Douglas Napier

Board Chair

The Cavan Companies

Douglas H. Napier, Esq., serves as President of The Cavan Companies, a Scottsdale, Arizona based real estate development company.

Prior to joining the Cavan Companies, Napier spent 16 years as a trial attorney in private practice and then served for 11 years in various leadership positions at Alliance Defending Freedom, the world’s largest Christian legal organization.

Napier earned his J.D. in 1990 from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he graduated with distinction. He received a B.A. in finance at the University of Iowa in 1985 and graduated with a M.A. in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1988.

He is admitted to the bar before the U. S. Supreme Court, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Iowa Supreme Court. He is also a fellow of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Chris Brooks is a Pastor, Radio Host, Dean and Community Developer! Since 2004 he has served as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. Chris is also a Dean at Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. He is a popular national radio host of Equipped with Chris Brooks, which is heard on over 200 stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Asbury Theological Seminary where he is studying the Integration of Economics and Theology. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah and Sophia.

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Shannon Cagnina

Board Member

Phillips Enterprises

Shannon Cagnina serves as Chief Operating Officer of Phillips Enterprises, a family business and philanthropic platform with offices in Dallas, Texas, and Greensboro, North Carolina.  Phillips Enterprises oversees the business and philanthropy practices of the Phillips family, including operating businesses with real estate holdings across the Southeastern United States, innovative social ventures, and a broad family philanthropy practice.  The enterprise platform is focused on impact as a means to live out the Phillips family’s values while encouraging internal and external stakeholders to follow.

For ten years Ms. Cagnina served as the Chief Operating Officer of Mary Crowley Cancer Research, an independent 501(c)3 conducting clinical trial testing of novel molecular therapies for cancer patients.  Her work advanced the mission to expand treatment options for cancer patients, harnessing leading genomic science to benefit patients in need.  She has also volunteered with multiple values-aligned nonprofits in board leadership roles, including Council for Life, Human Coalition, and Amazing Grace Life.

Ms. Cagnina’s past experience includes Deputy General Counsel to the Secretary of Finance and Administrative Law Judge for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, she served an appointment to a municipal finance committee managing capital and operating budgets. She earned a B.A. in Economics at Wellesley College, a J.D. from Boston University, and began her career at an economic consulting firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which provided business strategy to an array of Fortune 100 business clients.

Emily Colson

Board Member


The only daughter of Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, she is an author and a speaker, traveling to churches and organizations nationwide. She has appeared on numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family and the Huckabee Show.

In her book Dancing with Max, Emily and her father, Chuck Colson, shared the struggle and beauty of life with Max, Emily’s son with autism. The book was awarded “Book of the Year” by the Autism Society. Through her message, Emily has inspired many to persevere through their own challenges, and see the gifts.

Emily has been a single mother for most of Max’s life, with hard fought lessons in life, love and a whole lot of laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.

Peter Mahon


Mr. Mahon is a private investor and former partner with a fundamental value hedge fund founded in the 1980s.  He and his wife have two children and six grandchildren.

He is a member of the 2004 Colson Fellows class, has served on the board of directors of Prison Fellowship, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and other marketplace ministries. He volunteers in prison and mentors prisoners re-entering community in Minneapolis.

Mr. Mahon began his career with an international accounting firm in Atlanta, and served as Chief Financial Officer and Director of insurance and reinsurance companies in the U.S. and U.K.

Jennifer Marshall

Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity

The Heritage Foundation

As a former vice president of The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer A. Marshall ran the think tank’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity. In that capacity, she oversaw research into a variety of issues that determine the strength and character of American society. Issues explored by Institute researchers range from marriage, life, and religious liberty to health, education, and welfare to the application of America’s founding principles to today’s challenges.

Marshall collaborated with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. She also edited Heritage’s annual Index of Culture and Opportunity, which tracks key social and economic trends to determine whether important indicators of opportunity in America are on the right track.

In 2010, National Journal named Marshall one of Washington’s 20 “power players” in recognition of her work on school choice and other education reforms.

Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France.

She has spoken at national and international forums, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” and PBS’ “To the Contrary.”

She is the author of “Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century” (Multnomah Publishers, 2007). The book evaluates the cultural, practical and spiritual issues that marriage-minded young women confront as the age of first marriage continues to rise in America.

Marshall holds a master of arts in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary, a master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher’s certification. She currently resides in Arlington, Va.

Eric Pillmore

Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

Eric served as the Senior Advisor to the Deloitte Center for Corporate Governance from 2008 to 2014 and now serves as a general partner and board member of several companies and non-profits.

Prior to Deloitte, Eric served as Senior Vice President – Corporate Governance for Tyco International Ltd. from 2002 to 2007. In addition, he served in a variety of senior finance roles for General Electric from 1979 to 1996, and as Senior Vice President and CFO for General Instrument Corporation (GI) from December 1997 to January 2000, leading up to the sale of GI to Motorola in 2000. He also served as a US Navy officer from 1975 to 1979, aboard the USS Robison in the western pacific, and as an auditor with the Naval Audit Service in Washington, DC.

Eric has been married to Pam for 36 years and they have five children (Brian, Sarah, Justin, Mari and Nathan) and five grandchildren (Elijah, Malachi, Sophia, Esli, and Gideon). He has a master’s of business administration from Villanova School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Anderson School of Business at the University of New Mexico. In addition to the Colson Center, he currently serves on the boards of Vectrus Corporation, Focus on the Family and Friends of Tenwek. In addition, he serves as the CEO of the Pillmore Family Foundation and as a General Partner for The Amore Companies.

Edwin Simcox

Chair of the Executive Committee

Indiana Energy Association

Ed is President Emeritus of the Indiana Energy Association. He holds an A.B. degree in Government and Economics from Indiana University and obtained a J.D. degree from Indiana University Law School.

In December 1986, Ed Simcox was named President of the Indiana Electric Association, a trade association representing Indiana’s investor-owned electric utilities. On March 1, 2004, the Electric Association merged with the Indiana Gas Association to form the Indiana Energy Association.  Ed was elected President of the new association.

Ed’s experience in government service includes employment in the Corporations Division of the Indiana Secretary of State’s office, Secretary of the State Highway Commission, Secretary of the Indiana Public Service Commission, legal deputy of the office of the Reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court and eight years as Indiana’s Secretary of State.

Ed is also a member of the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations Member, Indiana Law Survey Study Commission; member and past President, Indiana Legal Foundation; former Executive Committee; Member and Ethics Committee Chair, Government Affairs Society of Indiana; member, Governor Pence’s Faith-based Corrections Advisory Committee; past Chairman, Indiana State Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee; member, Board of Directors of State Auto Mutual Insurance; member, Board of Directors of Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site