Meet Our Staff

Andrew Beckwith

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A devout Christian, faithful husband and loving father, Andrew Beckwith deeply shares our family values, most especially the sanctity of life and the definition of marriage. No stranger to our mission, Andrew previously served on the MFI Board for three years where his leadership and wisdom were greatly valued.

Andrew is a graduate of Gordon College and the University of Minnesota Law School and serves as an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom focusing on religious liberty cases. He also serves as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps Reserve where he holds the rank of major. Prior to coming to MFI, he litigated immigration cases for the Boston office of the Department of Homeland Security. Andrew, his wife Karen, and their four children live in Wenham.

Michael King

Director of Community Alliances
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Michael King is a committed follower of Jesus and recognizes that the Christian’s exhortation to be Salt and Light includes both extending the Gospel of Jesus as well as standing up for the righteous precepts of the Bible in the private and public square.  He agrees with the founding fathers that for a civil democracy to survive, it must have at its foundation a morality based on the Bible.  Michael is husband to his treasured wife, Ashley and father to four wonderful children.  Previously before coming to MFI as their Director of Community Alliances, Michael served as Family Ministries Director at a local church and Principal of a K – 12th Christian school.  Michael has his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Messiah College and Master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Liberty University.

Michael looks forward to continue to network with local pastors and leaders in the church to educate and motivate people to stand up for righteousness in the public square.  The main focus to accomplish this task will be to promote MFI’s groundbreaking book, Engage the Bay State, which clearly defines the culture war we find ourselves in today between the precepts of the Bible and secular human thinking.   Michael and the team at MFI hope to inspire Christians to engage with their local government leaders and inspire Biblical decisions to be made in regard to such foundational cultural institutions like marriage, life and religious liberty.  On a side note, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, a competitive game of basketball and fishing.

Lena Wakim

Director of Communications
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Lena Wakim is a Bible-believing Christian who is passionate about family and youth ministry. Lena is also an advocate for pro-life issues and seeks to be a voice for the pre-born. She received her Bachelors of Science in Communications (Journalism) from Liberty University in the Spring of 2014. While at Liberty, Lena spent two years working as a Resident Assistant where she gained experience with young adults and her passion for ministering to millennials. Lena also worked at the Liberty University Marketing Department as a student writer and videographer before coming to work at MFI in 2014.

Lena teaches a teen girls’ Sunday School class at her local church and is involved in ministering to the youth. She enjoys using multimedia (social media, videography, graphics and blogging) to reach the next generation of advocates for faith and family.

Luz Burgos-Ortiz

Office Manager

Luz Burgos-Ortiz is an earnest Christian with a strong love and passion for helping marriages and families stay united and healthy.  Before joining MFI, Luz spent the past fifteen years of her life assisting individuals and families by providing job readiness training as well as job placement.

Luz, her husband Rafael and children attend Defenders Boston Church. There, they currently serve as Family and Community Pastors where they strive to assist families in all stages of their lives reach a point of restoration through prayer, service and Biblical guidance.  In addition, Rafael and Luz oversee the Men and Women’s Ministry of the church by providing guidance and support to the department leaders and helping them drive a successful ministry that fully supports the overall vision of the church.  Her commitment to the institution of family is therefore reinforced and strengthened through her service at Defenders Boston Church as well as Massachusetts Family Institute.

Kris Mineau

President Emeritus
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Kris Mineau is President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), a non-partisan public policy organization dedicated to strengthening the family and affirming the Judeo-Christian values upon which the family is based.

A Massachusetts native and decorated veteran of the United States Air Force, Kris served the nation on numerous global assignments, attaining the rank of Colonel in a distinguished military career that spanned the Vietnam conflict and the first Gulf War.

A fighter pilot in both the F-4 “Phantom” and F-15 “Eagle” aircraft, Kris is a veteran of 100 combat missions over North Vietnam and one of the very few pilots in the world to have survived a supersonic ejection. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters.

Kris is a graduate of Worcester Academy and received a congressional appointment to the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and taught engineering calculus at the Air Force Academy. Following his military career, he graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton and served as a pastor in his hometown of North Reading, Massachusetts at Trinity Evangelical Church before joining MFI.

Kris and his wife, Lura, also a native of North Reading, Massachusetts, have four married children and ten grandchildren. They are frequently featured as motivational speakers concerning their experiences in Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia as well as their involvement with key social issues affecting the Commonwealth and the nation.