved populations in Missouri. Cindi is the proud mother of two sons, Josh and Caleb.

 

 

Board of Directors

 

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Margaret (Peggy) Hartshorn, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board

Margaret H. (Peggy) Hartshorn, Ph.D., currently Chairman of the Board of Heartbeat International, has served on the Board for 30 years, as Chairman previously from 1990-2004.  She also served as Heartbeat’s President for 23 years (1993-2015).

Peggy co-founded Heartbeat International’s Option Line in 2002.  It is the only 24/7, bilingual, internet-based, pro-life call center in the world. Option Line handles about a quarter of a million calls for help each year, connecting callers to their community-based pregnancy help center for life-saving and life-changing help.

Peggy and her husband, Mike, joined the pro-life movement in 1973, first working with the educational, political, and legislative arm of the movement. They housed pregnant women in their home (beginning in 1974), attended their first Heartbeat conference in 1978, opened the first pregnancy help center in Columbus, Ohio, in 1981, and Peggy joined the leadership team of Heartbeat International in 1986 (as a member of the Board, later Chairperson and President of Heartbeat).

Peggy has traveled to 52 countries, teaching and training, visiting existing pregnancy help organizations, and helping to start new ones in Eastern and Western Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. She has also appeared on television and radio as a spokesperson for pro-life and life-affirming alternatives to abortion, and she is the author of Foot Soldiers Armed with Love: The First Forty Years of Heartbeat International

Peggy is the recipient of many awards for pro-life work, including:  President’s Volunteer Service Award under President George H.W. Bush, the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the Defender of Life Award from Students for Life, the Cardinal John J. O’Connor pro-life award from Legatus International, the Norrine A. and Raymond E. Ruddy Memorial Life Prizes Award, the Sanctity of Human Life Award from Care Net, the Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle Award from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, the Founder’s Award from the Christ Child Society, the Catholic Woman of the Year Award from the Diocese of Columbus (Ohio), the Life Champion Award from Pregnancy Support Services of Asia, the Woman of Impact Award from WRFD Christian Radio, and the Praesidium Vitae Award from Aid for Women.     

Peggy has been married to Mike for 46 years, and they have two children, adopted as infants, and 5 grandchildren.

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Keith Armato

Keith Armato is President of the Union Street Tin Co. based in Chicago, IL. Keith is the third generation of his family to carry on the tradition of decorative metal packaging since his grandfather Michaele came to the United States from Sicily and founded the company in 1908 manufacturing olive oil cans.

Keith and Mary Armato have been married for 41 years and have two children and five grandchildren. Keith and Mary spent their honeymoon in Italy and have returned to the country over 50 times introducing family, friends and business associates to the culture and especially the religious heritage of Italy and particularly Rome.

Keith is a Knight of Malta and a Knight of St. George. He has served two terms on the national Board of Governors of Legatus, the National Fund for Catholic Religions Vocations, and the Saint Pio Foundation.

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Cathy Clark 

Before retiring to devote more time to pro-life work, Cathy worked as a legal secretary.  Cathy and her husband Ken co-founded a pregnancy center in Orange County, California in 1999.  She served on the Diocese of Orange Respect Life Task Force and was the chairperson of her parish Respect Life Committee for many years.  Cathy was the recipient of the 2013 Diocese of Orange Respect Life Award.  Cathy has been married to Ken for 47 years.  They have two daughters, Jill (married to Matt) and Allison (married to Paul) and six very-loved grandsons.

Christine Dattilo

Christine Dattilo is a nonprofit technology strategist helping organizations connect and build relationships with an online generation. Chris has worked with churches, mission organizations, community groups, pregnancy help centers and Heartbeat International as a strategic consultant and web strategist. Chris and her husband Joe live in the Boston area where they are actively involved in their local church and New England area pregnancy help ministries.

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Pia de Solenni, S.Th.D.

Associate Dean of the Augustine Institute, Dr. Pia de Solenni is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Wall Street Journal EuropeThe Washington PostNational Catholic ReporterOur Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online.

Dr. de Solenni has participated in many radio and television talk shows on various topics. She has appeared on MSNBC, “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, “The O’Reilly Factor”, CNN, ABC News, among others. Dr. de Solenni has been quoted in newspapers nationwide, including The New York TimesThe Washington Times, and The Associated Press.

 

Charles A. Donovan

As President of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, Chuck Donovan brings over thirty years of experience to Heartbeat as a voice for life. From 1981 to 1989, he was a writer for President Ronald Reagan, served as the Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council, and currently serves as the head of a trust funds/education institute for the Susan B. Anthony List. Chuck is coauthor, with Robert G. Marshall, of Blessed Are the Barren: A Social History of Planned Parenthood (Ignatius Press, 1991). Regarding his service through Heartbeat, Chuck says, “Women on the threshold of motherhood and children at the threshold of life deserve a warm welcome into the human household. We have no power to deny, and every duty to honor, the awesome gift that God gives us every time He gives life.

