Board of Directors and Staff

Paul Hanrahan – Executive Director

Paul has been married 35 years, has 5 children, 4 of whom are married, 5 grandchildren with 3 more due in April/May this year and has been Executive Director of FLI for over 10 years. Paul has also been the Sydney coordinator of the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants for 25+ years. Paul has travelled around Australia helping others establish Helpers’ prayer groups outside abortion clinics. This usually entails meetings with Police and Local Council officials, often with a lawyer and running seminars and Q and A sessions.

Paul is a veteran Australian pro-lifer. He has tirelessly taken the message of the dignity of life to the streets of Sydney for over 26 years, especially through his peaceful vigils outside abortion mills with the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, pouring all of his energies into the cause for life, which is becoming more urgent than ever in Australia.



David Bruggeman – Chief Financial Officer

David is the cheerful manager of the general store and post office in the regional village of Wingello in the Southern Highlands of NSW. He is the manager of his own company EASI (Electronic Accounting Systems Integration) and has been a lecturer in Accounting and Business at UTS in Sydney . David and his wife Lana have eight children – the youngest is 10, the eldest 29 – and they are passionate home-schoolers. After a time living in Sydney and the Blue Mountains, they now enjoy NSW country life while David travels to clients across the country. His greatest inspiration is St. Thomas More, and he has volunteered at FLI since 1997.


Maria Menkens – Director

Maria grew up in North Queensland, one of seven children. Whilst at school she completed her performer’s certificate in piano.
Maria went on to study Pharmacy at the University of Queensland and graduated with first class honors in 2000.
She then went on to study medicine, again through the University of Queensland, completing a post graduate Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 2004.  Whilst at university Maria was actively involved with the Helper’s and other pro-life groups.
She completed her Specialty in Paediatrics in 2012.  Maria delights in working with children ranging from premature infants to adolescents.   She currently works in a busy private practice.
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