Therese Maes envisioned and established the California Association of Natural Family Planning in 1992, while in her position as the Family Life Director of the Diocese of San Jose, and served as its first President until 1995. She taught Natural Family Planning in the San Jose region in the 1970s and 80s, and as an Educator for the Creighton Model she trained a generation of Creighton Model teachers for Northern California. She has served on the Advisory Board of CANFP since her retirement from the Executive Board in 2000.
Gregory Polito, MD, KM, Immediate Past President, is a Board Certified Urologist in private practice in the Los Angeles Region, with a subspecialty in vasovasostomy (vasectomy reversal). Dr.Polito is the former chief of staff and a board member emeritus of Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Whittier, CA. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Southern California and UCLA, earned his Medical Degree at USC, and completed his residency at UC Irvine. He has served on the CANFP Executive Board since 2000.
Howard Herning, MD was in private practice as an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in the San Francisco area during those exciting years of transitioning from the Rhythm Method to modern methods of NFP. He retired to the Monterey Diocese, where he founded the Respect Life Commission of the Diocese of Monterey, at the request of the Bishop at the time, Most Rev. Thaddeus Shubsda. He has served on the Advisory Board of CANFP since we began in 1993, and we continue to benefit from his insight and experience from his retirement in San Francisco.
Suzanne Regul, MD is a Pro-life Obstetrician-Gynecologist from the San Jose region. Now retired from medical practice, she put her experience as a user, Practitioner, and Medical Consultant for NFP at the service of her patients for decades at O’Connor Hospital Center for Life in San Jose, and has served on the Advisory Board of CANFP since we began in 1993.
Most Rev. Richard Garcia, born and reared in San Francisco, has served on the CANFP Advisory Board since our beginning, in 1993, at which time he was a priest for the Diocese of San Jose. He was serving as Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento when appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth Bishop of Monterey in 2006, appropriately enough the Diocese which is home of the central office of CANFP.
Fr. Larry Toschi, OSJ grew up in the Central Valley, where he now serves as Pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Co-patroness of the Unborn, which boasts a vibrant NFP ministry with an extensive team of teachers, in the Diocese of Fresno. Fr. Toschi and his team offer a weekend seminar there which he developed called Love and Life, in both English and Spanish. Fr. Toschi has served on the CANFP Advisory Board since 1996.
Mary Davenport, MD,FACOG is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in private practice in El Sobrante, California. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a FertilityCare Medical Consultant. She is the Immediate Past President of AAPLOG, the American Association of ProLife Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Medical Director of the Magnificat Maternal Health program, a joint effort of Maternal Life International and the Diocese of Idah, Nigeria. She served CANFP on the Executive Board from 1998-2001, and on the Advisory Board since 2001.
Thomas Murphy Goodwin, MD is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California. Selected as one of the Best Doctors in America 2002-2004, Dr. Goodwin serves on numerous national and professional boards, and has served on the Advisory Board of CANFP since 2005.
James Sweeney is a California native, born, reared, and educated in San Francisco. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, he received his law degree at Hastings College of Law, University of California San Francisco. He has served as General Counsel for the California Catholic Conference, and is active in parish and community affairs in Sacramento, where he practices law. He served on the Executive Board of CANFP from 2004-2007, and on the Advisory Board since 2007. He has a particular interest in the public policy component of CANFP’s mission, particularly with regard to the right of conscience and religious freedom issues.