Joe Pojman Executive Director Texas Alliance for Life

Joe Pojman, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Dr. Joe Pojman is the executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life, a statewide pro-life organization based here in Austin. Dr. Pojman has lobbied for pro-life issues in the state Capitol for over thirty years… Read more about Joe Pojman.

 


Anita Bray

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 


Deirdre Cooper

Public Policy Analyst

Deirdre has worked at TAL since April of 2008. She received her degrees in Psychology and Political Science & History from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. After graduating with honors, she moved back to the DC area and worked in the policy department of the Family Research Council, where she met her husband Kody. Her research at FRC was focused on Planned Parenthood’s lack of informed consent, which prepared her well for pro-life work in Texas. She has lobbied for the sonogram bill, the Choose Life license plate, defunding Planned Parenthood, and HB 2. She enjoys keeping TAL’s Facebook page up-to-date, raising her seven children, playing board games, and eating Tex-Mex.


Amy O’Donnell

Director of Communications, Lobbyist

Amy joined the Texas Alliance for Life team as a Lobbyist and Director of Communications, in August 2018. Prior to this new role, Amy lead and served in multiple areas of ministry at Shoreline Church, located in Austin, TX. She played a pivotal role in campus expansion, messaging and curriculum development, leadership training, team building, speaking at gatherings and events, overseeing logistics teams, volunteer management, budget oversight, social media management, assisting with and serving as project manager for Sisterhood, Shoreline Church’s Women’s ministry, and working with network churches as the Global Creative Coordinator for SHINE, an annual conference for women. She served as the first President of the Shoreline Staff Toastmasters Club. In addition, Amy is an engaging blogger, writer and ghostwriter, and her first book, Parenting with a Purpose, now available for purchase on Amazon, was released four years ago. Amy speaks on parenting and various topics for women at conference break-out sessions and women’s events around the Austin and South Texas areas. She graduated from Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Engineering. David and Amy live outside the Austin area and have four children, Russel, Brendan, Ethan, and Kylie.


Lance Peterson

Director of Financial Development

Peterson has a bachelor’s from Michigan State University’s School of Hospitality Business, as well as an M.B.A. in International Management. After spending seven years in hotel sales and marketing, Lance spent two years in Asia working for the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2000, Lance moved to Austin, Texas from Vietnam to work for Wayport and later, with STSN, in their sales and marketing divisions where he sold and consulted on network installations.

 


Rachel Schroder

Texas Alliance for Life Intern

Rachel Schroder joined the Texas Alliance for Life staff in August of 2018. She recently graduated high school and is headed to college for the Fall of 2021 to major in Political Science and minor in Marketing. During high school, she co-founded Austin Students for Life, a pro-life club for Austin-area high schoolers. Her love for public policy and lobbying opened doors for her role as a Texas State Captain with Students for Life Action in 2021 where she has facilitated youth lobby days, testified on pro-life legislation in both the Texas House and Senate, and been interviewed by news outlets such as the Washington Post and Fox 7. A national finalist in persuasive speaking, Rachel uses her talents to mobilize her generation to protect the preborn. Besides pro-life activism, she has enjoyed competing in debate, cross country, track, and swimming.


Jerry Sharp III

Public Policy Analyst

Jerry graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor’s degree. He has experience in local government/politics, policy advocacy, and inter-governmental relations. Jerry has testified at the state capitol, traveled all across the state and county, helping various other Pro-Life organizations, including Students For Life of America, Sidewalk Advocates For Life, and Biking For Babies.

He constantly tries to keep up to date with technology trends, interesting facts, and the latest Costco sales. In his free time, he enjoys camping, hiking, biking, roller skating, and especially trying and reviewing new restaurants with his beautiful girlfriend, Melanie.

“There is nothing nobler and more pressing than advocating for the protection and sanctity of Life” -Jerry Sharp III


Additional Staff

Paul Linton, Special Counsel

Paul Linton is an attorney in private practice who specializes in state and federal constitutional law. Prior to entering private practice, he was General Counsel for Americans United for Life.

Mr. Linton has represented amici curiae in landmark beginning-of-life and end-of-life cases in the United States Supreme Court, including Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989), Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dep’t of Health (1990), Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), Washington v. Glucskberg (1997), Vacco v. Quill (1997), Stenberg v. Carhart (2000), Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (2006), Gonzales v. Oregon (2006), Gonzales v. Carhart (2007) and Gonzales v. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (2007). He has also submitted briefs in most of the federal courts of appeals and a majority of the state supreme courts in the United States.

Mr. Linton has published nineteen law review articles on a variety of topics, including the history of abortion regulation and the Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence, state equal rights amendments, criminal law, sex discrimination, same-sex marriage and assisted suicide, as well as multiple articles in journals of opinion. He has also published the only comprehensive analysis of abortion rights claims under state constitutions, ABORTION UNDER STATE CONSTITUTIONS A State-by-State Analysis (Carolina Academic Press) (2d ed. 2012). He received his undergraduate (B.A. Honors) and law (J.D.) degrees from Loyola University of Chicago.