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, National Program Manager: Bethany Mistretta serves as National Program Manager for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, assists the Executive Director with communications and national projects, and helps advise local leaders.
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, National Program Coordinator: Susan O’Neill serves as National Program Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she trains, equips and supports new and current sidewalk advocacy locations throughout 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, working with local pregnancy resource centers, and participating in 40 Days for Life campaigns. 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.
Dianna Lara, National Training Assistant: Dianna Lara serves as National Training Assistant for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she helps train new and current sidewalk advocacy locations throughout the United States.
Dianna is a graduate of California Baptist University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies. Before her pro-life conversion, she worked extensively in the education and social services sectors.
Prior to joining the Sidewalk Advocates for Life National Team, Dianna started an SAFL location in North Texas which she still directs. As Program Director for her location, Dianna discovered her passion for “upstream” abortion intervention, which includes advocating for women and families visiting abortion-referral clinics and promoting life-affirming fertility awareness.
Dianna and her husband, Benjamin, have two beautiful children whom they homeschool. She is active in their family’s local church and serves in the children’s ministry. When she’s not engaged in sidewalk advocacy or her mission with SAFL, she spends much of her time developing the non-profit she recently co-founded.
Christina Faucett, Program Administrator: Christina Faucett serves as Program Administrator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she oversees legal research, human resources, and administration for the organization.
Christina is a licensed attorney in the state of Washington, with a solo practice in the area of estate planning and probate. Prior to starting her own firm, Christina worked for a class action management company in Seattle. She has been pro-life since childhood; when her parents would take her and her sisters to the Washington State March for Life and Life Chain events.
Christina has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Simpson University (2007). She graduated cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law (AMSOL) in 2012. While at AMSOL, Christina served as treasurer for the Lex Vitae Society and competed in moot court, earning an Honorable Mention in St. Thomas More Oral Argument Competition and finishing second in the Internal Appellate Competition. She also served as research assistant to Professor Mark Bonner, where she helped research, write and edit a law review article on Guardian Ad Litem appointments for unborn children, which was ultimately published in the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law.
Christina is a Blackstone Fellow and Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. She interned with Care Net Pregnancy Centers and was honored to speak on behalf of pro-life pregnancy centers in Washington before a recent county board of health meeting in opposition to a proposal that would substantially burden their ability to provide women with caring and compassionate options.
She has attended numerous prayer vigils outside of her local Planned Parenthood facility, as well as the largest abortion facility in the state of Washington, which is in her hometown. Her fervent prayer is that she will one day see that facility close forever.
Christina lives in Washington with her husband, foster children, and a cat. She enjoys gardening, knitting, crocheting, and reading.
Nate Robertson, Outreach Coordinator: Nate Robertson serves as Outreach Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where he aids current locations with periodic visits to bless their outreach on the sidewalk.
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 networked with many pro-life groups and organizations over the years and is 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.
Jenna Scott, Esq., Business Consultant: Jenna Scott serves as Business Consultant for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she advises the organization in matters of research, human resources, and administration.
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, son, and daughter. 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.