Fourth Annual Pro-Life Women’s Conference Speakers
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Lauren Muzyka, Esq., Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Lauren Muzyka, Esq., serves as Executive Director of Sidewalk Advocates for Life (SAFL), an organization that trains, equips, and supports sidewalk advocacy groups around the globe to peacefully and effectively offer loving alternatives to women and men entering abortion centers. Since SAFL began in 2014, it has grown to 160 locations worldwide and witnessed almost 6,000 babies saved, 14 facility closures, and 61 abortion workers leave the business among other victories through God's grace.
Lauren is a licensed attorney in Texas whose passion for defending the sanctity of human life led her into the pro-life movement. For over two years just before starting SAFL, Lauren served as Campaign Strategist for the National 40 Days for Life Team, advising their 300+ campaigns in North America running a local campaign.
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from Texas A&M University (2004), as well as an Advanced Certificate in International Affairs (2005). She is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Ave Maria School of Law (AMSOL). She has interned with organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom (Blackstone Fellowship), Americans United for Life, Liberty Institute, Texas Alliance for Life, and the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.
Additionally, Lauren is a trained sidewalk counselor of 19 years. Her greatest joy is her relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, being married to her husband, and bringing God’s people together across denominational lines in the pro-life movement.
Abby Johnson, And Then There Were None
The Walls Are Talking: Former Abortion Workers Tell Their Stories
Abby worked at Planned Parenthood for 8 years. She spent her last two years of employment as the health center director. Abby was Planned Parenthood employee of the year in 2008. Her job responsibilities included managing the clinic flow, supervising all employees (including doctors and nurses), meeting quotas established by Planned Parenthood and budgeting on a monthly basis. She was also responsible for training multiple affiliates on normalizing abortion. Abby left because she became aware of the systemic corruption within the organization as she climbed the corporate ladder. Then she witnessed the humanity of the unborn during an ultrasound guided abortion and realized that she was not helping or empowering women but rather participating in harming them. After Abby quit she was thrust into the media spotlight, and wrote her first book with the goal of reaching other abortion workers. The book, Unplanned, is now a major motion picture that was released in March of 2019. That goal was accomplished when other abortion workers began reaching out to Abby for help in leaving their jobs. Abby sought out resources for abortion workers in the pro-life community and soon realized that there were none. She decided something had to change. Helping workers to leave the abortion industry is the missing puzzle piece to ending abortion as we know it in our country.
No one grows up wanting to work in an abortion clinic and Abby realized that if we can effectively reach out to workers with love; they will leave, and if there are no more abortion workers, then there will be no more abortion clinics, and therefore, no more abortions. It starts with the workers.
Abby knows that no one understands the needs of an abortion clinic worker better than someone who has walked in their shoes. She is that person. With the permission and help of several ATTWN clients, Abby has now written a second book, The Walls Are Talking, to expose what is really taking place inside of the clinics.
Michele Sterlace-Accorsi, JD, LLM, Executive Director of Feminists Choosing Life of New York
The Essential Voice of Pro-life Feminism: Revaluing Life, Connection and Compassion
Michele Sterlace-Accorsi grew up experiencing poverty and, at times, homelessness. She quit high school when she was 17. She later earned her GED and graduated magna cum laude from New York University, while working full-time. While a mother of four young children, at age 37, Michele’s experiences inspired her to advocate for vulnerable populations. She completed her Juris Doctor degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law.
Michele began her legal career as a trial attorney for those seeking custody of abused and neglected children. She continued this work at the Children’s Legal Center in Buffalo, serving as a children’s attorney. Seeing the needs of the community, Michele advanced her studies by attending the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School. While a student at Pepperdine, she worked in the U.S. District Court. She assisted the mediation program director with prisoner rights cases and other civil litigation for the disenfranchised.
In 2017 she completed her studies and her youngest child, born during her first semester of law school, stood proudly by her, along with his siblings, as she graduated with a Master of Laws in Dispute Resolution. from the Straus Institute.
Michele is the paradigm of a pro-life feminist, a role model for equal opportunities for the poor, for women and their children, born and unborn. She served as the spokesperson for Feminists Choosing Life of NY Action’s successful campaign to enact the Women’s Equality Act and to defeat its abortion expansion component.
Heather Burner, National Safe Haven Alliance
Redemption and Revival, Understanding Infant Abandonment
National Safe Haven Alliance Executive Director; Arizona Safe Baby Haven Foundation Board President, R.N., B.S.N, Pediatric Emergency R.N. and Banner Healthcare Safe Haven Coordinator
As the Executive Director for the National Safe Haven Alliance, she leads an extraordinary team of leaders from across the country. After working with Arizona Safe Baby Haven for 8 years and as the Executive Director for over 4 years she was sought after to lead NSHA. She is a wife, mother of 3 children, and grandmother. She has experienced the tragedy through the unnecessary death of a newborn firsthand, and this life changing event propelled her motivation to save the lives of precious newborns and help parents in desperation.
Heather’s commitment to the Safe Baby Haven mission and raising awareness to provide an alternative to infant abandonment has led to many babies finding forever homes, and a safe place for a parent to find care and support in a heartbreaking and at times dangerous situation. She has shown love for her community, parents and babies and is a gracious leader in the Safe Baby Haven realm. Her passion to provide safety and hope shines a light in a time of darkness, she has developed partnerships across the country to be the answer. Heather is also the administrator of a comprehensive training program for healthcare systems to provide best practice and subject matter expert direction in mother and infant safety and prevention. She is now a national speaker and a voice for the voiceless, changing the tide of fear by presenting the knowledge, answers and resources to make an impact.
Sister John Mary, Sisters of Life
The Business of “Is-ness” - Living Peacefully as an Activist
Sr. John Mary was born and raised in Canada and entered the Sisters of Life in 2005. The Sisters of Life are a contemplative/active community of religious Sisters dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Since 2013, she has served in their mission in Toronto, Canada where they accompany vulnerable pregnant women, women suffering after an abortion, offer weekend retreats for women and young adults and do extensive evangelization throughout the country on the dignity of the human person.
Danielle Noonan, Worship Leader
Danielle Noonan is a musician, worship leader and speaker who began leading music at the age of thirteen at her small church in East Texas. Her family was involved in many of the ministries within her church and encouraged her to use her talents in music to lead people to pray. Since then, Danielle has done just that and brings people of all ages together using her music, testimony and storytelling, giving light to the importance of an authentic prayer life, being hopeful in all things and unity amongst people.
As the youngest sibling of 14 and an adoptee, Danielle’s unique and prayerful insight as a daughter of Christ shines through her music. She strives to promote the dignity of all people as well as the beauty of Christ, meeting each person right where they are.
Danielle recently released her new single "Come" and is currently in the studio recording her next project. She is traveling the country with her music, speaking and leading worship at churches as well as performing at festivals, conferences and retreats. Her testimony and songs can be heard on stations such as Guadalupe Radio, Rome Reports, Catholic Playlist, Catching Foxes, etc. She lives in Missouri City, Texas, just outside of Houston with her husband Chris and their three boys, who have all played a major role in her success and continued passion for the Church.
Bethany Bomberger, The Radiance Foundation
Bethany Bomberger is mom to four amazing kids -ages 14,11,10, & 8. She and her hubby, Ryan, co-founded The Radiance Foundation - a life-affirming organization that educates audiences about pressing societal issues and how they impact our purpose. They have reached millions through media campaigns, multi-media presentations, and community outreach. After more than two decades as an educator, Bethany is still passionate about motivating people to live fulfilled lives. She speaks nationwide about issues such as purpose, parenting, and adoption.
Pro-Life Physicians Panel: Compassionate and Comprehensive Care for Women with Reproductive Health Concerns
Marguerite Duane, M.D., MHA, FAAFP - F.A.C.T.S
Dr. Marguerite Duane, a board certified family physician, is co-founder and Executive Director of FACTS – the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science, an organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and students about the scientifically valid natural or fertility awareness based methods of family planning. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where she directs an introductory course on natural methods of family planning. Dr. Duane is a physician with Modern Mobile Medicine, a direct primary care house-calls based practice serving patients of all ages in the DC metropolitan area. Dr. Duane has also previously served on the boards of both the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the FMEC.
Dr. Duane is trained as a Creighton Medical consultant and a TeenSTAR educator. She received her M.D. degree with recognition in primary care from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, PA. She received a Bachelor of Science with Honors degree and a Master of Health Administration degree from Cornell University in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Dr. Duane has been recognized for her leadership efforts by the American Board of Family Medicine which named her as a 1998 Pisacano Scholar, and by the American Academy of Family Physicians which awarded her the AAFP Bristol Meyers Squibb Graduate Medical Education Award in 2002. Dr. Duane balances her career as a teacher and Family Physician, with her role as a mother and wife. She is proud to be accompanied on this life’s journey by her husband and fellow family physician, Dr. Kenneth Lin, and they are delighted to be the parents of 4 young children.
Faith Daggs, M.D., CFCMC, Reply OB/GYN & Fertility
Dr. Faith Daggs is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. She relocated to North Carolina from central Pennsylvania where she served for two decades at Holy Spirit Hospital (now Geisinger Holy Spirit) as an OB/GYN and, most recently, Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She now heads obstetrics services at the Reply Clinic in North Carolina in the WakeMed Cary Hospital.
Dr. Daggs’s interests include high and low risk obstetrics, collaboration and supervision with integrated Certified Nurse Midwives, well-woman care and cooperative treatment of gynecologic disorders, minimally invasive surgery with a focus on endometriosis and fertility sparing techniques, and the incorporation of fertility awareness in the provision of patient care. She is committed to serving her community, and to providing evidence-based, compassionate, and comprehensive care to women and couples.
Dr. Daggs grew up in Red Bank, New Jersey, and attended Catholic University and Georgetown Medical School in Washington, DC. She also completed her OB/GYN residency training at Georgetown. Following residency, she practiced at Holy Spirit Hospital until spring 2018. Dr. Daggs and her husband are the parents of ten children.
Monique Ruberu, M.D., FACOG - Natural Women's Health
Dr. Monique Ruberu is a daughter of God, a wife to an amazing husband and a mother to five adorable kiddos (1 in heaven). She is a convinced Catholic and a Napro Technology Trained Pro Life OB/GYN.
Monique has a beautiful conversion story that she recently published titled "Rising with Roses." This book delves deep into her faith journey which brought her from a broken marriage to an amazing and precious relationship with God. It also addresses many interesting life lessons that she learned along the way and now shares with her patients on a daily basis.
She co-leads two 40 Days for Life campaigns in downtown Philadelphia. She is a pro-life advocate, trained sidewalk counselor and public speaker. She loves to salsa dance, spend time with her Lord in Mass and Adoration, scuba dive, travel and love on her family.
Monique loves speaking about making the most of your marriage, avoiding dating pitfalls and embracing the real purpose of dating, sexual integrity before and after marriage, Napro technology as an alternative to contraceptives, IVF and typical gynecologic care, sidewalk counselling, why men should be on the sidewalk, the aftermath of abortion, and her conversion story. She loves to speak to groups of all sizes. She hopes to engage women and men from middle school to the nursing home.
Dr Susan Caldwell, MD, CFCMC - Hope Woman's Clinic
Dr. Susan Caldwell has served as the medical director of Hope Woman's Clinic in New Orleans since 2015. She is a primary care physician specializing in restorative women's health care. At Hope Woman's Clinic, she offers Naprotechnology since being certified as a medical consultant through the St. Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha. Dr. Caldwell resides in Thibodaux, LA and has 3 children.
Healing After Abortion Panel:
Deanna Falchook, Pro-Life Princesses
Deanna Falchook is a former singing Disney Princess, author, speaker and entrepreneur. When Deanna was 18 and working at DisneyWorld she made the decision to have an abortion and now uses her experience to help other women navigate the process of healing. Her goal is to create as much pro-life media in the form of new biblically based and empowering prolife fairy tales, books, films and content as possible, while equipping and encouraging other women to do the same. Deanna’s pro-life insight and articles have been featured in Charisma, The Federalist, Faithwire and 700 Club. Her pro-life testimony of redemption in Christ has been featured on Glenn Beck, Breitbart, LiveAction, EWTN and the Blaze. Deanna is the founder and leader of Pro-Life Princesses a blog and community on Facebook and enjoys hosting pro-life princess teas and retreats. Deanna is humbly healed by the grace of Jesus and is now the mother of 7 kids (5 internationally adopted) and lives in Orlando near Cinderella’s castle.
LeeAnne Walker, Beauty From Ashes
LeeAnne Walker is passionate about seeing women healed from the grief and shame of abortion. LeeAnne chose to abort her only child in 1995. This led to a self-destructive lifestyle until in 2014 she was offered God’s healing mercies over dinner with a good friend. She has facilitated weekend retreats in Oklahoma, Missouri and Georgia. She has seen women healed and babies honored using the curriculum, “Forgiven and Set Free.”
LeeAnne is enjoying her season of singleness, spending time with family, and traveling.
Janet Lemelle, The Way, Truth and Life Outreach
Janet Lemelle is the Founder and President of WTL- The Way, Truth and Life Outreach, a 501c3 incorporated in 2004, presently doing business as the Waller Pregnancy Care Center and Family Way Empowerment. She is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner and Christian Counseling. Janet has spent over 30 years of her nursing career in maternal-child health, primarily labor and delivery. Janet enjoys teaching, coaching and combining Christian principles to advance both health and education services to the community.
Jessica Russo, Embrace Grace
Jessica Russo is part of the Mission Advancement team for Embrace Grace, a non-profit that helps women with unplanned pregnancies find a place of belonging within the church.
As a teen, Jessica experienced an unplanned pregnancy and because of fear and shame she chose abortion. For 15 years she buried the pain of this experience until the day someone asked her “So, what’s your story?”. This simple question led her on a journey of healing, freedom and into the loving arms of Jesus.
Jessica now loves helping people experience freedom, to break free from their guilt and shame and then use their story for God’s glory! She wants to inspire others to be that someone to see into someone else’s pain and lead them into healing. She has been married for 15 years to the love of her life, Joe, and has 4 amazing boys.
Jennifer McCullough, Girls Like Us, Inc.
Jennifer McCullough is a passionate Pro-Life Activist and the founder of Girls Like Us, Inc. (GLU), located in Atlanta, GA. She speaks nationally to wide audiences including women’s ministry events, pregnancy center benefits, pro-life events, and her story has been aired on Atlanta Live, Friends and Neighbors, and the 2019 March for Life. She has served within the pro-life movement for over 10 years and recently started her non-profit GLU, where she uses her abortion story to educate and bring awareness to her community on the profound and detrimental effects of abortion. Jennifer is passionate to help women find healing after abortion and has made it her life mission to one day be a part of the movement that will end abortion once and for all. She resides with her husband and two dogs in Atlanta, GA. They have one daughter that recently graduated from The University of Georgia.
Carolyn Frandsen, Pregnancy Solutions
Carolyn Frandsen is a Client Coordinator at Pregnancy Solutions, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower men, women, and youth with life affirming options and support.
When Carolyn was a teenager she became unexpectedly pregnant. Feeling alone combined with being uneducated on her options she chose to have an abortion. After the abortion she felt even more alone and the weight of her decision drove her down a path of self destruction. Thankfully she met her now husband, who’s family shared the love of Jesus with her, and was able to start her journey toward healing. Carolyn and her husband Adam are blessed to be parents to three beautiful children.
God lead her to Pregnancy Solutions where she entered a healing program with Support After Abortion. Upon completion Carolyn realized she had a passion for hurting people impacted by an unexpected pregnancy and/or abortion decision. She started out facilitating healing groups when the opportunity to work in the pregnancy centers opened up to her. Carolyn’s heart aligns with the vision of Pregnancy Solutions which is to end the demand for abortion through prevention, intervention, and restoration.
