President & CEO
Tom has led CitizenLink since its inception as Focus on the Family Action in 2004. He joined Focus on the Family in 1987 and served as Senior Vice President for Government and Public Policy from 1988-2013. He is a steady voice articulating the conservative Christian viewpoint on family, marriage and religious civil liberties issues. His views and influence have helped to shape public policy at both the national and state levels.
Minnery and the CitizenLink team track federal policy in bioethics issues from abortion to euthanasia; abstinence education; education; marriage; religious freedom; and homosexuality. The expert commentary they provide helps mobilize informed grassroots participation of Christians in the political process. This is accomplished mainly by providing family advocates with trusted news and information on pressing social issues through Focus’ Citizen magazine, the CitizenLink Daily Update e-mail, the CitizenLink radio broadcast, as well as the humorous Stoplight video commentaries and in-depth analysis on the CitizenLink Report.
Minnery’s team also oversees the network of 38 state-level family policy councils (FPCs) that often serve as the front lines for the organization of grassroots participation. These FPCs are increasingly helping to affect the tone of national policy, including playing a major role in passing the 31 marriage amendments that have garnered media attention across the U.S.
Minnery has been featured on many national media programs and print outlets, including CNN, Fox News, all network news programs, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek.
Minnery also serves as a member of the board of the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund), a national organization devoted to the legal strategy, training and funding of court cases involving pro-life, religious-freedom and family-values issues.
Prior to coming to Focus on the Family and CitizenLink, Minnery was senior editor at Christianity Today magazine in the Chicago area. He also worked as a Capitol Hill correspondent and was a manager in the Washington bureau of Gannett Newspapers. Minnery has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Ohio University and Master of Arts in religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of the book Why You Can’t Stay Silent, published by Tyndale House (2002). He is married and the father of three grown children and five grandchildren.
Senior Director of Media
Stuart Shepard watches over the CitizenLink media channels. He’s co-host of the CitizenLink radio broadcast, which is heard on more than 500 radio stations nationwide. He oversees the team that runs the radio program, the CitizenLink website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and Daily Update e-mail. He’s perhaps best known as host of the Stoplight® video commentaries. Stoplight® has collected millions of views and drawn the attention of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. Keith Olbermann loudly declared him the “Worst Person in the World.” Bill O’Reilly named him a “Patriot.”
Earlier, Shepard served as managing editor of the CitizenLink website for a couple years, and before that he was associate producer of Family News in Focus for seven.
Prior to coming to Focus in 1999, he was the award-winning chief meteorologist at WLEX-TV in Lexington, Ky. He held the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association seals of approval. During his 14 years in the Bluegrass state, he created weekly features on children in the Special Needs Adoption Program, co-hosted the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, and served as weekend minister for a small country church. He was twice honored as a “Kentucky Colonel,” once for severe weather coverage and again for his work with children up for adoption.
He’s a graduate and distinguished alumnus of Kentucky Christian University and has served on its board. He’s a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, where he studied broadcasting. He holds a certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.
Associate Online Editor
Although she’s a California native, Bethany Monk feels right at home in Colorado. She came to CitizenLink in the summer of 2012, and enjoys working with its amazing public policy team.
In California, she worked as an education and features reporter for newspapers including The Benicia Herald, Amador Ledger Dispatch and Calaveras Enterprise. She has also worked as a public and private school teacher in the state.
Bethany served in the U.S. Navy from 1995 to 1998. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana, and a Master of Arts degree in English, creative non-fiction, from Northern Arizona University. In 2011, she earned a teaching credential from Brandman University.
When she’s not writing, she enjoys exploring the myriad Colorado hiking trails. She also enjoys acting, painting and traveling.
Co-host & Co-producer CitizenLink radio
Kim was practically born with a microphone in hand. She cut her first commercial at age 3, worked her first board shift at age 11 and has been on the air for most of her adult life in radio and television. Being the youngest (and most dramatic) of 5 children helped tremendously!
Kim’s husband introduced her to the world of public policy and she’s been a junkie ever since, honing her skills over six years at Focus on the Family Action and then CitizenLink as well as directing and hosting Family News in Focus for several years.
Just for fun, she’s been married to Gary for more than 20 years and they have two amazing sons and two extremely crazy canines who all keep her hopping on a daily basis.
Technical Radio Producer
Jimmy Peck came to Focus on the Family in 1992. He has worked in the broadcast department and for Family News in Focus. Now he serves as the technical radio producer for CitizenLink.
Peck holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and a master’s degree in theological studies from Golden Gate Seminary. Married with three children, Peck makes his home in Colorado Springs.