SPEAKERS

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Charlotte Pence

Best-Selling Author & Daughter of Vice President Mike Pence

Charlotte Pence is a best-selling author & the daughter of Vice President Mike Pence. She is a current contributor to Lightworkers.com and her work has been published in The Washington Times, Glamour magazine and featured in US Weekly, among other major media outlets. A graduate of DePaul University with a BA in Digital Cinema Screenwriting and English, Charlotte contributed writing and production skills to the Emmy Award-winning documentary Fleeced (WFYI Productions). Charlotte currently attends Harvard Divinity School where she is a candidate for a Masters in Theological Studies, with an emphasis on religious themes in literature and culture..

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David Bereit

Founder and former CEO of 40 Days for Life

David Bereit started and led 40 Days for Life through its first decade, building it into the largest grassroots pro-life mobilization in the world. Bereit is an internationally sought after speaker, media spokesperson, bestselling author, and strategic advisor to many top pro-life organizations.
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Patrina Mosley

Director of Life, Culture and Women’s Advocacy

Patrina Mosley serves as the Director of Life, Culture and Women’s Advocacy at the Family Research Council. Her writings and research examine the sanctity of life and women’s dignity issues in policy and culture.

Specifically, Patrina specializes in advocating for women in matters of abortion, sex trafficking, and pornography. From her policy analysis to cultural commentary, her goal is to motivate others to action from a biblical worldview.

Her commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Examiner, The Hill, Townhall, The Federalist, The Daily Signal, The Christian Post and more. She has also testified in state legislatures on fetal pain in abortion, and the influence pornography has to normalize violence against women as well as its effect in increasing the demand for sex trafficking.

Before her current role, Patrina served as Family Research Council Action’s Assistant Director where she walked alongside state and federal campaigns for endorsement. Combining her passion for elections and educating voters, she oversaw numerous grassroots projects to lead endorsed candidates of faith, family, and freedom to victory.

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Matt Birk

Former American Football Player

Matthew Birk is a former American football center. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at Harvard. Birk is a two-time All-Pro, six-time Pro Bowl selection, and one-time Super Bowl champion. Birk is a powerful voice for Life, raising awareness of the value of the pre-born, and together with his wife both support pregnancy resource centers.

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Dr. Monique Ruberu

Pro Life Ob/Gyn

Dr. Monique Ruberu is a daughter of God, a wife to an amazing husband and a mother to five adorable kiddos (2 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 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 counsellor 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.

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Kristan Hawkins

President Of Students for Life of America

Kristan Hawkins is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, and a human rights advocate. President of Students for Life of America, she was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she has built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups scattered around the country to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,200 Students for Life chapters in all fifty states. Under her leadership, Students for Life exists to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by recruiting, training, and mobilizing this pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry. A frequent speaker and media analyst, Kristan’s expertise includes abortion, feminism, disability advocacy and healthcare, as she navigates the social conditions and public policy that impacts the human rights issue of our day.​

A published author, Kristan wrote Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime. She has interviewed on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, CBS, ABC, and HBO and has received the title, “One of the 4 worst anti-abortion misinformers,” by Media Matters, a title of which she is very proud. Kristan regularly speaks at pro-life conventions and events across the United States including leading college campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, and UC-Berkeley.

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Gov. Scott Walker

Governor of Wisconsin

Scott Walker is an American politician who served as the 45th governor of Wisconsin from 2011 to 2019. A Republican, he was first elected governor in 2010, defeating an attempted recall in 2012 and being elected for a second term in 2014. He formerly served as Milwaukee County Executive and in the Wisconsin State Assembly.

Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Walker was raised in Iowa and in Delavan, Wisconsin, before attending Marquette University. While in school, he worked for IBM before leaving his senior year to take an opportunity to work full-time in finance and development for the American Red Cross. In 1993, Scott was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly. Then, in 2002, he became the first Republican elected Milwaukee County Executive. Voters in the overwhelmingly Democrat county re-elected Scott by increased margins in 2004 and 2008 because he kept his promises to continuously reform county government and put taxpayers first.

On January 3, 2011, Scott Walker was inaugurated as the 45th Governor of Wisconsin. One of his first reforms, Act 10, helped eliminate the state’s $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes or cutting health care for those in need. It gave schools and local governments the tools to balance budgets without the massive layoffs seen in other states.

On June 5, 2012, Scott Walker became the first Governor in American history to survive a recall election. He received both more votes and a higher percentage of the vote than in his 2010 election, proving again that Wisconsinites want leaders in office who keep their promises. On November 4, 2014, Scott was re-elected to a second term.

