The governing body of Teachers Saving Children® is a Board of Trustees with voting members of no more than 15 members and no less than 7 members, plus the Executive Director, who is a non-voting member. The Board of Trustees meets at least twice a year, often three times, to plan activities and strategies in accomplishing the purpose of the organization. All members of the Board of Trustees as well as the Executive Director are volunteers who have careers of their own. According to the Teachers Saving Children® Constitution and Bylaws, the Executive Director and the Trustees receive NO compensation for their services as such but may, by resolution of the Board of Trustees, be allowed reimbursement for their expenses actually and reasonably incurred on behalf of the Corporation.
Below is some personal information about each of the Board of Trustees members and the Executive Director. It is hoped by sharing this information that pro-life educators will better understand how Teachers Saving Children® is governed by volunteers, thus being able to better support the leadership through prayer and other means of involvement.
The Executive Director of Teachers Saving Children® is Miss Connie Bancroft. A graduate of Malone University with a degree in music education, she has done graduate work at both Walsh College and Kent State University earning master degrees in special education and reading specialization. For 26 years she taught students with learning disabilities in the West Branch Local School District (Mahoning County, OH). During the last 2 years of her teaching career she served as the Transition Coordinator working with students ages 14-22 who have an IEP. She assisted these students in transitioning from school to work and/or school to college. Connie also served for thirteen years as the Secretary of the West Branch Local Professional Development Committee.
Having been a member of the National Education Association and the Ohio Education Association(OEA) since 1984, Connie has been very active at both the local, regional, and state levels. She currently serves as chair of the Local Constitution & Bylaws Committee and as chair of the regional Credentials Committee. In addition, she served seven years on the OEA Convention Planning Committee, serving as the chair for one year, and four years on the OEA Professional Efficacy Core Function Committee, serving as co-vice-chair for three years. She has also served as a delegate to the Northeast Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly, the Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly, and the National Education Association Representative Assembly.
Connie is involved in church, family, and community activities. She is a member of the Alliance First Friends Church where she is the pianist for 1st service; an Adult Bible Class teacher; Financial Secretary; the March for Life coordinator; and is involved in Conciliation Ministry. Being single, her family activities include spending time with her nephews, Charlie, Daniel, & CJ. Community involvement is in a variety of areas on an as needed basis. She was named co-recipient of the Center for Life and Hope's "Life Educator Award" in 2005.
Ruth Boyatt Ruth was a physical education teacher for 32 years and retired in May 2013. She has been married to her husband, Joe, since 1982. Joe is a police officer. Joe and Ruth have two young adult girls and one granddaughter, Aspen, who was born blind, but has been healed and currently has 20/400 vision.
Ruth was a vocal voice for LIFE for 12 years as a representative to the National Education Association. During her last year as a NEA delegate, she served as the vice-chairman of the Conservative Educators Caucus.
Ruth and her husband are passionate about sharing Christ with people. Lord willing, she plans during her retirement to be involved in Bible Clubs after school programs in the public schools.
Ruth first started serving on the Teachers Saving Children® Inc. of Ohio Board of Trustees in 2011 and began serving on the National Board of Trustees in September 2013.
Judy Bruns has been a member of the National Board of Trustees since September 2006. She also served on the Ohio Affiliate Chapter Board of Trustees from 2002 - 2013. Judy taught middle school language arts in Coldwater, Ohiountil 2011 when she retired. During her teaching career, Judy became very politically active within her local association. She was elected as a state delegate for 12 consecutive years and as a national delegate for 11 consecutive years. She attended and participated in the NEA and state affiliate legislative, budget, and resolutions hearings on a regular basis. In August 2008, Judy applied for, and later received, a religious accommodation from the NEA and OEA, based on conflicts between union membership and her Christian faith.
Judy has been involved in the pro-life movement since the 1970s. She has served as president of Mercer County Right to Life in Ohio. She has participated in the March for Life in Washington, DC for 25+ years; on her days off from school, she has done sidewalk counseling outside an Ohio abortion mill. She was named co-recipient of the Center for Life and Hope's "Life Educator Award" in 2005.
