Serrin M. Foster
FFL President Serrin M. Foster is the creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign. Her landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” has been recognized as one of the “great speeches in history” in an anthology called Women’s Rights. She has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students and is an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination.
Serrin has led Feminists for Life since 1994. Under her leadership, FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, worked in coalition with other women’s organizations to defeat the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act.
Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and she also testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.”
In January 1997, Serrin moderated the first-ever FFL Pregnancy Resource ForumSM at Georgetown University, which became a model for the country and in 2010 became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Serrin’s efforts earned her an honorary doctorate from Belmont Abbey College in 2008.
Serrin has been interviewed by ABC News, CBN, CNN, EWTN, and FOX News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, Washington Times, and CNN International, RTÉ, and many other news outlets.
Serrin serves as editor-in-chief of The American Feminist and FFL’s resource website, WomenDeserveBetter.com.
Pat Layton is a busy author, speaker and life coach whose desire is to inspire others to embrace lives of peace, purpose and passion. She is the author of 6 books including Surrendering the Secret "Healing the Heartbreak of Abortion" (Lifeway 2008) and her latest release, Life Unstuck (Revell 2015). She started and led one of one of the nations largest pregnancy resource centers located in Tampa, Florida for over 25 years. Pat has been featured on Focus on the Family, Life Today and Proverbs 31 Ministries. Pat and her husband Mike have been married for over 40 years and have 3 married children and 5 "G's". They enjoy doing ministry together, traveling and a sweet tea home in Tampa, Florida.
Abby Johnson has always had a fierce determination to help women in need. It was this desire that both led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood and caused her to flee the organization and become an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. During her eight years with Planned Parenthood, Abby quickly rose in the organization’s ranks and became a clinic director. She was increasingly disturbed by what she witnessed. In 2009, when watching an ultrasound-guided abortion, the full realization of what abortion was and what she had dedicated her life to washed over Abby and a dramatic transformation took place. Desperate and confused, Abby sought help from a local pro-life group. She swore that she would begin to advocate for life in the womb and expose abortion for what it truly is.
Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of And Then There Were None, a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 300 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and five precious children.
Bethany Bomberger is mom to four amazing kids -ages 13,10,9, & 7. 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.
Cheryl Calire has served as the Director of the Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo for the past eight years. As Co-Founder, Cheryl oversees the St. Gianna Pregnancy Outreach Center with three satellite locations as well as Project Rachel with local clergy, among other pro-life projects. Sidewalk Advocates for Life-Buffalo, NY, under her leadership, was one of the first locations in the nation. Her latest project is the Mother Teresa Home, serving families in unplanned or unsupported pregnancies. She and her husband of 24 years have been blessed with five children and four grandchildren.
Dianna Lara is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Lewisville For Life which exists to advocate for all forms of life at all stages of development; through the organization, she also serves as Program Director for SAFL-Lewisville. Her passions include reaching out to men and women at abortion-referral facilities, teaching natural fertility awareness, and serving her husband and two homeschooled children.
Annette worked at Planned Parenthood for 9 months. She was a Health Center Manager (HCM). Annette has a very similar story to Abby Johnson. Like Abby, she was responsible for guiding the ultrasound for two day procedures and just like Abby, she was not certified to operate an ultrasound machine, nor was she certified in the medical field. It was the ultrasound guided abortions that re-humanized the babies for her and ultimately led her to leave the industry after just nine months.
Annette has chosen to be a public and vocal part of ATTWN because she knows there are people out there who need help and they need to hear the voice of someone who has been “in their shoes” - someone who wants to love them out the industry the way she was loved out.
Monica Leal Cline
Monica was trained by Planned Parenthood to target teens for outreach and volunteered at several of their community events while working as a sexual health educator at ALLGO/Informe-SIDA. Later, she worked at The Center for Health Training as the Title X (family planning) Training Manager for Texas and New Mexico. Monica was responsible for providing Sexual Risk Reduction Education (sex ed) in the community, in schools and at health centers. She taught client-centered care, and communication skills to the clinics (how to communicate with a client in the clinic with no judgement, how to listen effectively to provide services). She was responsible for training and providing ongoing support to Planned Parenthood about their grants and what they were required to do to keep them. Monica left The Center for Health Training because she realized they were not committed to giving women options but that their focus was abortion centered.
