Meet The Staff

mikeMichael Salinas: Executive Director

Michael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Art from Fresno State, and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministries from Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. He and his lovely wife, Cyndi, have three wonderful children, Simon, Isaiah, and Caroline. The family attends St. Anthony of Padua in Fresno.

For the past ten years Mike and Cyndi have been involved in the Catholic Engaged Encounter ministry, presenting marriage preparation retreats along some of Fresno’s most faithful couples.

In September of 2013 Michael joined Right to Life of Central CA as their Outreach Director and immediately jumped right into organizing and facilitating the local 40 Days for Life campaign. He also oversaw the Rachel’s Vineyard ministry activities as well as reached out to the Spanish speaking population of the Central Valley.

On the first of January, 2014, Michael became the Executive Director of Right to Life of Central CA, bringing with him over fifteen years of community outreach experience and a lifetime of striving to serve the Lord. His dedication to the sanctity of human life, from conception to natural death, inspires all he does for Right to Life of Central CA, and in his personal life. He is determined to earn your vote of confidence through his actions both within the organization and through the Central Valley.

 

josh and hannahJosh Brahm: Director of Education

Josh Brahm is the host of the globally-heard podcast turned radio/TV show, Life Report: Pro-Life Talk. Real World Answers. He’s a regular blogger for LifeNews.com, Live Action News and his own blog, JoshBrahm.com.

Josh’s primary passion is helping pro-life people to be more persuasive when they communicate with pro-choice people. That means ditching faulty rhetoric and tactics and embracing arguments that hold up under philosophical scrutiny.

Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of Pro-Life Action League sums up Josh’s expertise this way: “Josh Brahm is a gift to the pro-life movement! His keen insights into how pro-choice people think — and how we pro-lifers can best dialogue with them — are desperately needed today. With his enthusiasm, curiosity and penetrating intelligence, Josh is transforming the way pro-life people talk about the abortion issue, and helping us all to share the pro-life message more effectively.”

Josh married Hannah, the love of his life, in February 2006. They have three boys, Noah (5), William (3) and Eli (1).

 

Espinoza Family 216pxMarcos Espinoza, Director of Outreach

Marcos is a husband and father of three children, Elias, Miabella and Kiara. He and his wife Belen are also expecting a fourth baby, Francisco, this coming May. Marcos holds a BS degree and a MA degree in Kinesiology both from CSU Fresno. His respect for life and the human body is expressed by this quote: “I have always been amazed by the human body and its amazing capabilities. Our human bodies were ultimately made to honor God. None of which could be possible without the right to life.”

Marcos has been involved with youth ministry in both Spanish and English speaking groups for over 15 years in the parish of St. Joachim in Madera. For the past seven years he and his wife have been involved with the Theology of the Body ministry at their parish. Through this ministry he has become more in touch with the pro-life movement. He has gained a great passion for the pro-life cause and hopes to do his best in helping out RLCC in its efforts to defend life.

 

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Elizabeth Goddard: Director of Operations

Elizabeth began volunteering with Right to Life in 2004. She has served in many areas at RLCC including being a mentor for the Justice For All program and a co-host for the Life Repot radio & TV show.

Elizabeth has her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from California State University Fresno and a Paralegal degree from the College of the Sequoias. Elizabeth was trained in conflict resolution at Fresno Pacific University and worked for the Better Business Bureau as a court mediator. She seeks to use her skills of finding common ground and encouraging productive dialogue to promote equal rights for all humans, both born and unborn. Elizabeth was hired in September 2013, and now works full-time to make sure that the office operations and ministries of RLCC run smoothly and efficiently.

In July 2010, Elizabeth married the love of her life (and fellow pro-life advocate) Kyle Goddard. Elizabeth and Kyle are active members of their church and enjoy visiting family, traveling, and sampling culinary delights!

 

Grace Nemy: Creative Media Director Staff_Grace

Grace connected with the Tulare-Kings Right to Life as a student at College of the Sequoias in the fall of 2005. Grace began volunteering for Right to Life of Central California (RLCC) in the winter of 2009 during the Christmas Auction Gala and was hired shortly after as RLCC’s Creative Media Intern. Now as Creative Media Director, Grace’s responsibilities include producing and editing RLCC’s TV/Radio show Life Report and designing the print materials used to advertise RLCC’s mission to engage, equip and embrace the community.

Grace is completing the final year of her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree at Fresno State. In June 2012, she married the love of her life, Andrew Nemy. Grace and Andrew are enjoying married life by serving their church in music and children’s ministry as well as spending time with their families in Sacramento and Hanford.

 

Glenda Friesen, Administrative Assistant/ BookkeeperStaff_glenda

Glenda joined Right to Life in 2010. She has previously served as Office Manager for Community Bible Church in Fresno for 6 years and most recently as Office Manager for Samaritan Women for 3 years.

Glenda’s strengths include volunteer outreach and management, executive assistance, and office administration.

Glenda and her husband Phil have been married for 37 years. One of Glenda and Phil’s favorite hobbies is visiting wineries in Paso Robles and Sonoma with their two adult daughters and son-in law. They also love to cook and entertain.