fifth Annual Pro-Life Science and Technology Conference

Saturday, September 20, 2008

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

All biographies current at time of conference.

Christi Dodson

Invocation and Welcome

Christi Dodson began as Executive Director of Dayton Right to Life in May of 2005 and now oversees all operations at the Life Resource Centre. The Life Resource Centre consists of Dayton Right to Life, Greater Dayton Pro-Life Education Foundation (Parenting Classes and youth outreach), Black Americans for Life, DRTL PAC, and the Abstinence Resource Centre. She earned her BA in Speech Communications from Miami University and an MA in Theology from the University of Dayton. Prior to coming to Dayton Right to Life, Christi served as a Pastoral Associate and Youth Minister for St. Patrick Catholic Church. She and her husband, Mark, enjoy country living in their log home outside Troy with their five dogs. They have two sons, two grandchildren, and one grandchild on the way!

Scott & Laura Schulze

Natural Family Planning


Scott and Laura Schulze are both trained Natural Family Planning (NFP) instructors, and will be presenting on the "Science Behind NFP". They are skilled in the three main NFP methods (Billings Ovulation, Sympto-Thermal and Creighton) and have been trained to teach the Billings Ovulation Method.

Scott is a Lead Design Engineer at Emerson Climate Technologies in Sidney. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Masters Degree in Business Administration both from the University of Dayton.

Laura is a Perinatal Nurse at Elizabeth New Life Center, in Dayton. She earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Dayton and her Masters of Nursing Degree from the College of Mount Saint Joseph.

Paula Westwood

Bioethics Legislative Update


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 29 years and they have three daughters: Rachel, Abigail, and Mary.

Paula is speaking on: Cloning? Embryonic stem cell research? Animal/human hybrids? The battle rages as life issues of moral importance are being examined in the governmental arena. Paula will provide a legislative update on this year's efforts worldwide requiring governments to address an increasing range of bioethical assaults on human life.

Jim Meyer

Radio Maria

Establishing a Radio Station

Jim Meyer is representing Radio Maria. Radio Maria, call letters WWLM and WULM, broadcast on 1600 AM in the Dayton/Springfield area. The Radio Maria system is eight years old. They now broadcast in 60 Countries. They have 60 repeater stations in Italy, larger then Vatican Radio.

Father Larry Gearhart

St Michael - Immaculate Conception

The Vatican and Bioethics


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.

Dennis Michael Sullivan, MD, MA, FACS

Keynote: Ethics and the Embryo: ORTL DVD Project


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.

Steve Cornett

Knights of Columbus Council #6144

Contraceptive Hormones in Water


Steven P. Cornett graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a volunteer with Family and Youth Initiatives in New Carlisle, helping with technical issues. Steven has been the Secretary and is presently Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 6144 in New Carlisle, and helps especially with Church related work and Pro-life events.

Phil Schanely

Pro-Life Blogging and Pod-Casting



Maureen McDaniel

University of Cincinnati

3D & 4D Ultrasound Technology (Awarded best presentation)


Maureen McDaniel graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Health Professions with a concentration in Medical Sonography from Kettering College of Medical Arts. She received a Masters in Education from the University of Rio Grande. Maureen is registered in Abdomen, Ob/gyn, Cardiac, and Vascular Ultrasound. She worked in the perinatal center at Bethesda North Hospital. She currently teaches sonography at the University of Cincinnati in the Advanced Medical Imaging Technology Program as well as working as a sonographer for a doctor in Cincinnati. She volunteers as a sonographer for a Pregnancy Center as well. Maureen in involved with the FETCH/Lab at the University and has been able to scan all kinds of creatures from cows, to rhinos, to phythons. She is published in the Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, serves on the Educators Committee for the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and is the Executive Director of the Ohio Medical Ultrasound Society.

Maureen will discuss the difference between 3D and 4D ultrasound. Medical uses of 4D will be demonstrated as well as discussing non-medical uses of 4D. Are they needed? Why are mothers choosing to have this non medical "photo shoot" done on their babies? What kind of marketing is involved? Does 4D ultrasound really help a mother bond with her baby?

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