Board of Directors

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Juan Rosas III, Board President: Juan Rosas III serves as Board President of Sidewalk Advocates for Life (SAFL).

For the past seven years, Juan has served as a Field Director through his financial planning practice with Northwestern Mutual. His growing team is dedicated to providing families and individuals financial security through a disciplined financial planning process. Juan considers it a great blessing to help others discover how to best use the gifts and resources the Lord has entrusted to us through stewardship; he similarly enjoys teaching others how to most effectively provide for their family through these gifts.

Juan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas A&M University in 2006. While a student at Texas A&M, Juan was trained as a prayer volunteer and sidewalk counselor with the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life and participated in the very first 40 Days for Life campaign. He also served as Chairman of the Pastoral Council for his college church for two years during his college career.

For over two years, Juan has served as Vice Chairman of the Pastoral Council for his church. He enjoys studying psychology and leadership development, spending time with his family, and helping others stretch their vision about what is possible. Juan lives with his beautiful wife and their six children.

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Elissa Graves, Esq., Board Secretary: Elissa is a constitutional law attorney who serves as Board Secretary for SAFL.

Elissa earned her law degree at The University of Texas School of Law in 2013. While a student at UT, Elissa volunteered with the Central Texas Coalition for Life as a sidewalk counselor and participated in the local 40 Days for Life campaign. Elissa is passionate about empowering women facing unplanned pregnancies, and has therefore dedicated her career to making abortion unnecessary and unthinkable.

Elissa currently serves as Legal Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom. At ADF, Elissa engages in litigation to promote a culture of life in the United States and regularly speaks on pro-life topics. She has also made numerous media appearances, including appearing on outlets such as Fox News, The Hill, Town Hall, and NPR.

Elissa is an avid gardener, and enjoys World War II history, fashion, travelling with her adventurous husband and children, and spending time with her family and basset hounds.

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Michael Acquilano, J.D., Treasurer: Michael Acquilano serves as Board Treasurer for SAFL.

Michael Acquilano graduated from Bentley University in Boston, MA, with a degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting. In 2009, he studied International Finance and Negotiations at Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen, one of the top business schools in Europe. After returning from his studies in Paris, he lived in Odumasi Krobo, Ghana, where he acted as a business consultant for Ghana Poultry Network, whose mission is to provide business development assistance through micro-financing. He later received his law degree from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida.

Mr. Acquilano currently serves as the Director of the South Carolina Catholic Conference in the Diocese of Charleston. At the Diocese, he works to pass legislation on a state and federal level for issues of importance to the Catholic Church.

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Dr. Chris Neumann, Member: Dr. Chris Neumann serves as a Board Member for SAFL.

The son of two teachers and second eldest of five children, Chris was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Upon leaving west Texas after high school, Chris set out for Aggieland and completed his studies at Texas A&M University, where he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science summa cum laude with a psychology minor.

He then began his studies and training to become a physician at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.  However, after one year of medical school, he felt called to put his studies on hold, and decided to take a year off for discernment and contemplation of the seminary.  As the Holy Spirit would have it, Chris was blessed to work as Office Manager for the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life during the first national 40 Days for Life campaign.  His job brought him both to the coordination of the campaign and to the sidewalks outside the now closed Planned Parenthood in Aggieland.  He still considers this single year as among his most important and fulfilling work.

While working for the Coalition for Life, Chris discerned and re-discovered his strong desire to be a husband and father, and met his future wife, Ali.  After his year away, he returned to Houston and to medical school.  Chris and Ali were married in 2009, and Chris completed his studies, earning his medical degree in 2011 with honors and with their first son in tow.  A self-proclaimed child at heart with no desire to fully grow up, he then proceeded to enter residency training in Pediatrics in Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital, and he completed his training in July of 2014, through the grace of God and with the never-ending work of his wife, who works full-time at home with the couple’s five children.

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Lauren Muzyka, Esq., Member: Lauren Muzyka serves as Executive Director of Sidewalk Advocates for Life (SAFL) where she oversees the organization’s vision, mission, and program.

Lauren is a licensed attorney whose passion for defending the sanctity of human life led her into the pro-life movement.  Most recently, for over two years, Lauren served as Campaign Strategist for the National 40 Days for Life Team, advising their 300+ campaigns in North America.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Texas A&M University, as well as an Advanced Certificate in International Affairs.  She is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Ave Maria School of Law (AMSOL) where she 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.

Lauren is a trained Sidewalk Advocate of 20 years and has been interviewed on various media outlets throughout the country and world.  Her greatest joy is her relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, being married to her husband, chasing after her rescue dogs, and bringing God’s people together across denominational lines in the pro-life movement.