I have been a registered nurse since 1969 and currently I am a spokesperson for the National Association of Prolife Nurses (www.nursesforlife.org). I have also been a past President of Missouri Nurses for Life and past co-chair of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Respect Life Committee.
In 2015, I was honored to receive the People of Life award from the US Catholic Conference of Bishops.
After working in critical care, hospice, home health, oncology, dialysis and other specialties for 45 years, I am currently working as a legal nurse consultant (www.valkogroupalnc.com) and volunteer.
I have served on medical and nursing ethics committees and give speeches and workshops around the country on medical ethics issues. I have also served on the board of the Saint Louis Down Syndrome Association in the past and I am still active in the field of disability advocacy. I have worked as a volunteer for children with disabilities, people with severe brain injuries, and bereaved parents.
I have also appeared on many radio and television shows on various medical, ethical and pro-life topics and I have written on these topics for The National Catholic Register, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, First Things magazine, Magnificat and other publications. I have been a long-time contributing editor for Voices magazine, a publication of Woman for Faith and Family (www.wf-f.org)
I have personally cared for many relatives with a variety of physical or mental disabilities, including my mother with Alzheimer’s and terminal cancer and a daughter, Karen, who was born with Down Syndrome and a severe heart defect. Although both are now deceased, the influence of my mother and daughter has positively motivated my activities in medical ethics and working for greater support for people and families dealing with such issues as disabilities, chronic illness and terminal conditions.
In 1984 after our Karen’s death, I suffered a miscarriage at 10-12 weeks. My 7 year old son and 5 year old daughter were devastated and since we did not know the sex, I had them each pick a name. Naming Jeff Candy helped but then they questioned why that baby did not have a funeral like their sister. Good question!
I brought this up to my mentor Fr. Joe Naumann (now archbishop of Kansas City) when he headed the St. Louis Archdiocesan Pro-Life Committee and the next thing I knew, I wound up on a committee. Now we have “The Order for the Naming and Commendation for an Infant Who Died Before Birth“ (copyright 1989). I am so proud of the results of my children’s long-ago question!
I was divorced for 20 years (and after an annulment) before marrying my wonderful husband Kevin Scannell in June, 2008 and we live in St. Louis, Mo. Together, we are blessed with 4 children and 3 grandchildren.
In 2009, I lost my beautiful 30 year old daughter Marie to suicide and in 2012, Kevin and I lost our 6 year old grandson Noah to a rare autoimmune disease called HLH.
Aaron Baer is the President of Citizens for Community Values, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Aaron is an Ohio native and a 2009 graduate of Ohio University’s EW Scripps School of Journalism. Foremost a follower of Christ, Aaron was previously employed as an adviser to the Arizona Attorney General, and served as Vice President of the pro-family Center for Arizona Policy. Aaron and his wife are the proud parents of a baby daughter.
Chris Iverson assists pro-life leaders to strategize, organize and mobilize for effective advocacy. In 2016, Chris led the effort in the Chicago area to reach 8.8 million views of the message “Abortion Takes Human Life.” He began his pro-life work in 2004. He has organized pro-life overpasses, pro-life billboards, sidewalk counselling and a variety of protest events. He has been interviewed for radio, television and print news.
Chris was a pro-choice atheist until the age of 20 when, after discussing the topic of abortion with a friend, he became a pro-life atheist. Later, Chris became an evangelical Christian. These experiences help him understand his audience and convey the pro-life message in a manner that is accessible to a broad audience.
Chris serves as a board member of the Pro-life Action League, as Vice President of Chicago Pro-life Future, as co-leader of LIVE PRO LIFE and as a writer for Illinois Family Institute.
Richard M. Hartian
Richard Hartian is a board member for Illinois Family Action, a husband and father of 4. He is a business man and Christian blogger who blogs at Hartian.com.
You can also follow Richard on Twitter: @RichardHartian
Dr. Sebastian Gorka
Dr. Gorka serves as the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at Marine Corps University where he provides courses and lectures on Irregular Warfare. Previously he was Associate Dean of Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at National Defense University.
He is an internationally recognized authority on issues of national security, irregular warfare, terrorism and democratization and has testified before Congress and briefed the CIA, ODNI, NCTC, NIC, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. His website,TheGorkaBriefing.com, is a collection of his national security commentary and analysis. He served as a subject matter expert for the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Boston for the Tsarnaev trial.
Dr. Gorka holds a Ph.D. in political science from Corvinus University in Budapest with his dissertation on “The Evolution of Terrorism: The Difference Between Cold War Political Violence and al Qaeda.” He was a Kokkalis Fellow at Harvard’s J. F. Kennedy School of Government focusing on public policy and international security, as well as an International Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College. He earned his Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at Budapest University and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of London.
Dr. Gorka was born in the U.K. to parents who escaped Communism during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and is fluent in Hungarian with working knowledge of German and French. In the U.K., he served with 22 Company of the Intelligence and Security Group (V) of the British Territorial Army reserve but is now a proud American. He is married to Katharine Cornell Gorka, President of the Threat Knowledge Group as well as the Council on Global Security.
Oliver has lived in Illinois for decades. He wasn’t born here, but got here as fast as he could. He found his bride at church and still adores her. Together they’ve raised three children to successful adulthood.
Oliver sees that even today the Bible speaks authoritatively on society, its government and its laws. He hopes that through these articles you will be encouraged to also think along these lines.
Israel Wayne is an author and conference speaker, and the Director of Family Renewal, and the the father of nine children. He writes on Politics, Education, Worldviews, Religion, Cultural Issues and Philosophy at the ChristianWorldview.net blog (where he serves as Site Editor).
He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview, Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship, Questions God Asks, Questions Jesus Asks and Pitchin’ a Fit: Overcoming Angry and Stressed-Out Parenting. He has been a regular columnist for Home School Digest, Home School Enrichment and The Old Schoolhouse magazines.
Tami Jackson is a life-long Conservative embedded in her once red, native state of Oregon, the grand-daughter of (legal) Norwegian immigrants, and the Executive Editor of BarbWire. Tami is an Evangelical Christian and Second Amendment aficionado. She is also editor of SavingOurFuture.com, Editor-in-Chief/Owner of RightVoiceMedia.com, and Content/Media/Marketing for Robar Guns.
Mike McManus, a Duke graduate, was a reporter for three small papers before joining TIME magazine as its youngest correspondent in 1963. He worked in Latin America initially and then from 1964-1968 in Washington for TIME, covering the “Great Society.”
Mike and his wife, Harriet, are co-founders of Marriage Savers, a non-profit organization that has worked with 10,000 pastors to create 228 Community Marriage Policies that have cut divorce and cohabitation rates and raised marriage rates.
Mike also writes a syndicated column, which can be found at EthicsAndReligion.com.
Doug Wilson is a Senior Fellow of Theology at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, and pastor at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho. Mr. Wilson is a prolific author whose works include Rules for Reformers, Five Cities that Ruled the World,Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public School?, and Future Men: Raising Boys to Fight Giants. He is one of the editors of the popular homeschooling Omnibus series. He and his wife Nancy are the parents of three children and 16 grandchildren.