Board of Directors

David Pauls Carolyn Pura Michael Goetz Jennifer Lahl Michael Duenes Matthew Eppinette Nathan George Heather A. Johnson Aaron Kheriaty

Our Directors include physicians, nurses, public health experts, and marketing and finance business people who all share with our staff a commitment to a truly human future. The CBC team, boasting a portfolio of leading national experts on hand to promptly address key bioethics issues, is regularly asked for feedback and background by media, individuals, and major organizations. In addition, we frequently provide speakers for national and international events.

David Pauls, M.D., M.A. CBC Board Chair

Dr. Pauls is President of Surgical Associates P.A. and a General Surgeon on staff at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, KS. He received his B.S. from Friends University in Wichita, KS, and his M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his general surgery residency with the same institution at the Wichita campus in 1993. In 2006, he completed his M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University.

Carolyn Pura M.S., M.A., CBC Treasurer

Ms. Pura is a Senior Scientific Advisor for Arms Control and Nonproliferation Technologies for the Department of Energy. Carolyn received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. in Faith and Culture from Trinity International University. After receiving her B.S. degree, she led a number of technology development and testing programs for national security applications during the course of a 30-year career at Sandia National Laboratories. Carolyn currently splits her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC.

Michael Goetz, CBC Board Secretary

Mr. Goetz currently works as a non-profit management consultant. From 1997-2013 he was employed as a Vice President for Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay in Oakland, CA, expanding a program which employed adults with disabilities on building services contracts. From 1978-1995 he served as a Senior Logistics Manager as a Commissioned Officer with the United States Army. Mike has been heavily involved in church leadership and developed the governing documents for a church re-plant. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and an M.S. in Management from Florida Institute of Technology, Aberdeen, MD.

Jennifer Lahl, R.N., M.A., CBC President

Ms. Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking.

She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine and on the Board of Reference for Joni Eareckson Tada’s Institute on Disability. In 2009, Lahl was associate producer of the documentary film, Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, which was an official selection in the 2010 California Independent Film Festival. She made her writing and directing debut producing the documentary film Eggsploitation, which has been awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries. An updated and expanded version of Eggsploitation was released in the Fall of 2013. She is also Director, Executive Producer, and Co-Writer of Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. In 2014 she completed what is now a trilogy of films on the ethics of third-party reproduction with Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, which focuses on surrogacy. In July of 2015, she released a documentary short, Maggie’s Story, which follows one woman’s egg donation journey.

High Resolution Photo of Ms. Lahl

Michael Duenes

Mr. Duenes is a public utilities attorney with the Kansas Corporation Commission. Prior to becoming an attorney, he taught high school Bible and Ethics in the Bay Area for ten years. He received his B.S. in Sociology from UCLA, his MDiv. from Talbot School of Theology, and his J.D. from Washburn University School of Law. Michael and his wife Jenni currently reside in Topeka, KS with their four children, Eli, Dylan, Nathanael, and Georgia.

Matthew Eppinette, Ph.D. (cand.), Executive Director

Matthew’s educational background includes business, information technology, theology, and ethics. He has worked in both the non-profit and for profit sectors in communications, new media, information technology, and bioethics research. A chapter he wrote, “Human 2.0: Transhumanism as a Cultural Trend,” appears in Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. He is also a contributing author to The New Media Frontier. He co-wrote our documentary films Anonymous Father’s Day (2011), Eggsploitation (2013), Breeders: A Subclass of Women? (2014), Maggie’s Story (2015), and Compassion and Choice DENIED (2016). He is a Fellow of the Paul Ramsey Institute, a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Ethics at Fuller Seminary.

Nathan D. George, Ph.D. (cand.)

Mr. George is a Ph.D. candidate in Finance and Real Estate at the Haas Business School, University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley, Mr. George worked for both the Department of Energy at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Defense at the National Security Agency on “mission critical” problems. He attended Cambridge University in 2003 as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar and serves as Co-Chair of the Gates-Cambridge Scholars Alumni Association Board of Directors. In four years, Nathan graduated summa cum laude with an MS in Mathematics and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics, Physics, and French from North Carolina State University while playing two varsity sports. Nathan and his wife Angela currently reside in McLean, VA with their two children, Lincoln and Cora.

Heather A. Johnson

Ms. Johnson is a New Orleans native and maritime attorney whose current position is Senior Counsel at Chevron, supporting Chevron Shipping Company LLC. She received her B.A. from Newcomb College of Tulane University, her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania, and her LL.M. in Admiralty from Tulane University. During her professional career, she worked for major law firms in New Orleans and spent 10 years as General Attorney with Saudi Arabian Oil Company in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Heather currently resides in Danville, California.

Aaron Kheriaty, M.D.

Dr. Kheriaty is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. He serves as chairman of the clinical ethics committee at UCI Medical Center. Dr. Kheriaty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and pre-medical sciences, and earned his M.D. degree from Georgetown University. He is the author of several books and articles for professional and lay audiences, and he lectures regularly on topics related to psychiatry, social science, bioethics, and spirituality. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, CNN, The Orange County Register, NPR, and Fusion.