Meet Our Leaders And Experts
MEET THE ADVOCACY TEAM
Legal Counsel, Europe
Dr Adina Portaru serves as legal counsel for ADF International in Belgium, advocating for religious freedom at the European Union.
Director of External Relations
Andreas Thonhauser serves as director of external relations for ADF International, where he is responsible for building the organization’s media presence, forming alliances with key influencers and supporters.
Director of United Nations Advocacy
Elyssa Koren serves as director of United Nations advocacy in New York City, where she oversees ADF International’s UN Headquarters and Geneva legal teams.
Legal Counsel, Europe
Felix Boellmann, PhD, serves as legal counsel, Europe, with ADF International, advocating for religious liberty, sanctity of life, and the family, including marriage.
Legal Officer, United Nations
Giorgio Mazzoli serves as UN representative for ADF International in Geneva, where he participates in the triannual UN Human Rights Council meetings.
Veritas Scholar, Europe
Ján Tomaštík is a Veritas Scholar for ADF International in Vienna. Serving as a member of the European Advocacy team, Tomaštík provides support by drafting legal and political documents on issues including right to life, religious freedom, and parental rights.
Jennifer Grace Lea
Legal Counsel, Europe
Jennifer Grace Lea serves as legal counsel, Europe, with ADF International, advocating for religious liberty, life, and the family. Lea focuses on human rights, EU, and public international law.
Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom
Kelsey Zorzi serves as Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International. She leads efforts to address and counter global persecution against Christians and other religious minorities.
Laurence Wilkinson serves as legal counsel for ADF International in London. A specialist on freedom of religion and freedom of speech under the European Convention on Human Rights,
Legal Officer, Europe
Lidia Rieder, PhD, serves as legal officer for ADF International in Vienna, Austria. She is a lawyer specializing in public international law and conducts high quality legal advocacy in Europe to promote and protect religious liberty, life, and the family, including marriage.
LEGAL ANALYST, UNITED NATIONS
Lois McLatchie serves as a legal analyst for ADF International in Geneva, where she engages in advocacy at the UN Human Rights Council. McLatchie provides Member State representatives with amendatory language and key legal resources that promote religious freedom and the inherent value and dignity of every person.
Meghan Fischer is a legal consultant to ADF International on global religious freedom and UN matters.
Michael P. Farris
President and CEO
Michael P. Farris is President and CEO of ADF International. He brings to the position wide recognition for his successful work across the globe.
Senior Counsel, OAS & Latin America
Neydy Casillas, Esq. serves as senior legal counsel for the OAS and Latin America for ADF International at its Washington DC office. She has over a decade of legal experience in international law, family law, and civil law at international institutions such as the United Nations and the OAS.
Paul Coleman serves as executive director of ADF International from its headquarters in Vienna, overseeing the advocacy and operations of the global, alliance-building legal organization.
Legal Counsel, United Nations
Ralph Rodriguez serves as legal counsel, United Nations, for ADF International. He works at UN Headquarters in New York, providing legal resources to UN diplomats in the Second and Third Committees, ECOSOC Commissions, and other special sessions.
Legal Fellow, United Nations
Reyna Anderson serves as a legal fellow for ADF International, where she supports the United Nations team at the UN headquarters in New York City. She specifically aids in strategic advocacy outreach to diplomat allies.
Deputy Director (Advocacy)
Robert Clarke serves as Deputy Directory (Advocacy) for ADF International at its office in Vienna, Austria.
Senior Policy Officer
Ryan Christopher serves as Senior Policy Officer with ADF International in London.
Legal Counsel, Global Religious Freedom
Sean Nelson serves as Legal Counsel for Global Religious Freedom with ADF International, where he advocates on behalf of Christians and other religious minorities being persecuted for their faith around the world.
Director of Strategic Relations & Training
Sophia Kuby serves as director of Strategic Relations & Training for ADF International and is based in Vienna, Austria. She oversees and develops the organization’s training programs and alliance relations internationally. From 2015 to 2018, Kuby served as the director of European Union Advocacy in Brussels, Belgium, where she built up the EU advocacy team and led the advocacy work of ADF International at the various EU institutions. She holds a M.A. and B.A. in philosophy.
Director of Advocacy, Latin America & Caribbean
Tomás Henríquez serves as senior counsel for OAS and Latin America with ADF International. The OAS and Latin America teams lead advocacy efforts defending the sanctity of life, marriage, family, parental rights, and religious freedom at the Organization of American States and its many bodies, as well as providing support to regional allies all across the Latin American states.