third Annual Pro-Life Science and Technology Conference

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Engineers Club - 110 E. Monument Avenue - Dayton, OH 45402

All biographies current at time of conference.

Paula Westwood

Invocation and Welcome

Paula Westwood has served as Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Right to Life Educational Foundation since September 2002. Before joining Right to Life, she was involved with pro-life and political activities for several decades at the grassroots level through familiar activities such as sidewalk counseling, Life Chains, political involvement for pro-life candidates, county political Executive Committee membership, and support of pregnancy care centers.

Before coming to Right to Life, Paula's professional experience included online and print publishing and communications-related skills. She has done freelance reporting; technical writing and editing for Cincinnati Bell Information Systems (now Convergys); server administration and web site development for Online Inc. (later acquired by Information Today); plus web site design and development for her own company.

Paula has been married to Greg for 28 years and they have three daughters: Rachel, Abigail, and Mary.

Ed Rivet, MPA

Morning After Pills: Fact, Fiction & Fraud (Awarded best presentation)

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Ed Rivet is the Legislative Director for Right to Life of Michigan, serving as the liaison between Right to Life and the Michigan Legislature. Ed is a native of Bay City, Michigan. He has a bachelor's and master's degree from Michigan State University. Ed and his wife, Michelle, live in Mason, MI and have six children, Amanda, Austin, Edward III, Patrick, Abigail, and Thomas.

Prior to joining Right to Life in February 1988, Ed had three years experience in the Michigan House of Representatives as a Legislative Aide. He has worked to assist the passage of laws requiring parental consent and informed consent for abortion, protecting patients’ rights, banning assisted suicide and human cloning, and is the principal author of the Legal Birth Definition Act, banning partial-birth abortion. Ed also represented Right to Life of Michigan as a member of the Michigan Commission on Death and Dying. He is the author of In Defense of Life, the first speakers training manual on euthanasia issues in the nation. Ed has shared his expertise on life issues through the many articles he has published, presentations made at national level conferences, and numerous media appearances, including CNN and Good Morning America.

Mary Lou Bryant / Hannah Klaus, MD

Natural Family Center

Effect of TeenSTAR, an abstinence-only sexual education program, on adolescent sexual behavior


Hanna Klaus is a Medical Mission Sister who directed the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Natural Family Planning Center of Washington, D.C., Inc. and the Teen STAR Program. She is a gynecologist who has conducted use-­effectiveness research and training of teachers in sexuality education programs. Teen STAR, “Sexuality Teaching in the context of Adult Responsibility”, is an international proactive sexuality education program for teens which currently operates in 27 countries. Holistic Sexuality is a program for college students offered either as a credit course, or an elective. Born in Vienna, Austria, she is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University's Medical School. She served residencies in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Barnes and Allied Hospitals, St. Louis, MO. After a year as a teaching fellow at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Medical School she joined the Medical Mission Sisters. On return from Pakistan, she taught at Washington and St. Louis Universities, St. Louis and was an Associate Clinical Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the George Washington University Medical Center. She has been a consultant for Natural Family Planning seminars and projects for USAID in the Philippines, Kenya, and Chile. She has published 60 scientific articles, and 42 popular articles, many concerned with natural family planning and the Teen STAR program. She presently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dennis Michael Sullivan, MD, MA, FACS

Terri Schiavo - The Real Story


Dr. Sullivan is a Professor of Biology at Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, where he teaches human biology and bioethics. He received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve and an MA in bioethics from Trinity Graduate College.

Dr Sullivan served in the U.S. Army as a staff surgeon at the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He and his family served for twelve years as missionaries with Baptist Mid-Missions, in Haiti and the Central African Republic. A major civil conflict in C.A.R. in 1996 forced a return to the United States. Dr. Sullivan then joined the biology faculty at Cedarville University where he is now Director of the Center for Bioethics.

He is a member of the American Board of Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Christian Medical Association, the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and the American Scientific Affiliation. He has authored numerous articles in Ethics and Medicine and other journals. He continues to travel, and has conducted two short-term medical mission trips to Africa and two teaching tours of medical schools in Vietnam.

He and his wife Barbara live in Beavercreek, Ohio. They have three daughters.

Denise Mackura, JD

Ohio Right to Life

Suggested Embryonic Stem Cell Research

Denise Mackura is executive director of Ohio Right to Life. She has been an activist in the pro-life movement for more than 30 years. She has served on the Boards of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the National Lawyers Association, St. Joseph School (Chicago) and as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Individual Rights & Civil Liberties Section Counsel. In addition to legal counsel to the Ohio House Reference Committee, her professional experience includes teaching government, political science as well as other courses at several colleges, a private law practice, directing government relations programs for non-profit associations, & establishing a free legal clinic. Denise served for three years as senior legislative counsel for Americans United for Life and is currently the Chair of the Life Issues Section of the National Lawyers Association. Ms. Mackura received her juris doctor degree in 1977 from Cleveland State-Cleveland Marshall College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Illinois.

Father Larry Gearhart

St Michael - Immaculate Conception

A More Technical Approach to Natural Law


Father Larry Gearhart is the pastor of two small country parishes in Champaign County, Ohio: St Michael’s in Mechanicsburg and Immaculate Conception in North Lewisburg. Prior to that, he served as associate pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Cincinnati and St Albert the Great in Kettering. Before entering Mt St Mary’s Seminary in 1997 he was a systems engineer for TRW. He has a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Fr Larry is deeply interested in foundational issues in the Catholic faith.

Jeff Koloze, PhD

University of Phoenix

Investigation of the success of the pro-life service LifeSiteNews.com


Dr. Jeff Koloze is Campus College Chair for the College of Arts and Sciences at the Columbus, Ohio Campus of the University of Phoenix. He has taught communications, undergraduate and graduate English, and humanities courses since 1989 at several colleges and universities in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Springfield, Ohio metropolitan areas. Dr. Koloze's primary research interest is the presentation of the right to life issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in American fiction; most of his forty-five works (book chapter and papers) on these matters have been published in conference proceedings and on the web. Dr. Koloze is the author of An Ethical Analysis of the Portrayal of Abortion in American Fiction: Dreiser, Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Brautigan, and Irving

Jay Johansen

Population and Standard of Living


Jay Johansen runs a pro-life web site, Pregnant Pause, is communications director for Greene County Right to Life, and is a member of the committee of the Pro-Life Technology Symposium. He has served as treasurer of the Ohio Right to Life Political Action Committee, and was the first webmaster for the Ohio Right to Life web site. To pay the bills he works as a software engineer consulting to the Air Force.

Jay has published articles in a variety of computer magazines, including Dr Dobbs Journal and Microcomputing. He has contributed chapters to two college textbooks from Greenhaven Press, one on criminology and the other on Malthusian economics. Other publications include an article on homosexuality for World and on genetics for Creation.

He lives in Fairborn, Ohio with his daughter Arianna.

Joe Martino, PhD

Yorktown University and Shelby County Right to Life



Dr. Martino is a faculty member at Yorktown University, where he teaches a course on Just War Doctrine. He was a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Dayton Research Institute from 1975 to 1993. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1975, retiring in the grade of Colonel. He received the A.B. from Miami University, the M.S.E.E. from Purdue University, and the PhD from Ohio State University. He was a visiting professor at Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey, in from 1997 to 1999. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. He has written five books and is the author of two dozen articles in technical journals. He is a recipient of the Centennial Award of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.


David Banaszak received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Science (MS) in Applied Statistics from Wright State University. Dave works for the Air Force Research Laboratory. In addition to being a board member of the Tri County Right to Life Education Foundation, Dave is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA). Dave is current President of the Greater Ohio Chapter of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST).

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