Meet our Board
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Kansas City in Kansas in 2004, and became on January 15, 2005 the 4th Archbishop and the 11th Bishop for the Archdiocese of Kansas City. In 2015, he also served several months as the Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. Archbishop Naumann is Chair of the Kansas Catholic Conference, and currently serves as a member of the USCCB Administrative Committee, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities and the USCCB Communications Committee.
From 1984 to 1995, Archbishop Naumann served as the Archdiocesan Pro-Life Coordinator in St. Louis. In 1986, during his tenure as Pro-Life Coordinator, the Archdiocese of St. Louis established a Project Rachel ministry. Also, under his leadership, the Archdiocese of St. Louis established the Lifeline Coalition, a network that included Catholic Hospitals, Catholic Charities, Birthright Centers, and residential homes for unwed mothers to coordinate and improve services for families experiencing an untimely pregnancy. Archbishop Naumann was also one of the founding Board members for the Vitae Foundation that uses mass media and social media to communicate Pro-Life messages.
Bishop Felipe J. Estévez
Bishop Felipe J. Estévez was born Feb. 5, 1946 in Havana, Cuba and arrived in the United States on an Operation Pedro Pan flight as a teenager. He has served the U.S. Bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities since 2012. He was ordained in 1970 and has done extensive studies in spiritual theology, earning a doctorate from Gregorian University in Rome. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
From 2001 to 2003, Bishop Estévez served as spiritual director of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla. where he served as rector from 1980 to 1986. He was pastor of St. Agatha Parish in Miami for 14 years, while also directing campus ministry at Florida International University.
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop on Nov. 21, 2003, and ordained Jan. 7, 2004, he oversaw the archdiocese’s Ministry of Pastoral Services including family life, youth, campus, prison and respect life ministries, as well as all church movements and new communities. In 2010, he was appointed Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Miami. On April 27, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named Auxiliary Bishop Felipe J. Estévez the tenth Bishop of St. Augustine. He was installed on June 2, 2011 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
Bishop Estévez is the second of three children (Carlos and Marty) of the late Adriano and Estrella Estévez.
Bishop David L. Ricken
Bishop David L. Ricken is the twelfth bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay and has been on the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment since 2014. He is also a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the USCCB Pro-Life Committee, the Bishops' Advisory Council for the Institute for Priestly Formation, and the Catholic Mutual Relief Society. Prior to becoming bishop of Green Bay he was the bishop of the Diocese of Cheyenne and he was a co-founding member of Wyoming Catholic College.
Dennis Michael “Mike” McCarron
Dennis Michael “Mike” McCarron has served on the NCHLA Board of Directors since 1996, currently as President of the Board. In 2013, he retired as Executive Director of the Florida Catholic Conference, a position he had held since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the Florida State University in Educational Foundations & Policy Studies. Mike and his wife Cheryl make their home in Tallahassee, Florida. They are the parents of five children and six grandchildren.
Martin McKernan is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and practices in Camden, New Jersey. He is a member of the executive committee of the National Diocesan Attorneys Association, and has been a board member of NCHLA since its founding.
Marian Desrosiers has served on the NCHLA Board of Directors since 2013. She is the Director of the Pro-Life Apostolate and Project Rachel Office for the Diocese of Fall River. She has been in the office since 1993. She also is a member of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference Family Life/Pro-Life Subcommittee. Marian and her husband Joe live on Cape Cod. They are the parents of six children and seven grandchildren.
Louis Brown, Jr., Esq.
Louis Brown, Jr., Esq., is a graduate of Howard University Law School. After clerking on the Hill for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Louis practiced law for two years and worked for the Democratic National Committee. He continued his policy work at the Maryland Catholic Conference and on the staff of Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA), after changing his political affiliation. Mr. Brown is currently the Director of the Christ Medicus Foundation (CMF-CURO). He joined the board of NCHLA in 2017.
Mary Hallan FioRito
Mary Hallan FioRito serves as the Cardinal Francis George Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. As an attorney, Mary's professional expertise includes human life issues, primarily abortion, post-abortion aftermath, and contraception. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1993, and worked in various capacities for the Catholic Church for almost three decades, including serving as the Archdiocese of Chicago’s first female Vice-Chancellor. Her commentaries have been published in the Wall Street Journal, National Review Online and Crux and she has been quoted in publications ranging from the New York Times to the Chicago Tribune. Mary and her husband, Kevin, are the parents of three daughters. She joined the board of NCHLA in 2017.
Jason Hall, a native of Owensboro, KY, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. Jason is currently the Executive Director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky. Previously, he served as Assistant Daviess County Attorney, attorney for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, and Deputy General Counsel for the Majority Leadership of the Kentucky State Senate. Jason is a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Lexington, and has worked with RCIA, jail ministry programs, and adult faith formation. He also served on the Social Ministry Leadership Team for the Diocese of Lexington. Jason joined the board of NCHLA in 2017.