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Lila Rose

President of Live Action

Lila Rose is a speaker, writer, podcast host, and human rights activist. Lila founded and serves as president of Live Action, a media and news nonprofit dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects all human life. Live Action’s groundbreaking news coverage and compelling videos reach several million people online every week. Lila is the host of “The Lila Rose Show,” a podcast that tackles faith, relationships, culture and politics.

Lila also speaks internationally on faith, family and cultural issues, and has addressed members of the European Parliament and the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. Lila has been named among the National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35,” and Christianity Today’s “33 under Thirty-Three.” A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lila and her husband reside in Los Angeles.

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Ryan Bomberger

co-founder of RadianceFoundation.org

Ryan Bomberger is an Emmy® Award-winning creative professional, international public speaker, columnist, factivist, and author of the powerful book, Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong. He is also the co-founder of RadianceFoundation.org, a life-affirming organization based on the belief that every human life has purpose. Ryan has a rather unique perspective of the innate nature of purpose. He is one of ten children who were adopted and loved in a racially diverse family of fifteen. Today, as an adoptee and adoptive father, he enjoys boldly illuminating the intrinsic worth we all possess.

He and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation to extensively research and creatively present challenging social issues through ad campaigns, multimedia talks, fearless journalism, and compassionate community outreaches. From keynotes at renown locations like Harvard, Princeton, Columbia Law School, University of Notre Dame, Ireland’s Trinity College, March for Life DC, March for Life UK, Capitol Hill briefings, and hundreds more events here and abroad, Ryan is passionate about helping to build a culture that values Life in all of its stages.

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Alison Howard Centofante

Director of External Affairs - Live Action

Alison is the Director of External Affairs at Live Action, a national non-profit working to educate on abortion and the humanity of the preborn. In this role, Alison handles media, government relations, Live Action's Ambassador Program, and travels sharing Live Action's mission.

Alison previously served at Alliance Defending Freedom and Concerned Women for America. Her work has been featured on Fox News, ABC, NPR, CBN, and other media outlets. Her work has been published in National Review Online, World Magazine, The Federalist, and The Blaze. Alison was named to Red Alert Politics “30 under 30” list and Christianity Today’s Reader’s Choice “33 under 33.

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Tyson C. Langhofer

Director of the Center for Academic Freedom

Tyson C. Langhofer serves as senior counsel and director of the Center for Academic Freedom with Alliance Defending Freedom. Langhofer has represented college students and student organizations throughout the country in defending their freedom of speech, freedom of association, and free exercise of religion. In Young Americas’s Foundation v. Covino, he successfully represented YAF, Ben Shapiro, and California State UniversityLos Angeles students in a lawsuit against university administrators for First Amendment violations—when they allowed a mob of professors and students to physically block students from attending Shapiro’s scheduled speech on the campus. In Grace Christian Life v. Woodson, he successfully represented a religious student group at North Carolina State University in a lawsuit against administrators for violating their First Amendment freedoms when they prevented students from discussing religious topics because they did not acquire the university’s pre-approval.
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Jennifer Lahl, R.N., M.A.

CBC President

Ms. Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice.

Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR.

She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has twice addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.

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Katrina Furth, PhD

Associate Scholar, Charlotte Lozier Institute

Katrina Furth, PhD specializes in communicating neuroscience concepts with non-scientific audiences. Since graduating with a PhD in Neuroscience from Boston University, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, which promotes science and statistics for life.

Dr. Furth enjoys educating scientists and non-scientists alike about brain development and leads seminars and talks about the neuroscience of the unborn. She believes that as people come to understand more about embryonic and fetal development, they will be more likely to support life-affirming policies.

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Sue Ellen Browder

Journalist

Journalist Sue Ellen Browder writes from Lander, Wyoming, home of Wyoming Catholic College. An award-winning investigative reporter, Sue Ellen has spoken on a panel for women's empowerment at the United Nations and has appeared on the Today Show, Oprah, EWTN News Nightly, and hundreds of radio talk shows.

As a freelance writer for many women's magazines, including Cosmopolitan, New Woman, and Woman's Day, she's had a lifetime of experience with the women's movement as it unfolded in the media, both on the public stage and behind the scenes. Her book Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women's Movement (Ignatius Press) blows the whistle on the behind-the-scenes maneuverings that led to abortion and contraception being inserted in the National Organization for Women's "Bill of Rights" by a mere 57 people.

Her latest book, to be co-published in November by the Augustine Institute and Ignatius Press, is Sex and the Catholic Feminist. The title of her inspiring talk: "Why the Pro-Life Movement is the Authentic Feminist Movement of the 21st Century."

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Stephanie Gray

Speaker & Author

Stephanie Gray is an international pro-life presenter from Vancouver, Canada, who has traveled North America, Central America, and Europe speaking almost 1,000 times over two decades to vast and varied crowds, including medical, legal, political, and university audiences.

