Because Med Students for Life (MedSFLA) is an outreach of Students for Life of America (SFLA), the MedSFLA national team consists of employees of both SFLA and MedSFLA.
Kristan Hawkins, President
Kristan was hired in 2006 to lead Students for Life of America (SFLA). Since launching SFLA’s full-time operation, Kristan has helped more than triple the number of campus pro-life groups in the United States, from 181 to almost 700 in 49 states, and grow the SFLA National Conference from 450 in 2007 to 2,000 in 2012, making the event the largest pro-life conference in the nation. In 2013, she authored SFLA’s first book Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.
As President, Kristan directs the mission and strategy of Students for Life of America. In addition, Kristan serves as the organization’s official spokeswoman and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, EWTN, Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson and the Christian Broadcasting Network; she is frequently blogger for LifeNews.com and has also been quoted in numerous national and regional newspapers such as the Washington Times, Washington Post, FoxNews.com. A dynamic speaker, Kristan travels the country talking to students and adults alike on a wide range of topics including Planned Parenthood, Real Feminism, Real Social Justice, Pro-Life Activism and Leadership.
Kristan is known for her work leading the successful Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition which brought together over 70 pro-life and pro-family leaders in a national coalition dedicated to stopping government funding of abortion in healthcare reform. In addition, she launched HealthcareforGunner.com in June of 2009, a website and coalition dedicated to her son Gunner who suffers from cystic fibrosis, to raise the issue of healthcare rationing in government healthcare systems. Kristan and the SFLA Team have launched several successful investigations into Planned Parenthood with Kristan, herself, going undercover on several occasions, and have even released startling information proving the abortion Goliath targets college-aged youth.
In addition to launching SFLA’s unique, nationwide Field Program, Kristan and her team have launched Med Students for Life, Law Students for Life, and Pregnant on Campus, a transformative initiative which strives to connect young women in need on campus to those in the community.
Since high school, Kristan has been an advocate for the unborn and pro-life speaker/trainer. Her pro-life mission began when she was asked to volunteer at a Pregnancy Resource Center during her sophomore year of high school. After spending 3 months counseling women not to abort their children, Kristan started the first pro-life group at her high school and eventually was asked to be the West Virginia Teens for Life President. It was during high school, where Kristan organized her first political protest and events aimed at educating students about abortion.
After graduating high school as Valedictorian, Kristan went on to college and again started the first pro-life group on her college campus. In college, Kristan majored in Political Science with the hopes of becoming a full-time pro-life activist. In 2005, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bethany College in West Virginia.
Before coming to SFLA, Kristan worked for the 2004 Bush/Cheney re-election campaign, the Republican National Committee, and served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
Since working at SFLA, Kristan has been awarded the Susan B. Anthony Young Leader Award, the Dr. William Hogan Education Award for pro-life leadership, the 2009 Weyrich Youth Leadership Award, and a 2010 Life Prize Award.
Kristan resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, Jonathan, and 2 sons, Gunner and Bear. Email Kristan.
Jon Russell, MedSFLA National Coordinator
Jon and his wife Sarah, a Family Nurse Practitioner, co-owned two urgent & family medical clinics specializing in healthcare for uninsured and underinsured patients. He started his pro-life work as a full-time fundraising coordinator for a Crisis Pregnancy Center and maternity home. Jon was the Executive Director for Faith and Freedom Foundation where he lobbied for pro-life and pro-family issues in the state legislature.
Jon holds an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security from Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, NJ. He served as a City Councilman for 6 years and twice elected Mayor Pro tem. Jon is an alumnus of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, where he traveled as an American delegate to the Philippines. He serves as a Specialist in the Virginia Defense Force, a branch of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs.
Jon began working with SFLA in 2011 as the Pacific Northwest Regional Coordinator. In 2012, he became the National Coordinator for Medical Students for Life.