Monica's goals in speaking out go way beyond just being a part of ATTWN. She is currently working on developing her own curriculum to educate parents on how to teach their own teens about their bodies and health. Monica says, “We all bought the idea that we were doing the right thing, that we were working with a population that no one else wanted to reach out to, or is difficult to reach. We believed we were the ones doing something good and right. We need a new approach. An approach that empowers parents to “Reclaim Parenthood” and become the primary sex educators for their children. The more we get the info out and stop judging the workers, the more we will get out there and transform our culture in how to truly prevent the hardships that Planned Parenthood pretends to address.
Dr. Rachel MacNair
Rachel MacNair is vice-president of the Consistent Life Network (CLN). She served as president of Feminists for Life of American from 1984-1994. Among the many books she’s authored is Achieving Peace in the Abortion War. She has also co-edited the books ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today, Consistently Opposing Killing, and Peace Psychology Perspectives on Abortion. She’s the national coordinator for CLN’s campaign -- Grassroots Defunding: Finding Alternatives to Planned Parenthood.
Sr. Veronica Mary
Sister Veronica was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the third of six children. She attended Providence College and Rhode Island Colleges, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing with a concentration in gerontology.
Prior to entering the convent, Sister Veronica served for 6 years as an RN in the Air Force, and continued in this profession until entering religious life. She found her passion in the pro-life arena, and volunteered for five years at a pregnancy center in Connecticut. She was studying theology and bioethics at Holy Apostles Seminary and College, when in His great mercy, the Lord invited her to be His alone - and she said ‘yes’.
She entered the Sisters of Life in 1999 and made final vows in 2007. She has served at the Community’s Holy Respite (a home for pregnant women in need) in Manhattan, and as the Director of the Family Life/Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York. She is currently serving in the Hope and Healing Mission – an outreach to those who are suffering after abortion – a beautiful work of God’s great love and unfathomable mercy.
She now lives her pro-life passion with the sure confidence that it is her fidelity to her vocation as a religious Sister, grounded in prayer and contemplation, that is her greatest contribution to building a Culture of Life.
Bethany Mistretta serves as National Program Manager for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she oversees the day-to-day program operations; she has been with the ministry for over three years. Bethany loves to visit leaders across the country, serving them through trainings and sidewalk instructionals.
She lives in Tampa, FL with her husband, two sons, and two cats.
In her spare time you can find her playing board games, swimming, or at church.
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 147 locations worldwide and witnessed over 4,000 babies saved, 11 facility closures, and 50 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 18 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.
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 also 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.
In 2013, Danielle released her first EP – Restoration – followed by a full-length album in 2014 called The Awaken Project. Since then, she has been experimenting with different styles of songwriting focusing on falling back in love with the piano. She connected with Shawn Williams (Papercastle Records) to produce her next EP – Undone. The partnership formulated her soulful and passionate sound woven together with melodic strings and keys. In this project, Danielle shares her journey of living authentically, the true goodness & healing of Christ that she's experienced firsthand in her life and witnessed in the lives of others.
In November 2017, Danielle released her new single "Come" and is already preparing for the 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 roll in her success and continued passion for the Church
Susan O’Neill serves as Eastern Program Coordinator for Sidewalk Advocates for Life where she advises locations in the eastern half of the country. Prior to joining the SAFL National Team two years ago, she was the local Program Director for SAFL-Richmond, VA. Susan graduated from Virginia Wesleyan University with a degree in Communications and minor in Psychology. Susan, her husband, and three children live on a peanut farm in Virginia. In her spare time, she can be found hiding alone, enjoying an Investigation Discovery mystery, and relishing in the solitude that INFJ’s require to recharge.
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 whistleblower lawsuit.
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, Planned Parenthood closed its doors forever.
