Kathleen Eaton Bravo, one of the nation’s leading pro-life pioneers, has courageously served the pro-life apostolate in Oklahoma and California since 1981. As founder and CEO of Obria Medical Clinics (formerly Birth Choice), Kathleen’s lifelong mission to walk with young people experiencing the emotional turmoil that comes with making unhealthy sexual choices, has fueled her passion to fight for the rights of families, mothers and unborn children.
Obria Medical Clinics is a nationally trademarked group of full-service community clinics positioned to unite pro-life clinics across the country. Kathleen’s vision is to open 200 Obria Medical Clinics across the nation by 2020. To date, Obria has proudly served over 300,000 young women and men seeking help and saved over 6,563 babies from the devastation of abortion since becoming fully-licensed medical clinics in 2007.
Kathleen has always viewed change as opportunity. In light of the many changes that have taken place in our nation over the past several years – especially in regards to the healthcare landscape – Kathleen has seized the opportunity to position Obria Medical Clinics to become the nation’s premier health care provider of life-affirming, compassionate and judgment-free sexual and reproductive health services.
Over the decades of championing her cause, Kathleen has built a network of high-powered supporters, including a former U.S. president, Washington lawmakers, Members of Congress, spiritual leaders and thousands of behind-the-scenes players—some of whom have moved mountains to get things done.
Both religious and secular organizations alike have recognized Kathleen’s work. She has been honored by organizations such as, Family Research Council, James Irvine Foundation, Focus on the Family® and Legatus magazine. She was chosen as Orange County Register’s 2003 Volunteer of the Year and in 2010, she received the prestigious Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award, along with former President George W. Bush. Most recently, she received the Washington D.C.-based Susan B. Anthony List Distinguished Leader Award for 2015.
Fr. Stephen Fields, S.J.
Stephen Fields, SJ has taught at Georgetown University for 22 years, where he is Associate Professor of Historical and Philosophical Theology. His recent courses include the Church Fathers, Truth and the Natural Law, the Thought of John Henry Newman, and the Philosophy of Religion. He holds degrees from Oxford and Yale, and has written books and articles on various aspects of St Thomas Aquinas. On campus, he serves as chaplain of the campus Knights of Columbus and the Traditional Latin Mass congregation.
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Spencer Crawford, Co-Director
Spencer Crawford is a senior from Toledo, Ohio. He is in the School of Foreign Service, studying Global Health and Religion. In addition to working on the Conference, he also works as a research assistant at the World Faiths Development Dialogue and birddogs politicians as a member of Partners in Health Engage to promote health as a human right. For fun, he swims (sort of), bikes, and runs for the Georgetown Club Triathlon team and listens to Bhangra music. Besides looking for a job after he graduates, he fills his time trying to convince the Georgetown Jesuits to host Pope Francis at the Jesuit Residence for lunch during his Washington, D.C. visit.
Jeannette Joly, Co-Director
Jeannette Joly hails from Rockville, Maryland. A junior in the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences, she is majoring in mathematics with a concentration in pre-medicine. In addition to working for the Conference, Jeannette is an active participant in Global Medical Brigades, The Triple Helix, and GU Right to Life at Georgetown. When not sweating it out in the gym or accidentally napping in the library, Jeannette enjoys reading for her family book club, volunteering for the Spanish Catholic Center in DC, catching up on her favorite TV shows (anyone else pumped for the new XFiles season?!), and self-teaching the guitar and piano. In her most recent foray into the music biz, she and her sisters famously filmed, produced, and starred in a series of music videos that developed quite a fanbase on YouTube.
Audrey Fangmeyer, Director of Outreach
Audrey Fangmeyer is a junior from Rockville, Maryland and is studying Nursing in the School of Nursing and Health Studies. In addition to school, sleep, and some student group things, she is excited to be working on the Conference with the rest of the team this year. She likes to spend her spare time dancing, eating, and learning/talking about physics with anyone who still wants to be her friend once she brings up the topic. Her life dreams include riding a unicycle and seeing the Northern Lights (though not necessarily at the same time).
