BOARD OF ADVISORS
Meet our Board Members
A Co-founder of Democrats for Life of America, Lois coordinated the activities of the Texas state chapter for more than two decades. She is also on the Board of the Consistent Life Network and has served several terms on the Choose Life license plate grants committee for the office of the Texas Attorney General. A long-time member of Feminists for Life, she is the author of American Proverbs About Women (her doctoral dissertation), which examines how words and expressions impact our culture, particularly in terms of sexist attitudes. A retired educator, Lois taught or was an administrator at both the high school and college levels. Married, with a daughter and two step-sons, she continues occasional work as a writer and editor while staying active as a volunteer for her church and community.
Leah Libresco Sargeant
Leah Libresco Sargeant is the author of two books: Arriving at Amen and Building the Benedict Option. She has worked a pretty wide range of jobs, from data journalism to consumer banking policy to remittances to Catholic campus ministry. She lives with her husband in New Jersey.
John Médaille is a retired businessman and, for the last fifteen years, an adjunct instructor at the University of Dallas, where he teaches the courses Introduction to the Bible and Catholic Social Teaching for Business Students. He is the author of The Vocation of Business and outlines the fundamentals of distributism in his book Toward a Truly Free Market. His writing is also featured in The Crisis of Global Capitalism and in Localism in the Mass Age.
Dr. Daniel Philpott
As Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, Daniel Philpott is a scholar of religion and global politics and of Christian ethics. Major themes in Philpott’s work include reconciliation in global politics, religious freedom, the role of the Catholic Church in global politics, sovereignty, and the justice of self-determination. He is currently writing a Christian theory of justice. His books include Religious Freedom in Islam: The Fate of a Universal Human Right in the Muslim World Today and Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation.
He has held fellowships at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Virginia, the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame, the Hertie School of Governance, and the Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin, with the latter two on a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
Dr. Charles Camosy
Dr. Camosy teaches Christian ethics at Fordham University. He is a member of Equal Rights Institute’s Board of Advisors, a columnist for Religion News Service, and author of five books.
Dr. Camosy’s early work, and the focus of his first book on the treatment of critically ill newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit, has focused on how traditional questions in bioethics should not be artificially distinguished from questions of social and distributive justice. His second book engages the first sustained and fruitful conversation between Peter Singer and Christian ethics—and once again considers a wide variety of bioethical and social issues. His fourth book argues that our polarized public discourse hides the fact that most Americans actually agree on the major issues at stake in
abortion morality and law. And his most recent book tries to bridge the gap between “social justice liberals” and “pro-life conservatives” by thinking about how we might support the most vulnerable via a new understanding of the “Consistent Ethic of Life” for the 21st Century.
Dr. Erick Schenkel
Erick Schenkel, Ph.D., serves as Executive Director of Jesus Film Project®. He has been working in ministry since he graduated from Harvard College in 1974 and subsequently led
a team that established a church and elementary school in Massachusetts.
During his time leading this church, Dr. Schenkel returned to Harvard and obtained two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in the Study of Religion.
After 25 years of pastoral ministry, Dr. Schenkel and his wife Elizabeth sensed God’s calling to plant churches overseas. With four of their five children, they moved to Central Asia, built relationships and showed the JESUS film hundreds of times in their home. While in Central Asia, Dr. Schenkel served in the fields of education and economic development for 11 years, working as a church planter from 1996 to 2007 and then served for 5 years in Central Asia as a Strategy Director for Campus Crusade for Christ working alongside Jesus Film Project teams.
Charles Marohn – known as “Chuck” to friends and colleagues – is the Founder and President of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a land use planner with two decades of experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota.
Marohn is also the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. He is featured in the documentary film Owned: A Tale of Two Americans, and was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.
Ambassador Oscar R. de Rojas
Amb. Oscar de Rojas has had a 40-year-long public-service career in the area of global affairs. He served for 27 years in the Venezuelan Civil and Foreign Services, first working on national development projects and moving on to hold senior-level posts in the diplomatic service, including France, Switzerland, and the missions to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. In 1999 he joined the United Nations and worked for ten years as Director of the Financing for Development Office in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. This office was responsible for putting together two major summit-level world conferences on issues related to international cooperation and development. In 2009 Mr. de Rojas joined academia, taking the position of Director of Global Partnerships at Long Island University in Brookville, New York, where he concurrently taught courses in Development Economics and International Studies.
In 2000 Pope John Paul II awarded Amb. de Rojas the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great and, in 2003, appointed him as an Advisor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, an entity devoted to the study, development and application of the Social Teachings of the Church, where he served two 4-year terms. Mr. de Rojas also is a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, an organization dedicated to assisting to poor and sick people around the world, to which he volunteers a lot of his time.
Mr. de Rojas has been active in Christian Democratic political organizations all of his life and, upon becoming a U.S. citizen in 2006, was a founding member of the “Christian Democratic Union” of the United States. In 2018 CDU-USA took the decision to discontinue its activities, encouraging its members to join the American Solidarity Party.
Amb. de Rojas has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Master’s degrees in Economics and in International Affairs from Columbia University, and is fluent in English, Spanish and French. He is now retired and lives with his wife Patricia in Miami.
Dr. Patrick Deneen
Patrick Deneen is the David A. Potenziani Memorial College Chair of Constitutional Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches political and constitutional theory, and is the Director of the University’s Tocqueville Program for Inquiry into Religion and Public Life. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Princeton University and Georgetown University and served as Speechwriter and Special Advisor to the Director of the United States Information Agency. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Why Liberalism Failed, published in 2018.
Susannah Black is an editor at Mere Orthodoxy, Plough Quarterly, The Davenant Institute’s journal Ad Fontes, and Fare Forward. She’s a founding editor of Solidarity Hall and is on the boards of the Distributist Review, The Davenant Institute, and The Simone Weil Center. Her writing has appeared in First Things, The Distributist Review, Solidarity Hall, Providence, Amherst Magazine, Front Porch Republic, Ethika Politika, The Human Life Review, The American Conservative, Mere Orthodoxy, Fare Forward, and elsewhere.
Dr. George Yancey
Dr. George Yancey is a Professor at the Institute for Studies of Religion and Sociology at Baylor University. He has published several research articles on the topics of institutional racial diversity, racial identity, atheists, cultural progressives, academic bias, and anti-Christian hostility. His books include Compromising Scholarship (Baylor University Press) a book that explores religious and political biases in academia, So Many Christians, So Few Lions (Rowman and Littlefield) a book that assesses Christianophobia in the United States, Beyond Racial Gridlock (Intervarsity Press) a Christian book which articulates a mutual obligations approach to racial issues, and, with Michael Emerson, Transcending Racial Barriers (Oxford University Press) an academic book that also articulates a mutual obligations approach. He has a forthcoming book, One Faith No More: The Transformation of Christianity in Red and Blue America (New York University Press) which examines the schism between conservative and progressive Christians. He is currently studying the effectiveness of homeless programs and exploring the role collaborative communication can play in dealing with the racial divide in the United States.