Wife, Mom, Marathoner, Agent for Good
Chief Operating Officer,Vitae Foundation
VP Communications, National LIFE Runners
Advisory Board Member, Aid for Women
Anne Carmichael has been working to make abortion unthinkable for over 35 years. She has been with the Vitae Foundation for nearly a decade. Working alongside then President Carl Landwehr, she implemented 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 5th year and has saved close to 1,000 babies there. She led Vitae’s largest strategic planning effort and has personally raised over $3.5 million for its life-saving mission.
In 2011 Anne reached out to the National LIFE Runners Team, the largest pro-life team of runners and walkers who are now working with Vitae in a ground-breaking effort to accelerate and expand Vitae’s messaging reach. As a member of the executive staff she assists current Vitae President Dr. Pat Castle with implementation of his vision to take Vitae’s research and messaging (the Intel Chip of the pro-life movement) to the next level crushing the abortion mindset and causing a cultural change.
Anne’s a past lobbyist/community organizer for the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the Catholic Church in Missouri. While there, 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. As the Deputy Director of the states 4th largest food pantry with a free medical and dental clinic, she was able to revolutionize the care their free clinic provided with a $750,000 dental grant she obtained on their behalf in addition to another $150,000 grant that she acquired for the food pantry that same year. As the first Executive Director for Missouri Right to Life (the state’s largest and oldest pro-life organization), she grew their chapters by 30 percent, increased 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 is a member of the advisory board for Aid for Women, Chicago's largest network of pregnancy support services with free housing. She serves on the National LIFE Runners board of directors (VP of Communications) and is a LIFE Runners Devotions author. She has finished six half’s and 1 full marathon with them. Anne 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 30 years. She writes a blog, Running for Life, and manages social media for Vitae. She’s been honored by several organizations including Zonta International; International Biographical Centre; Marquis Who’s Who; and Outstanding Young Women of America.