Meet the Staff
On behalf of Family Research Council, it is a pleasure to introduce you to our development team. We are privileged to serve you as you relate to FRC.
Since 1983, families have counted on FRC to be their voice on Capitol Hill and across the country. These friends and supporters enable us to shape public policy and public opinion on important issues that affect the American family. While issues may vary with time, our core values of Faith, Family and Freedom remain constant. These values will continue to steer us through the years ahead.
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Through Charitable Gift Planning, some supporters have utilized Gift Techniques to provide income for them and their family while making gifts to FRC. Additional estate and Gift Planning Arrangements have helped friends accomplish stewardship objectives which make an impact during and beyond their lives.
Director of Charitable Gift Planning
Friends who have chosen to designate Family Research Council in a gift plan qualify for membership in the Arms of Moses Legacy Society. Even though circumstances may change, requiring you to use all of your resources during your life, we would enjoy the honor of recognizing the decision you have made.
If you would like to speak in more detail about Gift Planning or the Arms of Moses, please call 877-372-0804, and ask for Chris Curry.
Family Research Council
Charitable Gift Planning Department
801 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Office hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 am - 5 pm ET
Senior Director of Development
Jay Riemersma first joined Family Research Council in November 2007, but stepped down from his role in 2009. During his time away, Jay mounted a bid for the US Congress in Michigan's 2nd District. While his message promoting the traditional values on which our nation was founded resonated with voters, he narrowly lost the race. Congress' loss has certainly proved our gain. In October of 2010, Family Research Council was pleased to announce the return of Jay Riemersma to our team. Today, he serves as our Senior Director of Development, strategically leading our field staff in advancing the message of Faith, Family and Freedom throughout the country.
As an ambassador for FRC and because of his unique background and gifts, Jay is well equipped to communicate FRC's vision with key supporters. If Jay's "difficult to pronounce" last name sounds familiar, you may recognize him from his successful football career as a University of Michigan Alum and his nine years professionally with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Today, Jay, his wife Cara, and their three children know first-hand what it means to engage in the cultural battle. They do this through his work with FRC, activities in their community, engagement with various civic organizations and their church.
Director of Charitable Gift Planning Nationwide
Assistant to the President (AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, DC, DE, KS, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC)
In 2008, Chris joined Family Research Council and has served on our development team in a few roles. As the Assistant to the President, he has represented FRC while visiting with partners and speaking with groups around the country about the effective work of FRC on the front lines. Chris also works closely with departments across the ministry as well as local churches, activist organizations, candidates and other groups to help advance initiatives that encourage people to engage in policy conversations and elections from a biblical perspective.
With over 27 years of experience specializing in Charitable Gift Planning, Chris spearheads this aspect of our development work on a national level. He helps partners across the country achieve overall Christian stewardship goals, utilizing both simple and complex measures. Often, this involves underwriting FRC and other ministries with non-traditional gifts like appreciated assets, estate provisions, and life-income arrangements.
Prior to joining FRC, Chris served with The Salvation Army and the American Bible Society. In addition to earning his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Colorado Tech, he has completed the National Planned Giving Institute at the College of William and Mary and numerous other continuing education programs, keeping him current in the charitable gift planning field.
Chris and his wife Dawne, have four daughters and one son-in-law. Together, they are actively engaged in their community and church. They serve in roles with the local schools, small group bible study leadership, the worship team and as the chairman of their church overseer's board.
Assistant to the President
(AR, CO, IA, MT, ND, NE, OK, SD, TX, WY)
In July of 1998, Bill Held joined Family Research Council as an Assistant to the President, articulating how FRC is working to restore the principles of faith, family, and freedom in America to key supporters throughout the central United States.
Communicating FRC's message through individual meetings, receptions, and group events, Mr. Held encourages supporters to invest their time and resources in defense of the traditional family and the Biblical principles upon which this country was founded.
Mr. Held meets with community leaders and philanthropists who may not be familiar with FRC but are committed to conservative values. Using FRC's resource materials, he urges citizens to become better educated and equipped to promote pro-family values in their own communities and around the country.
