SIXTEENTH Annual Pro-Life Science and Technology Conference
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Stevens Student Center
251 N. Main St., Cedarville, OH 45314
All biographies current at time of conference.
Nick was born and raised in Columbus, OH and is now attending Cedarville University. Nick is in his third year of the five-year Masters of Divinity program. Nick hopes to serve the Church in a pastoral role, while mobilizing the Church to render Biblical justice on the issue of abortion.
Nick has previously interned at Created Equal, an anti-abortion organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Currently, Nick is serving as a board member of LifeTech and as the President of the Cedarville Students for Life group.
Fr. Larry Gearhart
Parochial Vicar, Springfield Deanery
The History, Logic and Implementation of Subsidiarity
I'm a parochial vicar for the Springfield, Ohio, Deanery. My current duties include daily Mass, hearing confessions, responding to sick calls (anointings, hearing confessions and general pastoral care) and presiding at baptisms, weddings and funerals. I am a "circuit rider" in the sense that I may be called upon to substitute for a priest on vacation or some other form of leave.
I've been thinking about moral theology for decades. My first talk for the LifeTech conference (which had a different name back then) was on developing an axiomatic foundation for the morality of natural law. I realized, recently, that it's important to map out the landscape of pro-life issues, to help us develop a clearer understanding of them and to see how revelation, natural law, jurisprudence and civic virtue apply and how these issues interrelate. I believe this will help us respond more thoughtfully when challenged by folks who regard the most fragile human life as less important than some other value.
Pastor Walter Moss
Effect of Abortion on the Black Community
Walter S. Moss has been a pastor for 22 years, but has served in ministry for a total of 39 years. He is currently the chaplain for Forty Days for Life and a Pro-Life Ambassador. He is associated with the National Black Pro-Life Coalition and works with many youth groups throughout Ohio to promote spiritual growth and positive attitudes. He also operates a prison ministry at the Stark County Jail and at Ohio’s state prisons.
Pastor Moss has served on the Founding and Advisory Board of what is now the Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County and Northeastern Ohio. He has also served on the Advisory Board of Stark State College, spoken as a motivational speaker to diverse groups, and traveled to Caribbean and African nations for mission work. He is currently the president of the IMA.
Pastor Moss attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and was a founder of the Gospel Voices of Faith choir. He graduated in 1977 and received a Master’s Degree in Theology from Jacksonville Theological Seminary in 2003. He has received a plethora of community awards, including the Path Finder Award from McKinley High School, the Stark NAACP Humanitarian Award, and awards from the Stark County Pregnancy Support Center and the Stark County Social Workers’ Network.
Dayton Right to Life
Pro-Life at the End of Life
Mary E. Gutman is a Registered Nurse with fifty years of experience primarily in Critical Care practice in Indiana and Ohio, Nursing Administration and serving as Director of Critical Care at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton from 1982-1987. In 1988 she transferred her experience to healthcare risk management and in 1998 she was named Director of Risk Management for Premier Health, where she managed the captive insurance company, assisted in the placement of commercial insurance and developed programs to promote patient safety in Premier’s four acute care hospitals, home health agency and owned physician practices. She has presented programs nationally and internationally on subjects related to risk and insurance, and served on the Board of the Ohio Society for Healthcare Risk Management and on the national conference committee for the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management, including one year as its’ chairperson. She served on the Ethics Committee of Good Samaritan Hospital for 20 years and has addressed many end of life issues in this capacity.
Ms. Gutman has a Diploma in Nursing from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Milwaukee; a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Mary of the Woods College, Indiana; and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Risk Management from Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, Illinois. She is a Certified Healthcare Risk Manager (CPHRM) and is a Distinguished Fellow in the Society of Healthcare Risk Management (DFASHRM). She is also the managing director of The Gutman Group, LLC.
Her volunteer activities include serving on the Bereavement team at her parish, working in the parish food pantry, distributing the Eucharist to area nursing homes and working with the Respect Life committee at a neighboring parish, where she assists in developing annual educational programs on life issues. Currently she is beginning her second year in the Spiritual Direction program put on by Bergamo Center in Dayton.\
Charlotte Lozier Institute
Fetal Pain and Fetal Viability
Katrina Furth, Ph.D. earned her doctorate in neuroscience at Boston University, performing her dissertation research at the National Institutes of Health. Since graduating, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Her interests include animal models of mental illness, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology, and the use of ketamine to treat depression, model schizophrenia, and reduce pain.
Dr. Furth enjoys educating scientists and non-scientists alike about brain development and leads seminars and talks about the neuroscience of the unborn. She believes that as people come to understand more about embryonic and fetal development, they will be more likely to support life-affirming policies.
Dr. Paul Day
Abortion Pill Reversal (APR)
Paul Day is a board certified Family Medicine physician who practices primary care in Cincinnati. Paul graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, where he served as chief resident.
His wife, Amber, is a Pediatrician and they are blessed to have 2 children at home - 2 year old Greta and 2 month old Patrick. Paul currently serves as the president of the Cincinnati Guild for the Catholic Medical Association.
Executive Director, Cincinnati Right to Life
Abortion: A Plan of Action
Meg Wittman is the Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, the leading pro-life organization in Southwest Ohio which ensures that pro-life principles of protection and dignity for all innocent human life are upheld and kept before the public. As Executive Director, Meg oversees pro-life educational outreach; promotes life-affirming legislation at every level of government; encourages and supports pro-life candidates and office holders; manages media communications; and works in coalition with area and statewide pro-life/pro-family organizations.
Meg is part of the ‘pro-life generation’, active at a grassroots level since high school. In addition to her pro-life passion, her leadership skills also include past marketing, corporate strategy, and resource development experience. Meg serves as a District 5 Vice President for the Right to Life Action Coalition of Ohio and is a pro-life correspondent for Sacred Heart Radio's Son Rise Morning Show. Meg is committed to building a Culture of Life in a world so damaged by abortion and other assaults on human life. She daily embraces her work as a true calling from God.