Caring For Birth Mothers Panel:
Carrie Murray Nellis and Vickie Colls, Abiding Love Adoption Agency
Birth parent centered, prolife and pro-one big family, Abiding Love Adoptions provides a powerful living breathing alternative to abortion through open adoption. Founders, Carrie Murray Nellis and Vicki Colls minister daily to expectant mothers who are considering the most gut-wrenching decision of their lives, allowing someone else to be her baby’s parents. They go to the expectant mothers wherever they are, a park bench, a brothel, a college campus, or their home. If wanted, Carrie and Vicki will be at doctor’s appointments, delivery and especially post adoption. Many of the women they have come along side are still in their lives.
Carrie Murray Nellis has been married to Gil Nellis for 16 years and has two daughters, Annabelle Grace and Caroline. She is a licensed attorney in Georgia and has been committed to adoption and birth parents for over 10 years.
Vicki Colls is married to Nestor Colls-Senaha, LTC Retired, going on 18 years. They have five children and three were through open adoption, Jared, Ryan and Terah. Vicki has advocated for birth mothers and their rights for over 7 years
Ashley Mitchell, Lifetime Healing LLC
Ashley Mitchell, owner of Lifetime Healing, set out to seek increased care, understanding, and resources for birth mothers. For almost a decade, Ashley has been one of the most consistent and sought after birth mother voices in the nation. Well known for her vulnerability and transparency in adoption, her story has touched the hearts of countless members of the adoption community and beyond.
Savannah Marten, Facilitator, presenting “When Women Build”
Savannah has served in the Pro-life movement for eight years and specifically in the Pregnancy Center setting since 2013. She currently serves at the Pregnancy Center of Greater Toledo as the Executive Director, a life affirming ministry that helps connect expecting mothers to resources to ensure her, her baby and family experience abundant life. The Pregnancy Center also houses the Haven: a ministry to post abortive individuals and Soul Purpose: a ministry that raises up a community of women who know their value, worth and identity on college campuses. Savannah is passionate about forward thinking strategic planning and cultural competency inside the pro-life movement. She lives in Ohio with her husband Ryan and her pug Louie.
Sue Thayer, presenting “When Women Plan”
No one in the pro-life world has been inside Planned Parenthood longer than Sue Thayer. Having been a Center Manager for nearly 18 years, Sue believed she was helping women. But that all changed when she was informed she would soon be trained to do webcam abortions at her small rural Iowa center. Stunned, her concerns fell on deaf ears. Sue began to see the abortion giant in a new light and ultimately shared her insider’s knowledge. Sue’s vast experience coupled with her changed heart and bold faith has led to a whistle-blower lawsuit, currently in litigation.
Sue led Storm Lake’s first ever 40 Days for Life campaign at the very clinic she supervised for so many years. Shortly after completing the prayer vigil, Storm Lake became the first of 21 Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa to close their doors forever.
Sue is the founder and former Director of Cornerstone For Life Pregnancy Center in Storm Lake, Iowa. She currently works with 40 Days for Life as Director of Outreach. She is passionately pro-life with a deep desire that the whole world understands the darkness of the abortion industry, particularly the evils of webcam abortion.
Having been a foster, adoptive and birth mom for 32 years, Sue has a contagious love of life. She is living proof that God can forgive and save anyone – and that He has an incredible sense of humor!
Heather Lawless, presenting “When Women Dream”
Heather Lawless is the Founder and CEO of Reliance Ministries Inc., a four part holistic pro-life program/model that includes Reliance Center (Medical PRC w/ mobile Unit), Reliance House (Maternity Home), Reliance Men (Men’s/fatherhood program), and Braveheart Coffee (coffee shop/deli where the women living in Reliance House work and learn job skills.) Heather’s own life was spared when her mother chose life despite the advice of her physicians, family and friends to abort. Her passion for life was sparked when Heather found herself facing an unplanned pregnancy, her daughter is now 15. Heather is a passionate dreamer and her desire is to get dirty with people, putting aside judgements and pretenses and loving like Jesus. In addition to Reliance Ministries, Heather leads Embrace Grace in her local church and serves as the Pacific Northwest Regional Representative for Embrace Grace Inc.. She lives in Idaho with her husband Rick and as a blended family they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.
Jennifer Christie, American Sign Language Interpreter
Jennifer Christie began learning American Sign Language when she was ten years old so she could babysit for a neighbor who was deaf. Currently an international pro life speaker, she is taking a break to return to her first love as a Nationally Certified Interpreter. Jennifer is grateful to Abby for recognizing the importance of inclusiveness in pro life events and hopes this is only the beginning in bridging the gap between the hearing and deaf worlds.
Pearl LeRose, American Sign Language Interpreter
Pearl Sims is the daughter of profoundly Deaf parents and one of nine siblings, 6 of whom are Deaf. American Sign Language (ASL) is Pearl's first language. Pearl is an American sign language interpreter who serves the deaf and hard of hearing population in government, educational, medical and other settings in Maryland. In addition, she travels the globe interpreting for Deaf and hard of hearing clients on cruise ships and resorts. Pearl brings a lifetime of experience with and passion for Deaf culture and ASL to the table and is an enthusiastic communicator.
Cynthia J. Wood, Feminists for Life of America
Sexual Harassment: A Pro-Life Issue
Cynthia Wood servers as the National Operations Coordinator for the Feminists for Life of America (FFL). Prior to FFL, she worked for the Federal Government for 35 years as an Environmental Scientist and trainer for numerous workshops including Prevention of Sexual Harassment (POSH), Effective Communication, and Teambuilding and Leadership workshops. Cynthia received a BS/BA in Biology/English from University of North Carolina at Wilmington; completed graduate courses in Environmental Science from University of Houston at Clear Lake; and received a JD/ Law Degree from University of Houston Law Center in 1999. She is a Bar Member of the DC Court of Appeals, Virginia, and Florida. She is a Toastmaster International (ATM) and is a certified in the Self Deployment Inventory (SDI) and Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI).
Joanna Hyatt, Live Action
Embracing the Body You’re Growing
Joanna became heavily involved with a pregnancy clinic in Santa Monica, CA while working for MPower, a film production company. She quickly realized she had a passion for young women and the struggles they face with choices related to sexuality and relationships. Joanna left the film industry and took on the role of Director for Reality Check, a non-profit teen pregnancy and STD prevention program. From 2010-2012, Joanna developed the program into a nationally replicated STD and teen pregnancy prevention curriculum, while simultaneously speaking to over 10,000 teens annually in the Los Angeles area.
In 2013 she authored the desperately needed parenting guide The Sex Talk: A Survival Guide for Parents, to national acclaim, and began speaking internationally on the topics of healthy relationships and sex for both teens and adults in public and private schools, churches, and universities.
Currently, Joanna is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Live Action, a national non-profit that seeks to educate on abortion and the humanity of the preborn.
Joanna Hyatt is based out of the Pacific Northwest, traveling often for work or to accompany her husband on the set of whatever film he is directing. They have three daughters.
Laura Ricketts, Filumena Birth and Bereavement Doula
Pregnancy Loss: Hope, Healing, and How to Help
Laura is a wife, mother, and birth and bereavement doula. She speaks on issues related to birth, pregnancy loss, hope and healing. Laura is also a client manager For And Then There Were None and Vice Chair Of The Guiding Star Project. Her doula ministry is called FiLumena Birth and Bereavement and she lives in the Shenandoah Valley Of Virginia with her husband, her four living children and too many cats.
Pat Layton, Surrendering the Secret
Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion
Pat Layton is Founder and President of Life Impact Network an international ministry based in Tampa, Florida. Through Pat’s passion, leadership and commitment, Life Impact Network founded a crisis pregnancy intervention program (A Woman’s Place); an adoption agency (Woven Basket); a counseling and support ministry for families faced with life-threatening medical conditions of a pre-born child (Comfort Care of Tampa) and finally Surrendering the Secret, an international post abortion recovery ministry. Since opening in 1986, Life Impact Network served over 50,000 women and their families, and raised over 20 million dollars in support of Sanctity of Life ministries and abstinence education.
Pat’s post abortion recovery programs Surrendering the Secret includes a leader’s guide and DVD series. A Surrendered Life, the chapter book companion for STS was released in June 2014 and her latest book Life UnStuck, Finding Peace with your Past, Purpose in your Present and Passion for Your Future was released in March 2015.
