The Center for Marriage Policy Board of Directors


David R. Usher – President

Dave is a policy analyst and creator , political analyst, speaker with 30 years of experience.   He has been   published in World Net Daily, Town Hall, the ACU, Eagle Forum, Heartland Foundation, Human Events, and college textbooks. He graduated Knox College in 1974.  Dave’s specialty is the creation of supply-side socioeconomic policy.  He previously served on the Boards of RADAR and the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.

Dave spent many years independently studying law, social policy, management science, psychology, sociology, feminism, and culture.  He has been cited in peer-reviewed scientific journal studies and been a keynote speaker for Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Pi Sigma honors inductions.  He has been a guest on many radio shows across America, and published in Human Events, World Net Daily, News With Views, the Tea Party Tribune, Renew America, and many other online publications.  He has been cited in books and peer-reviewed scientific journals.

His hierarchical  policy framework positively addresses problems at the source, shrinking downstream consequences, costs to government and business, while naturally rebuilding the necessary socioeconomic foundation of marriage as the  norm.   This approach deflates a long list of very costly social, economic, and human problems, without crisis management and an angry public.  This approach facilitates bipartisan legislation acceptable to everyone because the problem gets solved and costs reduced without harming or disenfranchising anyone.

Restoration of marriage as the social norm will result in a growing tax base, reduce the numbers of individuals needing government assistance, and bring about balanced budgets we have not been able to achieve for decades.  Major urban centers will become attractive places for employers to locate.  Lower taxes coupled with lower crime rates and a more stable work-force will encourage repatriation of jobs from overseas.  The policies address the concerns of many special-interest groups simultaneously.  This will end the era of unproductive special-interest politics, and shift the focus towards achieving common goals benefiting everyone.

David is CEO of Civitas Economic Engineering, anew  policy consulting firm dedicated to establishing productive state and federal  policies reducing human crises and costs to government and businesses.

In his professional career, Dave administered a corporate IT system he invented for a major telecommunications provider for over 20 years, and is a patented inventor and pioneer in the now-established field of coherent fluidics.


Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D — Impact of government on marriage

Stephen Baskerville

Stephen Baskerville

Stephen Baskerville is Professor of Government at Patrick Henry College and Research Fellow at the Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society and at the Independent Institute.  He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and taught politics at Howard University and Palacky University in the Czech Republic.  His second book, Taken Into Custody: The War against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family, was published in October 2007 by Cumberland House Publishing.  He is past president of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children.

Dr. Baskerville is widely recognized as “the leading authority” (in the words of columnist Paul Craig Roberts) on the politics of divorce, custody, and family courts.  His writings on family and fatherhood issues have appeared in leading national and international publications, both popular and scholarly: the Washington Post, Washington Times, Independent Review, Salisbury Review, Society, Chronicles, Political Science and Politics, The American Conservative, Touchstone, Human Events, Women’s Quarterly, Catholic World Report, Crisis, Insight, World Net Daily, Whistleblower, The Family in America, Family Policy Review, American Spectator, The Spectator, The American Enterprise, National Review, Liberty, the Sunday Independent,, New Presence,, and others.  His work has also been published by major public policy “think tanks,” including the National Center for Policy Analysis, Institute for Policy Innovation, Howard Center for Family, Religion, and Society, and the Heartland Institute.

He has appeared on national radio and television programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Dennis Prager Show, The Michael Medved Show, CNN, Court TV with Fred Graham and Katherine Crier, Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg, Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, Janet Parshall’s America, the Albert Mohler Radio Program, and others.

