Family Policy Alliance is proud of the quality of our board members and leadership team.
President & CEO
Paul Weber is known for being an avid champion for the family as evidenced by his commitment to his own. Married to Lois for 30+ years, they are blessed with five children—four sons and a daughter. Each of the boys has earned their Eagle Scout Award and three have gone on to serve in the United States Armed Forces—Coast Guard, Air Force and Navy.
The Webers are also adoption advocates having been blessed with their beautiful daughter through an “open-adoption” — a commitment to a life-long relationship with their birth mother and family.
Throughout Paul’s leadership career, comprising for-profit and non-profit organizations, he has focused on building professional teams and growing resources to achieve enduring results. His passion for awakening the church to transform culture is what drove Paul from business to ministry.
As President & CEO of Family Policy Alliance (FPA), Paul has realigned and built a professional team dedicated to serving an effective and growing alliance of state organizations, with increasing year-over-year impact. Additionally, Paul launched a sister 501(c)(3), tax-deductible organization (Family Policy Foundation, which trains Statesmen for effective public service) and a political action committee (Family Policy PAC).
FPA engages directly in elections to elect pro-family candidates and keep them in office, as well as influences the policy process. Paul has also positioned Family Policy Alliance to be the voice for the family in state capitals, in Washington, D.C., and to the culture through the media, where Paul has been featured in numerous print, radio and television interviews. A sought-after speaker, Paul often asks others to consider if, “there is any issue our culture defines as ‘political’ that isn’t first ‘biblical’?” as a means helping the church deepen a biblical worldview to more effectively live out the mandate to “make disciples” and “love your neighbor.”
Prior to joining Family Policy Alliance, Paul served on the executive team with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) where he led revenue growth from $12M to over $40M annually, raising more than $300M million in his tenure. Additionally, Paul also led the organization’s media relations and launched a grassroots Ambassador program as a means of equipping Christians for engagement.
Prior to ADF, Paul worked in the engineering and construction industries, increasing revenue and reach through innovation, as well as in the hospitality industry, having run and launched restaurants for Stouffer’s Restaurant Company. Paul also served as president of a five-company technology consortium working in alliance to advance common communications and marketing objectives.
Paul is dedicated to continual learning, having graduated from Kent State University with a management degree and a private pilot’s license. He has also studied graduate and executive level courses at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School, Indiana University, and Stanford Business School. He is presently enrolled at Phoenix Seminary where he is pursuing a graduate degree in Biblical Studies.
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 wings 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.
Rev. Ren Broekhuizen
Rensselaer O. (Ren) Broekhuizen grew up in New Jersey, served two years in the U. S. Army, graduated from Calvin College, Westminster Theological Seminary and Calvin Seminary. He married Janice Woldring and together they raised five children who are now all married. Jan died in 1997 and in 2000 Ren married Elsa Prince, whose husband Ed passed in 1995.
Ren served Christian Reformed congregations in Florida, Pennsylvania and in Holland, Michigan, as well as in World Missions in West Africa. He retired in 2003 from the Ridge Point Community Church in Holland. Ren’s desire is to intentionally bring unsaved persons across the line to full life in Jesus Christ. He lives with the constant joy of knowing that, because the Father and His Son Jesus rule the universe through Their Holy Spirit, Christians cannot lose.
Catherine Glenn Foster
Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D., is President and CEO of Americans United for Life, America’s first national pro-life organization and the nation’s premier pro-life legal team. AUL’s legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. AUL is the pioneer of the state-based model legislative strategy, which works to save lives today while undermining the so-called “reliance” interest adopted by the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey: the false idea that women “rely” on abortion to succeed in American society.
Foster has litigated precedent-setting § 1983 and other constitutional questions, abortion and maternal health, health and safety regulations, False Claims Act healthcare and Medicaid fraud, euthanasia and assisted suicide, denial of medical care, First Amendment rights, genetic engineering issues, Freedom of Information Act and open records issues, and healthcare and corporate conscience protections.
She has also testified before and advised the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Select Investigative Panel and other federal and state bodies and representatives. She is an experienced keynote speaker and has spoken throughout North America and Australia on legal and life-related issues, including debates and lectures at legal seminars on philosophy, political theory, history, constitutional jurisprudence, and public policy analysis. She and her work have appeared extensively in national media and have received awards, including one for an article on human rights relating to embryo adoption.
Foster earned her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center and also holds an M.A. in French from the University of South Florida. She is admitted to the bar in Virginia and Washington, D.C., as well as the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 5th, 8th, and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association, an inaugural member of the Federalist Society Founders Club, Senior Fellow in Legal Policy at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, and a fellow with the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding.
Foster lives with her husband and children in the Washington, D.C. area.
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.
Joe Paradiso is a Managing Director with Deloitte Tax LLP’s Business Tax Service Group. He has over 30 years of public accounting experience and has served primarily foreign multinational companies in multiple industries including distribution, media, manufacturing, and shipping and logistics. During his tenure at Deloitte he has held several different positions within his group. Most recently he has functioned in the following roles: Learning Director, responsible for overseeing internal training programs, Transformation Leader, assisting in the roll out of Deloitte’s next generation technology and Tax Operations Manager, monitoring operational results of his group.
Joe has a BS in accounting and an MBA in taxation from NYU’s Stern School of Business. Joe is a member of the AICPA. He has been married for over 30 years to his wife, Laurie, who is also a CPA. The Paradisos have three children and attend a non-denominational church at which Joe leads worship.
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. 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.
Emeritus Board Members
Tom Minnery is president emeritus of Family Policy Alliance. In 2016, he launched the Statesmen Academy, and continues to serve as an Academy lecturer. He was senior vice president of public policy for Focus on the Family for 26 years. He is a founding board member for Alliance Defending Freedom, a national organization devoted to the legal strategy, training and funding of court cases involving pro-life, religious-freedom and family-values issues.
Prior to coming to Focus on the Family and Family Policy Alliance, Minnery was senior editor at Christianity Today magazine. He also worked as a Capitol Hill correspondent and was a manager in the Washington bureau of Gannett Newspapers.
Minnery has a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University and master of arts in religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of the book Why You Can’t Stay Silent, published by Tyndale House (2002). He and his wife Deb have three children and six grandchildren.
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 five grandchildren and reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Douglas H. Napier, Esq., formerly served as senior vice president of alliance relations at Alliance Defending Freedom, where he focused on serving, strengthening and expanding strategic alliances throughout the country and world.
Doug joined the organization in 2007 to work with a network of thousands of allied attorneys and eventually became the head of all litigation efforts in the U.S. Subsequently, he served in the role of executive director of ADF International where he directed legal advocacy work in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He has conducted regional and national training to help equip allied attorneys, pastors, business leaders and other allies across the globe.
He earned his J.D. in 1990 from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he graduated with distinction. He received a B.A. in finance at the University of Iowa in 1985 and graduated with a M.A. in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1988.
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, is a member of the Council for National Policy, and serves on the board of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.
Doug resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Christi and two children.