Our Team

Elaine Leroy

Board Member

Elaine Leroy is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada.  She joined the Christian drama ministry Covenant Players as a young adult and was blessed to serve throughout much of the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland and Belgium. In addition to serving on the Board, she volunteers in a local jail ministry with a weekly ladies’ Bible study. In 2017 the Lord placed the idea of opening a pregnancy resource center in Ashland on her heart.  She began working towards this goal by establishing a Prayers for Life hour where a small group of “prayer warriors” has gathered and prayed almost weekly for the lives of the unborn and for the center to develop.

Thomas Garnett 
Board Chair

Tom received Jesus in his life in 1979 on a solo backpacking trip on Isle Royal. He made a public confession of faith a couple of years later at a community evangelistic gathering. In 1966 the Holy Spirit took alcohol addiction from him in a dynamic way. In March 2019 the Holy Spirit convicted him to use his education and professional and life experiences to help develop the Breath of Life Pregnancy Resource Center.

He completed his formal education at Michigan State University - Institute for Organization Management in Nonprofit Organization Management - Advanced Management Studies in 1966. 


Following 13 years in chamber of commerce management at five chambers of commerce, He was hired by Battle Creek Community Hospital in Battle Creek, MI to be a member of their Corporate Communications as a manager on their Marketing team. 


He and his wife moved to Grand View, WI in 2014.

Eva Thewis / RN  
Board Vice Chair

Eva was born in Minnesota but was raised in Rio de Janeiro for 8 years. Her parents were missionaries, and they went south with a group of other families to church plant in one of the largest cities in the world. It was in Rio that she came to know Christ at a young age and was blessed to have parents and friends help cultivate and provide an environment to grow and learn my faith in Christ. 


She and her sister started the first young republican group in Ashland high school. After college, I wanted to make my faith my own and lived in Germany and England for a year while attending a bible school. It was there that I truly became a follower of Christ and made the decision to fully follow him. 


Eva attended nursing school at Crown College in Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and Counseling. She finished her nursing degree at WITC in Ashland. After passing the nursing boards she worked at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN on the Trauma unit. She also lived with her husband in Jacksonville, Florida where she was a charge nurse for 2 years on a medical floor at the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic’s Campus.

Jeff Laabs   

Jeff lived his early life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan graduating from Lake Superior State University with a degree in Accounting. He spent 36 years in accounting and finance management positions with a variety of organizations including the paper industry, newspaper publishing, food distribution and industrial film technology. Jeff was Chief Financial Officer for two organizations during his career. He was Treasurer and board member of Winter Haven Christian Center, Inc. of Winter Haven, Florida.

Jeff has been member of Mission Covenant Church in Poplar, Wisconsin since 1990. During that time he has been heavily involved in finance and administration including a new church facility in 1995, the worship team, the concrete ministry and counseling people regarding personal financial issues.

Jeff and his wife are both retired and have six children and thirteen grandchildren.  They reside in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin and winter in a Christian community in Winter Haven, Florida.

Kris Westlund
Executive Director


     To prevent abortion and                 present eternal truth.


A Transformed community where every baby is wanted.

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