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.”

Ron Blake

Ronald Blake is the retired President and CEO of Rewards Network. Over his professional career, he has worked with several private equity firms, following a long career in telecommunications industry.

Ron has also served as the Chairman of the Foundation for Higher Education, was Vice President and Treasurer of Alverno College (a Catholic women's college) and a trustee of the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Ron has been married to Merilee Blake for 38 years. They have two children and two grandchildren. They reside in Galena, Illinois.

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.

Joe Dattilo

Joe Dattilo retired in 2017 after a 40-year career in the financial services industry, beginning with Chemical Bank in 1975 and Manufacturers Hanover in 1981.  Joining Fidelity Investments in 1987, Joe spent his entire Fidelity career in institutional sales, both as an individual contributor and manager of sales organizations.  His primary focus was on America’s largest 401k and pension plan sponsors, delivering Fidelity’s investment and plan administrative capabilities.   

Joe has served on the boards of Lexington Christian Academy and is presently on the board of The First Tee LowCountry, a youth development organization focused on teaching life skills and healthy habits through golf.  He lives in Bluffton SC with his wife of 31 years and retired Heartbeat board member, Chris Dattilo.  They have a son Matthew, living in Charlotte, NC.

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan

Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan is the President of the Charlotte Lozier Institute. He served as Legislative Director of the National Right to Life Committee, worked as a writer for President Reagan, helped to lead the Family Research Council for nearly two decades and has been Senior Research Fellow in Religion and Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation.  Chuck has played key roles in the development of public policy regarding public financing of abortion, compassionate alternatives to abortion, the child tax credit, marriage penalty relief, and rights of conscience.

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Donovan grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at the University of Notre Dame.

Chuck and his wife Meg reside in Ohio. They have two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren.

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.

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.