Lauren Muzyka, Esq., Executive Director: Lauren Muzyka serves as Executive Director of Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she oversees the management and development of the organization and staff, and ensures that the organization fulfils its mission through its programs and policies.
Lauren is a licensed attorney in Texas whose passion for defending the sanctity of human life led her into the pro-life movement. For over two years, Lauren served as Campaign Strategist for the National 40 Days for Life Team, advising their 300+ campaigns in North America running a local campaign; most recently, she served as Director of Prayer, Civic Action, and Outreach for the CPLC of North Texas.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Texas A&M University (2004), as well as an Advanced Certificate in International Affairs (2005). She is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Ave Maria School of Law (AMSOL). While at AMSOL, Lauren served as President of the Lex Vitae Society, Student Bar Association 3L Class Senator, and remained active in Moot Court Board and The Advocate Radio Show. In 2008, Lauren was selected as Best Oralist in the State of Michigan Moot Court Competition, where the AMSOL team also won the championship. She was also selected by her classmates to be a 2009 Student Commencement Speaker.
Lauren has interned with organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom (Blackstone Fellowship), Americans United for Life, Liberty Institute, Texas Alliance for Life, and the Collin County District Attorney’s Office. She also recently served as Host of “Culture Lifeline,” a pro-life, pro-family radio program on the Guadalupe Radio Network during most of 2013; similarly, she has been a guest on various radio outlets throughout the country.
Lauren additionally serves as a pro-life guest speaker and trained sidewalk counselor of 17 years. Her greatest joy is her relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, being married to her husband, and bringing God’s people together across denominational lines in the pro-life movement.
Bethany Mistretta, Program Manager / Southern Program Coordinator: Bethany Mistretta serves as Program Manager / Southern Program Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and trains, equips and supports new and current sidewalk advocacy locations in the southern half of the United States as well as internationally.
In the Fall of 2014, while reading Abby Johnson’s book, Unplanned, Bethany felt that God was calling her to get back involved with the pro-life movement. She started sidewalk counseling but quickly realized that she needed more training and support; her search lead her to Sidewalk Advocates for Life and ultimately, to her current position.
Bethany is passionate about spreading the mission of SAFL and encouraging others to hear God’s call to reach out to women, men, and abortion workers on the sidewalk. She enjoys meeting the wonderful leaders of SAFL across the country and seeks to be a blessing to others in their ministry. Bethany invites others to “be the love” for all those present at the abortion facility — like the “best friend next door” that you would talk to if you were in crisis.
Bethany was married in January of 2003 and currently lives in Florida with her husband, Mark, and their two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a good book, swimming, listening to music, gardening, and playing board games.
If you are interested in starting a Sidewalk Advocates for Life program in your town or city in the southern half of the United States or outside of the United States, please contact Bethany at email@example.com
Susan O’Neill, Northern Program Coordinator: Susan O’Neill serves as Northern Program Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she trains, equips and supports new and current sidewalk advocacy locations in the northern half of the United States.
Susan is a graduate of Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and minor in Psychology.
Prior to joining the Sidewalk Advocates for Life National Team, Susan started and directed an SAFL location in Virginia. Her previous pro-life activities include sidewalk advocacy, volunteering with the Center for Bioethical Reform, working with local pregnancy resource centers, fundraising, participating in 40 Days for Life campaigns and attending the March for Life in Washington D.C. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Virginia Christian Alliance.
Susan and her husband, Tim, have three precious children and reside in Virginia. She is active in her local church and continues to help develop pro-life groups within her cluster of parishes. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and reading through her ever-growing stack of pro-life books.
If you are interested in starting a Sidewalk Advocates for Life program in your town or city in the northern half of the United States, please contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chantel Poisel, Communications Coordinator: Chantel Poisel serves as Communications Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she oversees external communications, social media, website content and various projects to advance the mission of the organization.
Prior to joining Sidewalk Advocates for Life, Chantel spent eight years working for the 40 Days for Life National Team as an Administrative Coordinator. Chantel has an extensive background in virtual administration; she worked for several years as a legal secretary and ran her own transcription company for over ten years.
Chantel spends time praying at the abortion facility near her, as well as encouraging and working with area pro-life groups. She is passionate about motivating those in her church, local community and virtual community to get more involved in the pro-life movement.
Chantel is married to her high school sweetheart. Together, they are raising their four children on a small hobby farm in rural Indiana. Chantel also homeschools her children, is active in their 4-H clubs, and keeps busy with her children’s hobbies. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.
Jenna Scott, Esq., Program Administrator: Jenna Scott serves as Program Administrator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she assists the Executive Director and staff on various projects to advance the mission of the organization and multiply its life-saving outreach.
