Board of Directors

David Pauls Carolyn Pura Jennifer Lahl Nathan George  Kirstin Wallace

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.

Kallie Fell, Executive Director

Kallie started her professional career as a scientist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University utilizing a M.S. degree in Reproductive Physiology from Purdue University. While assisting in the investigation of endometriosis and pre-term birth, she decided that she wanted to interact more with women in a clinical role and went back to school to become a registered nurse. After living in Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, Kallie finally found her way to the Bay Area to work with Jennifer Lahl. Kallie will tell you that she is passionate about two things: her family and women’s health. Kallie resides with husband in the Bay Area and still works as a labor and delivery nurse while writing and working for the CBC.

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 Cambridge University Press, 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 has twice addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.

She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine. In 2009, Lahl was associate producer of the documentary film Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, which was an official selection of 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 2015, she released a documentary short Maggie’s Story, which follows one woman’s egg donation journey. Compassion and Choice: Denied (2016) is a short documentary on Physician Assisted Suicide. Lahl’s next feature film, #BigFertility will be released in the Fall of 2018.

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.

Kirstin Wallace

Kirstin L. Wallace is an attorney in the Walnut Creek office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. She currently works as a litigator with a focus on construction claims, contracts, real estate, and alternative dispute resolutions. Kirstin received her B.A. in Biology and Anthropology from Indiana University, followed by her J.D. from John F. Kennedy School of Law in 2008. She has been involved with various non-profits and previously sat on the board for Birthright – Concord, a Catholic-based pregnancy center in Concord, CA. Her love for the sciences from a very young age has persisted during her law career, and it continues to influence her advocacy for human dignity and human exceptionalism. Her greatest joy, though, comes from her two young boys. Kirstin has supported the Center for Bioethics and Culture for years and is excited to be part of the journey to fight for the rights of parents and children by exposing the culture to the truth of third-party reproduction.