Our Leadership

Jor-El Godsey | President

Jor-El Godsey serves as President of Heartbeat International. He leads a staff dedicated to equipping, empowering, and encouraging the thousands of leaders and developing leaders of Heartbeat’s affiliated pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and adoption services, in the U.S. and on every inhabited continent. He oversees Heartbeat’s core mission to be the leadership supply line for the growing pregnancy help movement worldwide by providing accurate information, training resources, leadership development conferences, programs, and daily support to help affiliates start, grow, and expand their services to women and couples at risk for abortion.

Jor-El comes to Heartbeat having served in the pregnancy help movement since 1988. He first served as a volunteer at Hope, the pregnancy help centers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Then he joined their board, served as Chair, then as Executive Administrator. In 1999, Jor-El became Executive Director of Life Choices in Longmont, Colorado. Six years later, in 2006, Jor-El accepted the call to help Heartbeat International meet the diverse and expanding leadership needs of the pregnancy help movement as Vice President.

Jor-El met his wife, Karen, at a volunteer training meeting for the Hope Center in Ft. Lauderdale. They currently make their home in Columbus, Ohio, with their three children.

Cindi Boston | Vice President of Mission Advancement

A long-time leader in the pregnancy help community at the local, state, and national levels, Cindi Boston was named Heartbeat International’s Vice President in January 2016.
Cindi previously served on Heartbeat International’s Board of Directors from 2013-15, and was recognized as a 2011 Heartbeat International Servant-Leader honoree. She chaired the board for Missouri’s Alliance for Life that played a role in passing a state resolution honoring the work of pregnancy help organizations, as well as directing funds for specific services covered under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

Cindi is based in Columbus, Ohio, home of Heartbeat International’s world headquarters.

Betty McDowell | Vice President of Ministry Services

Betty serves in the development, planning, and orchestration of the Ministry Services Department of Heartbeat International as well as provides resources, consultation services, support, and encouragement for the 2,500-plus Heartbeat affiliates. Betty began her work in the pregnancy help movement in 1984 and has filled a variety of roles from client-counselor to Board member to national trainer. A Licensed Social Worker and published author, she speaks nationally on leadership development, mentoring, lay counseling, Sanctity of Human Life, and current cultural trends.

Betty is married to Craig and they have two grown sons, Kyle (married to Katie) and Tyler and an adorable granddaughter.

Our Board

Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D. | Board Chairman

Margaret H. (Peggy) Hartshorn, Ph.D., currently Chairman of the Board of Heartbeat International, has served on the Board for 30 years, as Chairman previously from 1990-2004. She also served as Heartbeat’s President for 23 years (1993-2015).
Peggy threw herself into the cause of life soon after the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, on January 22, 1973, which declared abortion restrictions unconstitutional. In 1974, she and her husband began opening their home to young mothers. They founded Pregnancy Decision Health Centers (PDHC) in Columbus, Ohio, in 1981.
Today, Peggy travels and speaks extensively, sharing her hands-on experience with pregnancy help ministries as they develop programs on abortion, abortion recovery, sexual integrity, adoption, and alternatives to abortion. She leads Heartbeat’s commitment to organizational and leadership development for pregnancy help worldwide.
Peggy has been married to Michael Hartshorn for 47 years. They have two adopted children and five grandchildren.

Keith Armato

Keith Armato is President of the Union Street Tin Co. based in Chicago, IL. Keith and Mary have visited Italy over 50 times introducing family, friends and business associates to the culture and especially the religious heritage of Italy. Keith is a Knight of Malta and a Knight of St. George. He has served two terms on the national Board of Governors of Legatus, the National Fund for Catholic Religious Vocations, and the Saint Pio Foundation.

Alejandro Bermúdez

Alejandro Bermúdez is the Director of the largest Catholic news Agency in Spanish ACI-PRENSA, the Executive Director of the English Catholic News Agency as well as the Portuguese ACI Digital, and the Italian ACI Stampa. 

He is the host of the weekly show “Cara a Cara” on EWTN en Español and is the News Director of EWTN in Spanish. He has been a guest commentator on religious issues for the New York Times.

