Anne Carmichael serves as the chief operating officer for the Vitae Foundation. Prior to joining Vitae, she was a lobbyist and legislative liaison for the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic Church in Missouri. While there, she served on the Governors Flood Recovery Partnership, which was created by Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan to identify unmet needs of victims of the historic flood of 1993. Following that she played a lead role in the passage of the partial-birth abortion legislation including the successful override of the Governor’s veto—which was only the 7th in Missouri’s history. The sophisticated field structure she developed overwhelmed the Missouri General Assembly Communications office’s. After that particular campaign, a letter was sent to the MCC requesting that they never advertise those telephone numbers again – so many calls came in that it shut down their switchboards.
One of her last legislative efforts while at the MCC, was in collaboration with other pro life leaders on mandating that physicians operating in abortion clinics must have privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and also that no one outside of a parent or guardian can take a minor across state lines for an abortion. That legislation was reintroduced each year following that initial effort and in 2005, three years later, both bills passed and were signed into law.
As deputy director of the Samaritan Center, the fourth largest food pantry in the state with a free medical and dental clinic (Ossman Free Medical and Dental Clinic), she researched and wrote 2 grants totaling more than $900,000. The largest ($736,508) was for the free dental clinic that had a waiting list of over 300 people that fell well below the poverty level. The proposals received that cycle by Missouri Foundation for Health, were ranked and hers which was entitled “Heal the Pain” was ranked #3 out of the 57 received, according to the program officer. Both grants were awarded and the dental grant made front page news in the local paper as well as an additional editorial crediting her and the center for the effort to help those in such great need. The number of volunteer dentists tripled and clients served went up 660% in the first year.
As the first executive director for Missouri Right to Life (the state’s largest and oldest pro-life organization), she increased their chapters by 30 percent, doubled the revenue of their largest statewide annual fundraising project through the introduction of an incentives plan, grew awareness of the issue by blazing a trail with pro-active press briefings which included developing strong relationships with local reporters, as well as helping to lead strategy development and implementation for electing the most pro-life candidates, making Missouri a recognized leader among other states during that period.
Anne has provided operational, strategic and entrepreneurial leadership to Vitae for over a decade. Working alongside then President Carl Landwehr, her tenure began by helping to lead one of Vitae’s largest ($2 million) “attitude changing” campaigns to date that had significant national impact. In 2009, she spearheaded an aggressive ad campaign directing pregnant women in need to Greater Kansas City area Pregnancy Help Centers offering free support services. That life-saving campaign has just finished its 6th year.
Anne is a member of the advisory board for Aid for Women, Chicago’s largest network of pregnancy support and outreach centers. She has finished six half’s and one full marathon in the last 6 years and used those races to raise funds for pregnancy help centers. She earned a B.S. in Business Management from William Woods University (Summa Cum Laude) and is a life-long member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Jefferson City. She has been married to Jim for 31 years and enjoys writing her blog, Running for Life. She’s been honored by several organizations including Zonta International; International Biographical Centre; Marquis Who’s Who; and Outstanding Young Women of America. Annec@vitaefoundation.org