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.
Ben was the Vice Chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party in 1993-4, and was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to the California Veterans Board from 1993-96 where he served as Chairman in 1996. Ben is an elder at First Presbyterian Church San Diego and is Chairman of the Downtown Fellowship of Churches & Ministries, a consortium of 40 church and ministry leaders in downtown San Diego.
President/CEO: Michaelene Fredenburg
Michaelene Fredenburg is the President and CEO of Life Perspectives. Life Perspective began as a local organization and is now recognized as the global authority in reproductive grief care. As one of the world’s foremost experts on reproductive grief care, Michaelene has authored the book Changed: Making Sense of Your Own or A Loved One’s Abortion Experience, the booklets Changed (English, Macedonian, Russian, Spanish & Italian) and Hope After Loss (English & Spanish), and edited the book Grief & Abortion: Creating a Safe Place to Heal. Michaelene has also written numerous articles about reproductive grief and loss and has participated in over 100 radio and television programs.
Michaelene testified before the United States Congress 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. Most recently Michaelene consulted on a research study published in the peer-review journal Health Communication and helped to develop reproductive grief care curricula for nurses and licensed clinicians.
Secretary: Bob Siegel
A graduate of Denver Seminary and San Jose State University, Bob Siegel is an author, columnist, radio talk show host and public speaker. Over a period of many years Bob has ministered to 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 currently serves as Apologetics Pastor at Skyline Church.
In addition to his own weekly radio show (AM 1170, FM 96.1, THE ANSWER, San Diego) and frequent podcast (CGM Radio Network), Bob has been a guest on many other programs both locally and nationally. Bob has contributed to Communities @ Washington Times, San Diego Newsroom, Communities Digital News, and San Diego Rostra. Between 2007 and 2010 his daily blog was frequently found in the National Top Ten on Townhall.com. Bob does a good deal of play-writing as well (14 plays & 5 collaborations), including the award winning play “Eternal Reach.” Bob’s novel “The Dangerous Christmas Ornament” is a 2017 “Distinguished Favorite” of the Independent Press Award and the New York City Big Book Award. It is also listed by About Read as one of the Top 30 Recommended Action Adventure Books for 11 Year Olds!
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.
Joe gives back to the community by serving as the audit chair, a member of the board of trustees at the Nativity Prep Academy and a former member of the board of trustees at Epiphany Prep Academy. He also serves on the finance committee of Partnership with Industry at Epiphany Prep Academy.
Barbara Culver is a long-time resident of San Diego, originally born in New Jersey, who recently retired after 35 years of service for Caster Properties. During her tenure as the Human Resources Director she was responsible for all aspects of Human Resources including recruiting, compliance, Human Resources investigation, coaching, and administrative support. Barbara works extensively with Caster Family Trust charities and is a trustee of the Terrence R. Caster estate.
Barbara also works with the team at Serving Hands International, a 501 C3 nonprofit organization created by Terrence and Barbara Caster nearly 40 years ago. She serves on the board of directors and works directly with the organization to achieve their goals of serving the poorest of the poor in Mexico with food, shelter, medical assistance, education, and faith formation. Barbara has a strong belief in the mission of Life Perspectives. She has experienced pregnancy loss in her family and understands the value of care for those who have suffered such losses.
Fred Clark earned a B.A. degree at the University of Southern California, a J.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. at Harvard University. Mr. Clark has been in the investment business since graduating from Harvard, first at Goldman Sachs and then Pacific Equity Management which he founded.
Mike Fredenburg is a cyber security consultant with a focus on data security and privacy standards. He works with clients throughout the United States. He was also the founding president of the Adam Smith Institute. As a Life Perspectives’ board member, Mike works with the office staff to help set IT policy and often helps in adopting and evaluating new technology.
Mike is a nationally published author and has had columns published in such publications as the Union-Tribune, the Daily Transcript, California Political Review and National Review Magazine. Mike received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at University of California Santa Barbara and his Masters in Business Administration at San Diego State University.
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.
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.
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. 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 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.
Margot is active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) and the Magis Institute, in addition to Life Perspectives. She is also a member of the Board of Regents of the Augustine Institute and a Trustee Emeritus of the University of San Diego. Margot served as a past Board member of the Los Angeles Urban League, Catholic Exchange, Catholics for the Common Good, Pantellos (a for-profit emarketplace for the energy services industry), the National Association of Women Business Owners–LA Foundation, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, the San Diego United Way and the Arthritis Foundation. She is a member of Legatus, an organization of Catholic executives, and a past Area Councillor for the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre.