Davida Stike serves as President and Chairman of the Board. She has served on the Board since 2000 and as President since 2005. She also directs the Texas Alliance for Life Political Action Committee. Davida lives in Pflugerville, TX with her husband Walt, and she has four adult children.
Christopher Maska, J.D.
Chris Maska, J.D. currently serves as Texas Alliance for Life’s General Counsel. He has been actively involved in the pro-life movement since 1988 when he helped found a pro-life group at the University of Texas School of Law. Chris has been pro-life since Roe. He even attended the first-ever March for Life. In 2015 Chris was presented with the Virtus in Lege award by Bishop Joe Vasquez at the Red Mass. Chris is Board Certified in Administrative Law and is currently the Director of the Division of Hearing & Appeals at the Texas Education Agency. Chris resides in Travis County with his wife Linda and his three children Veronica, Gregory, and Theresa.
Karl Locker graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and in 1977 he earned his CPA license. His father being in the oil business, Karl spent much of his early life in Midland, Texas, and began his accounting career in the Midland office of a national accounting firm. During his time in Midland, he also worked for an independent oil and gas company with interests in Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia
As a result of moving to Dallas, Karl began working in commercial real estate, including brokerage and development. After the real estate industry crashed, he worked in litigation support with Jack Friedman and Steve Roulac, dealing with many large, high-profile, and bitterly fought cases. During the recovery, Karl later worked with several REIT IPOs as well as one of the largest developers of master-planned communities throughout the country.
Karl moved to Austin in 1999 and resumed working with clients, providing accounting and tax services. In 2006, he began an affiliation with RANONE, a global association of accountants and advisors. This enables Karl to provide his clients the services they need to build long-term value in their businesses.
Robin Armstrong, M.D.
Robin has been engaged in the political process since he was a boy. Robin received a degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University. He then attended the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where he received his Doctorate of Medicine. Today he practices medicine in the hospital and community where he was born and raised. Robin has fought for conservative principles as a poll-watcher; an election judge; a precinct chairman; a city chair; a Senatorial District Convention Chair; a delegate to precinct, senatorial district, and state conventions; and a delegate to the 2008 Republican National Convention. He has served as a member of the State Republican Executive Committee from Senate District 11 and served as Vice Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas from 2006 to 2010. Today, Robin serves as Texas’ Republican National Committeeman. Robin has been married to Dr. Martha Armstrong for 13 years and they have four sons: Daniel, Gabriel, Joshua, and Noah.
Michael Banschbach was raised in the Denver, Colorado area and attended Colorado School of Mines, graduating in 1980 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. He worked for Atlantic Richfield Company for 20 years in the gas processing industry and has been self-employed as a consultant in the energy business since 2000. He and his wife Gayle have eight children and have lived in Midland since 1981. He has headed ProLife Midland since 2002, organizing events such as 40 Days for Life and Life Chain, has been a sidewalk counselor, and a member of the Midland Independent School District SHAC committee. Through his church, he travels to several Texas prisons each month and mails educational materials to offenders throughout Texas. In addition to his board membership for Texas Alliance for Life, he is a board member of St. Michaels Catholic Church, Mexico Energy Corporation and Live On Stage.
Jeff and Sheila have been happily married since their college years and have been blessed with two children, their spouses, and six grandchildren. They have also been foster parents to seven children. Jeff enjoyed a long career as an electrical engineer on NASA programs and then in the semiconductor industry. Since 2007, Jeff has focused his energy on ending abortion through multiple ministries and apostolates by serving as St. Martin de Porres’ Pro-Life and Chaste Living Ministry Coordinator, a Gabriel Project volunteer, Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Advocate, Central Texas Coalition for Life Leadership Team member / 40 Days for Life Day Captain, Relevant Radio Parish Ambassador and Regional Advisory Council member, Couple to Couple League Natural Family Planning Promotor, and certified lay speaker in the Diocese of Austin.
Christa first interned with Texas Alliance for Life in 2004 as part of the Alliance Defense Fund’s Blackstone fellowship program. While working as a neonatal intensive care unit RN in Washington D.C., Christa cared for the weakest and most vulnerable of patients. In that clinical setting, she realized the unique personality and features of her tiny patients. Some of her patients could fit in the palm of her hand and were born at just 23 or 24 weeks of gestation (just over halfway through the mother’s pregnancy), yet each baby was named, loved, and nurtured through the NICU by staff and parents. Through that experience, Christa developed a desire to serve this population in a broader policy manner. She returned to law school, graduating from The University of Texas School of Law with academic honors in 2006. While studying there, she served as a student leader for Christian Legal Society and as a Senior Editor for the conservative law journal, the Texas Review of Law & Politics. Christa has focused her legal practice on the representation of her fellow health care providers in litigation, licensing board investigations, and patient privacy matters. She feels privileged to join other health care providers in saving lives, both clinically and more broadly in promoting sound pro-life policy.
