The Family Action Council of Tennessee (FACT) has 5 full-time employees on staff.
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 (FACT) 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 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 joined the staff as 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 the 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 a passion for the mission of FACT.
Mr. Hearne and his wife, Carol, live in Franklin, Tennessee. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.
Will Burns, Director of Public Policy
Will Burns is a native Tennessean having grown up in Murfreesboro. He earned a bachelor’s in history and a master’s in public administration, both from Middle Tennessee State University. He received his juris doctorate from the Nashville School of Law and has been licensed to practice law since 1984.
The majority of his professional career has involved legal positions with the state of Tennessee, mostly related to higher education. Among other things, he served as Coordinator of Elections in the Office of Secretary of State and as a key advisor for policy development and implementation to the Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. He also served as the chief legislative liaison for both agencies during his tenure with each.
Will is passionate about the work of FACT, its mission, and worldview training in general and joined the staff as Director of Public Policy in 2017. He is a Colson Fellow and Commissioned Centurion of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.
Will and his wife, Maribeth, have two married daughters and three grandchildren. Their heart for missions has resulted in short-term missions opportunities both here and abroad. This also led them to two extended relocations to New York City where they helped support the church planting activity there.
Will is also active in local ministries and has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations based in Middle Tennessee. In addition to spending time with his family, Will enjoys running and has completed four half-marathons.
Laura Bagby, Director of Communications
Laura Bagby joined the staff as 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 almost non-existent and folks are friendly.
Lynn Jacobs, Office Administrator
Lynn Jacobs is the Office Administrator 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 more than two decades, and pastoral ministry for a number of years. Additionally, she has founded and directed two small nonprofit organizations and has written inspirational articles that have been 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 1980s.