Sue shares her miraculous conversion with honesty, transparency and humor. Having been a foster and adoptive parent for 27 years, she has an amazing love for children. As founder and Director of Cornerstone For Life Pregnancy Resource Center, Sue has truly come full circle.
Pamela Whitehead is the projects manager for And Then There Were None. Her passion for life was inspired by her dramatic conversion in 2009 and a revival in her heart in 2012 that led her to sidewalk advocacy. A ministry was birthed in her that year to “be the one” for women who feel backed into a corner with no way out except abortion, to unmask the deception that we can’t parent and prosper, and to offer a hand up instead of just a hand out. As a post-abortive woman, she knows the effect of not having a voice of truth in a woman’s life.
Pamela served in the United States Army which helped to shape her work ethic and core values. She has been a sidewalk advocate for 6 years in front of the largest abortion facility in the western hemisphere, Planned Parenthood in Houston and now advocates at Houston Women’s Clinic as well. She volunteers as the program director for Sidewalk Advocates for Life in her area. She lives in Katy, Texas with her husband and two daughters.
Breakout Session Speakers:
Ifeoma Anunkor is director of EXPECT, the Human Life Review’s initiative for young professionals and college students. Originally from Harlem, New York, Ifeoma received a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree from Amherst College. After some time in public interest law firms, she is embarking on a career in pro-life advocacy. She is especially interested in addressing the abortion industry’s aggressive targeting of black women in the U.S., and increasingly in Sub-Saharan Africa, where her family is from. She now resides in New York City.
Agnes was raised in Hamburg, Germany as the oldest of six siblings.
She emigrated from Germany in 1979.
She has a strong passion for teaching women and couples about their fertility. She became a Creighton Practitioner in 2011, a trained speaker for FACTS in January 2016 and became a certified FCP in February 2017..
Agnes has studied the Theology of the Body and she enjoys explaining medical things to non-medical people. In the summer of 2013 she moved to Temple after living in New York for 22 years. She greatly enjoys a deep relationship with her three grown children all in their 30's and with her three grandchildren. Her entire large family of origin lives in Germany.
Dr. Marguerite Duane
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.
Amy Ford is the President and Co-Founder of Embrace Grace, a non-profit that inspires and equips the church to love on single and pregnant young women as well as the author of A Bump in Life: True Stories of Hope & Courage during an Unplanned Pregnancy. Embrace Grace works with hundreds of churches across the nation, providing curriculum to help moms with unintended pregnancies and inspire the church to have a pro-love approach with walking alongside single moms.
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa is a feminist because she believes women deserve equal rights and that for far too long we were treated as nothing more than property. She doesn't believe any human being should ever be treated as property which is why she's a PRO-LIFE feminist. She lives with her husband and four hilarious children in the great state of Texas, and frequently writes for the Dallas Morning News. Her group New Wave Feminists has been featured in the New York Times, on VICE News, HuffPo, The Atlantic, and Slate. And all in a pretty flattering light... go figure.
A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Joanna Hyatt’s first immersion into the world of procuring content was an on-air host and producer for one of the first online platform channels, SAFE WORLD. Joanna interviewed celebrity personalities and sought out stories that spoke directly to the core young audience. From this experience, she become one of the revolving on-air hosts for the well renowned, JCTV.
In 2007, Joanna utilized her media experience to move into the feature film realm as a Production Executive with Mpower Pictures, where she worked with producers Steve McEveety (Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ) and John Shepherd (The Ultimate Gift) on multiple films, including the powerful, award winning The Stoning of Soraya M. that shed light on the struggle for women’s rights in the Middle East.
During her time at Mpower, Joanna became heavily involved with a pregnancy clinic in Santa Monica, CA. 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 two daughters.
Hailing from central Minnesota, Leah has been working with young people and mothers since 2000. As mother to six children and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, she has a special interest in supporting young women as they transition into becoming new mothers. Her passion for women’s health has led her to found The Guiding Star Project, a national non-profit organization with seven Guiding Star Centers in six states. Her work with Guiding Star is truly reframing the dialogue about what it means to provide authentic women’s healthcare services in the United States.
