SEVENTH Annual Pro-Life Science and Technology Conference
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Engineers Club - 110 E. Monument Avenue - Dayton, OH 45402
All biographies current at time of conference.
Paula Westwood has served as Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Right to Life Educational Foundation, where she works with the board and membership to actively support and encourage pro-life legislators; aggressively further pro-life legislation; monitor public and private organizations on life-related decisions and practices (especially leading abortion chain Planned Parenthood); and keep the pro-life truth visible before the public through media, events, activism, and any other means possible.
Paula's pre-Right to Life professional experience includes that with online and print publishing plus communications-related skills. She has done freelance reporting; technical writing and editing for telecommunications company Cincinnati Bell Information Systems (now Convergys); server administration and web site development for an Internet publications and conference company; plus web site design and development as self-employed for several years. At Right to Life she has encouraged current technological pro-life outreach through its web site, enews alerts, and appropriate social media.
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. He retired as an electronics engineer from the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base Ohio with 40 years of government service. Since retirement, Dave teaches classes in math fundamentals, introductory algebra and introductory statistics at Clark State Community College. Besides being the education chairman of the Right to Life Society of Clark County, Dave is a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Statistical Association (ASA). He was also President of the Greater Ohio Chapter of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) from 2000 to 2010. Dave and Pat have been happily married since 1967 and are the proud parents of four grown children and one grand daughter.
Charles Dolph, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Cedarville University where he has taught for 31 years. He is a licensed psychologist in a general private practice for individual and marriage counseling. His primary interests are spiritual and social contributors to health and illness. Dr. Dolph works with long-term care facilities and hospices to meet the psychological needs of ill and dying persons. He graduated from Georgia State University and the Psychological Studies Institute.
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.
Dr. Jeff Koloze (English, Kent State University) is Campus College Chair for the Colleges 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. In 2009 he was appointed one of twelve senior research fellows for the university. Dr. Koloze's primary research interest is the presentation of the right-to-life issues of abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in literature; most of his publications on these matters are available in conference proceedings and on the web. He has presented over fifty papers before academic and professional organizations, recently at Harvard University and the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Dr. Koloze's most recent book is An Ethical Analysis of the Portrayal of Abortion in American Fiction: Dreiser, Hemingway, Faulkner, Dos Passos, Brautigan, and Irving. He can be reached at JeffKolozePhD@sbcglobal.net.
Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Community Health and Pediatrics at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He received his MD from The Ohio State University, an MA in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in Bioethics from Georgetown University. He is the Chairman of the Dayton Children’s Medical Center Ethics Committee, a Regional Director of the Catholic Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His interests include philosophical and clinical bioethics; pediatric ethics; and medical ethics education.
A proven leader and educator, Dr. Lewis joined the Cedarville University School of Pharmacy Leadership Team in 2009 with over 20 years of pharmacy plus research and development experience, including a special interest and expertise in medication error reduction strategies. His vast and varied accomplishments notably include, for example, development of an envisioned drug interactions database for medical information publisher Lexi-Comp, Inc. (Lexi-Interact™ was quickly recognized as an industry standard by healthcare leaders across the nation). Dr. Lewis has authored numerous publications and professional presentations in addition to editing hundreds of published drug monographs. He also brings more than 15 years of clinical faculty and teaching experience with The University of Cincinnati, Virginia Commonwealth University, The University of Toledo, Ohio Northern University and The University of Findlay. As assistant dean at Cedarville School of Pharmacy, Dr. Lewis oversees external relations, admissions and student life for the School of Pharmacy.
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.
Jessicah Zehring serves as research assistant for the Center for Bioethics at Cedarville University. She is a 2008 Cedarville University graduate with a B.A. degree in Biology. Jessicah has a passion for bioethics, especially environmental ethics and pro-life issues. She is a recipient of the Austin Elmore Award in Plant Biology, and presented her environmental research at the 21st Annual North Prairie Conference in Winona, MN. Her previous employment experience included positions with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and as a Cedarville University biology laboratory assistant. She has performed volunteer work with local pro-life organizations such as the Miami Valley Women's Center.
Jessicah and her husband Kevin enjoy many outdoor activities, including hiking, paddling, skiing. A snow lover, she trains and races sled dogs and gives presentations to church and school groups about the sport of mushing.