Board of Directors

Chairman

Stuart W. Nolan, Jr., Esq.

Stu Nolan is the founder and managing attorney at LegalWorks Apostolate, PLLC, a law practice that serves individuals, families, lay apostolates, and Church institutions by providing legal representation informed by fidelity to the Magisterium.  He earned his law degree from the Catholic University of America and received his undergraduate degree from American University.  Stu is a member of the Virginia Bar and is admitted to practice before the Federal Courts of Appeals for the District Columbia and Fourth Circuits.  He is general counsel to the Catholic Radio Association and has represented hundreds of Catholic and pro-life apostolates.

Stu is also founder and chairman of the WitnessWorks Foundation for a Culture of Life, a foundation supported in part by his law practice, and he serves as chairman of the National Catholic Committee for Trail Life USA.  He is founding troopmaster of Our Lady of Guadalupe Troop 1212, Front Royal, Virginia, a unit of Trail Life USA, on whose board of directors he also serves.

Stu and his wife, Cynthia, have been married for 22 years and have been blessed with five children, ages 6 to 17 years. They are active in parish life at St. John the Baptist parish in Front Royal, Virginia.


Vice Chairman

Lisa Jenkins Cahill, MD

Dr. Lisa Jenkins Cahill attended Mount Saint Mary’s College and received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She went on to complete a residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and subsequently completed a second residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania (Temple). She is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. After her training, Dr. Cahill worked as an attending physician and assistant professor in the department of emergency medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh and was recognized as “top teacher” by the residents in training. She is a contributing author for the textbook Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Cahill, having retired from the practice of medicine in order to devote more time to her family and to home school her ten children, has recently returned to her practice. She has since given numerous lectures to medical, church and parent groups and was a featured speaker at the national meeting of the Catholic Medical Association. She has served on the board for the Pennsylvania Family Institute and Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Southwest Chapter and founded a countywide home school cooperative.

Dr. Cahill is a Eucharistic minister at her parish and has been regularly attending a local Perpetual Adoration chapel since it opened over 20 years ago.


Sr. Terese Auer, OP, PhD
Sr. Terese Auer is a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, whose Motherhouse is located in Nashville, TN. She received her Masters and Doctoral Degrees in philosophy from the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. For the past 30 years, Sister Terese has been teaching philosophy and theology at the high school and college levels in schools located in Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, California, Ohio, and Tennessee. She is currently teaching bioethics at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School in northern Virginia.


Msgr. Charles Pope, MA, MDiv
Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, a vibrant parish community in Washington, DC. A native of Chicago with a bachelor degree in computer science, his interest in the priesthood stemmed from his experience as a church musician. He attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary and was ordained in 1989. A pastor since 2000, he also has led Bible studies in the U.S. Congress and at the White House in past years.


Frank Dennehy, MD
Dr. Frank Dennehy attended Georgetown University for college and the Georgetown University School of Medicine for his M.D. degree.  He completed a Family Medicine Residency at the Penn State/Hershey-Good Samaritan Family Practice Residency in Pennsylvania.  He has practiced in the U.S. Air Force in the past, and many years in small town family practice since then.  For a number of years, he has been the Residency Director of a Family Medicine residency training program in Virginia, while continuing to practice in a small town there.

Dr. Dennehy is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the MCV/VCU School of Medicine.  He was named the 2010 Virginia Academy of Family Physicians Teacher of the Year.

He is a member of the Catholic Medical Association.  Some of his medical interests include Natural Family Planning, NaPro Technology, Medical Ethics, and Sports Medicine.

He and his wife are the homeschooling parents of 4 children.


Karla Polaschek, MD, FACOG
Dr. Karla Polaschek obtained her medical degree at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois, in 1993, with post-gradual training residency in obstetrics gynecology at Columbus-Cabrini Hospital in Chicago, Illinois from 1993-1997.

Dr. Polaschek currently has a busy OB GYN practice in Moline, Illinois that draws patients from near and far. Several years ago, she made the courageous decision to follow the life affirming directives of the Catholic Church in her OB GYN practice. Many skeptics thought her practice would collapse, but God blessed her and the practice expanded rapidly. She has been invited to lead several local organizations in their board of directors. She has received accolades, both in the community and professionally, including several teaching awards and volunteer awards. Dr. Polaschek serves as the Women’s Choice Center Medical Director. Her clinic is the first pregnancy center in the Midwest to offer natural progesterone treatments to attempt to reverse RU-486 medical abortions. She also has expanded her practice into the newly minimally invasive surgery with robotic technology.

Dr. Polaschek lives in Davenport, Iowa with her adopted son Michael who keeps her busy balancing work and life. She is also an avid golfer, recently achieving a hole-in-ne and enjoys any opportunity to take advantage of the fairway.


Treasurer

Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky, MA, MDiv, ThM

Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is the pastor of Saint Michael Church, Annandale, VA, Diocese of Arlington and was ordained in 1990.

He holds a Master of Divinity degree as well as a Master’s degree in moral theology.  Before ordination, he was a Certified Public Accountant after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration in 1976.

Father Pokorsky was a co-founder of CREDO – A Society of Priests Dedicated to the Accurate Translation of the Liturgy.  He is a co-founder of Adoremus – Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy.  From 2003-2006 he spent three years on loan to the Diocese of Lincoln as the diocesan Finance Officer.

Fr. Pokorsky has had several articles published by Catholic World Report and other Catholic journals as well as Gospel commentaries in the diocesan newspaper, the Arlington Catholic Herald.


Richard Mathews, Esq.
Richard Mathews is an attorney focused on ministry non-profit corporations and employment law in Texas and serves as the General Counsel for Trail Life USA, a national Christ-centered, biblically based outdoor youth adventure program.

Richard is a member of the Michigan and Texas Bar Associations and is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. In addition, he is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, the St. Thomas More Society, the Cardinal Newman Society, the Christian Leadership Alliance and the Knights of Columbus.

Richard earned his law degree at the Drake University School of Law in 1983. He also earned a Master of Laws degree in Employment and Labor Law from Wayne State University in 1993. He received his undergraduate degree in political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1979.

Richard and his wife, Laura, have been married for 30 years and have been blessed with two children, ages 25 and 23. They are active in parish life at St. Maria Goretti parish in Arlington, Texas.


 

 

Chairman Emeritus

Patricia Bainbridge, MA

Patricia retired as chairman of HLI’s board of directors in October 2015.

A former professor at Michigan State University, Patricia is co-founder and executive director emeritus of Life Decisions International. She serves on the board of directors for Witness Works Foundation and is on the board of advisors for a number of organizations including Pro Vita Advisors, Life Decisions International, and The Haven (a perinatal hospice).

On June 30, 2010 Patricia retired from the Diocese of Rockford, where she built the Respect Life office and served as its director, as the Natural Family Planning Coordinator, and as a columnist for The Observer— the official newspaper of the Diocese of Rockford. For seven of her ten years with the diocese she also served as chairman of the Department for Life of the Catholic Conference of Illinois.

She has spoken to numerous churches, pregnancy care centers, schools, community groups and pro-life conferences in the United States, Canada, Eastern Europe, and the Carribean. She is best known for her expertise on Planned Parenthood, the refutation of the arguments typically offered to justify abortion, the pro-life image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and her own spiritual journey.

In August of 2010, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, then-chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, presented Patricia with a “People of Life” award for her “lifetime commitment to the pro-life movement.”

She and her husband, “Red,” have been married for 44 years.