Mary Kellett is the founder and director of Prenatal Partners for Life, a non-profit ministry that offers support, information and encouragement to families that receive an adverse diagnosis before or after the birth of their child. Prenatal Partners for Life also strives to educate the world about the unique gift these children are to their families and communities. Mary and her husband Don have 11 children and 18 grandchildren. Their youngest son Peter who was the inspiration for Prenatal Partners for Life, went home to heaven in August 2011. PPFL has supported families in every state and 46 countries.
Courtney is both the Co-Executive Director of FAC and also the lead consultant. As the Co-Executive Director Courtney assumes many roles within FAC. As an adoption consultant she walks alongside adoptive families throughout their adoption journey, assisting with each step along the way. In addition to consulting, she maintains close working relationships with multiple licensed agencies and attorneys, while continuing to build new relationships for the future. Courtney has been married for almost 15 years. The Lord has blessed her with 8 beautiful children through the miracle of both birth and adoption. Her passion for adoption originated from her strong pro-life convictions as well as their desire to honor the biblical mandate to care for the least of these. Having adopted both special needs and transracially, Courtney’s passion is clear and gives them a unique perspective to offer their clients.
Carrie Murray Nellis and Vicki Colls
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
Jalesia “Jasha” F. McQueen
Jalesia “Jasha” F. McQueen, is Co-Owner and Executive Director of Embryo Defense (www.embryodefense.org). She also is an attorney and owns her firm McQueen Kuenzel LLC. Jasha began her personal battle for her frozen embryos (Noah and Genesis) in late 2010 when her divorce was filed in St. Louis County, Missouri. After many delays, the trial was held in September of 2014. In April of 2015, the trial court stated that Noah and Genesis were “property” and denied giving Jasha custody of them, even though her and her ex-husband had signed a consent to give them to Jasha if they ever divorced. Jasha appealed the decision to the highest levels in Missouri but lost in 2017 after the Appellate Court agreed with the lower court and the Supreme Court refused to hear her case. Jasha started Embryo Defense with Rebecca Kiessling and has become a pioneer in this new pro-life area. Jasha has crafted and assisted in introducing legislation in Missouri to attempt to give parents their offspring in cases of disputes with frozen embryos. She is also the lead counsel in a celebrity case involving Nick Loeb and Sofia Vergara, where she represents Nick Loeb and his frozen daughters (Emma and Isabella) in his fight to seek sole and legal custody of his daughters over the desires of Sofia which is to keep them frozen indefinitely. She is also co-executive producer of the new film Roe v. Wade, The Untold Story (www.roevwademovie.com), along with executive producers Nick Loeb, Jon Voight, Alveda King and Stephen Baldwin, which tells the real story of the Negro Project under Margaret Sanger and the botched case of Roe v. Wade.
A second generation immigrant fluent in Spanish, Jasha graduated cum laude with a law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She also served on active duty in the U.S. Army for 5 years, leaving at the rank of Captain. Jasha earned a master’s degree in human resource management from Troy State University and an undergraduate degree in Communications, magna cum laude, from the University of Tampa. Jasha is the mother of 5 children (three born and two unborn). Two of her boys are twins and conceived at the same time as Noah and Genesis. The other youngest one has Down’s syndrome and is a happy healthy boy. Noah and Genesis are currently in cryopreservation in Pennsylvania. Jasha also enjoys running, working out, writing music and playing her guitar. She has recently written a song about Noah and Genesis which will feature in a documentary made about her struggle to save her babies, as well as other embryo parents.
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.
Dr. Monique Ruberu
Dr. Ruberu is a daughter of God, wife to an amazing husband, mother of 3 sweet children and a Pro Life Ob/Gyn living and working in the Philadelphia area. She is a Napro Technology Medical Consultant, thus addresses all gynecologic problems without the use of contraceptives. She helps women to address issues with infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and low progesterone. Monique also co chairs the downtown Philadelphia 40 days for life outreach and is very active in the pro life movement. Her goal in life is to know, love and serve God in all that she does.
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).