He has been featured in profiles and write-ups in Human Events, Reason magazine, the Gannett newspapers, Enter Stage Right, News with Views, Men’s News Daily, Fathering Magazine, the Washington Times,, the Ottawa Citizen, the Royal Gazette (Bermuda), El Visitante (Puerto Rico), and elsewhere. He is an advisor to the Men’s Health Network and serves on the board of affiliates of Gendercide Watch, a human rights organization that monitors gender-specific atrocities.  He is a contributing editor to the journal, In Search of Fatherhood. Many of his articles on family issues are available at:


Cynthia Davis – Executive Director

Cynthia Davis served in the Missouri House of Representatives for eight years, was the Chairman of the Children and Families Committee and the Chairman of the Interim Committee on Poverty.  Her main accomplishments were tied to promoting legislation to facilitate positive public policy concerning children and families in Missouri.  As a wife of 30 years and a mother of seven, Cynthia has much direct experience in the area of family values and public policy.  She spends much of her time writing and speaking on these issues.

Cynthia has a popular and highly-rated podcast Home Front, covering a wide variety of family and other issues.


Michael J. McManus — Vice President, Rebuilding Marriage Culture

Michael and Harriet McManus co-founded Marriage Savers to push down divorce and cohabitation rates and raise marriage rates.  Their key strategy is for local clergy to adopt a Community Marriage Policy, a signed covenant by scores of churches across denominational lines, to take specific steps at five stages of marriage to better prepare couples for a lifelong marriage, enrich existing ones, save troubled marriages, help the separated to reconcile and stepfamilies to be successful. . Marriage Savers also trains clergy and Mentor Couples in participating churches to achieve the goals. More than 10,000 pastors and priests signed CMPs. An independent study by the Institute for Research an Evaluation of the first 114 CMPs reported that on average, county divorce rates fell 17.5% over 7 years. Seven cities such as Austin, Kansas City, KS, Modesto, CA, and El Paso slashed divorce rates in half.  From 1990-2000 cohabitation fell one-third lower in CMP counties than in control similar counties.

Mike and Harriet co-authored Living Together: Myths, Risks & Answers, “In this ground-breaking book, Mike and Harriet McManus dispel the myth that living together before marriage leads to `happily ever after’ and give the secrets for making marriages succeed,” write David and Claudia Arp, authors of “10 Great Dates.”  Mike McManus published a second book in 2008: How to Cut America’s Divorce Rate in Half: A Strategy Every State Should Adopt.  Mike Huckabee wrote the Foreword and 13 legal and religious experts wrote Endorsements for his suggestion on how to reform No Fault Divorce, which grants every even though divorce is opposed by the other spouse in four out of five cases. “Mike McManus puts his finger on a simple but profound answer: require that in cases involving children that both parents would have to agree to a divorce, except in cases of adultery or physical abuse. I believe this change in the law could cut the divorce rate in half.  That would spare 500,000 children from seeing their parents divorce each year, and save $50 – $100 billion in taxpayer funds,” wrote Rev. Richard Cizik, then Vice President of the National Association of Evangelicals. Mike’s first book was Marriage Savers: How To Help Your Family and Friends Avoid Divorce (1993, 1995), and two collections of his columns have been published: 50 Practical Ways To Take Our Kids Back from the World and Insuring Marriage: 25 Proven Ways To Prevent Divorce.


Stephanie Rubach – Vice President, Social Policy

Stephanie Rubach, RN serves as the St. Louis District Coordinator for Concerned Women for America, the nation’s largest women’s public policy organization. She assists in monitoring public policy action on state and local levels, from tracking legislation, writing alerts and press releases, to working with pro-family groups and lobbying elected officials at various levels.

Stephanie is a founding member of a social network of conservatives African Americans where she connects with others and works towards building positive, life affirming outcomes in the Black community and our nation at large.

Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors for the ‘13th Amendment Freedom Week Movement’ which is designed to promote the freedom philosophy in all its dimensions, including individual freedom, political freedom and religious freedom.

Stephanie speaks regularly at Tea Party events on the subject of pro-family African-American activism. She shares her story and addresses critics of the Tea Party that claim we are without diversity.

In addition to these endeavors Stephanie teaches Advanced Cardiac Life Support to other health care professionals, and is a certified aerobics instructor.

Stephanie is the mother of 3 adopted children, Kenny, Brian and Carlie, and received the 2010 Congressional Angel in Adoption™ award.