Mr. Held graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Science degree in the disciplines of business management and marketing. Before joining FRC, he served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Family Policy Council, a non-profit research and education organization that works closely with FRC and Focus on the Family on pro-family issues at the state level. Prior to that, Mr. Held spent 15 years in the commercial real estate industry.
Mr. Held and his wife have three adult daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren.
Assistant to the President
(CT, IN, KY, MA, ME, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI, WV & western part of FL)
Brandon joined FRC in the spring of 2013. Having been a long term supporter of Family Research Council, he has been engaged in our issues for many years. Today, he represents FRC throughout a significant region of the country promoting the values that have been true to his core. He offers a unique perspective to supporters of FRC because of how he became familiar with our work as many partners do, but now sees the inner workings of the organization on a daily basis.
Before coming on staff with FRC, Brandon worked in the private sector as the seasoned owner of a successful painting company working in commercial, residential, and specialty finish areas. He is a graduate of Houghton College with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Educational Ministry. In addition to playing Basketball at Houghton, Brandon also travelled to the Philippines, Central Asia, and Russia, playing basketball with Athletes in Action (AIA). While serving with AIA Brandon also participated in numerous evangelistic outreaches throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and New York, where they successfully were able to reach into high schools assemblies.
Brandon and his wife, Beth, actively serve in their local church in multiple functions. Among the many things he has enjoyed doing, traveling throughout the world on missions trips has been of great significance.
Assistant to the President
(AL, FL,GA, IL, SC and strategic relationships across nationwide)
Debbie joined FRC in the summer of 2017. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a nursing major and health administration minor. Debbie worked in various RN positions, health administration and pharmaceutical sales. She has utilized her nursing skills during a medical mission effort to the Dominican Republic and later, her knowledge of the trade led her to be a vocal opponent of Obamacare in Colorado (CO). She has worked in the CO state legislation and has represented many faith-based, constitutional conservative initiatives and campaigns throughout the state of CO.
Debbie served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves in the nursing corps and attained the rank of Captain before resigning to give birth to their first child. She has been married 36 years to Tim, a former F-B111 Air Force pilot, now a captain on international routes with American Airlines.
They have two grown children, a son, Taylor, a former Army Infantry Officer, now a Hotshot Wildland Firefighter and daughter, Shelby recent graduate of CSU. Debbie's life experiences in health care, the Air Force, political activism and parenting combine to equip her for service on the FRC family team.
Director of Foundations
In February 2004, Gil Mertz joined Family Research Council as an Assistant to the President, articulating how FRC is working to restore the principles of faith, family and freedom in America to key supporters throughout the Western portion of the United States. He currently serves as the Director of Foundations to seek donations from charitable foundations and corporations while also serving as the Master of Ceremonies for all FRC events.
Gil has been involved with full-time Christian service for nearly 40 years. He draws from a vast background of ministry with international missions, humanitarian causes and serving the homeless. He is a former pastor and the author of two books, Learn to 4 Give and Restoring Relationships and has been a featured speaker on Focus on the Family's radio broadcast.
Gil and his wife Patricia have three children and three grandchildren.
Worth Loving joined FRC in September of 2016 as a development associate. In this role, Worth oversees many aspects of FRC's direct mail program and writes for the development department. Previously, Worth served as an intern for FRC in the summers of 2014 and 2015, the first with FRC Action and the second with the Marriage and Religion Research Institute. Prior to coming to FRC, Worth worked as a development assistant at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He also served as a fellow at the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia and as an intern at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.
A native of Greenville, North Carolina and a graduate of Pensacola Christian College, Worth currently resides on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. where he enjoys photography, meteorology, reading, and writing in his free time. He also serves as the music leader at GraceWay Baptist Church.
Administrative Assistant for Development
Madison Mealor serves as Development Operations Coordinator at Family Research Council.
She is currently pursuing Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration: Communications and Marketing: Sales Management and Professional Selling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. She previously worked as an intern for FRC in the events department. Before joining FRC, Madison worked in the Development Department at Liberty University.
Madison is a Georgia peach who currently resides in Washington D.C. She is an avid college football fan and coffee drinker. She enjoys reading, hiking, adventuring, eating at hole in the wall restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.