Ninth Annual Pro-Life Science and Technology Conference
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Hope Hotel and Conference Center
Building #823, Area A, Gate 12A, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio 45433-5000
All biographies current at time of conference.
Rev. Mr. Royce Winters
Director, Office of African American Catholic Activities, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Embracing the Worst in Our Lives: From Despair to Hope
Royce Winters was ordained as a permanent deacon in 1998 has served as Director of the Office of African American Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati since October 2005. He also serves as the Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation at the Church of the Resurrection in Cincinnati. Before his archdiocese assignment, Deacon Winters was a member of the Cincinnati Police Department for over 25 years in various assignments. He is the owner and operator of Polygraph Network as a forensic psycho-physiologist for various in-patient sex offender treatment agencies in Hamilton, Butler and Montgomery Counties. Deacon Winters has been married to Rita Winters for thirty-five years and they have three children and two grandchildren.
Jenn Giroux has been a Registered Nurse for 29 years where she has witnessed first-hand the physical, emotional, and spiritual fallout of the women's movement, especially in the areas of contraception and abortion. In response she has answered God's call to be a witness to the physical and spiritual truths on these subjects. Jenn has worked in the pro-life movement at the national level for 30 years. She worked in Kansas with Former Attorney General Phill Kline in the only criminal case against Planned Parenthood. She is the former CEO of One More Soul and also previously worked with Human Life International as founder and Executive Director of HLI America. Jenn recently founded an educational outreach called "Speaking of Motherhood" for conferences, colleges, and high schools. She presents a counter-cultural message, which sheds light on both the medical harms of contraception and its abortifacient, cancer causing side effects as well as the beauty of accepting God's gift of children. Jenn is a former radio talk show host on Salem Radio network and a frequent guest on Catholic Radio and other media outlets. She is a writer and regular contributor for Catholic News Agency, LifeSiteNews, and Catholic Exchange. Jenn considers her greatest gift and accomplishment to be that of her motherhood. She and her husband, Dan, have 9 children and live in Cincinnati.
Michael New is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan -- Dearborn. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Dartmouth College, Michael received both a Masters Degree in Statistics and a Ph.D. in Political Science at Stanford University. Prior to coming to the University of Michigan -- Dearborn, Michael was on the faculty at The University of Alabama and spent two years at Harvard as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard MIT Data Center. Michael is currently a fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ and is an adjunct scholar at both the Cato Institute and the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, DC. His research has appeared in such peer reviewed journals at State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and Public Choice. His op-eds and blogposts appear frequently on National Review Online and his writings have also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Post, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and Investor's Business Daily.
Michael Homula came to ICU ("I See You") Mobile, the pioneer and leader of mobile pregnancy center ministry, in October of 2010 from the for-profit world where he has over 18 years of corporate recruiting leadership, executive search, human resources and consulting experience. He could never have imagined that his personal story as a child conceived in rape then placed for adoption would be used by the Lord to bring him to the leadership role of ICU Mobile. Michael brings a proven, well-documented track record of success and high performance in business and ministry. He has been an award winning and well documented recruiting industry leader whose career highlights include leading two recognized recruiting teams at FirstMerit Bank and Quicken Loans where he earned several merit awards of excellence. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and holds degrees in Political Science and History from Kent State University. Michael loves to cook, read, enjoys all sports, is a passionate follower of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) and is an avid student of the American Civil War, specifically the battle of Gettysburg.
Dr. Arthur M. Kunath is a graduate of Xavier University, Honors AB Cum Laude in 1972. He attended the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, graduating in 1976. He completed an Internship in Internal Medicine at Tripler Army Medical Center in 1977, and completed Internal Medicine Residency at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in 1979. His rheumatology fellowship was done at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, completed in 1982. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Rheumatology, scoring in the top 1% in the country in Rheumatology. Dr. Kunath founded Northern Kentucky's Tri-State Arthritis & Rheumatology practice in September of 1986. He is also founder and president of St. Edmund Campion Academy, a lay Catholic elementary and high school in Oakley, Ohio, which offers a complete classical education, including a strong pro-life emphasis. Dr. Kunath is the recipient of the Surgeon General’s Sabbatical Award, Army Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal. He is also a skilled analytical speaker, most recently speaking at several forums addressing the Department of Health and Human Services mandate curtailing conscience rights and religious liberty.
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.
Barry Sheets has an extensive background in public policy, campaign consulting and grassroots organization. He has served as legislative director for several state representatives and as senior staff for key legislative committees. He has coordinated statewide campaigns for solid pro-life/pro-family candidates and spearheaded advocacy campaigns for various citizens and legislative efforts, including efforts to protect traditional marriage. Barry has served as Governmental Affairs Director for Citizens for Community Values, until establishing his own company, Principled Policy Consulting, LLC. He is registered with the state of Ohio as both a legislative and executive agency lobbyist in good standing. And he is also Executive Director for the Institute for Principled Policy, a social welfare organization focusing on Ohio policy issues. Barry has been married to Ellen for 19 years, and they have three children, whom they home educate. He is a member of the board of Relationships Under Construction and is the Secretary of the Board of Ohio ProLife Action. Barry is also an active Presbyterian, an instructor with Camp American—a summer camp teaching youth ages 12-up the Biblical basis of America’s founding—and he is an avid bow hunter and book collector when he has any spare time.
Northern Coordinator, Archdiocese of Cincinnati Family & Respect Life Office
A New Evangelization approach for the Pro-life Movement: How anyone can make a Personal difference through Social Media (Awarded best presentation)
Joshua Danis graduated with degrees in Theology and Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2006. He then opened the Office of Evangelization for St. Michael’s Parish in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he served for three years. Having returned to Ohio with his wife and two children in 2009, he spent time studying social media and advertising as the business manager of a local law firm. He now serves the Archdiocese of Cincinnati as the Northern Area Coordinator for the Family and Respect Life Office.