Board of Directors

Rob Flanigan

Rob Flanigan

Chairman

Rob Flanegin has been a part of the Life Network board for the past 12 years. He currently works for Compassion International and before that was a member of the executive team at Focus on the Family. Prior to that, Rob served as Chief Information Officer for Talus Solutions Incorporated. He’s also served as a consultant & project manager of several large scale implementation projects with global airline, hotel, car rental and cruise lines worldwide. Rob has been married to Tresa for 29 years and together they have five grown children: Anastasia (27), Lada (24), Kyle (23) and Katerina (18). Rob and Tresa attend Woodmen Valley Chapel. Rob currently chairs the Life Network board of directors.

Linda Gould

Linda Gould

Linda Gould is an attorney in Colorado Springs. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Furman University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida. Her law practice includes Business Planning, Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, and Patent and Trademark Prosecution. She is trained by Peacemaker Ministries to provide counsel and mediation in conflict situations that arise in the church body. Linda and her husband Bob are members of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs, where they serve on the marriage mentoring team. Linda has served on the Life Network board since 2016.

Debbi Rayburn

Debbi Rayburn

Debbi is proud to admit she was born in Houston, Texas. She grew up in a military family and after moving from coast to coast, her family settled in Colorado Springs where she attended Mitchell High School (colors are blue and orange). She graduated from Wheaton College (colors are blue and orange) with a degree in Physical Education. That same year she married Bentley Rayburn in the Air Force Academy chapel. Bentley was a commander numerous times in the three decades to follow, and Debbi enjoyed her role as a commander’s wife where she says she “was definitely stretched and out of my comfort zone but God always provided the strength and guidance I needed.” Debbi and Bentley returned to Colorado Springs after Bentley retired in 2006. She does like the Broncos (colors are blue and orange), and loves living in Colorado Springs near her parents. She and Bentley have 4 married children and 5 grandchildren.

Cindy Schaefer

Cindy Schaefer

Cindy was born and raised in Colorado Springs, and after 35 years of living outside of the Rockies, returned to the Springs three years ago with her husband of 38 years, Jim. Cindy received her B.A. from University of Denver and a Master of Education degree from Regent University. During her career, she’s served a wide array of non-profit and corporate organizations from Colson Center for Christian Worldview and Prison Fellowship Ministries to AT&T and Procter & Gamble. She has also served as a high school teacher in both Washington and Virginia, and presently serves as a substitute teacher locally. Cindy and Jim have two children and five grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, hiking, and camping. Cindy is a former board member for a Utah pregnancy center and has served on Life Network’s board since 2016.

Thomas G. Sistare, CPA

Thomas G. Sistare, CPA

Treasurer

Tom Sistare is a certified public accountant and has served as treasurer on the board of directors for Life Network since November 2002. As treasurer he is responsible for overseeing the overall financial operations of the ministry, including the budgeting and audit functions. Tom has worked in public accounting in Colorado Springs for nearly two decades and specializes in local government, non-profit, and federal grant compliance auditing as an Audit Shareholder for Hoelting & Company Certified Public Accountants. Tom is a member of Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Tom received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut, where he met his wife, Cheryl. They have two teenagers, Jacob and Nathan.

Derek Hanson

Derek Hanson

Derek Hanson has served at Focus on the Family for over 20 years in various capacities, including marketing, program development, strategic planning, and business intelligence. Derek’s greatest joy is to see God’s hope coming to a broken world, and his life purpose is to serve Christ in that work.

In addition to his work at Focus, Derek serves as the Strategy Fellow at the Tandon Institute, a consulting team that brings strategic coaching and advice to Christian non-profits around the globe.

Derek lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with a wife he doesn’t deserve and three future world-changers, ages 16, 13, and 11. He is particularly awestruck that an all-powerful God pursued him with such vigor, and is downright giddy that he gets to somehow be a part of God’s work to redeem the world. Derek joined the Life Network board in November 2017.

Pastor Jayde Duncan

Pastor Jayde Duncan

Vice Chairman

Jayde’s foremost desire is to see people truly encounter the Father heart of God and thrive in the fullness of life and victory as sons and daughters. His commitment to the issues and cause of life stem from his multi-generational vision to see wholeness come to every level of society. He is the Senior Pastor of Antioch Church in Colorado Springs where he has served the past thirteen years along with his wife Christy and their four children.