Pat has received numerous awards and honors. She is a member of American Association of Christian Counselors; CareNet and Heartbeat (both international networks of pregnancy care centers). She has served her state on the Florida Governor’s Media Service Review Team for the Abstinence Education Plan and the Florida Governor’s Partnership for Adoption and has been recognized by the Florida House of Representatives with the Promise of Excellence award.
Kari Beadner, CFCP
“My Fertility Matters”- An Introduction to the US Launch of The Cycle Show for 9-13-year-old Girls
Kari Beadner is the Director of Guiding Star Orange City. She and her husband Aaron have 3 living children and call Orange City, IA home. Kari is a certified FertilityCare Practitioner and has been teaching the Creighton Model FertilityCare System since 2012. She became a Certified Labor Doula in 2015 and recently became the Coordinator of the US My Fertility Matters - Project Cycle Show. Kari is passionate about teaching women of all ages about how their bodies work and function naturally while providing all of their options for natural, holistic, life-affirming health care.
Alyssa Morgan, Embrace Grace
“Help Her Be Brave: Offering Practical Solutions to Single, Expecting Moms”
Alyssa Morgan is the Director of Group Development for Embrace Grace, Inc. where she connects with churches from around the globe that desire to start support groups for single & pregnant young women in their communities.
There are currently over 540 churches partners with the number growing each week. Her heart for single women walking through unplanned pregnancies started the week before entering college as her best friend found out she was pregnant. After her friend chose a life-altering decision, the Lord revealed that being anti-abortion does not do anything - but that loving people, right where they are at, does.
She is married to Andrew who swept her off her feet over eleven years ago and is momma to two sweet toddler boys, Lucas & Liam. Her heart is to always love and serve the community around her!
Karen Pennell, Karen Pennell Consulting
GPS (Goal Planning Strategy)- How to Activate Your Purpose
Decades of leadership experience in both nonprofit and corporate worlds have provided wisdom that Karen shares with leaders to help them excel in their role. Her highest priority is to help equip ministries, organizations and businesses increase their outreach, expand their territory and excel in their leadership. Karen does not provide a cookie cutter plan, instead she customizes the plan specific to your need. She has served organizations throughout the United States. Her passion is to support prolife organizations because of her deep belief that every child is created in the image of God and worthy of protection.
She is the founder of Karen Pennell Consulting, a wife, mom to four adults, grammy for two amazing grandkids and consultant to nonprofit organizations. Although she enjoys travel and meeting new people she calls beautiful Lancaster County PA her home.
Breakout Panel: “Consistent and Compassionate Messaging in a Digital World”
Karen Garnett, Heroic Media
Karen joined the Heroic Media team as VP of Community Relations and National Expansion in May 2017, bringing 28 years of volunteer and professional experience in the pro-life movement. Commissioned by Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann in 1993, Karen served as the founding Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas (CPLC), the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Dallas, until 2015, and as the 2012-14 Chair of the Life & Family Life Department of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops. Under Karen’s leadership, the CPLC was heralded as the largest and most effective diocesan-based pro-life organization in the world and a model for the nation. In 2016, Karen received the honorary title of CPLC Executive Director Emeritus, and shortly thereafter established Culture of Life Network to serve pro-life organizations through consulting, speaking and help with special projects – which brought her to Heroic Media. Karen is the primary spokesperson for Heroic Media, with extensive experience in public and media relations including radio, television and online news, newspapers, and documentaries, and has been featured in three books.
Karen is originally from Virginia but moved to Texas during her senior year of high school. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 1983, with a minor in Business. Karen and her husband Eddie, married in 1984, are the proud parents of Maria, Will, Johnny, Dane and Mike, and Jordan, lost to miscarriage. The Garnetts are members of Sts. Monica and Rita parishes and the Christian Community of God’s Delight, where Karen serves in music ministry.
