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Family Action of Tennessee is dedicated to preserving and strengthening Tennessee’s families and marriages, esteeming life as a gift from God, and protecting religious liberty through Tennessee’s public policies.

Get to know the staff of Family Action of Tennessee!

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David Fowler, president of Family Action of Tennessee, has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Following law school, Mr. Fowler practiced law in Cincinnati and Chattanooga and in 1994, he successfully ran for the Tennessee state Senate where he served for 12 years. After leaving office in 2006, Mr. Fowler formed Family Action of Tennessee to protect the interests of families with respect to state policy. Mr. Fowler is also President of Family Action of Tennessee’s educational arm, Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT).

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Lonnie Hearne is Director of Operations for Family Action of Tennessee. Mr. Hearne graduated in 1969 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and subsequently received his wings as a Naval Flight Officer. Upon leaving active duty in 1976, he remained active in the Naval Reserves ultimately attaining the rank of Commander. His civilian career has included six years as an acquisition program manager for the U.S. Air Force and thirty-two years as a consultant supporting industry and government on a variety of program management and technical projects. Mr. Hearne is also Director of Operations of Family Action of Tennessee’s educational arm, Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT).

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Will Burns is Director of Public Policy for Family Action of Tennessee. He earned a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in public administration, both from Middle Tennessee State University. He received his juris doctorate from the Nashville School of Law and has been licensed to practice law since 1984. The majority of his professional career has involved legal positions with the state of Tennessee, mostly related to higher education. Among other things, he served as Coordinator of Elections in the Office of Secretary of State and as a key advisor for policy development and implementation to the Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He also served as the chief legislative liaison for both agencies during his tenure with each. Will is also Director of Public Policy for Family Action of Tennessee’s educational arm, Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT).

Laura Bagby is Director of Communications for Family Action of Tennessee in charge of a plethora of print, online, and email communications. Laura has broad experience in journalism, video production, social media, and the Web in the faith-based, nonprofit environment. Before working at FACT, Laura was the Social Media Specialist and Associate Editor for an Arizona-based humanitarian nonprofit. Previous to that, she worked for more than a decade as a Senior Internet Producer for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s website. Laura holds an M.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Journalism from Regent University, and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is also Director of Communications for Family Action of Tennessee’s educational arm, Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT).

Lynn Jacobs is the Office Administrator  for Family Action of Tennessee. She came on board in 2012 after operating her own Christian life coaching business, working as a volunteer chaplain at a local hospital, and serving as the Tennessee State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Mrs. Jacobs’ background is varied, having previously worked in  the legal profession for over two decades and pastoral ministry for many years. Additionally, she has founded and directed two small nonprofit organizations and is also an inspirational writer, having had articles published in several Christian leadership and ministry journals. Mrs. Jacobs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Lee University and is ordained through the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers International. Mrs. Jacobs is also Officer Administrator for FACT, the educational arm of Family Action of Tennessee.