Judy is married to Paul. They have three children and five wonderful grandchildren. In her spare time Judy has gone on short-term mission trips, has written two children's books, and is currently completing a book called "Prompts That Make Kids Beg to Write!" for language arts teachers. In her retirement, Judy gives book talks in schools and devotes more time to Bible study, to writing, and to the pro-life movement.
Frank Ebiner is a graduate of Humboldt State University (California) with a degree in wildlife management and biology. He is currently a high school Biology and Anatomy/Physiology teacher in California. He has taught overseas (in the Peace Corps), in private schools and, for the past 30 years, in the California public school system. Over these 30+ years in education, Frank has facilitated student discussion on ethical and moral issues in science and math courses.
Having been a member of the National Education Association (NEA) and the California Teachers Association (CTA) since 1986, Frank serves as a school site representative at the local level and as an alternate delegate for the CTA.
Frank has been a member of Teachers Saving Children since 2004. He also is a member of California Pro-Life and National Right to Life. He is a strong advocate in respecting the dignityof human life from conception to natural death.
One of 15 children, Frank has a developmentally disabled younger sister who has strengthened his resolve to work on behalf of the vulnerable. With so many siblings and nieces and nephews, Frank is busily involved with a multitude of family activities and celebrations.
Over the years, Frank has been actively involved in church activities including leading their local church-sponsored Boy Scout troop through 2013, Vice-Chair for their Pastoral Council, Confirmation teacher, Eucharistic Minister, Respect Life Coordinator, and Co-Leader for the ministry to the sick at the local convalescent homes.
Frank and his wife Noreen are the parents of one adult son who is presently in college.
Frank began serving on the Board of Trustees in August 2015.
John Gordon grew up in Glenolden, PA, and attended West Chester University and Temple University. He has spent most of his career serving as an Elementary and Learning Support teacher in the Middletown Area School District.
In addition to teaching, John serves as a Deacon at his church, is a member of the Gideons International, has been a long-time supporter of Alpha Pregnancy Services in Philadelphia, and more recently of Morningstar Pregnancy Services in the Harrisburg area.
John and his wife, Natalie, are the parents of two adult sons.
Charles Hlavaty Jr. was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois and is the oldest of six children. Chuck attended Lindblom Technical High School, Chicago Southwest College, then graduated from Chicago State University with his Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science in Occupational Education.
After graduation Chuck finished the school year teaching at Chicago's Greenwood Jr. High School. Over that summer he was hired at Community High School District 99, Downers Grove North and taught Industrial & Technology Education along with Mathematics for the rest of his thirty-four year career. Chuck has been a substitute teacher at DGN since he has retired. During his teaching career he was a member of the IEA and NEA while serving as an officer in his local Downers Grove Educational Association. Now Chuck is involved in the IEA-Retired Association as a lifetime member. Chuck is also a life time member of the IRTA (Illinois Retired Teachers Association). Chuck is serving as the local DuPage Unit president of the IRTA.
While a member of the IEA, Chuck started attending the NEA-RA's in 1995. That is when he first connected with Teachers Saving Children® and has been a member ever since. It was then that he also started to speak up for the sanctity of life and the unborn child. "Save those who are being led to their death; rescue those who are about to be killed." Proverbs 24:11.
Chuck and his wife, Diane, are also involved in supporting Care Net Pregnancy Services of DuPage. Care Net Pregnancy Services of DuPage is a multi-faceted ministry with counselors, a medical team, and educators serving thousands of men and women annually. Care Net is still committed to serving Christ by working to love women and save the lives of their babies and serving our community.
Chuck and Diane have been members of the Christian Church since the seventies and have served the church and our Lord in many different ways. Chuck has served in leadership roles as deacon and elder along with many teaching opportunities in youth and adult Sunday School over the years. It was his greatest joy to serve in AWANA, VBS, and camp LRCA. Now he enjoys teaching Bible studies and leading a Monday Night Men's study. Chuck and Diane have two wonderful married adult daughters Kim and Joy and one granddaughter, Ella, who live in the Cincinnati area.
