Don Willett – Speaker and Honored Guest
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett was elected in 2006. Recently, he received national attention for his dissenting opinion in the Texas same-sex marriage case, where he defended traditional marriage and the Texas Constitution. Before assuming the bench, he was a Deputy Texas Attorney General, serving as chief legal adviser to Attorney General Greg Abbott. He was Special Assistant to President George W. Bush and Director of Law and Policy for the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Justice Willett and his wife Tiffany reside in Austin have three children: Jacob, Shane-David, and Genevieve.
James Frank – Master of Ceremonies
Representative James Frank has been a strong advocate for school choice, parental rights, limited governments, and home school issues throughout his service in the Texas Legislature. He currently serves on the board of THSC. He and his wife of 24 years, Alisha, have four sons, all of whom are or have been home schooled.
Designated sponsors will meet Celebrity Guests at the VIP Reception preceding the Gala. Legacy and Heritage Sponsors will enjoy dining with a Celebrity Guest at their table for the dinner.
John Devine – Texas Supreme Court Justice
Justice John Devine was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in November, 2012. He previously served for seven years as judge of the 190th state district court in Harris County and for nine years as an appointed special judge for the Harris County justice of the peace courts.
A native of Indiana, Justice Devine has also worked in the private sector for Shell Oil, Co., and Brown & Root, Inc. He graduated from Ball State University in 1980 with a B.S. in business administration and marketing and received his juris doctorate from South Texas School of Law in 1986. In 1998 he was voted well qualified by the Houston Bar Association and has been awarded the title of “Texas Size Hero” by Focus on the Family magazine.
Justice Devine has been married since 1989 to Nubia Piedad Gomez, formerly of Venezuela, and together they have six children.
Eva Guzman – Texas Supreme Court Justice
Cathie Adams – Texas Eagle Forum
Cathie Adams serves as the President of Texas Eagle Forum, the International Issues Chairman for Eagle Forum, and on the board of the national Eagle Forum. Eagle Forum’s mission is to enable conservative and pro-family men and women to participate in the process of self-government and public policy-making so that America will continue to be a land of individual liberty, respect for family integrity, public and private virtue, and private enterprise.
Cathie has been an election judge; a member of the district, state, and national resolutions/platform committees; and a delegate to five Republican National Conventions. She has traveled around the globe to attend UN Women’s Conferences.
Mrs. Adams is a full-time volunteer. She has been married to Dr. Homer Adams for 46 years and they have five grandchildren. Their son and daughter-in-law are both Texas A&M graduates.
Jim and Elizabeth Graham – Texas Right to Life
Jim Graham is the president of Texas Right to Life after serving as the executive director for almost 20 years. An experienced lobbyist and uncompromising advocate for life, Mr. Graham is a fixture in the Pro-Life movement of Texas. In addition to assisting in legislative development, Mr. Graham fosters the educational outreach of Texas Right to Life, which has seen great success, especially with the Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship for College Pro-Life Leaders.
Educated in Houston, Jim Graham was an avid rugby player who pursued advanced studies in philosophy and theology at the University of St. Thomas before becoming the executive director of Texas Right to Life. As an active member in the political landscape of Texas, he has led numerous political committees and served as a member or delegate for several conventions for the Republican Party in Texas.