David Fowler – President
David Fowler, president of FACT, grew up in Chattanooga. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in accounting, serving as president of the Student Government Association his senior year. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Law on the Chapin-Thomas Scholarship, receiving his J.D. degree in 1983. In law school, Mr.Fowler directed the Moot Court program and participated on the National Moot Court and Craven Constitutional Law teams. He also clerked for the late Harry J. Klusmeier in the Ohio Court of Appeals.
Following law school, Mr. Fowler practiced law in Cincinnati and Chattanooga and in 1994, he successfully ran for the Tennessee state Senate where he served for 12 years. For four years he also directed the Center for Law and Government at Bryan College, teaching classes in political philosophy and jurisprudence. After leaving office in 2006, Mr. Fowler worked with leaders from across the state to form the Family Action Council of Tennessee to protect the interests of families with respect to state policy and to educate the public about the importance of a family-friendly culture.
Mr. Fowler has served as a choir director in churches in Chattanooga and Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married with one adult child and now lives in the Nashville area.
Mr. Fowler is also a dynamic speaker and is available for speaking engagements at your church or organization:
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Lonnie Hearne – Director of Operations
Lonnie Hearne is FACT’s Director of Operations. Mr. Hearne graduated in 1969 from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and subsequently received his wings as a Naval Flight Officer. Upon leaving active duty in 1976, he remained active in the Naval Reserves ultimately attaining the rank of Commander. His civilian career has included six years as an acquisition program manager for the U.S. Air Force and thirty-two years as a consultant supporting industry and government on a variety of program management and technical projects. His most recent project was with the Middle Tennessee State University working to improve professional development of high school math and science teachers in Middle Tennessee. In recent years he has been actively involved in volunteer work with his local church, mission work in Uganda and Guatemala, Habitat for Humanity, Middle Tennessee Mind to Marketplace, and Lionshare Ministries. Mr. Hearne brings a diverse background together with passion for the mission of FACT.
Mr. Hearne and his wife, Carol, live in Franklin, Tennessee. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.
Zack Pruitt – Director of Public Policy
Zack Pruitt is FACT’s Director of Public Policy. He assists the president in formulation of our public policy initiatives and serves as an advocate for those policies among our legislators. Additionally, he works to develop our grassroots network and oversees our voter education initiatives.
Zack grew up in Chattanooga and graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Following his time at UTC, he earned a J.D. degree from Saint Louis University School of Law. While in law school, Zack got involved in politics and was campaign manager for a Missouri Senate candidate. Prior to joining FACT, he was a Koch Research Fellow at the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Zack lives in the Nashville area with his wife and daughter.
Laura Bagby – Director of Communications
Laura Bagby is FACT’s Director of Communications in charge of a plethora of print, online, and email communications. Laura has broad experience in journalism, video production, social media, and the Web in the faith-based, nonprofit environment. Before working at FACT, Laura was the Social Media Specialist and Associate Editor for an Arizona-based humanitarian nonprofit. Previous to that, she worked for more than a decade as a Senior Internet Producer for the Christian Broadcasting Network’s website, writing devotionals and interviewing key Christian authors and musicians. Laura holds an M.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Journalism from Regent University, and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Laura and her husband, Chris, enjoy living in Middle Tennessee, where cacti are non-existent and folks are friendly.
Lynn Jacobs – Office Manager
Lynn Jacobs is the Office Manager for FACT, working behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly. She came on board in 2012 after operating her own Christian life coaching business, working as a volunteer chaplain at a local hospital, and serving as the Tennessee State Coordinator for the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Mrs. Jacobs’ background is varied, having previously worked in administration and office management, the legal profession for over two decades, and pastoral ministry for many years. Additionally, she has founded and directed two small nonprofit organizations and is also an inspirational writer, having had articles published in several Christian leadership and ministry journals. Mrs. Jacobs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Lee University and is ordained through the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministers Int’l.
Originally from California, she and her family have made Tennessee their home since the late 1980’s.
Sherri Shaw – Data Administrator
Sherri Shaw has been the Data Administrator for FACT since January 2014 and is honored to be a part of an organization that values family as much as she does.
She grew up on the coast of Georgia and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She married her husband, Tom, in 1994. The move to Franklin in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina eliminated Tom’s job at Tulane University; they felt like the Israelites arriving in the land of milk and honey! The Shaws now have two teenage children.
In her spare time, Ms. Shaw enjoys reading, knitting, gardening, baking, and travelling.