It is Chuck's desire in life to serve his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with his whole hear,t mind, and soul as he completes his time on God's created earth. Jesus is the One who loves us, made us free from our sins with the blood of His death. He made us to be a kingdom of priests who serve God his Father. To Jesus Christ be glory and power forever and ever! Amen! Revelation 1:5-6
Charles began serving on the Board of Trustees in July 2016.
Greg Roth grew up in Canton, Ohio and attended public school in Plain Township schools. He is married to Connie Roth and they have two adult sons. They have two grandchildren.
Greg received his undergraduate degree in history and psychology at Malone University. He did graduate work in social & intellectual history at Bowling Green State University. He received a Master of Arts in Secondary Education at The University of Akron. He taught at Cuyahoga Falls High School (Ohio) for nearly all of his thirty-one years in public education. During that time he held numerous positions in the Cuyahoga Falls Education Association and was elected to two terms as president and vice-president. Over the years, Greg taught Latin American history, American history, general psychology, sociology, world history, A.P. American history, and principles of democracy (American government). Greg was the Cuyahoga Falls High School student council advisor and leadership teacher for twenty of those years before retiring teacher emeritus in 2007. During his tenure, he received numerous teaching awards and was awarded the Sister Janice Ernest Student Council Advisor of the Year in 2002 from the Ohio Association of Student Councils.
Greg has served in numerous lay positions at Canton First Friends Church for over forty years. He has been teaching for twenty-two years an Adult Bible Fellowship (Sunday school) class called “Growing Disciples.” He firmly believes that Christians must stand up for those who cannot do for themselves. This would include individuals from conception to natural death. Jesus has commanded that we care for the least of His. The unborn and elderly are among those He commands to our care. Matthew 25:45 – “. . . Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (NIV-2011)
Greg first started serving on the Teachers Saving Children® Inc. of Ohio Board of Trustees in 2011 and began serving on the National Board of Trustees in September 2013.
Enjoying the promise of Psalm 37:25, John Saxe, Assistant Executive Director, has been blessed with the ministry of being an educator for over two decades. Over the years, he has taught a variety of grade levels - and has been both a regular classroom teacher, as well as a gifted intervention specialist. Currently, John is teaching fourth graders in the Newark City Schools (Licking County, Ohio) and has served his local association as both vice-president and executive board member, as well as a delegate to the OEA and NEA Representative Assemblies. Attending Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota - John received a B.S. degree, majoring in Education and Bible. His graduate work has been at Ashland University and at Muskingum University (both in Ohio).
John has been involved in a variety of ministries through the years. These have included: director of music/worship, adult Sunday School teacher, home Bible study leader, short-term missionary to Kenya, and speaker at camp meetings/Bible conferences. His denominational "heartbeat" is found in the Christian and Missionary Alliance (John's birthday on December 15 falls on the birthday of A.B. Simpson - founder of the C&MA), yet he has ministered in many groups including: the United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Wesleyan, Interdenominational, and Mennonite circles. Above all else - he desires to look ONLY to Jesus, The Author and Finisher of our faith!
Gary Winney was a member of the Ohio Affiliate Chapter Board of Trustees since its inception through 2011 and has been a member of the National Board of Trustees since its inception. In the past, Gary chaired the Ohio Life Issues Caucus, through which delegates have worked to bring an end to the OEA's position on abortion. While teaching, he was active in the Wickliffe Teachers Association and also a member of the Association of American Educators, a professional education organization that provides much of the professional enrichment that educators have been looking for these past years. Gary retired from full-time teaching in 1999.
Gary is married to Colleen. He has been involved in what is now known as the American Policy Roundtable. He and his wife presently minister at Parkside Church, in Bainbridge. Their immediate family lives nearby while the rest is generally scattered around the country.