He is the translator of Pope Francis’ book “On Heaven and Earth” (Random House) and the author of the book “Pope Francis Our Brother, Our Friend” (Ignatius Press;) as well as Executive Producer of the Documentary “Francis the Pope of the New World.”

Shiney Daniel

Shiney Daniel is the CEO, Administrator, and Attorney for Agape Home Healthcare, which she started in 1994. She has been an entrepreneur since a very young age and has started and owned a number of companies and organizations. She has served on various boards and has held a variety of leadership positions.  

Shiney has been happily married to Pastor Shaji K Daniel, a businessman, pastor, and international conference speaker since 1993. Together, they have founded a Agape Bible School and Agape English School in Kerala, India.  They have established churches in India, the Middle East, and Texas.

Christine Dattilo

Christine Dattilo is a nonprofit technology strategist helping organizations connect and build relationships with an online generation. Chris has worked with churches, mission organizations, community groups, pregnancy help centers, and Heartbeat International as a strategic consultant and web strategist. Chris and her husband, Joe, live in South Carolina.

Doug Grane

In addition to his 20-year commitment to promoting a culture of life, Doug is an entrepreneur who recently co-founded a private equity and angel investing firm. Previous senior leadership positions include: pro-life non-profit, public relations/public affairs, transportation and commercial real estate. Doug and his wife Mary, married 18 years, live in suburban Chicago with their daughter and three sons.

Chris Humphrey, Ph.D.

Chris Humphrey, Ph.D., is a long-time pastor, writer, educator and pro-life leader whose most recent work in the life-affirming field is as co-founder and executive director of Vision for Life. Based in Pittsburgh, Vision for Life partners with national pro-life groups in efforts to connect women in unexpected pregnancies with local help.

Ann Laird

Ann Laird

Ann Laird is a wife and mother of three married children who lives in Houston, Texas. Her favorite pastime is loving on her eight grandchildren.  She has served her church and the Houston community in numerous Christian ministries.  Her first pregnancy help center experience was at Anderson House in Carrizo Springs, Texas.  It was not a coincidence that just a few weeks later she and her husband, Marc, became avid, passionate supporters of Heartbeat International.

Derek A. McCoy

For several years, Derek McCoy has lead bi-partisan initiatives that have promoted justice and righteousness in our culture. He served as Senior Vice President of The High Impact Leadership Coalition and serves as Associate Pastor of Hope Christian Church. He has been instrumental in conducting Educational Summits with pastors, community leaders, and citizens on issues affecting culture.

John Murphy

John Murphy is an accomplished Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and technology innovator. His project management and marketing resulted in his being appointed President and CEO of one of the largest personal computer peripherals manufacturers in the world. Following this he became CEO of a sophisticated real-time imagery software company working with the Department of Defense and U.S. systems integrators to deliver high end reconnaissance solutions.

Zeke Swift

Zeke Swift brings 23 years of global marketing, issue management and organization design experience at Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer product company. Prior to P&G, Zeke had six years of commissioned service in the US Army. Zeke co-founded the Southern Africa HIV-AIDS Collaboration (SAHAC) and consults with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of strategy, organization development and issue management.

Gary Thome

Gary Thome brings his expertise managing multi-billion dollar businesses to Heartbeat International, to help create a culture of life in our society. He is passionate about spreading the gospel of life to all. When not serving Heartbeat, Gary serves as vice president of strategy for a large multi-national technology company. He is also very active in several ministries at his local church.

John Wootton

A graduate of Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, John Wootton is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He has served since 2008 as an executive officer of the Ohio Ministry Network in the position of Network Superintendent, and previously as Network Secretary. John served as the district men’s ministries director, as well as the assistant to District Superintendent Robert Crabtree. He and his wife, Brigette have four children.

Sherry Wright

In 2008, Sherry Wright helped start The Open Door Pregnancy and Family Resource Center in Cisco, Texas. In 2011, The Open Door expanded into Breckenridge, Texas with another medical pregnancy resource center. Sherry has been the president of the board since 2008.