tenth Annual Pro-Life Science and Technology Conference

Saturday, September 8, 2013

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.

Arthur Kunath, M.D.

The Illogic of the Pro-Choice Position (Awarded best presentation)


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.

Denise Mackura

What Stops Victory? An Analysis of the Cultural, Economic and Political Realities of Abortion in the United States

Denise 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 as well as before the United States Supreme Court. She has served on the boards of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, the National Lawyers Association, and St. Joseph School (Chicago); as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Individual Rights & Civil Liberties Section Counsel; and as legal counsel to the Ohio House Reference Committee, Denise's professional experience includes teaching government, political science and more at several colleges, writing, maintaining a private law practice, directing government relations programs for non-profits, and establishing a free legal clinic on the west side of Chicago. Denise served as Senior Legislative Counsel for Americans United for Life, Executive Director of the Thomas More Pro-Life Law Center, and Director and General Counsel of Ohio Right to Life and the Life Legal Defense Fund. She is currently the President of the Human Family Research Center.

Dr. Patrick Lee

Human Dignity and the Public Culture

Patrick Lee holds the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair of Bioethics, and is the Director of the Institute of Bioethics, at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is known nationally as a speaker and author on contemporary ethics, especially on such hot-button bioethical issues as abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, euthanasia, sexual morality, and same-sex unions. He has lectured or debated at various campuses, including Princeton University, Boston University, Baylor University, and University of Notre Dame. He has written two books (Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, 2008 and Abortion and Unborn Human Life, 2010). He has also written numerous articles and reviews in such publications as Bioethics, Philosophy, Linacre Quarterly, and Theological Studies.

Michael Rose

Author and Educator, Archbishop Moeller High School

Teaching Biotechnology and Life Issues Through Literature


Michael Rose teaches Honors British Literature at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati and directs the school's annual England & Scotland Academic Travel Program. He is also Associate Editor of New Oxford Review. As a journalist and essayist, he has published six books and dozens of articles, many on pro-life issues, in venues such asThe Wall Street Journal, Catholic World Report,New York Newsday, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and the Dallas Morning News. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and his Master's degree in Literary Arts from Brown University. He has taught at the middle school, high school, and college levels in Ohio and Rhode Island. His current British Literature curriculum includes a quarter-long study of rhetoric and research writing through a reading of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, along with related contemporary readings on bio-technology, bio-ethics, and medical experimentation.

Rev. Larry Gearhart

Pastor, Champaign County Region, Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Life, Genericity, and the Entitlement Culture


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.

Maureen McDaniel, M.Ed, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Helping Women Through Crisis Pregnancies


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.

Joshua Danis

The Key to Life in a Modernized Society


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.