Board of Directors

Steven White, M.D. – President
Steven White, M.D. – President

Steven White, M.D. is the president of CHCLA and the Catholic Medical Association’s (CMA) representative to the Subcommittee on Health Care Issues at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  He was the past president of CMA. 

Dr. White is a specialist in pulmonary medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Afterwards he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at George Washington University and a Pulmonary Fellowship at Georgetown University. Currently, he is the Director of Respiratory Care at Halifax Medical Center in Florida.

A long-time interest in healthcare reform from a Catholic perspective inspired Dr. White to join the CMA in 1995. At a local level, Dr. White has served as the founding President of the Physicians Guild of the Diocese of Orlando. At the national level, Dr. White is past President of the CMA and past Chair of the CMA Health Care Policy Committee.  Today, he represents the CMA on the USCCB Subcommittee on Health Care Issues.

He is married with two children and four grandchildren. He serves as Chair of the Perpetual Adoration Committee at his local parish.
Joseph Meaney, Ph.D., K.M. – Board Member

Joseph Meaney, Ph.D. is the President of the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Dr. Meaney received his Ph.D. in Bioethics from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. His dissertation topic was entitled Conscience and Health Care: A Bioethical Analysis. He earned his master’s degree in Latin and American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Meaney received his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Dallas.

Dr. Meaney was director of international outreach and expansion for Human Life International (HLI) and is a leading expert on the international pro-life and family movement, having traveled to eighty-one countries on pro-life missions. He founded the Rome office of HLI in 1998 and lived in Rome for nine years, where he collaborated closely with dicasteries of the Holy See, particularly the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Academy for Life.

Dr. Meaney and his family has been active in the health care and pro-life fields in Corpus Christi, Texas, and in France for many years.  Dr. Meaney is also a Knight of Malta.

Douglas G. Wilson, Jr. – Board Member

Mr. Wilson is the CEO of the Catholic Benefits Association.

Mr. Wilson served as a marine and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Georgia State University.

Mr. Wilson has extensive experience working with health care systems. He has helped revive struggling hospitals throughout the United States, and he spearheaded the start-up and growth of two healthcare technology companies. Since 2014, he has served as the first CEO of the Catholic Benefits Association, which advocates, supports, and litigates for the rights of Catholic employers in areas such as employment and health care benefits.

Joshua M. McCaig, J.D., M.S. – Board Member

Mr. McCaig is the founder and inaugural president of the Catholic Bar Association.

Mr. McCaig is a lawyer and his legal practice focuses on the areas of health care and intellectual property, and he serves as outside general counsel for various organizations and religious entities.

Mr. McCaig is active in issues such as Catholicism, law, and healthcare on both a national and international level, sitting on various boards and consulting on faith-based initiatives. He is also a frequent guest on media shows. Mr. McCaig was honored to be a guest panelist at the 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

He is recognized with an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, as a Super Lawyer in Missouri & Kansas from 2011 through the present, and he received the prestigious Up and Coming Lawyer award from the Missouri Lawyers Weekly.  Joshua is a recipient of the St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Kansas City, and the Alumni Citizenship award from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is the first recipient of the Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award from Ave Maria School of Law.

Mr. McCaig is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville (B.A.), Ithaca College (M.S.) and Ave Maria School of Law (J.D.).

Louis Brown, J.D., K.M. – Board Member

Mr. Brown is the Executive Director of the Christ Medicus Foundation.

Mr. Brown received an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and a juris doctorate from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. He worked as a private practice attorney for a private law firm, where he practiced labor law and commercial litigation.

He has advocated for Catholic social teaching in the public square. Mr. Brown served as an Associate Director of Social Concerns for a state Catholic conference, where he advocated at the state level on issues related to Catholic social teaching. Afterwards, Mr. Brown worked for a pro-life, Catholic congressman, serving as his legislative counsel and liaison to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary.

Mr. Brown helped establish the Catholic health care sharing option, CMF Curo, in 2014 and served as the Director of CMF CURO until 2017. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Brown served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. in the Office for Civil Rights. In 2019, he joined Christ Medicus Foundation.

Episcopal Advisory Board

Most Reverend James D. Conley
Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska
Chair of the Episcopal Advisory Board, CHCLA
Most Reverend James D. Conley, D.D., S.T.L. – Chair of the Episcopal Advisory Board

Bishop Conley is the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Since his priestly ordination in 1985, Bishop Conley has served the Catholic Church in a variety of ways—as pastor, college campus chaplain, director of Respect Life ministries, theology instruct, Vatican official and bishop. In all these tasks, he has seen his life as a priest and bishop as a call to service and complete surrender to God’s providential hand.

A convert to the Catholic faith, Bishop Conley chose the same motto as the great 19th-century English convert, John Henry Cardinal Newman, “cor ad cor loquitor”, which means “heart speaks to heart.” Bishop Conley converted to the Catholic faith while a junior at the University of Kansas in 1975.

Bishop Conley earned his licentiate in Rome, and he later returned to the Holy See when he was appointed an official in the Vatican Congregation for Bishops. John Paul II named him “chaplain to his holiness” with the title monsignor.

After serving 10 years in the Vatican, Bishop Conley returned home to the United States. He received his episcopal ordination from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput in 2008. In 2012, he was installed as the Bishop of the Lincoln diocese.

Currently, he serves as the Episcopal Advisor to the Catholic Medical Association. He is a board member of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education (ICLE) and serves on the USCCB’s Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth and the Subcommittee on Health Care Issues.

Episcopal Advisory Board Members

Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado

Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop for the Military Services, USA

Most Reverend Paul S. Coakley
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, California

Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota

Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland

Most Reverend Joseph F. Naumann
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample
Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Most Reverend Michael C. Barber
Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, California

Most Reverend John O. Barres
Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York

Most Reverend Earl Boyea
Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan

Most Reverend Liam Cary
Bishop of the Diocese of Baker, Oregon

Most Reverend James D. Conley
Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska

Most Reverend John T. Folda
Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota

Most Reverend Thomas J. Paprocki
Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

Most Reverend David L. Ricken
Bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin

Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas
Bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio

Most Reverend Robert F. Vasa
Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California

Most Reverend James S. Wall
Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico