Get to Know the Speakers

Dr. Sharen Ford, Ph.D

Director of Foster Care and Adoption, Focus on the Family

Sharen Ford, Ph.D., is a nationally-recognized child welfare consultant and the retired Manager for Permanency Services for the Colorado Department of Human Services in the Division of Child Welfare Services.  She retires with 30 years of comprehensive work history with the department.  She oversaw six programmatic areas including the Foster Care and Adoption Program and supervised a team of professional staff. 

Dr. Ford is the former President of the National Association of State Adoption Programs (NASAP) and the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Compact on Adoption Medical Assistance (AAICAMA).  She currently serves as the Director for Foster Care and Adoption at Focus on the Family and is as committed as ever to raising awareness regarding the need for every child to have a permanent family.  

Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg

President and CEO, Life Perspectives

Dr. Michaelene Fredenburg is the President and CEO of Life Perspectives, the global authority on reproductive grief care. She is an author, guest lecturer, and sought after speaker. Within Life Perspectives, Michaelene led the creation of continuing education curricula that is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Michaelene has also established Life Perspectives at the forefront of creating impartial and impactful research to understand the way individuals process reproductive losses, and to establish global standards for offering compassionate care.

Dr. Matthew Harrison

Dr. Matthew Harrison is a board certified Family Medicine physician, working as a fulltime hospitalist in North Carolina. He is Medical Director for HELP Pregnancy Center Prenatal Clinic and for Belmont Abbey Student Health Center. Dr. Harrison is an Associate Professor for Campbell Osteopathic School of Medicine, performed the first Abortion Pill Reversal in 2006, and works with Heartbeat International to promote reversals and train providers all of the world. He is married to Kathleen and they have 7 children.

Laura Huene BSN, RN, CPLC

Executive Director, String of Pearls

Laura Huene, lives in Parker, Colorado with four of their children. In 2006, a mid-term diagnostic ultrasound on the baby girl they were expecting revealed a fatal condition, and, over the next few months, she was carried to term surrounded by the love of her family; baby Pearl is now in heaven. In 2007, Laura, using her experience as a Registered Nurse specializing in Labor and Delivery, began String of Pearls, a Non-profit organization focused on Perinatal Hospice. Laura combines her professional experience with, compassion and help as she serves approximately 150 families locally and nationally every year who are recognizing the sacred life of their unborn baby while also preparing to say good-bye at, or soon after, their baby’s birth. Pearl’s legacy, through String of Pearls, reaches out to help encourage other parents and families who are walking the same journey that her family continues to walk every day.

Priscilla Anne Hurley, MA

Community Support Specialist, Abortion Survivors Network

Priscilla Anne Hurley, MA, has over 40 years experience working in the health field, as an educator, advocate, administrator and manager.  

Priscilla has a three-layered experience with abortion.  She has lost two children from abortion, and then worked at an abortion industry in “support” of other women looking for comfort.

But her first experience with abortion was as a survivor of her mother’s attempted abortion, something she learned about when she was 19, after she aborted her first child.

Her testimony of pressing on through trials, redemption through Christ, healing and hope can resonate within the hearts of many. 

Priscilla resides in Anchorage, Alaska where her 3 adult children, their spouses and her 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren also live. 

Monica Kelsey

Founder & CEO, Pro-Life Speaker, Safe Haven Baby Boxes

Monica Kelsey, is an Amazon bestselling author and the founder of Safe Haven Baby Boxes (SHBB), Inc.

Knowing she was adopted her entire life, at the age of 37, Monica discovered the devastating
truth that she was conceived in rape and abandoned as an infant.

Monica is a U.S. Navy Veteran, a former firefighter & medic, and has spoken across the U.S., Japan, Ecuador, Peru, and South Africa.

She shares her personal story with thousands of people every year and has made it a personal mission to not only advocate for the sanctity of human life, but to also one day eliminate illegal infant abandonment across the U.S. and around the world.

Bishop Eric Menees

Bishop, Anglican Diocese of San Joaquin

Bishop Eric Menees was born in Compton, California on November 21, 1961 and is a tenth generation Los Angelino. Bishop Menees graduated from the General Theological Seminary with an M.Div and from Seabury Western Theological Seminary with a D.Min.

Following his ordination Bishop Menees served Spanish language congregations in East Los Angeles and Santa Ana in the Diocese of Los Angeles. From there he was called to the Diocese of San Diego to be the chaplain at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, California and later as vicar and then rector of Grace Church, San Marcos. In 2011 by God’s grace Bishop Menees was elected the fifth bishop of San Joaquin succeeding Bishop John David Schofield. Bishop Menees serves as bishop for Caminemos Juntos the ACNA Spanish Language ministry support network, leads the Border Bishops’ Conference seeking to evangelize and plant churches in Mexico, is the ACNA representative to the Anglican Province of South America and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Menees is married to Florence Guadalupe and has two grown children, Milagro a registered nurse, and Sebastian a firefighter.

Johnston Moore

Executive Director, Home Forever

John has been married to his wife Terri since 1988, and together they have seven children, all of whom were adopted through the Los Angeles County foster care system. John is a strong believer in and vocal advocate for permanency and justice for children, having witnessed the impact that both have had on his children. John enjoyed a career in Hollywood in film/TV production and as a screenwriter before becoming fully immersed in adoption and foster care ministry, first through his employment at Hope for Orphans, and then at Home Forever.

Currently, John is living with his family in Virginia, where he is a regular speaker at Focus on the Family’s Wait No More Adoption Conferences. They attend Redeemer Anglican Church in Richmond, VA and are passionate about seeing the ACNA be a part of what God is doing through the foster care and adoption movement.

Lauren Muzyka, Esq.

President & CEO, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Lauren is an attorney whose passion for defending the sanctity of human life led her into the pro-life movement. Under Lauren’s leadership as President & CEO, Sidewalk Advocates for Life has witnessed nearly 15,000 babies saved, 80 abortion workers who have left the business, and 27 closed facilities. Lauren lives with her husband and three rescue dogs in Texas and loves bringing God’s people together across denominational lines in the pro-life movement. 

Allan Parker

President, The Justice Foundation

Allan E. Parker, JD., Revivalist, President and Co-Founder of The Justice Foundation, is a former Professor of Law at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas.  He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law and studied International Human Rights at the International Human Rights Institute in Strasbourg, France. He is a member of the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court. TJF represented Norma McCorvey, the “Roe” of Roe v. Wade and Sandra Cano, the “Doe” of Doe v. Bolton, for over 12 years in their legal efforts to reverse their cases.

As an Attorney and Revivalist, his dream is to see the end of abortion and to see revival in America. He helps organize national strategic prayer and repentance for the Supreme Court and America. He is also a licensed minister of the Gospel. After 25 years, he is convinced that none of the objectives we seek to achieve can be accomplished without massive repentance. But God is still saying, as He has throughout history, “America, return to Me and I will return to you.”

Bobby Schindler

Founder, Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network

Bobby Schindler is President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, Senior Fellow at Americans United for Life, and an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Bobby advocates for the medically vulnerable in honor of Terri Schiavo, his sister.

A full-time advocate, speaker, and writer, Bobby and the Life & Hope Network have been instrumental in providing resources and support to upwards of 4,000 patients and families at risk of euthanasia, assisted suicide, and denial-of-care situations from physicians, hospitals, insurance companies, and others.

Bobby is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and his writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, TIME, The Linacre Quarterly, National Review, Human Life Review, Townhall.com, The Federalist, The Daily Caller, The Washington Times, LifeNews.com and others.

Bobby has spoken in more than 46 states and in more than a dozen countries. He has spoken especially to young people at dozens of colleges and universities, with special emphasis on medical and law students. He speaks not only with firsthand accounts of Terri’s story—which is often misrepresented by mainstream media—but also on topics relating to the medically vulnerable today, particularly including the right to food and water, medical ethics and the bioethics movement, and how to uphold human dignity for a disabled or medically fragile loved ones. He has testified before state legislatures in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, California, Kentucky, Ohio, and has addressed Members of Parliament in Australia and Canada concerning the protection of the medically vulnerable.

Bobby holds an M.S. in Bioethics from the University of Mary and a Certificate in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center, as well as degrees from LaSalle University and Florida State University.

Robin Sertell

Education Coordinator, Abortion Survivors Network

When Robin was nine years old, Robin’s maternal grandmother told her that she had survived three abortion attempts via saline infusion, helping finally shedding light on why Robin had spent much of her childhood sick, and in the hospital.  Her life’s message is one of forgiveness and hope restored.  She is an ordained pastor, and currently serves as the Education Coordinator for the Abortion Survivors Network, where she is passionate about serving her population of Survivors by equipping them to share their stories and change culture. Robin is the author of Miracles Happen in the Wilderness, an autobiographical snapshot into the goodness of God in her life. Her life is a walking testimony of, “You intended harm to me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20, NIV. 

Wesley Smith

Award winning author, Host of the Humanize Podcast and Chairman of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism

Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and was honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia.

An attorney by training, Wesley left the full time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy and has since published thousands of articles, columns, and opinion pieces on issues pertaining to the moral importance of human life. Wesley addresses the entire spectrum of bioethical issues, particularly relating to conscience, patient protection, eugenics, suicide, transhumanism, medical ethics, and law and policy. Wesley’s writing has appeared nationally and internationally, including in NewsweekNew York TimesThe Wall Street JournalUSA TodayForbes, the Weekly StandardNational ReviewThe Age(Australia), The Telegraph (United Kingdom), Western Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics.

Wesley has appeared on more than a thousand television and radio talk/interview programs, including such national shows as ABC NightlineGood Morning AmericaLarry King LiveCNN Anderson Cooper 360CNN World ReportCBS Evening NewsEWTNC-SPANFox News Network, as well as nationally syndicated radio programs, including Coast to CoastDennis MillerDennis PragerMichael MedvedAfternoons with Al Kresta, and EWTN.

Wesley is often called upon by executive branch officials, lawmakers, and policy advocates to advise on issues within his fields of expertise. Wesley has testified as an expert witness in front of federal and state legislative committees, and has counseled government and business leaders internationally about matters pertaining to bioethics and other issues about which he advocates.

O. Carter Snead

Professor O. Carter Snead is one of the world’s leading experts on public bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His research explores issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, human embryo research, assisted reproduction, abortion, and end-of-life decision-making. He is the author of What It Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics (Harvard University Press, October 2020), which was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the “Ten Best Books of 2020,” received the 2021 “Expanded Reason Award” (given by Francisco de Vitoria University (Madrid) and the Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation), and has been reviewed or featured in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Bloomberg Opinion.

David Williams

Men’s Ministry Team and Chapter Coordinator, SaveOne

By God’s grace, David Williams is a champion for the unborn, a minister of compassion to men and women in crisis due to an unplanned pregnancy, and an instrument of healing and grace to those, men in particular, who are hurting from a past abortion. 

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