We’re proud of the quality of our incredible board members at Family Policy Alliance. Please read on to find out more about them.
Gen. Patrick Caruana
Patrick Caruana has been chairman of our board of directors since 2013. Prior to that, he was chairman of the Focus on the Family board of directors. He served 36 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Lieutenant General.
During his Air Force career, Gen. Caruana served in the full range of leadership and staff positions in both operation and acquisition. As an air-campaign planner and commander during the first Gulf War, he directed the combat operations of 12 aircraft in 6 nations and the Indian Ocean. He had oversight of several large development and procurement programs while supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon. He completed his military service in a capacity that gave him responsibility for all of the space and missile operations of the U.S. Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Following his Air Force career he was vice president for Northrop Grumman Space Technology.
Gen. Caruana is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Michael Geer is founder and president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute (PFI), one of the leading state family policy councils in the country. He directed the organization from start-up to an annual budget (with associated organizations) of more than $1.6 million, with a staff of 9 and a statewide constituency of more than 40,000 families. He is a frequent guest on debates and television and radio talk programs and has been quoted or published hundreds of times in newspapers and other media outlets. PFI is a leader in successful statewide and local efforts on issues such as school choice, defense of marriage, opposition to casino gambling and the sanctity of life.
In 2006, PFI established the Independence Law Center, a pro-bono law firm that litigates and advocates on behalf of the sanctity of life, marriage and family and religious liberty. The Independence Law Center initiated the case Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius in Federal District Court, which culminated in a victory in a combined case with Hobby Lobby. The Law Center, which is housed with and funded by the PFI, has won several other significant victories, and advises ministries and businesses on religious freedom issues.
Michael is also president of the Pennsylvania Family Council, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization that lobbies on key pro-family issues at the state level, and encourages effective citizen engagement. He also serves as president of Pennsylvania Family PAC, a state political action committee that has effectively engaged in several dozen state legislative campaigns on behalf of pro-family, pro-life candidates.
Tim Goeglein is Focus on the Family’s Senior Advisor to the President and Vice President for External Relations in Washington.
He previously worked as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, where he was the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison from 2001 to 2008. Based on that experience, he authored the political memoir “The Man in the Middle: Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era.”
Tim served as Press Secretary and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Dan Coats of Indiana. And he was Communications Director for Gary Bauer at the Campaign for Working Families and in Bauer’s presidential bid.
Tim is the secretary of the Coalitions for America Board, a member of the board for the National Civic Art Society, and a member of the board of governors of the Young America’s Foundation which owns and operates the Ronald Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. He served as Board Secretary of the American Conservative Union Foundation which hosts CPAC. Also, he is a member of the Council for National Policy, the Philadelphia Society, and the Capitol Hill Club.
He graduated from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism in 1986. He was the Richard Gray Fellow in his senior year.
Tim serves on the Sanctity of Life Commission for his church body, the 2.5 million-member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and has served as a deacon in his church for 25 years. He has been married to Jenny for more than 20 years; they have two sons, Tim and Paul.
Jim Goodloe is senior vice president of the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA). His duties include executive responsibility for THA Solutions Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of THA, and coordinating THA’s activities with regard to physician relations. Prior to joining THA, he served as the chief operating officer at Humana Hospital McFarland, Lebanon, Tennessee; vice president of administration at Baptist Hospital, Nashville and in several senior management positions at the Baptist Health System of East Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jim is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, and was a founding board member of the ACHE chapter in middle Tennessee. In 2009 he served as the chapter’s president. Jim received the Regent’s Award for Senior Healthcare Executives in 2009.
He has been on the Board and Executive Committee of The Operation Andrew Group in Nashville and is currently on the Advisory Board for Faith Life Church. He is a member of Forest Hills Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was chairman of the deacons in 2014.
Jim received a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Samford University and received a master’s degree in healthcare administration at the University of Houston/Clear Lake.
Jim has been married to Debbie for more than 30 years. Their daughter Marion is married and is a school social worker. Their son David is a student at Birmingham Southern College and is on the tennis team.
Ladonna Y. Lee
Ladonna Lee is a strategic communications consultant based in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She counsels corporations, associations and coalitions in the areas of strategic planning and communications. She has extensive knowledge and experience in designing and managing public support campaigns for clients facing opposition or complex communications challenges or needing regulatory approval as well as positioning campaigns for corporations and associations. She also provides crisis management counsel.
Ladonna has coordinated campaigns for the U.S. and South Korea in their successful bids for the World Cup; directed a program for development of electoral assistance in emerging democracies for the U.S. Agency for International Development; and participated in international electoral programs.
She has provided strategic counsel to federal and state political campaigns and organizations. Her 35 years of experience in politics have included working for candidates and incumbents from the legislature to the White House.
Ladonna retired from the Washington, D.C., office of Foley & Lardner in September 2015. She served as vice chair of Foley’s Government & Public Policy Practice and was the Women Retention Chair.
Prior to joining Foley, Ladonna was president and co-owner of The Eddie Mahe Company, a communications and public affairs firm specializing in business, association and political communications. She also worked for the Republican National Committee. In her home state of Colorado, she worked in the Governor’s office and the Legislature. She attended the University of Northern Colorado.
Dan Mellema is the chief financial officer for Focus on the Family. Dan has been with Focus on the Family since 1994 where he began as a junior accountant. He has worked in many different roles all within the finance department. Before coming to Focus, Dan ran his family’s construction business.
Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from John Brown University. He enjoys coaching basketball, hiking and spending time with this family. Dan is very active in his local church and has spent many years working with youth. He and his wife, Sue, have three grown sons and one grandchild and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Douglas H. Napier, Esq., serves as executive director of ADF International, where he leads a legal advocacy team engaged in defending religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family values. He previously served as chief alliance officer, and before that was senior vice president of legal.
Since joining ADF in 2007, Doug has worked with staff attorneys and allied attorneys on cases involving religious freedom, sanctity of life and family values. He has conducted regional and national litigation training to equip allied attorneys to handle Alliance Defending Freedom core cases.
Doug earned his J.D. in 1990 from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he graduated with distinction. He is admitted to the bar before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Iowa Supreme Court, and various federal appellate and district courts across the U.S. He is a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers and is a member of the Council for National Policy.
Steve Taylor is a California businessman and is active in public policy issues. In 1987 he joined Fresh Express where he created and developed the packaged salad industry. He became Chairman and CEO of Fresh Express in 1993. After building Fresh Express to $550 million in sales, the company sold in 2001. Steve and partners from Fresh Express invested in a turnaround vegetable company in 2006 and started organicgirl, a company that sells organic salads, in 2007. He was born and raised in Salinas, California, where he attended Salinas High School (1973). His education continued at UC Berkeley where he received a BA in psychology in 1978, and Harvard Business School where he earned an MBA in 1985.
Steve and his wife Kathy are involved in various ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Salinas, where Steve is an elder. His activities include leading the annual Stewardship Campaign. Steve is founder of Legacy Political Fund, an organization dedicated to finding and vetting Constitutional Conservative Senate candidates and raising campaign contributions for them. He also disciples young business leaders to grow in their relationship with Christ. Most importantly, Steve and Kate have three children and six grandchildren who are all growing in their faith and obedience to their Lord and Savior.