Lillian Flashner, Director of Sponsorship
Lillian is from outside Philadelphia, PA. She is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology of Global Health in the pre-medical track. In addition to coordinating sponsorship for this year's conference, Lillian is an active member of Georgetown Right to Life, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and several service organizations focused on providing medical care to those in need. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and playing the ukulele.
Thomas Iandoli, Director of the Mass for Life
Thomas Iandoli is a sophomore from Stewart Manor, New York. He is in the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences and is currently an undeclared major. This is his first year working on the Conference, and he looks forward to the experience. He also is a server for the Traditional Latin Mass on campus, and he enjoys reading, hiking, fishing, traveling, cooking, and eating. He spent his summer lifeguarding, having fun with friends and family, and listening to country music. You can find him most weekends walking across the Potomac to Theodore Roosevelt Island.
Melissa Lewis, Director of Outreach
Melissa Lewis hails from Charlottesville in the great Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a senior in Georgetown College, studying Classics and Government with big dreams of attending law school after graduation. She also works as research assistant with the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. Melissa spends most of her free time playing on Georgetown Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team. She has recently discovered a love of cottage cheese and is in the process of creating a not-so-secret social organization for Catholic females known as "St. Iggy's Baes."
Julie Reiter, Director of Volunteers
Julie Reiter is a junior in the School of Nursing and Health Studies majoring in Nursing. Originally from Annapolis, MD, she enjoys calling Washington, D.C. her second home. A member of the Georgetown Club Swim Team during the school year, Julie spends her summers coaching the six and unders at her local swim club. The second of three sisters, she spends her spare time advocating for the plight of middle children everywhere.
Melvin Thomas, Director of Press
Melvin Thomas is a sophomore from Staten Island, New York. He is in the Georgetown College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Russian and Government, with a focus on American and comparative politics. Besides serving as the Conference’s press coordinator, he works at Georgetown University’s Intercultural Center and is an active member of numerous clubs. He speaks a total of four languages and frequently lifts (very light) weights at the gym in his free time. He often prays for God’s divine intercession in helping the New York Mets become World Series champions this year.
Dominic LaMantia, Director of Hospitality
Dominic LaMantia is a junior from St. Louis, Missouri. He is in the College, double majoring in Mathematics and Philosophy. In addition to working for the O'Connor Conference, Dominic is a board member of the GU Knights of Columbus and the Tocqueville Forum, and he is the Editorial Assistant for the Faith and Philosophy academic journal. In his free time, Dominic enjoys watching classic films and listening to metal and Soviet rock.
Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar specializing in feminist legal theory, Equal Protection jurisprudence, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. Best known for the seminal article, “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2011), Erika has also published scholarly and popular articles in Christian Bioethics (Oxford University), Claremont Review of Books, Public Discourse, and other venues. She is the editor of The Cost of Choice: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion (2004) and Women, Sex & the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching (2010).
A member of the Catholic Women’s Forum, Erika has submitted papers to the Pontifical Council on the Laity (Women’s Division) and the Pontifical Council on the Family, has represented the Holy See at the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, and was a speaker at the World Meeting of Families. She lectures at colleges and law schools across the country, is a contributor to the Law Professor Blogs Network blog, Mirror of Justice, and is currently working on a book on rival feminisms and the Supreme Court.
A founding parent of St. Benedict Elementary, an independent classical school in Natick, MA, Erika and her husband are the parents of six children. She obtained her law degree magna cum laude from Boston University School of Law, received her Master’s degree with distinction as a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Politics and Religion at Boston College, and graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College.
John Keown is the Rose F Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Having graduated in law from Cambridge, he took a doctorate at Oxford, after which he was called to the Bar of England and Wales. He later taught the law and ethics of medicine in the Faculty of Law at Cambridge, where he was elected to a Fellowship at Queens' College and, later, a Senior Research Fellowship at Churchill College.
