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President & CEO
Paul Weber serves as president and chief executive officer at CitizenLink, a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. In his role, Paul is responsible for aligning the organization’s strategy and staff with its vision and mission, including strengthening an alliance of nearly 40 state-based family policy organizations. CitizenLink also works to train and disciple statesmen, advance pro-family public policy and give voice to biblical citizens.
Prior to joining CitizenLink, Paul served as an executive with Alliance Defending Freedom for nearly 14 years. During his tenure with ADF, Paul held a variety of roles on the Executive Team and oversaw the revenue growth, which exceeded $40M annually.
Prior to ADF, Paul worked in the engineering and construction industries, as well as in hospitality and food-service management, having run and launched restaurants for Stouffer’s Restaurant Company. Paul also served as president of a five-company technology consortium, working in alliance to advance common communications and marketing objectives.
Paul attended Kent State University in Ohio, where he graduated with a Management Degree and obtained his Private Pilot’s License. He has also studied graduate and executive level courses at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, and Indiana University School of Fundraising. He is currently enrolled at Phoenix Seminary, where he is pursuing a Diploma in Biblical Studies.
Paul and his wife Lois are the proud parents of four young men – two of which are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and all of which are Eagle Scouts – and a precious adopted daughter.
Tom Minnery is president emeritus of CitizenLink and director of the Statesmen Academy project, working part-time. He also has been senior vice president of public policy for Focus on the Family, for 26 years.
Minnery serves as vice chairman of the board of the Alliance Defending Freedom, 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. 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 and his wife Deb have three grown children and six grandchildren.
Director, Digital Communications
Stuart Shepard watches over the CitizenLink media channels. He oversees the team that runs the CitizenLink website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and the CitizenLink Update e-mail. He and his team also produce video projects for the web.
He’s perhaps best known for his Stoplight® video commentaries. Stoplight has collected millions of views and drawn the attention of CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and every major newspaper in the country.
MSNBC declared him the “Worst Person in the World.” Bill O’Reilly named him a “Patriot” on Fox News.
During his time here, he also has served as co-host of the CitizenLink radio program, host of Family News in Focus, and managing editor of the CitizenLink Daily Update.
Prior to coming to Focus on the Family in 1999, he was the award-winning chief meteorologist at WLEX-TV in Lexington, Kentucky. He held the American Meteorological Society seal 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 also served as a weekend minister for a country church. The governor honored him as a “Kentucky Colonel.”
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 majored in broadcasting. He also earned a certificate of broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University.Print