Benjamin Clapper is the current Executive Director of the Louisiana Right to Life Federation. Louisiana Right to Life, established in 1970, works through education, activism, legislation, and service to restore the right to life in Louisiana by opposing abortion, euthanasia, and other life destroying actions.
On the collegiate level, Benjamin actively worked with Students for Life of America and went on to found Louisiana Students for Life (LSL). LSL, founded in 2005, networks, educates, and activates the pro-life students in Louisiana and the greater Southeast. Clapper remains the Chairman of Louisiana Students for Life.
Clapper speaks on various pro-life subjects throughout Louisiana and the Southeast.
Benjamin graduated from Loyola University New Orleans as the Ignatian Award winner for Outstanding Male Graduate. He is married to Kristen Clapper, another seasoned pro-life activist who works as a music therapist. Their first daughter, Kate, was born on February 8th, 2009, and their second child, Mary Rose was born in August of 2011.
Ryan Verret joins Louisana Right to Life to coordinate the organization's new "Center for Medical Ethics". The Center for Medical Ethics serves as LARTL's arm in fighting to protect the vulnerable born from both direct killing and denial of lifesaving medical treatment, food and fluids through both education and legislation across the state.
Ryan, a native of Breaux Bridge, completed graduate work in Theology, Bioethics, and Clinical Psychology. He has worked several years in Palliative and Hospice Care administration as well as in the Department of Health and Hospitals. The highlight of his training was working within the Missionaries of Charity AIDS Hospice in Washington, DC.
He is married to Mary-Rose Verret and lives in Breaux Bridge, LA . They have two children, Azelie and Andre. Ryan and Mary Rose are also highly involved in marriage preperation and natural family planning instruction. They have given couples retreats, been on Life-on-the-Rock (EWTN), and are trained leaders for Theology of the Body - Gods Plan for a Joy-filled Marriage.
Ryan will lead the Louisiana Right to Life Lafayette office currently located on the beautiful grounds of John Paul the Great Academy (www.JPGAcademy.org) at 1522 Carmel Avenue Lafayette, LA 70501.
Direct Lafayette Number: 337-524-0044
Kacie Hampton joined Louisiana Right to Life while in school in May 2009 and became full-time in August 2010. Kacie directs events for LARTL, such as Golf Fore Life, the Bowties for Babies Soiree, the Louisiana Life March, the annual LARTL conference, and much more. Kacie also works on the Advertise for Life Program and oversees development efforts.
Kacie is an alumnae of Mount Carmel Academy and received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Louisiana State University in 2010. During her years at LSU, Kacie was the student President and Development Director of Louisiana Students for Life. In 2008, she worked as the Development Intern at Students for Life of America in Washington, D.C. Kacie is dedicated to working to build a culture of life in Louisiana. She is looking forward to marrying her best friend, Brian Hoerner, in December 2013.
Mary Nadeau became the Special Projects Coordinator for Louisiana Right to Life in January, 2012. She works in collaboration with the rest of our staff to ensure that all of our programs run smoothly, in addition to coordinating New Orleans 40 Days for Life. She is also a speaker on the dignity and value of the human person, supporting women in crisis pregnancies, and sexual integrity, and is available for presentations to school, youth, and adult groups.
Mary began working with LARTL as a member of Students for Life in 2008. She co-founded the University of New Orleans chapter, and became an officer at Tulane University after transferring there. She has been active in the leadership of the Joshua Leadership Institute since it began, and continues to work with youth programs, including the Youth Ambassadors for Life. Mary graduated from Tulane University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Theology.
Cody Reed joined the LARTL team in May 2012. Cody organizes youth and college outreach and educational events throughout the year, including Louisiana Camp Joshua, Geaux Forth, and pro-life apologetics trainings. Cody also works with the Youth Ambassadors for Life, or YAFLs, to help high school students become more involved in pro-life activities in their areas. Cody is known for his passion and commitment to the pro-life movement and has been involved in many forms of activism and ministry.
Cody is a graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. He attended Louisiana State University before spending three years as a seminarian for the Diocese of Baton Rouge at St. Joseph Seminary College and Abbey. He graduated with honors from St. Joseph's with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Philosophy. Cody is a certified mentor with Justice for All, and he is a dynamic speaker who trains others to engage in productive dialogue on life issues.
Sarah Jones Zagorski joined Louisiana Right to Life as the Communications and National Life and Leadership Director in April 2013. Her work at LARTL involves handling media relations, audio and print communications and working to expand Camp Joshua in all 50 states.
Sarah is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and Biblical Studies. Sarah has personal proximity with abortion and regularly shares her story of survival. She was in the Louisiana Foster Care system for seven in a half years and was adopted at age nine by a loving family dedicated to the pro-life movement.
In 2011, she married her husband David and they reside in Covington, Louisiana with their Irish Setter, Odi.
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The Board of Directors of Louisiana Right to Life directs the activities of the organization.
Dr. Al Krotoski
William "Bill" Watkins was elected Vice President of Louisiana Right to Life Federation in September 2007.
Watkins is a pas President of Terrebonne-Lafourche Right to Life Committee. Watkins is a life-long resident of Houma where he lives with his wife of 29 years, Elizabeth. She is secretary of Terrebonne-Lafourche RTL, and the two together have logged many hours of right to life fundraising and presentations.
He practices law in both federal and state courts around Louisiana with the firm of Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Lovell & Watkins. They have 4 daughters, and two grandchildren. He credits his involvement in the pro-life cause to his mom, Shirley Watkins, who devoted many years of service and prayers.
Celie returns to active duty in the Federation after years of parish ministry. She and her husband, Dan, founded the Terrebonne/LaFourche Chapter of Right to Life during their 5 year stay in Houma. She served as Federation President and Chairperson for the National Right to Life Convention hosted in New Orleans in 1987.
Presently, she resides in Madisonville with her husband and 5 children. Celie is employed as the Director of Religious Education at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Covington.
Welcome home, Celie!
Peg Kenny has been a motivating force behind the operations of Louisiana Right to Life for the past twenty years. Heavily involved in both the Louisiana and national legislature, she is recognized for her years of work in promoting and passing pro-life legislation.
Separate from her involvement in LARTL, Peg is the Director of the Louisiana Pro-Life Council, which acts as the Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Michelle Gorney has been involved with LARTL for over 20 years when she and her husband, Chuck, founded St. Tammany Right to Life. Michelle has been a pro life speaker on many occasions and has attended NRTL Conventions and the National March for Life several times.
Michelle recently ended 4 years as LARTL Federation President and currently serves as Secretary of St. Tammany Right to Life. She works as a mother and Nurse in St. Tammany Parish.
Dr. W. "Al" Krotoski has supported - and defended - the pro-life perspective since his medical school days. Although now retired from formal practice, he has credentials in medicine, medical science (immunology), medical research (Nobel nominee) and public health (M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.), completing a 30-year career with the U.S. Public Health Service in these fields.
Dr. Krotoski is Co-Founder and President of The Hippocratic Resource, a statewide organization of physicians, nurses, dentists, scientists and other health professionals who promote the life-respecting tenets of the Hippocratic Oath. He also serves on the Baton Rouge Diocesan Respect Life Board and as the medical advisor for the Gevernor's Program on Abstinence..
A former President of the LARTL Federation, Dr. Krotoski continues to testify before the Louisiana State Legislature on Culture of Life matters.
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