Dennis DeWine moved to Fort Hood, Texas in 1972 after serving his second tour in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. He was honorably discharged from military service in 1974 as a Captain and began a career in sales with Investors Diversified Service. Obtaining a real estate license in 1978, he began a new career in real estate sales and in 1987 opened Colonial Real Estate in Harker Heights, Texas. Colonial Real Estate, Inc. is now ERA Colonial Real Estate with offices in Harker Heights, Salado, Georgetown, Austin, Buda and San Antonio with 85 real estate sales associates and brokers, 32 employed staff, and 3 Property Management Offices.
A pro-life supporter, Dennis was asked in 2008 to chair Central Texas Voices for Life, an organization that was formed to rid the Killeen/Fort Hood area of an abortion facility (Killeen Woman’s Health Center) that expanded from Austin in 2004. After 10 years and eight 40 Days for Life campaigns, the facility was closed in 2014. Dennis is active in his church, St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church in Harker Heights and has participated in the Bell County J.A.I.L. Ministry for Juveniles in detention for 4 years.
Affiliations: National Association of REALTORS, Texas Association of REALTORS, with memberships in Fort Hood, Temple-Belton, Williamson County, Waco, Austin, Highland Lakes, San Antonio, Four Rivers (San Marcos/New Braunfels); Association of Realtors; National Home Builders Association (Central Texas, Austin, San Antonio); Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association; Distinguished Flying Cross Association; 1st Degree Knights of Columbus; Past Member of Rotary International; Chairman Central Texas Voices for Life – 2008 to present; 2012 member, Texas Alliance for Life Leadership Circle.
Dennis has been married 47 years to Cheryl Ann (Lucius) DeWine for 47 years. They have two Children; Diana (DeWine) Aspery and Tom DeWine; four grandchildren: Taylor Aspery, Morgan Aspery, Regan DeWine, Dennis (Denny) W. DeWine, and 3 cats.
Brandon Frye has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur and as an executive. He is currently the CEO of CloudLink, a leading Android software solution, and a Director of Retail Finance Solutions. Brandon’s background includes founding multiple profitable start-ups, with both self-funding and traditional venture financing. As an operator of companies, specialized in strategic business development, integration of services, due diligence of opportunities, driving revenue, solving complex problems, and operational execution. Recruited by companies to ensure the success of national programs with Progressive Finance, Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, MetroPCS, Cricket, and others. Founded and led Interstate Connections to over $25 million in annual sales in just 5 years, earning the award, “Fastest Growing Private Companies above $10 Million in Revenue,” from Austin Business Journal. High profile leadership roles leading 300+ employee teams, directing upper management teams, and managing corporate relations with Fortune 500 companies.
Before embarking into the entrepreneur world, Brandon attended the nationally-ranked Business School at the University of Texas in Austin. Outside of the professional world, Brandon serves on the TAL Board of Directors as Chairman of the Strategic Budget and Finance committee (since 2007), responsible for financial oversight and quarterly financial reporting to fellow Board Members and auditors. Brandon also serves on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School Association of the Greater Austin Area (LSAGA) and serves on the Corporate Committee for Concordia high school. Along with professional life, lifelong involvement in athletics, including 20+ triathlons and completing the Iron Man Triathlon in Arizona, Nov. 2011 and Leadville Race Across the Sky 100 mile mountain bike race in 2013. Currently resides in Austin, TX with his wife of eighteen years and three precious daughters.
Mrs. Haigler has served for 25 years in the pro-life and political communities. She has worked with several pregnancy assistance centers and pro-adoption organizations—recruiting volunteers, raising funds and organizing events. She was one of the original members of Governor Abbott’s Choose Life Advisory Committee. She and her husband, Glenn, have a special place in their hearts for mothers who choose life for their children; two of their grandchildren were placed for adoption. The Haiglers have 14 grandchildren on Earth, plus 1 in heaven. Mrs. Haigler has long been an advocate and speaker for pro-life policies. She currently serves as the Republican County Chair in Caldwell County.
A housewife, a mom, and a writer, Chrissie co-authored Garden of Virtues: Planting Seeds of Goodness with two other moms from the Dallas area. She speaks frequently to groups about teaching virtues to children.
Joseph Kinlin holds a Bachelor’s in Finance and a Juris Doctorate degree; both from the University of Cincinnati. A U.S. Air Force veteran, an assignment brought him to Texas where he retired after 25 years of service in 2011. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and Ohio. Along with his wife, Lisa, Joseph has been involved with local pro-life organizations for years. He and his wife also support two local women’s resource centers and Lisa leads a bible study for women called Surrendering the Secret, which is a study that assists women with the spiritual healing from the heartbreak of abortion. Joseph and Lisa live in New Braunfels and they have three adult children. Two of whom are married, they are looking forward to being grandparents in the future.
