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President and CEO
Tom Minnery is president and chief executive officer of CitizenLink, a public policy partner of Focus on the Family. His team connects regularly with hundreds of thousands of social conservatives via the CitizenLink Update e-mail, the CitizenLink radio broadcast, which airs on more than 500 stations, as well as a variety of web videos ranging from the humorous Stoplight commentaries to issue analysis on the CitizenLink Report.
Minnery’s team serves a network of 38 state-level family policy councils (FPCs) that often serve as the front lines for the organization of grassroots participation. Additionally, CitizenLink mobilizes social conservatives to be active and informed voters during election seasons.
Minnery has been quoted in 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 CitizenLink board as well as 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 is married and the father of three grown children and six grandchildren.
Vice President, Strategy
(Incoming President and CEO)
Paul Weber is responsible for strategy, program development and growth for CitizenLink and the alliance of state-based family policy councils.
Prior to joining CitizenLink, he served with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) for nearly 14 years. During his tenure with ADF, he held a variety of roles on the executive team including Alliance Building, Communications, and Marketing and Development. Weber has also served on several committees including Chairman of the Alignment Committee; member of the Board Development Committee; Brand Leadership Committee; Compensation Committee; and the Board External Relations Committee.
During his leadership tenure, ADF grew from nearly $12M annually in revenue to more than $40M, raising more than $300M million over the previous 10-year span, including a successful $14M capital and several significant program campaigns.
Weber graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Management Degree in Hospitality & Food-Service. He also obtained his Private Pilot License. He has taken 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.
He and his wife Lois are the proud parents of four young men — one serving in the United States Coast Guard, another in the United States Air Force — and a precious adopted daughter.
Stuart Shepard watches over the CitizenLink media channels. He’s co-host and executive producer 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 the CitizenLink Update e-mail.
He’s perhaps best known for his Stoplight® video commentaries, which also air on the radio every Friday. Stoplight has collected millions of views and drawn the attention of CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and every major newspaper in the country.
MSNBC once 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 the Family News in Focus radio program for seven.
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 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 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.