fourTEENTH Annual Pro-Life Science and Technology Conference

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Cedarville University

Stevens Student Center

251 N. Main St., Cedarville, OH 45314

All biographies current at time of conference.

Seth Drayer

In Defense of Embryonic Life


Seth Drayer is the Director of Training for Created Equal.

Seth earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Indiana University. Seth has debated university professors on the issue of abortion, including DePauw Professor Dr. Geoff Klinger, and Purdue University professors Dr. Ralph Webb and Dr. David Sanders.

Seth lives in Columbus with his wife and children.

Stephanie Cailor

Ethical Concerns of Vaccines to Prevent Pregnancy

Stephanie Cailor is a research assistant and student pharmacist at Cedarville University working on a doctorate in pharmacy.

Stephanie has had several publications: "Evaluating Frequency and Cost Impact Analysis of Pharmacist Interventions in Clinical Trial Patients with Sub-optimally Controlled Diabetes", "The Impact of a Research Course on Pharmacy Students' Perceptions of Research and Evidence-Based Practice", "Student Perceptions of and Confidence in Self-Care Course Concepts Using Team-based Learning", "Fostering Interprofessional Communication Between Pharmacy and Nursing Students", "Student Perceptions of Team-Based Learning Versus Didactic Learning", and "Immediate and Longitudinal Effects of Incorporating Health Literacy and Cultural Competency Concepts into a Yearlong Pharmacy Curriculum".

Stephanie is certified in Immunization, Basic Life Support, and Motivational Interviewing Training and she worked as a Pharmacy Intern at Springfield Regional Medical Center.

Stephanie is a member of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, Phi Lambda Sigma, the American Pharmacists Association, and the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

Denise Leipold

Elaine Russo

Targeted Media / Internet Ads

Denise Leipold is the Executive Director of Right to Life of Northeast Ohio and a former occupational therapist with a background in business administration. She has a long history of involvement with the pro-life cause and previous experience in management, marketing, education, legislation, and more with both non-profit and business organizations. She is a past vice president of the Life Education Fund board, as well as a past member of the advisory board, and has testified before the Ohio House and Senate on many occasions regarding legislation affecting life issues. She is also the author of the Right to Life of Northeast Ohio Program Manual, which is used to bring a consistency to the efforts of pro-life organizations throughout northeast Ohio and beyond. She works in collaboration with pro-life adult and youth groups and churches throughout the area through programming, education, advocacy, legislation, and more to improve the culture of life.

Denise has been involved in church and community service activities most of her life. She is a volunteer and past board member of the Regina Health Center Foundation Board, a past member of the environmental group CORE (Committee Opposed to Ruining the Environment) testifying many times at the Ohio Statehouse for environmental legislation, was the communications director for the Vibrant Parish Life Cuyahoga Falls cluster, has volunteered with Project Homeless Connect in Akron, and is a Eucharistic Minister at her church.

Elaine Russo is the Director of Pregnancy Center Partnerships for Heroic Media. A graduate of Brown University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Elaine has been actively involved in pregnancy center ministry for the past 10 years during which she served as the Executive Director of pregnancy medical centers in Boston and Philadelphia. One of her main passions is to help equip pregnancy help centers to increase their outreach to individuals at risk for abortion and to be the first responders in an unexpected pregnancy.

Elaine’s husband Christopher is the Director of Pediatrics at Lynchburg General Hospital, and they are the blessed parents of two precious children, Matteo and Isabella. The Russo family resides in the Lynchburg, Virginia area.

Dennis Michael Sullivan, MD, MA (Ethics)

Brain Death and Organ Donation: New Ethical Controversies


Dr. Dennis Sullivan is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Cedarville University. He received his MD from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine; trained in general surgery; and served in the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Dr. Sullivan and his family worked for twelve years as medical missionaries, first in Haiti and then in the Central African Republic. Since 1996, he has been a member of the faculty at Cedarville University. In 2004, he received his MA in bioethics from Trinity University in Chicago and now primarily teaches medical ethics and law. He directs the university’s Center for Bioethics.

  • Previous Presentations:

  • 2005 Stem Cells: Moral Analogies and Ethical Analysis

  • 2006 Terri Schiavo The Real Story

  • 2007 Embryonic Stem Cells from Non-Destructive Sources: A Way Out of the Ethical Quagmire?

  • 2008 Ethics and the Embryo: ORTL DVD Project - Keynote Address

  • 2009 Ohio Efforts to Ban Cloning

  • 2010 Hybrid Humans: What's at Stake

  • 2011 Changing Horizons of Stem Cell Research

  • 2016 Gene Editing and Designer Babies

John Horvat II

American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family & Property

The Coming Pro-Life Challenge: What It Will Take to Win

John Horvat II is a scholar, researcher, educator, international speaker, and author of the book, Return to Order. His writings have appeared worldwide including in The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Post, American Thinker, TheBlaze, Crisis, Fox News, and The Washington Times, as well as other publications and websites. He gives more than 150 radio and TV interviews annually.

For more than two decades he has been researching and writing about what’s gone wrong with America’s culture and economy, an effort that culminated in the ground-breaking release of his award-winning book Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society.

Horvat is vice president and a member of the board of directors of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property (TFP), head of the TFP Commission for American Studies, a TFP Sedes Sapientiae Institute instructor, and webmaster of the American TFP website. Additionally, Horvat is a member of the Association of Christian Economists, The Philadelphia Society, the National Association of Scholars, and the Catholic Writers Guild, as well as an Acton University participant.

His research began in 1986 when he was invited by Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, founder of the Brazilian TFP, to study the crisis of modern economy and to prepare a conservative response. Horvat continues studying and writing and is now one of the most sought after experts on the subject.

Derek Doroski, PhD

Why Adult Stem Cells are Dominant in Basic Research, Clinical Trials, and Treatments


Dr. Derek Doroski is an Associate Professor of Biology, Engineering Instructor, and Director of the Pre-Engineering Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Dr. Doroski teaches Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Human Embryology.

Dr. Doroski earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University. While at Georgia Tech, he was a member of the Georgia Tech Students for Life.

Dr. Doroski has given numerous talks on the science of embryology.

Nelson Henning, PhD

The Ethical Challenges of Down Syndrome

Dr. Nelson Henning is the Chair of the Department of Social Work at Cedarville University. He currently teaches Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Data Analysis, Concepts of Chemical Dependency, and Social Work Research Methods. Dr. Henning is certified as an ACSW.

Dr. Henning earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, his Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois, and his Bachelor's of Social Work from Southern Illinois University.

Dr. Henning has twenty years' experience as an Air Force officer and forty years' experience in social work. He has worked with MR/DD, prison populations, chemically dependent populations, child abuse, and employee assistance programs.