Brandy Meeks, And Then There Were None
After graduating from Missouri Western State University in 2007 with a degree in psychology and a minor in communications, Brandy has led and served non-profits who believe in the dignity of ALL human life by working with foster families through mentoring programs, assisting the elderly with end of life issues, helping low-income families find healthcare options, and connecting women considering abortion with their local pregnancy centers. Brandy has 12 years of non-profit leadership experience including serving as the Executive Director of St. Joseph Pregnancy Resource Center in Northwest Missouri and the Director of Marketing and Research Application at Vitae Foundation where she helped over 400 pregnancy centers on their marketing campaigns. In 2018, Brandy joined And Then There Were None as the VP of Operations. She feels so incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to extend love and compassion to abortion industry workers helping them find hope and healing in Christ! She is also the wife to a great guy who loves this mission field as much as she does. She is a mother to five amazing kiddos. Together, they love laughing, talking marketing strategies, building long-lasting memories, and protecting life.
Annie Celotto, Alice Paul Group
Annie is the Founder and Principal of Alice Paul Group, but she prefers to be called 'Aunt' by her precious nieces. Annie started Alice Paul Group, because like Alice Paul, Annie believes that principles never change, but tactics must in order to effect change. Like Alice Paul, Annie believes that it takes a concerted effort by a group of people - grassroots - in order to change the world. After over 10 years of campaign organizing, fundraising and developing targeted political messaging, Annie decided to take those skills and lend them to non-profits. And although she takes her work very seriously, she does not take herself very seriously. Like her life-long hero, Saint Mother Teresa, she thinks that simple acts - making someone smile or laugh - make the profoundest impact on an individual's life, which is why she believes in utilizing new media to do just that. Annie believes that there is nothing more important than seeing the dignity in every person and she is humbled that she gets to wake up every day and help the world to see that dignity through the client work that APG does. She is grateful.
Attorneys Panel (Sidewalk Advocates for Life)
“Confidently Standing Your Ground: The Sidewalk & Your Legal Rights”
Elissa Graves, Esq., Alliance Defending Freedom
Elissa Graves serves as legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a key member of the Center for Life.
Since joining ADF in 2013, Graves has focused her efforts on protecting the First Amendment freedoms of pro-life pregnancy centers and their staff, as well as pro-life sidewalk counselors. She began her career challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers to provide employees with healthcare coverage that includes free contraceptive and abortifacient drugs—regardless of whether that violates their religious convictions.
Graves earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Texas School of Law in 2013. She is member of the state bars of Arizona, Texas, and the District of Columbia. Graves is also admitted to multiple federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Martin Cannon, Esq., Thomas More Society
Martin Cannon is one of several Senior Litigation Counsel at Thomas More Society. In his 30 year career in state and federal courts, he has emphasized pro-life litigation involving life support to brain-injured persons and the continuous defense of sidewalk counselors. He has defended over 40 cases on behalf of sidewalk counselors brought at the behest of Nebraska’s late term abortionist Leroy Carhart and, with fellow Thomas More attorney Matthew Heffron, obtained the jury acquittal of Fr. Norman Weslin on federal FACE charges arising out of events at the Carhart clinic.
Since joining Thomas More Society, Mr. Cannon has tried cases with a winning record in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Alabama and New York. He has resolved other cases in favor of sidewalk counselors without trial in those and many other states. On behalf of 10 Thomas More Society clients, he was lead counsel in defeating Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Federal Court effort to shut down the activities of sidewalk counselors around one of the country’s biggest abortion clinics.
Mr. Cannon has actively assisted state legislators in drafting and passing pro-life legislation, and recently represented Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and the people of Iowa in defense of Iowa’s Heartbeat Law.
Mike Siebel, Esq., Medical Malpractice & Consumer Protection Attorney
Mike Siebel earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Juris Doctor degrees from Creighton University. He has been licensed as an attorney since 1995.
Mike filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2018 on behalf of the estate of 23-year-old Keisha Atkins who died during a botched late-term abortion in 2017. Atkins died after being transferred to the University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) while experiencing complications from a septic infection during an elective late-term abortion performed by Southwestern Women's Options (SWO) in Albuquerque. Atkins was six months pregnant.
Mike serves as general counsel for New Mexico Alliance for Life.