Jenna is a licensed attorney in the State of Washington. Prior to joining Sidewalk Advocates for Life, Jenna spent the last two years working as a contract investigator for the Federal government, but recently felt the call to serve in pro-life ministry. Additionally, she previously served as a staff member for a presidential and congressional race and brings many strategic skills from campaign work to benefit the unborn. Jenna also previously interned at the Guardian Ad Litem office in Florida.
Jenna holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs: Law, Diplomacy, and Organization from the University of Nevada, Reno (2006). Jenna went onto Ave Maria School of Law, graduating with her J.D. in 2011. While at AMSOL, Jenna was Publication Manager for the Ave Maria International Law Journal during its first year of accreditation. In the Summer of 2009, she also studied Russian Law and Negotiations as part of a study abroad program.
Her previous pro-life work includes being a volunteer lobbyist for the pro-life / pro-family cause at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, in 2009 and 2010. Jenna has also been sidewalk counseling since 2009; she served as lead sidewalk counselor with AMSOL’s Lex Vitae Society from 2010-2011, following in the footsteps of Michael Vacca and Lauren Muzyka.
Jenna currently lives in Louisiana with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and entertaining for friends and family, doing cross stitch, collecting new recipes to try, and playing board and card games.
Nate Robertson, Outreach Coordinator: Nate Robertson serves as Outreach Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where he works to build strong relationships with new and existing donors to increase the reach of the organization and its mission to end abortion.
Nate has built a strong reputation as a business leader in a pharmaceutical support company over the last 5 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Union University in Jackson, TN, where he also served as student body Vice President (2003).
Nate is passionate about the pro-life cause and has ministered on several sidewalks outside of abortion facilities throughout America. His involvement in the pro-life movement can be traced back to his childhood when he was greatly moved by the fight for life for the unborn. He has interacted with many pro-life groups and organizations over the years and is so excited to see SAFL aim to cover all uncovered abortion facilities in the U.S. and beyond with peaceful, loving advocates!
Prior to joining the Sidewalk Advocates for Life National Team, Nate served as a Program Director for SAFL-Louisville, KY. Nate currently co-leads the SAFL program in Lakeland, FL, on the side, in addition to his work with the national team.
Nate and his wife, Kristin have one son, Rylan, and reside in Central Florida. He is active in his local church and continues to help advance the pro-life cause through awareness and accountability.
If you would like to make a special financial gift to SAFL, please contact Nate at email@example.com.
Ramona Treviño, Bilingual Training Assistant: Ramona serves as the Bilingual Training Assistant for Sidewalk Advocates for Life, where she helps train new and current sidewalk advocacy locations both in English and Spanish.
Prior to becoming an outspoken proponent and defender of all human life, Ramona managed a Planned Parenthood abortion-referral facility in Sherman, TX for three years. While there, Ramona witnessed first-hand how “family planning” facilities serve only to groom future abortion patients and “feed” the abortion industry, among other unethical and questionable practices. Over the course of those three years, Ramona experienced a spiritual tug of war of sorts, as well as continued disillusionment with the organization she so often defended. But, after a 40 Days for Life campaign and some divine intervention, Ramona experienced a conversion that would change her life forever. Ultimately, Ramona quit her job as manager and felt called to speak publicly about her experiences and the power of God’s grace.
Ramona has since become an international pro-life speaker and author. She shares her story in the autobiographical memoir, Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back. Ramona is a devoted wife and stay-at-home mother / stepmother of five and a lifelong resident of Trenton, TX. Ramona loves to spend time with her family and extended family; she finds great joy spending time in prayer, going on nature walks, and crafting.
Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator & DFW LIFE Runners Co-Leader: Jeff Reedy serves as the Shipping Coordinator and DFW LIFE Runners Co-Leader for Sidewalk Advocates for Life. He has been a strong supporter for the pro-life movement since high school, and has supported SAFL in prayer since its inception. He is very excited to be able to work in a tangible way to help save lives from abortion.
Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater and Theology from East Texas Baptist University, where he directed the official theater team “Image” and performed in several plays, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in English from Dallas Baptist University, where he has coached the volleyball team and played on the men’s team.
Jeff is a professional writer and editor. He has published several poems and numerous articles online and now edits the newsletter for the district for Barnes & Noble. He has been managing bookstores, including Joshua’s, Family Christian Store, and Scripture Haven since 1997, and now manages a Barnes & Noble in the McAllen area. Jeff has also worked with blind students at Texas A&M University and is an honorary member of the National Federation of the Blind.
He lives in McAllen where he enjoys tennis, photography, riding his motorcycle, playing board games with friends, and reading in just about every genre (except romance). He speaks Spanish, some French, and is learning German, Italian, and Japanese.