DES MOINES — Kim Lehman, president of Iowa Right to Life, is leaving to take a new position with the John Paul II Stem Cell Research Institute in Iowa City.
Lehman will be responsible for helping the nonprofit fulfill its mission in advancing adult stem cell research while promoting medical ethics in regenerative medicine. The organization is focused on finding cures to diseases such as cancer, diabetes and rare diseases that plague so many people.
JP2SRI was founded by Dr. Alan Moy and is based in Iowa City. Moy also is the CEO of Cellular Engineering Technologies. “I am excited to have Kim join JP2SRI,” said Dr. Moy. “Kim brings a passion to the pro-life cause and the talent and skills in creating a successful nonprofit organization.”
Lehman has been the director of Iowa Right to Life since December 2000. As director, Lehman was known for building relationships with various pro-life groups around the state, including the pro-life pregnancy centers. She energized the movement in Iowa with events such as the annual Prayer for Life at the State Capitol, a new training program for Bible studies for post-abortive men and women and helped the popular 40 Days for Life prayer vigil outside abortion clinics take root in Iowa.
Most notable under Lehman’s time at IRTL, was the creation of Pro-life Book Sale that IRTL hosts twice a year to provide book-lovers with an alternative to Planned Parenthood’s Book Sale and provides needed funds to pregnancy centers across the state.
For more information about JP2SRI visit www.jp2sri.org.