Curt Nelson is currently the Director of Membership at the Independent Bankers Association of Texas, where he previously served as President and Senior Vice President.
Curt is a Member of Alamo City Christian Fellowship in San Antonio since 1987, where he also served as a Steering Group member (1989-2001). He has been on the Board of Directors of CJF Ministries, San Antonio (2000-present), where he also serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee (2011-2019). He is a Member of and on the Board of Directors for Texas Alliance for Life (2016-2019). His prior community involvement roles include serving as a member of San Antonio Christian Schools Board of Trustees (1999-2007), a Board Chairman (2003-2007) and Board Secretary (2000-2003).
On a grassroots level, Curt has served as Elector, of the Texas Electoral College (2018), Chairman, SD 25 Bexar County Convention (2018), Parliamentarian, SD 25 Caucus at Republican State Convention (2016), Chairman, SD 25 Bexar County Nominations Committee (2016), Member, State Convention Rules Committee (2016), Chairman, SD25 Caucus at Republican State Convention (2014), Chairman, SD 25 Bexar County Rules Committee (2014), County Chairman for Bexar County (2010-2013), Delegate to the Republican National Convention (2008 and 2012), Member, State Republican Executive Committee, SD25 (2004-2010), Chairman of Rules Committee for State Republican Executive Committee (2008-2010), Chairman, Republican Party of Texas State Convention (2008), Delegate to the Republican State Convention (’92, ’94, ’96, ’98, ’00, ’02, ’04, ’06, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’14, ’16 and 2018), Chairman of Resolutions Committee for State Republican Executive Committee (2006- 2008), State Convention Credentials Committee member (2002), Delegate to the Senatorial Convention (’92, ’94, ’96, ’98, ‘00, ’02, ’04, ’06, ’08, ’10, ’12, ’14 and 2016), Chairman SD25 Bexar County Senatorial District Convention (2006 and 2008), Bexar County Caucus Chair- State Conventions (1998 and 2000), Chairman, SD 25 Bexar County Credentials Committee (2004), Chairman, SD 25 Bexar County Nominations Committee (2000), Member, Credentials Committee, Senatorial Convention (1998), Member, Nominations Committee, Senatorial Conventions (1996 and 2002), Victory phone bank volunteer for numerous campaigns since (1992), Precinct Block-walking for numerous candidates, College Campus Campaign volunteer for Ronald Reagan (1976).
Curt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also has a diploma from the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Curt has been married to his wife, Linda, for 37 years. They have three children and four amazing grandchildren.
Jim Shaw, D.C.
Jim Shaw holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, and a Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker College in Dallas. He has practiced in Austin since 1995, specializing in injuries, rehab, and nutrition. Dr. Shaw currently heads American Chiropractic Education, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge seminars, training, and information to chiropractors across the U.S. His company offers advanced certification in Functional Nutrition. Dr. Shaw has educated over 1200 Chiropractors in his training classes. He has been a featured speaker at the Texas Chiropractic Association Annual Meeting. Interested in the direction of Travis County, he ran for County Commissioner in 1998. He later joined the Texas Alliance for Life Board of Directors to further the cause of Life. He lives in Round Rock with his wife of 31 years, Shannon. He and Shannon have six children and four grandchildren. Jim and Shannon adopted two of their children through their work with foster care.
Kevin is the senior vice president of operations for TMF Health Quality Institute, a position he has held since 2006. He is responsible for the implementation and oversight of private, local, state and federal contracts held by TMF, focused on select process and outcome measures in hospitals, physician offices, nursing homes, and home health settings as well as review and compliance activities as part of federal, state and private review programs.
A former nursing home administrator, Warren is a certified professional in health care quality. He received his master’s in health service management from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. He belongs to several professional organizations including the National Association for Healthcare Quality and the American College of Healthcare Executives, where he is completing his final requirements to obtain Fellow status. He is a former consultant for the TMA Council on Scientific Affairs, and currently a senior examiner for the American Health Care Association National Quality Award and serves on the board for the Texas Association for Healthcare Quality.
Terry Williams has been involved in pro-life ministry for almost 30 years in a variety of ways, including Director and Presenter of a successful sexual risk avoidance program and Executive Director of a Care Net Pregnancy Center in Texas. Terry currently serves as a Care Net Center Services Specialist and is qualified to train and consult Boards, Volunteers, and Staff in pregnancy center work and ministry for pregnancy centers across the US. Terry speaks frequently at Banquets, Women’s Events and provided testimony to Legislators in Texas. As a Texas Alliance for Life Board member, Terry serves on the Public Policy Committee. In this role, Terry has been instrumental in working towards building a culture of life by helping to pass some of the strongest anti-abortion laws in the nation. Terry lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband Mark.