Joe Pojman Executive Director Texas Alliance for Life

Joe Pojman, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Texas Alliance for Life

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 27 years… Read more about Joe Pojman.


Jenny Andrews

Public Policy Analyst, Texas Alliance for Life

Jenny graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Spanish & Latin American Studies.  She was a Truman Scholar Finalist and interned at the National Right to Life Committee. As a Legislative Aide to Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, former State Senator, she focused on pro-life legislative issues, specifically the Homicide of the Unborn Child Act. Jenny moved to Texas to pursue a Master of Public Affairs with a Concentration in Philanthropy, Community Service Non-Profit Management from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Following graduation, she was hired as the Director of Conferences & Special Projects for The Medical Institute. Jenny enjoys hiking and backpacking with her four children and her husband, JR. They’ve recently added rock climbing to the list as well.


Melissa Duncan

Director of Communications, Texas Alliance for Life

Melissa has over 20 years of communications experience working for elected officials such as former US Senator Phil Gramm, Texas Senator J.E. “Buster” Brown, the Texas Land Office under Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Texas Senator Jane Nelson.  She also has media expertise working within media outlets such as Univision Austin radio, ESPN Austin/ESPN Deportes Austin, KEYE-TV and Telemundo Austin. She attended Homerton College at Cambridge University in England and she received her degrees in Speech Communication Arts and Journalism from St. Mary’s University. Her long-ranging experience brings TAL a seasoned media and communications professional to the leadership team.

Deirdre Cooper

Public Policy Analyst, Texas Alliance for Life

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 sonongram bill, the Choose Life license plate, defunding Planned Parenthood, and HB 2. She enjoys keeping TAL’s facebook page up-to-date, raising her 4 children, playing board games, and eating Tex-Mex.

Lance Peterson

Director of Financial Development, Texas Alliance for Life

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.

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.