Maura Nordberg

Maura Nordberg

Secretary

Maura Nordberg, a native of Colorado, loves living in Colorado Springs, CO with her husband, two daughters, and family dog. The family is expecting their third baby in October, and are looking forward to their baby boys arrival. Professionally, Maura worked as a School Psychologist for six years, providing universal mental health for students preschool through fifth grade in Falcon School District 49. Currently, Maura enjoys staying home with her children, supporting her husband who serves as a State Representative in Colorado House District 14, and enjoying a variety of activities outdoors in beautiful Colorado.

Brad Rhodes

Brad Rhodes

Brad joined the Board of Directors in May 2016. He is married to his lovely wife Tina of 24 years. Brad and Tina own and operate RhoDESCO Print, Mail, Design in beautiful Colorado Springs, CO. They have four wonderful children. Brad and his wife became supporters of Life Network in 2002, shortly after Brad gave his life to Christ. Brad’s wife Tina had a teen pregnancy and experienced the love of Christ in validating her decision for life. They both wanted to get involved with a ministry centered on the sanctity of life – and Life Network is that ministry! “We are both grateful for the opportunity to serve with such a terrific God-centered ministry.”

Barbara Seeds

Barbara Seeds

Barbara joined Life Network’s Board of Directors in 2011. She has been married to her husband, Bob, for 47 years; they have a son and a daughter and six grandchildren. A native of California, Barbara & Bob moved to Colorado in 1994. After post-graduate studies, Barbara was in private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, retiring in 2013. She enjoys gardening, reading and spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren and family.

Erin Smalley

Erin Smalley

Erin Smalley earned a bachelor degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 8 years prior to returning to school for a Master’s degree in clinical psychology at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. Erin enjoys speaking at women’s conferences, encouraging women to live in Christ’s freedom. She also speaks with her husband, Dr. Greg Smalley, leading marriage intensives and marriage enrichment seminars.

Erin has published numerous articles for magazines and is also a regular guest on the Focus on the Family daily radio broadcast. She is the co-author of several books which include Grown Up Girlfriends, The Wholehearted Wife, Crazy Little Thing Called Marriage, and her latest book 10 Things A Husband Needs From His Wife. She works alongside Greg at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, Colo. Erin’s hobbies include exercising, reading, hanging out with her family, and bargain shopping. She’s been blessed as a biological and adoptive mom of four great children—Taylor (22), Murphy (19), Garrison (15), and Annie (9). She has served on Life Network’s board since 2013.

Kevin Weary

Kevin Weary

Kevin Weary has been happily married to his wife Jennafer since 1994. They have been blessed to have two sets of twins. Their oldest children, a daughter and son, were born in 1999 and their younger twin sons were born in 2004. The joy they find in prioritizing family is second only to their desire to follow the Lord.

Dr. Weary has been a practicing ObGyn physician in Colorado Springs since 1996. He considers it a privilege and an honor to have delivered over 5,000 babies to mothers in Southern Colorado. Dr. Weary has enjoyed serving as an ObGyn doctor in our community and plans to continue for many years to come.

Dr. Weary’s involvement in Life Network began with the start of his ObGyn practice in Colorado Springs over two decades ago. Through his practice, Academy Women’s Healthcare, Dr. Weary partnered with Life Network to provide free ultrasounds and life-affirming pregnancy consultation visits to women with unexpected and unplanned pregnancies many years before Life Network was able to purchase an ultrasound machine and provide ultrasound services for these mothers to be.

Kevin and Jennafer have been united and committed in their support of Life Network since 1996. Kevin began serving on the Board in 2017.

Rich Bennett

Rich Bennett

President/CEO, non-voting board member

After serving on Life Network’s Board of Directors for five years, Rich became its President in January 2017. He comes to Life Network with more than two decades of leadership experience in the corporate and non-profit sector, most recently as a member of the executive team at Focus on the Family where he led Family Ministries, Marketing and its Strategy areas during his 12 years tenure. Prior to that, he served in leadership roles at Sprint Corp. and Honeywell. Rich is passionate about championing the value of life, and helping parents “do family” well and live out an active Christian faith.

His greatest commitment to family is his own; he and his wife, Stephanie, have been married 23 years and are the parents of two great teenagers. In his free time, he’s active in his church’s ministry, loves to ski and hike, and follows college basketball (go KU!) and major league baseball.