Professor Keown has published widely in the law and ethics of medicine, specializing on issues at the beginning and end of life. His research has been cited by distinguished bodies worldwide, including the United States Supreme Court, the Law Lords, the Court of Appeal, the House of Commons, the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, and the Australian Senate, before which he was invited to testify. In 2011 he testified as an expert witness for the Attorney-General of Canada in a leading case concerning Canada's law against euthanasia. He has served as a member of the Ethics Committee of the British Medical Association. His latest book, with the late Professor Alfonso Gomez-Lobo, is Bioethics and the Human Goods: An Introduction to Natural Law Bioethics (2015), published by Georgetown University Press.
William L. Saunders, Jr. is Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life (AUL). He directs AUL’s international project. Before joining AUL, he served for ten years as Senior Fellow in Bioethics and Human Rights Counsel at the Family Research Council. Mr. Saunders was featured in Harvard’s first Guide to Conservative Public Interest Law in 2003 and again in the 2008 edition. He served on Harvard’s Advisory Committee for its 2008 celebration of public interest law. A member of the Supreme Court bar, he has authored numerous legal briefs in state, federal, foreign, and international courts. In addition to speaking and writing frequently on bioethics topics, Mr. Saunders has submitted testimony to the President’s Council on Bioethics, as well as to UNESCO’s Committee on Bioethics, and has briefed Congressional staff and state legislatures. He is a regular columnist for the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly.
Mr. Saunders served on the official United States delegation to the UN Special Session on Children in 2001/02. In 2011, he was a speaker at an official briefing at the UN, addressing the topic, why euthanasia is not a human right. In 2004, he served on the NGO Working Committee in connection with the Doha Intergovernmental Conference for the Family. He serves on the Management Committee of the World Congress of Families and has been a frequent speaker at its various congresses. Mr. Saunders is Chairman of the Religious Liberties Group for the Federalist Society. He is President of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and a member of the boards of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists, the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, and the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture at the Catholic University of America. In 1999, Mr. Saunders founded Sudan Relief and Rescue, Inc., to aid the persecuted church in Sudan. He has worked for and written on behalf of the persecuted church for many years.
Mr. Saunders attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Morehead scholarship. He obtained his degree in law from the Harvard Law School. Mr. Saunders practiced law with the D.C. firm of Covington and Burling, and taught law at the Catholic University of America.
Fr. Charles Connor
Father Charles P. Connor is Assistant Professor of History and Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology, and Spirituality at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he also received his Master’s Degree in United States History. In 1979, he received his Ph,D. in United States History from Fordham University, New York City. Fr. Connor received a Ph.B. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, and an S.T.B. and M.A. in Theology from the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities in Rome, where he received his priestly formation at the North American College. He also received an S.T.L., Magna Cum Laude, from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic university of America in Washington, D.C.
He is the author of several books, including his most recent piece entitled A Transformative Element: The Contributions of John Cardinal O’Connor to the Culture of Life in the United States. Fr. Connor has co-produced several series for the Eternal Word Television Network, including The History of the Catholic Church in the United States, Historic Catholic Converts, Defenders of Faith in Word and Deed, Doctors of the Church, The Catholic Priesthood through the Ages, Therese of Lisieux: The Saint for the Third Millenium, The Sacraments through the Ages, and most recently the first portion of a general survey of church history titled The Catholic Church through the Ages. He has appeared as a guest on Mother Angelica Live, Marcus Grodi on the Journey Home, and on The World Over through EWTN. In addition, he has addressed several national Catholic conventions, and presented papers at meetings of the American Catholic Historical Association, and other scholarly gatherings.
