Board of Directors

Raymond Rogers is Chairman of the Maternal Life International Board. He is the CEO of the National Center for Healthcare Informatics. He has both an information technology and engineering background. He has directed programs in distance learning for medical education and developed a simulation program for training para-rescue personnel for the Air Force. He has piloted a distance learning network in Nigeria and multimedia-based training. At present, he is the head of a construction project building a prototype mobile surgical unit using shipping containers. The unit is solar powered and capable of providing a safe and sterile operating theatre in rural African settings.

Marybeth Adams, CRNP is a nurse practitioner who is the founder and director of the St. Catherine Siena Clinic in Belgrade, Montana. The center provides family and maternal healthcare and instruction in natural family planning. Marybeth is active in the Diocese of Helena in various roles, including marriage formation and instruction in fertility awareness.

Dr. Mary Davenport is the Director of Magnificat Maternal Health Program, an MLI affiliate in Nigeria. Dr. Davenport is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist practicing in Berkeley, California. She is the former president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG.) She has researched and written expert commentary in regard to maternal mortality and evidence-based effects of induced abortion. In addition to her writing and research, she has provided ongoing training to nurse-midwives at the Grimard School of Midwifery in Idah, Nigeria.

Phil Dean, R.N., MBA is a registered nurse and nurse educator. He presently directs Risks Management at St. James Healthcare. As a former Certified Public Accountant, Phil provides expertise in financial administration of MLI, as well as expertise in continuing medical and nursing education.

John LaFave is the senior research hydro-geologist and program manager for the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. He assists Maternal Life International with grant applications and program advocacy. He is the coordinator of the Catholic Men’s group in Butte and active in youth soccer development. 

Robert Scanlon, M.D. is a board certified obstetrician gynecologist who is the Chief of Obstetrics at Huntington Hospital in Huntington, New York. He has provided training in basic and comprehensive obstetrical care in Nigeria and Sierra Leone as part of the Safe Passages training program. In addition to his obstetrical experience, Dr. Scanlon works in an administrative capacity overseeing the training and management of physicians and midwives within his hospital network. He brings to Maternal Life International his gifts as a teacher and his experience as an administrator and facilitator. In addition to his medical background, Dr. Scanlon has an MBA and offers his expertise in financial and organizational management.

Board of Advisors

Professor Gary Funk is a retired music professor at the University of Montana. He developed a non-profit organization, Wood AID, as a means of building secure and affordable houses and buildings in Haiti using salvaged wood from Montana forests. He has helped develop and coordinate every phase of the project. He has worked with Haitian government officials and non-profit organizations to lay the groundwork for safe housing development. In addition to his work for Haiti, he is a tireless community advocate for music and art development in Western Montana.

Sister Kelechi Agugo  is a religious sister with the Daughters of Charity, a nurse midwife, and a graduate of the John Paul II Institute in Sydney, Australia. She has provided maternal healthcare in rural Nigeria and presently provides marriage instruction, counseling, and natural family planning instruction through her organization, the St. John Paul II Institute for Life and Love. She shares MLI’s passion for family life development and improving maternal healthcare and is a frequent advisor to MLI in Nigeria.


Reverend Arthur Phiri, Ph.D., is a priest with the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Zambia. He has a doctorate in moral theology and is a graduate of the John Paul II Institute. He has established marriage and family life development programs including “The Faithful House” in both the Diocese of Mansa and the Archdiocese of Lusaka. He is a frequent speaker and expert commentator on marriage, family life, and spirituality in Africa.


Matthew Hanley has a Masters in Public Health and is the author of “Affirming Life, Avoiding AIDS, What Africa Can Teach the West.” He is a contributor to the National Center for Bioethics and provides expert commentary on critical bioethical and public health issues. He formerly worked at Catholic Relief Services, where he provided leadership and expertise on a wide range of HIV prevention efforts.


Ms. Suad Galow is a native of Somalia and an American citizen. She has worked extensively in the Sool region of Somalia, introducing ultrasound at Laascoonad Hospital, and providing training for nurses and midwives in family health and fertility awareness at Nugaal University. Suad provides expertise and collaboration with Islamic faith and healthcare leaders, emphasizing our shared foundation in respect for all persons, born and unborn, with the local Somalia community.

Reverend Father Joachim Anantua, “Father Tijwa,” is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cap Haitien, Haiti, and head of the Maternal Life Haiti Leadership Council. He has been instrumental in the development of family life and pastoral programs in Haiti. He serves as a liaison with other faith communities and government organizations in development of the Faithful House program, and in advocacy for the “Secure Foundations” building projects.