Ohio Right to Life Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board
Marshal Pitchford is Chairman of the Ohio Right to Life Board of Trustees. He also serves as Chairman of the Ohio Right to Life Political Action Committee and has been involved in the Right to Life movement for many years. Mr. Pitchford is a past member of Summit County Right to Life's Advisory Board and Co-chairman of the Right to Life of Summit County PAC.
Mr. Pitchford is an attorney with the law firm of DiCaudo, Pitchford & Yoder. His practice primarily focuses on commercial litigation, municipal law, transportation counseling and litigation, and retail representation. He has a wide range of experience working for clients in both the public and private sector, including businesses, townships, villages, counties, transit authorities, law enforcement and individuals. He is also counsel for numerous large and small retailers, trucking companies, brokers, manufacturers and businesses.
Marshal resides in Akron with his wife Allison and their four children.
Melissa Jordan, Vice Chairman
Melissa Jordan believes the right unborn innocent’s have to their own life is clear and absolute. A lifelong supporter of pro-life causes, Melissa has volunteered in many capacities to advance this commonsense, all-important effort. Among these; Melissa worked at the grassroots level by collecting baby and maternity supplies for expectant mothers who ultimately chose life. She helped plan and organize various fundraisers for groups and centers forwarding the cause. Melissa contacts her state and federal legislators regularly with ideas for pro-life legislation, or, to tell them why they should vote the pro-life way on upcoming bills. She believes holding our elected officials accountable to the rights of the unborn is essential to raising public awareness on the topic.
Melissa attends Capital University Law School and is a 2013 J.D. Candidate. Melissa lives in Powell, Ohio with her husband, Kris Jordan. The Jordans attend LifePoint Church Columbus.
Patrick (Pat) Kunklier is secretary of Ohio Right to Life (ORTL) and chairperson of its public policy committee. He was elected to the ORTL board in March 2007 as chair of the former ORTL region eight, which encompassed Cuyahoga (Cleveland), Erie, Lorain, Lake, Ashtabula and Geauga counties.
Pat has been a public relations volunteer with Right to Life of Summit County, where he wrote press releases and supported events. He initiated and was director of the International Culture-of-Life Conference (ICC) in Akron. Featured ICC speakers were Rev. Tad Pacholczyk, Ph.D., director of education, the National Catholic Bioethics Center; Dr. Alveda King, founder of King for America and niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Dr. Ray Guarendi, clinical psychologist, author and national radio host.
Pat is a Eucharistic minister at his Catholic church. He is a member of the advisory council of Catholic Charities Community Services/Summit County and active in other community organizations, including those benefiting disadvantaged families and the environment. He graduated from John Carroll University and has worked in the marketing field for more than 25 years.
Kevin Kelly, Treasurer
Kevin Kelly is an at large member of the Ohio Right to Life Board of Trustees offering support especially in the area of fund-raising and financial development. From the Toledo area, he currently sits on the boards of Toledo Right to Life and Foundation for Life (of Toledo.) He was previously on staff with Right to Life of Michigan with responsibilities including annual development, special-event support, office administration, and planned giving. Kevin and his wife and children live in Sylvania, Ohio. He is the president of an investment advisory firm, also located Sylvania.
Carrie Snyder, Member Trustee
Carrie Snyder and her family are relatively new to Ohio, having moved to Wooster (midway between Mansfield and Canton) in 2005. Prior to that, they lived in Dearborn, Michigan, where Carrie was employed by Right to Life of Michigan (RLM) after graduating from Calvin College with a B.A. in political science. After four years as a field representative in the Detroit area with RLM, Carrie instead became a volunteer, serving for another four years as a local affiliate president, regional PAC director, and state board member. She was also a citizen volunteer for the Foster Care Review Board for six years while in Michigan. Since moving to Ohio, she has led Wayne-Holmes Right to Life for three years as president, which is her current role.
Carrie is the mother of five children, one boy and four girls ranging from one to ten years of age. She's a stay-at-home mom who does freelance editing/proofreading in her “spare” time, and is also active in Junior Service Club and her children's PTO.
Scott Wiggam, Member Trustee
Prior to his tenure as Wayne County commissioner, Scott received a Bachelor's degree from Asbury College and a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of Akron. Scott served as a lead legislative associate to the U.S. House of Representatives for the Christian Coalition of America, Inc. In addition, Scott also served a four year, active duty tour in the United States Air Force and was honored with an Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service. Scott was recently elected to his third term to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
Scott strongly advocates for community involvement and service. He has served on the Wooster Area YMCA Board. He has also served on the Triway and Wooster Soccer Association Boards and coaches youth soccer. During his time in college, he served in several overseas missionary roles. In 1993, Scott traveled to Calcutta, India and served in Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying and Home for the Mentally Disabled. He is active in the ministries of the Shreve United Methodist Church where he serves as a member.
As commissioner, Scott has promoted the lives of the pre-born by working with concerned Wayne County citizens to successfully redirect public tax dollars from Planned Parenthood to a GYN office that promotes women's health without advocating for abortion.
Scott and his wife Katie reside in Wooster Township with their three children, George, Calvin and Lauren.
Bernie Schlueter, President Trustee
Bernie Schlueter received his B.A from Bishop Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa prior to receiving a M.A.in Hospital Administration from the University of Iowa. During his career, Bernie has been the C.E.O. of hospitals in both Wisconsin and Ohio and has been the Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Health. A Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, he also serves as the Chairman of the Columbus Diocesan Catholic radio station, WUCO-1570AM. Schlueter is also a Pastoral minister to patients at the Ohio State University hospitals. He is a father of eight children and 36 grandchildren. Bernie is active with his wife and children in all areas of pro-life, government, politics, church, education and medicine.
Bernie’s wife is the founder and executive director of the Bethesda Post Abortion Healing Ministry in Columbus and is a licensed counselor specializing in Christian values.
Dr. Ashley K. Fernandes, President Trustee
Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Community Health and Pediatrics at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He attended the University of Toledo, graduating in 1994 with university (magna cum laude), college, and departmental honors in two degrees—Philosophy and Biology. He received an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University (1999); an MD from The Ohio State University (2003); and a PhD in Bioethics from Georgetown University (2008). Dr. Fernandes also completed a residency in Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center (St. Louis University), and is board certified in General Pediatrics. He is the director of the bioethics course for Wright State University medical students, and, when not teaching, writing, or conducting medical education research, practices outpatient pediatrics at the Rockinghorse Center (a medical home for underserved children in Springfield, OH) and provides inpatient medical care for children at the Dayton Children’s Medical Center.
Dr. Fernandes is of Indian descent, his father (a physician) and mother (an educator), having emigrated from Mumbai, India before he was born. He has four brothers: two physicians, one magistrate (and deacon), and one a Roman Catholic priest (and dean of the seminary in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati). He became active in the prolife cause in high school, organizing local student-run rallies for life. He now lives with his wife Shruti (a family physician) and two little boys in Dayton, Ohio.
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