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Doug Grane 

In addition to his 20-year commitment to promoting a culture of life, Doug is an entrepreneur who recently co-founded a private equity and angel investing firm. Previous senior leadership positions include: pro-life non-profit, public relations/public affairs, transportation and commercial real estate. Doug and his wife Mary, married 18 years, live in suburban Chicago with their daughter and three sons.

 

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Chris Humphrey, Ph.D.

Chris Humphrey, Ph.D., is a long-time pastor, writer, educator and pro-life leader whose most recent work in the life-affirming field is as co-founder and executive director of Vision for Life. Based in Pittsburgh, Vision for Life has partnered with national pro-life groups including Virtue Media, Online for Life and Heroic Media in efforts to connect women in unexpected pregnancies with local help.

After starting out his journey in ministry with the Salvation Army in the late 1970s, Chris served as executive director for Coalition for Life, a pro-life lobbying group in Ottawa, in the mid-1980s. He has since served in a variety of writing, editing and educational roles, and currently edits a monthly magazine, The Word, which is published by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

Originally from Ottawa, Chris and his wife, Edith, have three grown daughters and 12 grandchildren.

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Derek A. McCoy

President of the Maryland Family Alliance, Rev. Derek McCoy has led non-profit organizations and initiatives that have stood to serve the advancement of the family and promoted righteousness and justice in our culture.   

He is also the Principal of TMG Management & Consulting which works on issue based projects to have an impact on the culture nationally. McCoy has been a consistent advocate in the building of coalitions, government relations, and media on key issues such as the protection of life, marriage, and the family. He served as Sr. Vice President of The High Impact Leadership Coalition and serves as Associate Pastor of Hope Christian Church. He has been instrumental in conducting Educational Summits with pastors, community leaders, and citizens on issues that are affecting the culture. His consistent, proven, and thorough work has allowed him to become a trusted resource for many elected officials, leaders, and pastors. McCoy has appeared as a guest on NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, NPR , Gospel Today and Family News in Focus and has been in publications such as Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Washington Times. Derek is married to his “girlfriend” Cathy for 23 years. They have 3 incredible children:  Derek Jr., Justin and Cailin.

 

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John Murphy

John Murphy is an accomplished Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and technology innovator.  His project management, marketing and organizational skills resulted in his being appointed President and CEO of one of the largest personal computer peripherals manufacturers in the world.  Following this he became CEO of a sophisticated real-time imagery software company working primarily with the Department of Defense and U.S. systems integrators to deliver very fast, high end reconnaissance solutions to each of the four branches of the armed services.  As commercial applications for this technology developed, Mr. Murphy became the Sr. Vice President and General Manager of two IP based video surveillance software companies and is the founder of United in Purpose, a not-for-profit, non-partisan GOTV organization as well as several other non-profit (501c3) enterprises.

Mr. Murphy has been married 39 years, has three adult children, two precious grandsons and an unquenchable passion for our nation's founding principles that have been pivotal in why he is pro-life and active on the issue!

 
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Zeke Swift

Zeke Swift brings to non-profit work 23 years of global marketing, issue management and organization design experience at Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer product company. Prior to P&G, Zeke had six years of commissioned service in the US Army.   

Zeke co-founded the Southern Africa HIV-AIDS Collaboration (SAHAC) and consults with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of strategy, organization development and issue management. 

Zeke has been married to Beth for 43 years.  They have three grown children and six grandchildren.  He is an elder at Mariemont Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and, with Beth, has an extensive personal discipleship, marriage, and small group ministry. 

 
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Gary Thome

Gary Thome brings his expertise managing multi-billion dollar businesses to Heartbeat International to help create a culture of life in our society.  He is passionate about spreading the gospel of life to all.  When not serving Heartbeat, Gary serves as vice president of strategy for a large multi-national technology company.  He is also very active in several ministries at his local church.  Gary and Pam, his wife of nearly 20 years, are the parents of five beautiful children.  Each is a testament to the power of life.

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Sherry Wright

In 2008, Sherry Wright helped start The Open Door Pregnancy and Family Resource Center in Cisco, Texas. In 2011, The Open Door expanded into Breckenridge, Texas with another medical pregnancy resource center. Sherry has been the president of the board since 2008.

In addition, Sherry serves on the prayer teams of Mountain Top Church and The American Renewal Project. She has had leadership positions in many local community organizations and had a board position with another national pro-life organization.

Sherry and her husband, Billy, have been married for forty three years. They are blessed with two wonderful daughters Annie and Becca, who are married to Ryan and Brad respectively. Sherry and Billy have five grandchildren who are the joy of their lives.