In 2017 she spoke for the series “Talks at Google,” presenting at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA, on the topic “Abortion: From Controversy to Civility.” The Youtube recording went viral and is part of the 200 popular uploads out of more than 4,000 “Talks at Google.” Stephanie is also a writer, having authored the book “Love Unleashes Life: Abortion and the Art of Communicating Truth.”

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UBC in Vancouver, and a Certification, with Distinction, in health care ethics from the NCBC in Philadelphia. Learn more at loveunleasheslife.com.

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Marjorie Dannenfelser

President of Susan B. Anthony List

Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of Susan B. Anthony List. Over the last three election cycles, SBA List and its super PAC, Women Speak Out, have reached more than 4.6 million voters by visiting voters at their homes to win a pro-life White House and secure a strong pro-life majority in the U.S. Senate. She previously served as chair of Donald Trump’s Pro-life Coalition after securing four pro-life commitments from the nominee during the 2016 campaign.

Mrs. Dannenfelser has been published widely including in TIME, The Washington Post, and National Review and profiled by New York Magazine, The Telegraph, The New Yorker, and The Washington Post. She is a regular contributor to Fox News, CNN, CBN, EWTN, and NPR, among others. She serves on the board of Alliance Defending Freedom, as well as Life Perspectives’ Task Force. Appointed by Senate Leader McConnell, Marjorie is also a member of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission.

An alumna of Duke University, she and her husband Marty live in Arlington, Virginia, and have five children.

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Mary Kellett

founder of Prenatal Partners for Life

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.

Mary and her husband Don have 11 children, the youngest was Peter who had trisomy 18 and went home to heaven in August 2012.

Since 2005, PPFL has supported thousands of families in every state and 50 countries. For more information please visit www.prenatalpartnersforlife.org.

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Josh Brahm

President of Equal Rights Institute

Josh Brahm is the president and co-founder of Equal Rights Institute. A sought-after speaker, Josh has spoken for more than 23,000 people in five countries and in 22 of the 50 states.

Josh’s primary passion is helping pro-life people to be more persuasive when they communicate with pro-choice people. That means ditching faulty rhetoric and tactics and embracing arguments that hold up under philosophical scrutiny.

He has publicly debated leaders from Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Georgians for Choice, and one of the leading abortion facilities in Atlanta.

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Terry Schilling

Executive Director of American Principles Project

Terry Schilling (@Schilling1776) is the executive director of American Principles Project, a conservative advocacy group in Washington, DC dedicated to advancing the American a Family through politics and public policy.

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Anne Cori

Chairman of Eagle Forum

Anne Schlafly Cori is Chairman of Eagle Forum and has served on Eagle Forum boards of directors since 2008.

From 2012-16, Anne Cori was the regular guest host for “Eagle Forum Live”, a weekly radio show on the Bott Radio Network, and she hosted fifty programs. She has emceed several Eagle Forum events over the years, including Eagle Council and Collegians.

Anne is the daughter of Phyllis Schlafly. She and her husband, Tom Cori, have hosted many candidate fundraisers in their home.

Anne has a B.A. in history from Georgetown University.

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Toni McFadden

Founder of Relationships Matter

Toni is a Pro-Life speaker and the Founder of the Program, Relationships Matter. Toni shares her story of regret with transparency while leaving her listeners with hope.

Toni holds a bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and her master’s degree in Biblical Counseling from Summit University. She was the former Relationship Educator and Director of Relationship Education Program in the greater Philadelphia area for 6 years and has shared this program internationally in Africa and Israel.

Toni has been married to her wonderful husband Kris McFadden for 10 years and they have 4 beautiful children. She loves helping people see their worth and giving them hope through her own story, being an advocate for the unborn, being a stay at home mom, and spending time with her family.

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Kelsey Harkness

Senior Producer, The Heritage Foundation

Kelsey Harkness is a senior writer and producer at The Daily Signal, the multimedia news organization at The Heritage Foundation. Her work includes writing, reporting, podcasting, producing documentaries, and appearing on TV. She is the co-host of the weekly podcast, “Problematic Women,” and is an editor of BRIGHT, a morning newsletter for women, by women.

In addition to her work with The Daily Signal, Harkness is a contributor to The Federalist, a visiting fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum, and a senior fellow with The Steamboat Institute. She is a regular on Fox News and Fox Business, and in 2018, she was a featured speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on the panel, “#UsToo: Left Out by the Left.” Before joining The Daily Signal, Harkness worked at Fox News in New York City.

She graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA, with a self-designed double major in international affairs and film and media in politics. Harkness, who grew up in Wilton, Conn., currently resides in Washington, DC, with her husband and her Australian shepherd, Utah. She balances her passion for politics with an affinity for yoga.

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Bobby Angel

Campus Minister & Theology Teacher

Bobby Angel is a campus minister and theology teacher at an all-boys' Catholic high school in Anaheim, CA. Married in 2013, he and his wife Jackie have three beautiful children who won’t let them sleep. Bobby and Jackie also have a video ministry through the Ascension Presents channel on YouTube, highlighting topics of faith, family, and the call to loving fruitfully.

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Liz Wheeler

Host of "Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler", One America News Network

In April 2018, Liz was profiled by Politico magazine as a “titan of conservative media” along with Ben Shapiro, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Tucker Carlson, Allie Stuckey, and Dana Loesch.

In August of 2016, Liz was named a top 10 “30 under 30” conservative rising star by Red Alert Politics. That same year, Liz spoke at CPAC and at the Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference. In 2017, she keynoted the Liberty Dinner for the Riverside Republican Party and in 2018, Liz delivered they keynote address for the Alaska Republican Party's state convention.

Liz’s pithy, poignant three-minute Final Point videos, which air at the end of her nightly broadcast on OANN, rack up hundreds millions of views on social media every year.

Liz's book "Tipping Points: How to Topple the Left's House of Cards" was named a Publisher's Weekly National Bestseller in August of 2019.

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Dawn M. Baker, LMSW

Service Line Director for Pregnancy Counseling and Domestic Infant Adoption Bethany Christian Services, Michigan

Dawn believes it is a privilege to come alongside women who are considering an adoption decision. She has worked in the field of unplanned pregnancy for 30+ years and now is the Director of Michigan Infant Adoption and Pregnancy Counseling. In 2009, MTV began following the story of one of Dawn's clients, documenting the pregnancy counseling and adoption placement by birth parents Catelynn and Tyler, in three reality shows: 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom OG. These shows have exposed a new generation to the life-affirming option of adoption, the blessing of open adoption, and the ongoing journey through grief and loss. Dawn has spoken around the country on university campuses, sharing information about open adoption. Dawn is committed to serving staff and clients with excellence and joy! Dawn holds a Master’s degree in social work from Eastern Michigan University.

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Sara Littlefield

Heartbeat International’s Ministry Services

Sara Littlefield became a member of Heartbeat International’s Ministry Services’ team in June 2018. Prior to her work with Heartbeat, Sara served as the Director of the Abortion Pill Reversal program (now known as the Abortion Pill Rescue Network) and was overjoyed to be able to witness its transition into the capable hands of Heartbeat. She has first-hand experience working in pregnancy help organizations as a client services manager, event and volunteer coordinator, and sexual integrity educator. Sara graduated from Franciscan University in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work. She has lived in five cities in six years, but has since returned to her San Diego hometown where she lives with her sister and nephew.
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Nafisa Kennedy

Director of Option Line at Heartbeat International

Nafisa Kennedy is the current Director of Option Line at Heartbeat International. She began working with Option Line 14 years ago, and held every position in the program—handling more than 230,000 hotline contacts-before being promoted to Director in 2017. Nafisa lives in Columbus, OH with her husband and two small boys (under two).
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Petra Wallenmeyer

Content Director, Human Defense Initiative

Petra is a Kansas City native currently living in Columbus, OH. She has an M.S. in Chemistry from OSU. Right now, she is a staff teaching associate at OSU, Content Director at Human Defense Initiative, and an OptionLine Consultant. She loves reading, teaching, being around other people, and advocating for human rights for all humans.
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Lyndsy Flanagan

Life-affirming Specialist, Option Line Team

Lyndsy Flanagan is a life-affirming specialist on the Option Line Team. She graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute, in Dallas Texas. She is an author and founder of a ministry called Unmask that helps women uncover their deepest wounds in order to live a life of healing and wholeness. Through her own personal story she also travels and speaks to women about being an overcomer from their past. Lyndsy and her husband Ryon work at Adventure Church as the Next Generation Directors and reside in Columbus Ohio.
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Stephanie Berent

Birth Mother

Stephanie is both an adopted child, as well as a birth mother herself. She is an advocate for adoption and actively speaks at events such as waiting family meetings, where she helps educate couples on adoption; specifically open adoption. She has been published in many education-related marketing materials and testimonials, sharing her personal experiences, living on two different sides of adoption. She helps counsel women who are going through unplanned pregnancies, as well as during the post- adoption process, by attending and speaking at birthmother support groups.

Stephanie has a Bachelors of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, and is the Brand Manager for Alfa Romeo North America.

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Dean Nelson

Chairman, Douglass Leadership Institute

Based in the Washington, D.C. area, Dean Nelson is responsible for advancing the Culture of Life in the political sphere, by building bridges, coalitions, and partnerships. He brings to Human Coalition more than 20 years of demonstrated success directing nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on urban strategies, grassroots organization, and national leadership training. Before taking the role as executive director of Human Coalition Action, Rev. Nelson faithfully served Human Coalition as the church outreach director for five years.

Rev. Nelson serves as the chairman of the board for the Douglass Leadership Institute. He is a sought-after speaker, giving frequent interviews on ABC and NBC affiliate networks in Washington, D.C. He’s appeared on the 700 Club, CBN News, and MSNBC, as well. And he is a frequent guest on Christian radio programs, including the Bott Radio Network and American Family Radio. He and his wife Julia have three children and live in Maryland.

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Dr. Kendra Kolb

Neonatologist

Dr. Kendra Kolb is currently a practicing Neonatologist with dual board certification in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, caring for babies who require support around the time of delivery for a wide variety of reasons. She obtained her Medical Degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, and went onto complete a Pediatric Residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.

Throughout her career, she has become a passionate advocate for the preborn, as many of her patients are born very prematurely, even at the same ages as other babies who are legally aborted in many states. Many of her patients also include babies born with chromosomal abnormalities, genetic syndromes, and other life-limiting diagnoses commonly aborted in utero. Encounters with these patients have given her a passion for Neonatal Palliative Care, which provides compassionate medical care for babies born with life-limiting diagnoses.

She currently serves as a member of the Perinatal Palliative Care Committee at her institution. Although babies born with these conditions have lives which may be shorter than most, they are deserving of compassionate, respectful, and appropriate medical care.

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Michele Hendrickson

Students for Life

Michele Hendrickson brings the unique experience of being an elementary school teacher to the pro-life movement. She graduated from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland majoring in Elementary and Special Education. Working with children and teaching for over 10 years has provided Michele with amazing opportunities to partner with families. After volunteering her spare time in the pro-life movement, she felt a heavy burden for the families whose relationships were destroyed by abortion. Now, she is dedicated to educating and empowering women to understand the truth about abortion.

Michele currently serves as the East Coast Field Director with Students for Life of America, helping student groups and Regional Coordinators bring the pro-life message to their campuses and beyond. She is especially passionate about changing the way the church approaches pro-life ministry. Michele has her District Pastor’s License through Church of the Nazarene and is continuing her studies for Ordination. Living in MD with her husband and two kids, Michele is also the East Coast Regional Director.

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Matt Lamb

Students For Life

From Chicago Heights, Illinois, Matt is a 2014 graduate of Loyola University-Chicago, where he studied Political Science, Economics, and Catholic Studies. He was actively involved in his school's Students for Life, College Republicans, and Catholic Student Organization chapters. He also is a 2017 graduate of University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he graduated with a Masters of Political Science. Before joining Students for Life of America as the Communications Director, he worked as a field director, regional director, and Director of Campus Integrity for Turning Point USA.

As SFLA’s Communications Director, Matt expanded the social media outreach, increased rapid response to pro-life issues, and handled media relations.

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Camille Cisneros

students for life

Camille Cisneros was raised in Alamosa, CO and graduated from Colorado State University in 2009 with a B.A. in History. It was there that her passion for life was ignited while volunteering with Justice for All on different campuses throughout northern Colorado. She co-founded CSU Students for Life and served as President in 2008 and 2009. After moving to California, she began working with Culture of Life Family Services as their Campus Outreach Coordinator in San Diego County. She also served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, working hand in hand with the Abortion Pill Reversal Program, providing resources to women including free ultrasounds, adoption services and daily support.

Camille is currently working towards a degree in Diagnostic Sonography (ultrasound) and is thrilled to be on the ground, working with Students for Life of America as the Supportive Services Coordinator. Her role allows her to equip students through the Pregnant on Campus and Building a Better Future programs to bring lifesaving resources to campuses that will empower women to choose life and finish their education.

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Katie Lodjic

students for life

Katie is a graduate of Western Washington University (WWU) and holds a B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, as well as a minor in psychology. During her time at WWU she co-founded and became president of the pro-life student organization, Western Washington Students for Life, which is in conjunction with SFLA.

Katie was hired by Students for Life of America in 2016 as the Northwest Regional Coordinator of Students for Life of America (SFLA). As a Regional Coordinator, Katie traveled throughout Washington training, and empowering, pro-life student leaders to take a stand for life on their campus and communities. Katie now serves in a duel role as Industry Impact Coordinator for Students for Life of America where she equips students to counter the abortion industry, and Public Policy Coordinator for Students for Life Action where she helps students engage in legislation and elections in their states.

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Elizabeth Parker

Students for life

Elizabeth Parker grew up in the pro-life movement. Her parents are pastors who are adamant about seeing abortion come to an end via the laws of our land as well as the hearts of the people.

Throughout Elizabeth's life thus far, she's participated in this movement in various ways, including Right to Life Speech Contests in high school, actively supporting pregnancy resource centers, serving as a board member of the Baton Rouge Women's Help Center, and now as the Students for Life Minorities Outreach Coordinator and Appalachian Regional Coordinator.

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Lori Cascio

Students for Life

Lori Cascio grew up pro-life but it wasn’t until she was put in charge of her church’s weekly 40 Days for Life prayer in high school that her passion for abolishing abortion was ignited. She attended the Students for Life of America National Conference, where the unmovable beliefs of students and speakers inspired her. After starting her Students for Life group in high school and graduating, Lori spent the summer discerning her career goals as a Missionary for Life with SFLA. She spent time working for a pro-life Congressman and a pregnancy resource center, in addition to working at the SFLA office.

She attended George Mason University in Virginia, where she joined the Students for Life club, becoming its president her sophomore year. She ultimately became an excellent example of the pro-life generation by establishing the school’s Pregnant on Campus Initiative. The program led to more resources for pregnant and parenting moms on campus, like nursing rooms, referrals to pregnancy resource centers at the health center, and closer parking to campus.

Lori joined Students for Life upon graduation where she served as the Virginias Regional Coordinator and worked full-time training and mobilizing local students from the tip of West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle to Virginia Beach. She now serves as the Director of Programs where she manages a team of three who work to bring all programmatic materials from idea to implementation on campuses across the country.

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Trent Horn

Staff Apologist, Catholic Answers

After his conversion to the Catholic faith, Trent Horn earned master’s degrees in the fields of theology, philosophy, and bioethics. He serves as a staff apologist for Catholic Answers, where he specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them.

Trent models that approach each week on the radio program Catholic Answers Live and on his own podcast, The Counsel of Trent. He has also been invited to debate at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and Stanford University.

Trent is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Holy Apostles College, has written for The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and is the author of nine books, including Answering Atheism, The Case for Catholicism, and Why We’re Catholic: Our Reasons for Faith, Hope, and Love.

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Richara Krajewski

Pro-life Speaker

Richara Krajewski is pro-life speaker and staff member of a thriving Catholic Church community in Northwest Philadelphia. She is an alumna of Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania. Over the last few years, she has worked directly with mothers and families in crisis in clinical and social service environments, joining the board of the Prolife Union of Greater Philadelphia in 2017.

Richara's commitment to pro-life work is rooted in her faith. Life is sacred, and she believes that those who love Jesus are required to bear witness to the sacredness of human life - the poor, the sick, the migrant, those coping with mental illness, the aging, the lonely, rejected, and the unborn are especially close to the heart of Christ. Richara currently lives in Philadelphia with her family.

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Elissa Graves

LEGAL COUNSEL, 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.

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Melissa Ohden

Founder, The Abortion Survivors Network

Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977, which she ultimately learned about at the age of 14 and has medical records documenting the procedure and her survival.

With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault counseling, and child welfare.

Melissa was formerly a College Outreach Speaker with Feminists for Life and is the former Patron of Real Choices Australia. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and the Australian Parliament. Melissa is on the Board of Directors for the Vitae Foundation.

In 2012, Melissa founded The Abortion Survivors Network (ASN). Since ASN’s inception, Melissa has been in contact with over 300 survivors.

Melissa and her husband, Ryan, live in the Kansas City, Missouri, metro area with their two daughters, Ava and Olivia.

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Christina Bennett

Communications Director, Family Institute of Connecticut

Christina Bennett has been active in the pro-life movement for fifteen years. After graduating college with a degree in Communications she followed God’s call to Washington D.C. where she served as a prayer missionary at the Justice House of Prayer and Bound4Life for the ending of abortion.

After three years in D.C., she moved to Atlanta in 2008 to continue her work as a prayer missionary at the International House of Prayer Atlanta. Her writing has been featured in Live Action News, Life News, Charisma, LifeSite News among other publications. Christina is a member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition. She served four years as a Client Services Manager at ABC Women’s Center, a CT pregnancy center.

She currently serves as the Communications Director for the Family Institute of Connecticut. She is a devoted wife, stepmother and a licensed Christian minister.