Wayne Hipley has been the Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at St. William of York Church since July 2002. His ministry focuses on areas of spirituality, conflict resolution, ecumenism, social justice, and crisis intervention. He serves on the Archdiocesan Response Team, acts as the youth ministry liaison on the Beyond the Boundaries Steering Committee, and directs the Archdiocese of Baltimore Justice Action Week program. Wayne has also worked closely with pastoral leaders of many faith traditions individually and through an ecumenical clergy collegium. In May 2007, he received the diocesan Medal of Honor for Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Prior to his career in ministry, Wayne worked more than 20 years in the film and video production industry as a production manager, director, camera operator and editor. He helped develop and produce dozens of projects aimed at those working with middle and high school age youth. Topics included child sexual abuse, conflict resolution, depression, morality and social justice for clients ranging from the Maryland State Board of Education to the National Institutes of Health.
Ryan Scott Bomberger
Ryan Bomberger is an Emmy® Award-winning creative professional, citizen journalist and co-founder of TheRadianceFoundation.org, a life-affirming organization based on the belief that every human life has beautiful possibility. Ryan has a rather unique perspective of the innate nature of purpose. His biological mother was raped yet courageously gave him Life. Ryan was one of ten children, who were adopted and loved, in a multi-racial family of fifteen. Today, as an adoptee and adoptive father he enjoys illuminating the intrinsic worth we all possess.
He and his wife, Bethany, founded The Radiance Foundation to extensively research and creatively present social issues in the context of individual Purpose. He is a sought after international public speaker, addressing tens of thousands each year in diverse audiences here and abroad. Ryan has keynoted at renown locations and events including the UN, Ireland’s Trinity College (home of the world’s oldest Philosophical Society), Notre Dame University, SaddleBack Church, Values Voter Summit, the March for Life (DC), Canada’s March for Life, CareNet’s annual conference, Capitol Hill briefings and hundreds more events.
He recently won a crucial free speech lawsuit against a leading civil rights organization that was trying to censor his First Amendment rights. He is known for creating content that is fearless, factual and freeing.
Ryan’s work, including the bold TooManyAborted.com initiative, has received extensive media coverage by the NY Times, CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, ABC World News, Huffington Post, NPR, JET, BET, and many other traditional and new media news outlets. As Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation, Ryan is passionate about building a culture that values life in all of its stages.
Ryan earned his Masters in Communications from Regent University where he was named the 2012 Alumnus of the Year. He and Bethany also received the 2012 Messiah College Christian Stewardship Alumni Award.
Lila Rose is the founder and president of Live Action, a human rights organization dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects and protects life. Lila founded Live Action when she was 15 years old.
Live Action is a nonprofit working to spread the truth about abortion and counter the deliberate misinformation campaign of the multi-billion dollar abortion industry and lobby. The organization changes hearts and minds about abortion and promotes respect for human dignity through national media campaigns, investigative reporting, and targeted youth education programs.
Since Lila’s first undercover investigation in 2007, Live Action has grown to become one of the leading national pro-life organizations in America. It conducts never-before-seen, hard-hitting undercover investigations of the abortion industry that garner national headlines; it publishes one of the most widely read and often-cited pro-life news sites, Live Action News; and it hosts the largest social media platform in the pro-life movement — one that reaches millions of people each month with compelling pro-life content.
Lila leads national undercover investigations of the abortion industry, exposing sex-selection abortion, the cover-up of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, medical misinformation, infanticide, racism, and other lawbreaking and abuses.
Lila’s media appearances include CNN, ABC’s Nightline, Fox News’ The Factor, The Sean Hannity Show, Dr. Drew, and many other national television and radio programs. Her work has been featured on most major news outlets, including CBS, ABC, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post. Lila has also written for USA Today, First Things, Breitbart, Politico, and others.
Lila has been named among Red Alert’s “30 under 30,” National Journal’s “25 Most Influential Washington Women Under 35,” and Christianity Today’s “33 under Thirty-Three.” She serves on the board of the Queen of Angels Charitable Trust Foundation. She is also an international public speaker on family and culture issues.