Change is always inevitable in any organization and at the same time, it always brings opportunity. Over three years ago now, Family Policy Alliance has focused our efforts in Kansas to ensure that family values are advanced in the Heartland. In that time, we have promoted significant legislation to protect the family including the Adoption Agency Protection Act—one of only two states last year that effectively passed this critical legislation into law—which ensures that faith-based adoption agencies can continue to serve children and birthmoms in the state.
In addition, 8 men and women have been trained through our Statesmen Academy and are influentially serving in Kansas. This past election cycle, we helped 9 of 15 candidates successfully win their races, and now these men and women are serving you in Topeka.
That said, we are building the team in Kansas based on some recent changes:
Eric Teetsel has effectively served as our Executive Director in Kansas for the past two years. Eric recently accepted a key position with Senator-elect Josh Hawley from Missouri. In this role, Eric will be helping the Senator advance key pro-family policy at the national level as well as serve as a liaison to the faith community on behalf of the Senator. While Eric will be missed in Kansas, we are grateful that he will be carrying the banner for the family at the national level. Godspeed Eric!
We are—and have been growing—in Kansas:
Brittany Jones will be serving as Director of Advocacy in Topeka. Brittany is an attorney and has been on the Family Policy Alliance team for two years serving as one of our National Policy Managers. She has relocated to Topeka and will serve through this legislative term. Brittany is well aware of the issues in Topeka and is already working with our Kansas Statesmen to advance sound legislation on behalf of the family. Brittany holds a juris doctorate from Regent University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana College in History, with a minor in Political Science. She is licensed to practice law in Washington, D.C. She has also served as a legal intern for Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. and for the American Center for Law and Justice in Virginia Beach, VA.
Jeff Bennett joined the Kansas team this past year and serves as our Director engaging the business community. In Jeff’s role, he works with Christian business and faith leaders in the community to ensure that their voice is amplified in Topeka. Jeff is a native Kansan, residing with his wife and three children in the Wichita area. Prior to joining Family Policy Alliance, Jeff has launched, owned and operated several businesses. Jeff currently serves as an Elder in his church and is keen on seeing business and faith leaders more engaged in advancing Biblical Citizenship in the Heartland.
A New Position: Family Policy Alliance is also searching for a Director of Church Engagement in Kansas. This person will be engaging Pastors, Faith Leaders and civic-minded lay people to grow church engagement in the areas of family, life, religious liberty, parental rights and rights of conscience. The ideal candidate for this role is someone with a pastoral background, seminary degree and a heart to see the church more engaged in the community on the issues supporting the family. Interested leaders should email Careers@familypolicyalliance.com
In addition, I and the Family Policy Alliance team will continue to serve the Kansas leaders on the ground with critical policy analysis, effective messaging on the issues, election strategy and time-saving back office support.
We are excited to be your voice on the issues affecting you, your family, your community and your businesses in Kansas. Thank you for your support in 2018 and we covet your prayers as we work together toward a Kansas where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.
Standing for the Family,
President & CEO