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Adam Josefczyk

President of Forge Leadership Network

Adam Josefczyk is the president of Forge Leadership Network, an organization that he co-founded with Justin Powell. Forge mentors, trains, and connects young conservatives ages 18-25 to lead in politics, culture, and business. Prior to launching Forge, Adam was VP of a leading public policy organization in Ohio. In 2013, he co-founded Ohio Conservative Review, a web platform for conservative ideas to be discussed, debated, and promoted in the Buckeye State. In 2012, Adam led grassroots efforts for conservative causes in the presidential election. His regional phone banks led the nation with over 500,000 phone calls made. Adam graduated summa cum laude from the University of Dayton as the top student in history and political science. Adam was the first-ever recipient of the Timothy Award from Citizens for Community Values in 2017. He was chosen as one of the 2017 William F. Buckley Jr. Award winners, presented nationally by America's Future Foundation to five young professionals under age 45 for their "above-and-beyond service to the liberty movement."

Adam and his wife, Jessica, live in southwest Ohio with their daughter Jane and two dogs. He is an avid golfer and long-suffering, die-hard fan of his hometown Cincinnati Bengals.

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Cathie Humbarger

Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life

Cathie Humbarger is the Executive Director of Allen County Right to Life in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has been advocating for unborn boys and girls and their mothers for over 30 years through her work in the prolife movement using education, community awareness, and public policy activism.

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Ellen Wittman

President of Students for Life at Miami University

Ellen Wittman was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, as the youngest of eight children. Ellen attended Immaculate Conception Academy, graduating as salutatorian of her class. She is currently a senior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio majoring in Marketing and minoring in Political Science. Ellen has interned for Congressman Warren Davidson, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, and most recently as a media relations intern at The Heritage Foundation in Summer 2019.

Ellen is President of Students for Life on her campus where she leads her group in their initiatives to support pregnant and parenting students, spread awareness on the issue of abortion, and engage in public policy. Ellen successfully defended her Students for Life group’s First Amendment rights when her administration attempted to condition the group’s speech in the form of “trigger warnings”.

With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Ellen filed a lawsuit against her university and was successful in changing several administrative policies concerning speech on campus. Ellen speaks on First Amendment issues across the country and recently spoke alongside President Trump as he signed an executive order regarding free expression on college campuses. Ellen is passionate about life and liberty, and plans to continue fighting for these issues in her career.

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Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens

Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis

The Most Reverend Andrew Cozzens serves as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

A native of Denver, Bishop Cozzens is the youngest of three children. He graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, with majors in English Literature and Philosophy. During a period of discernment after college, Bishop Cozzens served as a travelling missionary to young people around the country with Twin Cities-based NET Ministries, and worked for one year at the University of St Thomas in Saint Paul as a missionary with Saint Paul’s Outreach, leading college Bible study groups.

In 1997, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2008. On October 11, 2013, Pope Francis appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Bishop Cozzens' ordination to the Episcopacy took place December 9, 2013, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, at the Cathedral of Saint Paul.

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Tim Chapman

Executive Director, The Heritage Foundation

Tim Chapman serves as the Executive Director of Heritage Action. In this role, Chapman is responsible for establishing a long-term, strategic vision for Heritage Action while working alongside The Heritage Foundation leadership to ensure both organizations are working toward common goals. The Pennsylvania native is an original co-founder of Heritage Action for America, serving first as its Chief Operating Officer, and has been a driving force in the day-to-day successes of the organization.

A distinguished voice in the conservative movement, Chapman has served as a key adviser on public policy matters throughout his tenure in the United States Senate and with The Heritage Foundation as chief of staff to former-President, Ed J. Feulner, Ph.D. Tim has been published and quoted in outlets including Politico Magazine, The Hill, National Review, The Washington Post, and Forbes, and has made multiple appearances on cable television.

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Jessica Anderson

Vice President of Heritage Action

Jessica Anderson is the Vice President of Heritage Action for America. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic operation and day-to-day activities of the government relations, policy, digital marketing, and grassroots teams. Prior to her return to Heritage Action, Anderson served as Associate Director, Intergovernmental Affairs and Strategic Initiatives for the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump Administration. Anderson has nearly 10 years of political experience which includes her first tour at Heritage Action as Grassroots Director.

Anderson landed on the 2017, 30 Under 30 Forbes List for Law and Policy and is a recipient of other top 30 Under 30 awards from Newsmax and Red Alert. Jessica Anderson has been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Real Clear Policy, The Hill, and The American Spectator. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida and is a graduate of the Koch Associate Program.

