Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN
Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.
In 2009, Lahl was associate producer of the documentary film Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, which was an official selection of the 2010 California Independent Film Festival. In 2010, she made her writing and directing debut producing the documentary film Eggsploitation, which has been awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries. An updated and expanded version of Eggsploitation was released in the fall of 2013. She is also Director, Executive Producer, and co-writer of Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. In 2014 she completed what is now a trilogy of films on the ethics of third-party reproduction with Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which focuses on surrogacy. In July 2015, she released a documentary short Maggie's Story, which follows one woman’s egg donation journey. Compassion and Choice: Denied (2016) is a short documentary on physician assisted suicide. Lahl’s next feature film, #BigFertility was released in the fall of 2018. Her most recent film, Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender? was just released in June of 2021. Always using film as a way to communicate and educate, her forthcoming film, The Detransition Diaries: Saving Our Sisters,is set to release Fall 2022. All of her films are available for FREE streaming on The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network's YouTube channel.
Kallie started her professional career as a scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University utilizing a M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology from Purdue University. While assisting in the investigation of endometriosis and pre-term birth, she decided that she wanted to interact more with women in a clinical role and went back to school to become a registered nurse. After living in Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, Kallie finally found her way to the Bay Area to work with Jennifer Lahl. Kallie will tell you that she is passionate about two things: her family and women’s health. Kallie resides with her husband in the Bay Area and still works as a labor and delivery nurse while writing and working for the CBC.
David Pauls, M.D., M.A.
CBC Board Chair
Dr. Pauls is President of Surgical Associates P.A. in Manhattan, KS. He is also a General Surgeon on the staffs of Ascension Via Christi Hospital and Manhattan Surgical Hospital in Manhattan, and Clay County Medical Center in Clay Center, KS. He received his B.S. from Friends University in Wichita, KS. He received his M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency with the same institution at its Wichita campus in 1993. In 2006, he completed his M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University. In addition to his CBC board duties, he also chairs the boards of two local healthcare-related nonprofits. When not at work, he is an avid board gamer and enjoys spending time with family, including three married children and two grandchildren.
Carolyn Pura M.S., M.A.
Ms. Pura is a Senior Scientific Advisor for Arms Control and Nonproliferation Technologies for the Department of Energy. Carolyn received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. in Faith and Culture from Trinity International University. After receiving her B.S. degree, she led a number of technology development and testing programs for national security applications during the course of a 30-year career at Sandia National Laboratories. Carolyn currently splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC.
Nathan D. George
Mr. George is a scholar, competitive swimmer, and driven entrepreneur, managing over a dozen entities in real estate development, hospitality, services, manufacturing and consumer products. His current academic research focuses on asset valuation and market efficiency. In 2010 he was nominated a Young Leader for the American Swiss Foundation by the late US Ambassador Faith Whittlesey. In a prior career as a mathematical physicist, Mr. George worked for both the Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Defense at the National Security Agency on “mission critical” problems. He attended Cambridge University in 2003 as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar and chaired the global Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2012-2016. He currently serves on the board of The Berkeley Institute and the Board of Trustees for Rochambeau French International School in D.C.. In four years, Nathan graduated summa cum laude with an MS in Mathematics and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and French from North Carolina State University while playing two varsity sports. Nathan and his wife Angela reside in Bethesda, MD with their five children, Lincoln, Cora, Teddy, Calvin, and Eloïse.
Kirstin L. Wallace
Kirstin L. Wallace is currently the Development Director for the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Her work is at the intersection of the mission and vision for the CBC. Kirstin received her B.A. in Biology and Anthropology from Indiana University, followed by her J.D. from John F. Kennedy School of Law in 2008. She practiced in civil litigation for 14 years before leaving the corporate world for the non-profit realm. She has been involved with various non-profits and previously sat on the board for Birthright – Concord, a Catholic-based pregnancy center in Concord, CA. Her love for the sciences from a very young age has been the catalyst for her advocacy for human dignity and human exceptionalism. Her greatest joy, though, comes from her two young boys. She currently directs for her Classical Conversations homeschool community, teaching at the Freshman level. Kirstin has supported the Center for Bioethics and Culture for years and is excited to be part of the journey to fight for the rights of parents and children.
Carol Cullen is a District Manager at ADP in Oxnard, CA. She currently supports new clients with 150-1000 employees on payroll/HR and change management initiatives. Carol received her BA in History and Spanish Literature from the George Washington University in 2012. Carol has previously been involved with WIN, a mentorship program for first-gen female college students at Old Dominion University, and The Gabriel Project, a church based ministry supporting pregnant mothers and their unborn children as a Spanish speaking liaison. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Tom, a Navy pilot, and their rescue animals.
Evangeline Sanders has a Masters in Medical Ethics & Law from King’s College London and a Bachelors in Medical Sciences from the University of Leeds. She has an extensive background in non-profit and NGO development as well as national and international event planning in both the U.S. and the U.K. She loves to sing, hike and shoot and is currently enjoying exploring her new home state of Utah with her husband Joseph Sanders.
Dr. Naomi Whittaker
Dr. Naomi Whittaker is an OBGYN fertility surgeon focused on women’s restorative reproductive medicine, compassionate healthcare, and education.
Dr. Whittaker is a board certified OBGYN and a fellowship trained surgeon who specializes in the Creighton Model Fertility Care System and NaProTechnology, which works cooperatively with a woman’s body to treat the underlying cause of gynecologic issues and infertility, such as endometriosis and PCOS.
Dr. Whittaker helps women improve their gynecologic health, and avoid/achieve pregnancy in accordance with their natural fertility using the latest research, medicine, and surgery.
Dr. Whittaker earned her medical degree at Creighton University School of Medicine and completed her residency in OB/GYN at OSF Hospital in Peoria, IL. She then completed the Saint John Paul II Fellowship in Medical and Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Whittaker is currently practicing in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.