Meet the Board
Dr. Bob Brooks ~ Tallahassee
Dr. Bob Brooks has spent over 30 years as a health professional, serving in the academic, public health, and private medical arenas. Elected in 1994, he served in the Florida House of Representatives until former Governor Jeb Bush appointed him Secretary of the Florida Department of Health in 1998. As a legislator, he chaired the House Committee on Elder Affairs and Long-term Care. Most recently, he served as Associate Vice President for Health Care Leadership at USF Health, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infection Diseases at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the USF College of Public Health. Bob was also part of the leadership team that established Florida State University’s College of Medicine, the first new medical school in the United States in over 20 years. He has taught on health policy and clinical medicine all over the world, including in Kazakhstan, Nigeria, and Australia.
Brett Doster ~ Tallahassee
Brett Doster is the founder and President of Front Line Strategies, a full-service public relations firm in Tallahassee. He has worked in politics for over twenty years, including as the Florida senior advisor to the Mitt Romney for President Campaign in 2012 and the Florida Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney 2004 Presidential Re-election Campaign. He also played a key role in all of former Governor Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaigns. In 2014, Brett and his team guided all of their state and regional political clients , including Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, to victory. He and his wife, Iris, have three daughters.
Marili Cancio Johnson ~ Miami
Mariana “Marili” Cancio Johnson, an AV-rated attorney, concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate, real estate, and international law. With more than 17 years of experience, she counsels large and mid-size companies across diverse industries with respect to a wide range of business matters. Prior to starting her own law firm in 2011, Marili worked for Holland & Knight LLP and Fowler White Burnett PA.
Jim Kallinger, President and Chairman of the Board ~ Tallahassee
Jim Kallinger is an inventor, small business owner, and former two-term member of the Florida House of Representatives from Central Florida. In addition, he has served in statewide executive leadership roles in both Florida and Kansas in the area of child welfare and adoption, including heading a state agency division with 3,000 employees and a budget of $700 million. In this role, he established an all-time state adoption record that received national recognition. In his role as President of the Florida Faith and Freedom Coalition, he provides leadership and vision for the day-to-day operations of the Coalition. Jim and his wife, Dana, have been married for over 32 years and have four children.
Bev Kilmer is an author, speaker, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives, where she served three terms. As a legislator, she served as vice chair of the K-12 Education Committee, chair of the Colleges and Universities Committee, and chair of the Education Council with four subcommittees under her leadership. She was the House sponsor of the first Choose Life license plate bill to pass both houses, be signed by the governor, and withstand rigorous legal challenges all the way to the Supreme Court. Since her service in the Legislature, Bev has served as the Membership Director and Ambassador Coordinator for the Association of Mature Citizens (AMAC), the conservative alternative to AARP, and she has worked diligently to fight numerous attacks on religious freedom.
Drew Messer ~ Jacksonville
Drew Messer is currently the Senior Government Affairs Manager at Republic Services, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida. He has had a long history in Florida politics both in his career and in his community service. He recently served as the Coalitions Director in Florida for Romney for President. Drew holds his Bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degrees from Liberty University.
Pat Neal, Honorary Chair ~ Sarasota
Pat Neal is a business leader, former elected official, and long-time Florida resident living in Sarasota. He served in the House of Representatives from 1974-78 and in the State Senate from 1978-86. He has been a strong social conservative leader throughout the state. He is recognized for his volunteerism and has served on many statewide boards. He currently owns and operates Neal Communities.
Steve Precourt ~ Orlando
Steve Precourt served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2006 to 2014. Prior to his service with the Legislature, he and his business partners built an engineering practice with 500 employees and eighteen offices around Florida and the Southeast. Steve is currently the President of Precourt Solutions, a consulting practice specializing in strategic planning, business best practices, and leadership development. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children and live in Orlando where they are members of Holy Family Catholic Church.
We believe that the greatness of America lies not in the federal government, but in the character of our people — the simple virtues of faith, hard work, marriage, family, personal responsibility, and helping the least among us. If we lose sight of these values, America will cease to be great.
Never before has it been more critical for us to speak out for these values. That is why the Faith & Freedom Coalition is committed to educating, equipping, and mobilizing people of faith and like-minded individuals to be effective citizens.
Together we will influence public policy and enact legislation that strengthens families, promotes time-honored values, protects the dignity of life and marriage, lowers the tax burden on small business and families, and requires government to tighten its belt and live within its means.
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The Faith and Freedom Coalition is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and is led by Chairman Ralph Reed and Executive Director Tim Head.