Our staff brings years of experience covering a wide variety of disciplines including public relations, journalism, research, writing, activism, web design, graphic design, and more. These are the experts that keep their eyes open to the bioethics issues coming down the pike and provide the tools and skills necessary for CBC to respond quickly with the right resources.
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, a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. Her latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? on surrogacy, was released January 2014, and completes the trilogy of films exploring the ethics of third-party reproduction.
Matthew Eppinette, Executive Director
Matthew’s educational background includes business, information technology, and bioethics. 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 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, Eggsploitation, and Breeders: A Subclass of Women?. He is currently studying Ethics at Fuller Seminary and is a Fellow of the Paul Ramsey Institute.
Melody Martins, Assistant to the President
Melody believes there is power in the human experience—each person has a story that can change others. This conviction led her to study Theology and Journalism at Multnomah University so that she can work to provide a voice to those who are voiceless. She enjoys spending time outside and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and children.
Amy McRoberts, Office Manager
Amy carries 15 years experience of management and administrative support to the CBC team. Having traveled extensively throughout the US and Internationally she brings a global perspective to the need for advocacy and the world of ethics. Her B.A. in Studio Art and Religion from the University of Puget Sound still informs her life creatively as well as her passion for clear communication and strategic planning. She deeply values the opportunity to assist the CBC team in reaching their goals.
Christopher White, Director of Research and Education
Christopher White holds an M.A. in Ethics and Society from Fordham University and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, New York Daily News, International Business Times, The American Interest, National Review, First Things, Public Discourse, and Human Life Review, among many other print and online publications. He is the co-author of Renewal (Encounter Books, 2013) and a 2013-2014 Robert Novak Fellowship Award Winner. He lives in New York City.