President/CEO: Michaelene Fredenburg
Michaelene Fredenburg has been a non-profit executive for over 25 years, founding Life Perspectives in 2008. Life Perspectives has since grown to a national organization with a number of international partners. Michaelene is considered an expert in reproductive loss having authored the book Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or A Loved One’s Abortion Experience, and the booklet Changed (English, Spanish & Italian), as well as serving as the editor of the book Grief & Abortion: Creating a Safe Place to Heal. Michaelene has written numerous articles about reproductive grief and loss and has participated in over 100 radio and television programs.
Michaelene testified before United States House and Senate Committee hearings about the need for studies that evaluate the emotional and physical impact of all pregnancy outcomes and has presented to physician delegates from Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan through the State Department’s International Visitors Program. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at universities and events. In 2018, Michaelene was invited by Ukrainian Catholic University to train psychologists, doctors, nurses, NGOs, social workers and clergy from various cities in Ukraine and Macedonia in partnership with the Ukrainian Public Ministry of Health. Michaelene also co-developed reproductive loss Continuing Education Curricula that is accredited by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and the California Board of Registered Nurses (BRN).
Chairman of the Board: Ben Montoya
Ben Montoya is a Principal Resource Planner for San Diego Gas & Electric Company where he has been employed since 1986. Ben graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 with a B.S. in Engineering and served for five years as an officer in the United States Navy. He received a Professional Engineer license in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 2009.
Treasurer: Joe Jordan
Joe Jordan came to San Diego in 1965 as an ensign in the Navy. Joe was an NROTC graduate from the University of Notre Dame. He worked in banking and public accounting before joining Motivational Systems as the Chief Financial Officer in 1985.
Secretary: Maryanne Odom
Maryanne Fraunces Odom holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration in accounting from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Public Accountant. After a number of years in public accounting and the banking industry, she retired to raise four children and focus on community activities. She spent over 15 years teaching Religious Education, leading adult bible studies and currently serves as a Eucharistic Minister to the homebound and Alpha leader. She served as a Girl Scout Leader for eight years and served in various leadership positions with the Coppell Service Unit. Maryanne also served as a board member of the Coppell Assistance League as the Secretary and Scholarship Committee Representative for six years.
Brian Johnson is the managing member of a family held real estate investment firm and President of the Johnson Family Foundation. He has a background in banking, real estate and finance. Brian received his B.A. in economics and political science from Pitzer College and a MBA from the University of Oregon. He is a supporter of Life Perspectives and proud of the work they do to bringing healing and hope to grieving families. He currently resides in Poway with his wife and sons.
Bob Siegel is a highly rated radio talk show host and popular guest speaker at churches and college campuses across the country, using a variety of media including, seminars, formal debates, outdoor open forums and one man drama presentations. Bob is listed in Who's Who in the West.
Patty Garczynski is President, CEO and RMO of Tony Garczynski Development, Inc., a general contracting company founded by her late husband, Tony Garczynski in 1977. Patty has over 45 years of experience in financial management, accounting, administration, and customer service. She has extensive experience in dealing with professionals in all areas of the Building/Construction/Real Estate Industries. Her ability to address challenges in a decisive manner is beneficial to her problem solving skills and abilities. Patty currently serves on the Finance Committee of San Rafael Catholic Church and the Board of Directors of the Holy Innocents Children's Hospital in Uganda.
Margot Kyd spent nearly 30 years of her career at San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Sempra Energy, a San Diego-based Fortune 500 energy services holding company whose subsidiaries provide electricity, natural gas and value-added products and services. Now retired, Margot served as a corporate officer for nearly 24 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer. Margot graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a master’s degree in business and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky.
Mike Fredenburg is a business process integration consultant working with clients throughout the United States. He is also the founding president of the Adam Smith Institute. As a Life Perspectives’ board member, Mike is responsible for maintaining the office’s computer network and programming the databases.