Photo courtesy of the Franks Family
J. David Franks, Ph.D. serves as Chairman of the Board of Mass. Citizens for Life, founding and directing its Lincoln Forum for Human Dignity, which advances a liberal-arts and high-culture approach to reigniting civic conversation. An intellectual as well as an activist, David received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston College, and was professor of sacred theology for almost a decade at St. John’s Seminary, where he co-founded the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization and its Catechetical Certificate program. Born in Taiwan, raised by a widowed mother in Arkansas poverty, David has always fixed his lot with the marginalized. He is a doting and devoted father of six children.
Board Member Madeline McComish (left) with Maria Arias. Photo credit: MCFL
Maria Arias hails from Colombia and became a naturalized United States citizen in 2017. As MCFL's Manager of Operations, Ms. Arias oversees all development relations, office management and compliance, and logistics for the organization. Fluent in both her native Spanish and English, Maria is currently pursuing a Master's Degree and provides the operations support for all of MCFL's office, events, and internal communication.
C.J (right) and Michelle (of Students for Life, left) at the National March for Life. Photo credit: Michelle Hendrickson
C.J. Williams is the MCFL Director of Community Engagement & Digital Media Strategist. A lifelong community organizer, she has advoacted for the preborn, the vulnerable, and the marginalized in multiple countries. She served as PR specialist for human rights campaigns in Ireland, working with Life Institute. The Pro-Life Campaign, Youth Defence, and the Christian Defense Coalition. Back in the States, she took a position with Students for Life, developing their young adult program & national network, Pro-Life Future. Her undergraduate studies at Catholic University were in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, and she recently wrapped up graduate work at Boston College.
Peggy Bradford with Joel Brind, Ph.D. Photo courtesy of iObserve
Peggy Bradford is a lifelong resident of Chicopee, MA who graduated from College of Our Lady of the Elms with a B.A. in American Studies along with minors in both theology and philosophy. Her background in secondary and religious education, pastoral ministry, and paralegal work has empowered her pro-life work with a variety of leadership roles. At the age of 17, Peggy served as College Chapter Chair, Chicopee Chapter Chair, and Office Director for the Pioneer Valley branch of Mass. Citizens for Life. As the 2012 Western MA Field Director, Peggy's organization of a key geographic area was instrumental in the entire effort to defeat DPS. Now as the Associate Director of Outreach for MCFL, Peggy aids in coordinating the state's Rose Drive Fundraising and Outreach initative, in addition to managing the Ludlow field office.