Meet our

Leadership Team

David Kubal

CEO, President

Dave Kubal has been president and CEO of IFA since 2009. As a nationally recognized faith leader, Dave serves on the National Faith Advisory Board and the National Day of Prayer Task Force. He is also frequently featured in national news outlets such as Victory Channel, CBN, The Stream, and Fox News. A graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary and ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Dave has a deep grasp of the spiritual underpinnings of the nation’s issues. Throughout 40 years in ministry, including as a Vice President with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Dave has excelled in building relationships that exponentially impact the Kingdom. At IFA, Dave has emphasized the tremendous value of the intercessor to God’s plans and purposes, as well as the need to connect each intercessor to the unfolding news, which is in fact history in the making. Dave has published four books: Inspired PrayersInspired PeopleInspired Stories; and Fasting.

Kris Kubal

Chief Program Officer

Kris Kubal serves as IFA’s Chief Program Officer. After a career in marketing and advertising, Kris enjoyed raising her young family before God called her to serve at IFA. On staff for nearly 15 years, Kris has pivoted from her singular role in marketing to also spearhead and oversee IFA programs, including the robust and growing state prayer ministry with nearly 100 volunteer leaders serving on their state’s prayer leadership team and IFA state staff. She and her team lead IFA’s groundbreaking national and state Policy & Prayer events, which are crucial to the growth and effectiveness of IFA’s state prayer movement. Kris also directs IFA initiatives such as Vote Your Values and Appealing for Life. She is the host of IFA’s award-winning weekly webcast and podcast, Pray with America’s Leaders. Connecting with others in policy and prayer to leverage relationships for the Kingdom is Kris’ passion.

Sara Olson

Chief Advancement Officer

Sara Olson, IFA’s Chief Advancement Officer, looks for strategic ways to advance the mission by connecting people, policy, passion, and prayer. Specifically, she enjoys forging new national partnerships and stewarding some of IFA’s most treasured relationships. Her work in D.C. began with Concerned Women for America, and her early career was with The Southwestern Company. She stepped out of the workforce to embrace motherhood when the first of her five children was born. Upon re-entering the workforce, Sara co-founded and oversaw Haystack Associates, an executive search firm serving national clients. In 2008, Sara and her husband, JT, sold their share of Haystack Associates to start a nonprofit organization serving widows and orphans, called Both Hands. Sara subsequently joined Belmont University, where she worked for seven years in areas of progressive responsibility. Sara is a member of The Republican Women of Williamson County, National Federation of Republican Women, and volunteers with Both Hands Foundation. Sara and JT reside in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Judy McDonough

Editor in Chief

Judy McDonough is IFA’s Editor in Chief. In her career as a lawyer, Judy worked as general counsel for Care Net, a national network of crisis-pregnancy centers. After spending two decades as an at-home mother of four children, Bible study leader, non-profit board member and volunteer, Judy joined IFA in 2017 as a writer and editor. In 2018, Judy assumed the role of communications director. Today she oversees a team of fifteen dedicated content producers who create digital and print content that captures the spiritual realities of America’s rapidly changing news. Judy also hosts IFA’s weekly webcast, Headline Prayer Live. She is passionate about the power of prayer to impact our nation and transform lives for Jesus.

Cecelia Gleason

Chief Financial Officer

Cecelia Gleason has diligently served IFA since 2007 in two positions: Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Her earlier career included executive positions with U.S. Ambassador and Senator Richard Stone; a New York based international law firm, a Miami based international bank, and a presidential political appointment under the Reagan Administration at the U.S. Department of State. She married her husband, Chap, in 1982, and after the birth of their first child, left her career to be a stay-at-home mom, raise her children in the Lord, and homeschool them. She returned to the work force in 2005 to serve as Executive Director for Breakthrough International Prayer Ministry and then was called to IFA. In all things, Cecelia sees God’s mercy and grace in her life and believes in the power of prayer. She counts it a privilege and honor to serve at IFA.


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