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Emilie Kao

Director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center

Emilie Kao is director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion & Civil Society at The Heritage Foundation. She is an attorney who has defended religious freedom for the last 14 years. She has worked on behalf of victims of religious freedom violations in East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South Asia at the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and Becket Law. Previously she worked at the United Nations and Latham and Watkins.
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Kyle Bonnell

Recruitment Manager, The Heritage Foundation

Kyle Bonnell is the Recruitment and Job Bank Manager at The Heritage Foundation. Through the Job Bank, Kyle places conservatives into key positions on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch, and in conservative organizations across the country. Kyle has recruited and placed conservatives into a variety of positions through his work at Heritage over the past seven years: originally as the Recruitment Coordinator, then as the Recruitment Associate, before assuming his current role. He interned for Heritage Action for America, Townhall Media, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Kyle is a Middletown, Ohio native and graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
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Melanie Isreal

Research Associate, The Heritage Foundation

Melanie Israel is a Research Associate for The Heritage Foundation’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society. Where her portfolio includes the right to life, conscience rights, and religious freedom. Before joining Heritage she worked for the office of Senator Ted Cruz and for the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts.

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Dr. Charmaine Yoest

Vice President, The Heritage Foundation

Dr. Charmaine Yoest is a Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, where she leads the Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. This includes work on domestic policy issues including health care and welfare reform, education policy, family formation, women’s issues and religious liberty. Dr. Yoest previously served in the Trump Administration in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services. She also served as President and CEO of Americans United for Life and is the author of M other in the Middle (HarperCollins), an examination of child care policy.
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Lauren Merz

Director of Development, Live Action

Lauren has been fundraising for the conservative movement in the Washington, D.C. area for nine years. Since April 2014, Lauren has been building Live Action’s strategic development and marketing programs. Lauren travels the country sharing Live Action’s work and mission, while also speaking on pro-life and cultural issues. Lauren is the oldest of 14 children and comes from a retired Air Force family.
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Jason Jones

President, Movie to Movement

Jason Jones is a film producer, author, activist, and human rights worker. He is president of Movie to Movement. In 2006, Jones was an Executive Producer of "Bella" which won several film industry awards, most notably the People's Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. He was the Associate Producer of the 2008 film, "The Stoning of Soraya M." which won the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award in 2009 as well as the NAACP Image Award in 2010. In 2012, he was the Producer of the TV movie "Mother Marianne: Portrait of a Saint" and an Executive Producer of the new film "Voiceless". His short films include “Eyes to See” (2010), “Crescendo” (2011) and “Sing a Little Louder” (2015). His new film America’s Divided Heart will be in theaters May of 2020.

Jason works directly to aid the homeless, people facing genocide, and women with crisis pregnancies. A regular contributor to the Christian News Site, "The Stream", he is the author of two books, The Race to Save Our Century and his most recent, The World is on Fire, released October 2017. Jason lives in Hawaii with his wife and 7 children.

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Lauren Muzyka

Executive Director of 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, life-affirming alternatives to women and men entering abortion facilities. Since SAFL began in 2014, it has grown to about 200 locations worldwide and witnessed nearly 8,000 babies saved, 15 facility closures, and 66 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. She has interned with organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom (Blackstone Fellowship), Americans United for Life, First Liberty Institute, Texas Alliance for Life, and the Collin County District Attorney’s Office.

Additionally, Lauren is a trained sidewalk counselor of 20 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.

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David Daleiden

Founder, The Center for Medical Progress

David Daleiden is a citizen journalist with nearly a decade of experience in conducting investigative research on the abortion industry. In 2013, David started The Center for Medical Progress to pursue sophisticated, deep, and impactful investigative journalism projects pertaining to contemporary bioethical issues. As Project Lead at CMP, David developed and executed the organization’s first long-term project, the 30-month-long “Human Capital” investigation documenting Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of body parts from aborted fetuses. Prior to CMP, David worked as Director of Research for a national new media education and advocacy organization.

David is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Government, and his writing has been published in The Weekly Standard, The Human Life Review, USA Today, and The Hill. David has appeared on many radio and TV broadcasts including Southern California Public Radio, The Eric Metaxas Show, The Sean Hannity Show, EWTN, CBS, ABC, FOX News Channel’s Hannity and Tucker Carlson Tonight, and CNN’s New Day.

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Robin Pierucci

NEONATOLOGIST

Robin Pierucci, MD, MA, is a wife, mother, and a practicing neonatologist. She also has a master’s degree in bioethics, which dovetails with her research, publications, and ongoing involvement in her hospital’s perinatal palliative care program. Also, she has been a leader in the Kalamazoo Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Community Collaborative. This initiative has involved not only inpatient medical personnel from neonatal, obstetric, and pediatric departments but also outpatient staff from multiple community groups including mental health services, substance abuse specialists, early home health programs, and the school and court systems. She has also completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center certificate course.

In the last year, she has been active with Women Speak for Themselves and has had pieces published in The Federalist and The National Review—Online.

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