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New GLA Leadership Team

November 26, 2018
Contact: Joshua Edmonds

2019 is bringing new leadership around Georgia. As GLA-certified elected officials begin taking the helm in state government, Georgia Life Alliance will also be starting this next chapter in our state with a new leadership team, effective November 26th.

board-profile_picEmily Matson, former Executive Director and current General Counsel, will continue providing her invaluable tenure of leadership at GLA as Chairman of the Board. 

“I am so honored to continue serving this incredible organization,” Said Matson. “And I know that we have a great team put together to bring the pro-life movement to new heights in 2019 by building on the foundation that was laid during my time as Executive Director.”

That new team also includes brand-new Executive Director, Joshua Edmonds.

STONERIDGE-RHEIN044 copyEdmonds is no stranger to the pro-life cause and is well-known around the pro-life movement. A former staffer for Senator Renee Unterman, he spent 2018 consulting to help elect pro-life candidates around the nation like Mike Braun in Indiana and Geoff Duncan in Georgia. He has spent the last 9 years as a pro-life leader, including as the former Director of Education & Legislation at Georgia Right to Life.

“It’s beyond humbling to take on this new role at GLA. I’m standing on the shoulders of giants here,” Edmonds exclaimed. “I’ve already been speaking with pro-life leaders around the state and everyone is excited about the vision we have for 2019.”

“The Board has the utmost confidence in Joshua, and his experience in nonprofits, state agency, the legislature, elections, and lobbying for the pro-life community make him the perfect fit for GLA,” said Board Chairman Emily Matson.

Mary BoyertAnother veteran joining the GLA leadership team is former Respect For Life Ministries Director, Mary Boyert. After a legacy of service at the Atlanta Catholic Archdiocese, Mary will bring her invaluable knowledge and experience to GLA as Director of Operations.

“I have served in the pro-life community for a very long time, and I’ve never been as encouraged as I am today by the leadership of this movement and the direction we are headed,” Boyert said. “This is a unique moment in history.”

Rounding out the leadership team is Jay Williams, Founder of The Stoneridge Group, who will serve as a Senior Advisor to the Board. 

“We have the perfect team in place,” Edmonds said. “2019 is going to be the biggest year yet for the pro-life movement.”


Majority Leader McConnell has indicated that on Monday, January 29, the Senate will vote on cloture on the motion to proceed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham.  While speaking at the March for Life in D.C. Friday January 26, 2018, urged the Senate to pass this legislation, promising to sign it and end the tortuous practice of killing children in the womb who are capable of feeling pain.

The language of the bill itself is worth reading.  Especially the first 13 provisions which explain the evidence that shows us that by 20 weeks after conception, while still in the womb, a baby can feel pain.  Our national partner, National Right to Life has a great page with more scientific evidence that shows the the unborn can feel pain at 20-weeks or even earlier.  Educate yourself so that you can have loving conversations and change the hearts and minds of those who have been deceive by the abortion industry.  

If passed, this would make it illegal for a doctor to perform abortions after 20-weeks.  

We are grateful that both of our Senators from Georgia, Senator Isakson and Senator Perdue have sponsored this important legislation.  Click on their names to contact them and thank them for supporting and prioritizing this legislation.  

The operative language is identical to H.R. 36, approved by the House of Representatives on October 3, 2017.  

It is going to be a very close vote and we do not know if we have the votes in the Senate for the bill to pass.  Call your Senators and urge your friends to do the same.  Remember, this is a national bill, so send this to you friends in other states as well.  They can use this link to find contact information for their own U.S. Senators.  

Spread the news.  Make a difference.

Camila Zolfaghari

Executive Director

Double Your Impact – Year End Giving

Want to help create a pro-life culture and want to make sure your gift will have maximum impact?  Now is the time to give.  A generous individual has agreed to match any donations made to Georgia Life Alliance between now and the end of 2017 up to $25,000. Help us save more lives by acting now.

For those of you who have been waiting to give or are planning end of year gifts, we need you now for maximum impact.  Momentum is key.

It is a very simple process.

1.      Click the button above that says “Double Your Donations” to open a secure site

2.     Input your information

3.     Press the DONATE ONCE button

That is all you have to do.  We will send the total to the donor who will write us a check to double the amount you gave.  I did it earlier today and it could not have been easier.

Help us create a pro-life culture that protects life from conception to natural death.

Camila Zolfaghari –

Executive Director