Jill E. Adams, J.D., has been the Executive Director of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) in Oakland, California, since September 2006. LSRJ is a national, nonprofit network of law students and lawyers that educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. Prior to that, Jill served the organization as President of its Board of Directors, intern in the national office, and trainer, facilitator, and speaker on many occasions throughout law school. As ED, Jill oversees fundraising and development, management and operations, programming, finances, and public relations. She also engages in extensive public speaking and writing. Jill is committed to empowering law students, building coalition with other social justice groups, and fostering LSRJ's long-term sustainability. She further contributes to the reproductive justice movement as Vice President of the California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, the Steering Committee for Pharmacy Forward: Pharmacist Leadership for Reproductive Health, the Advisory Boards of Real Reason and Nursing Students for Choice, and the Women’s Health Leadership Network of the Center for American Progress. She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Journalism in 2000 and from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2006. Jill is licensed by the State Bar of California. She was recently named a 2010 Gerbode Foundation Professional Development Fellow.
Kelly Blanchard, ScM is President of Ibis Reproductive Health. Ibis’s mission is to improve women’s reproductive autonomy, choices and health worldwide by conducting original clinical and social science research, leveraging existing research, producing educational resources, and promoting policies and practices that support sexual and reproductive rights and health. Ms. Blanchard’s recent research has focused on contraception, including emergency contraception, medical and surgical abortion, and female controlled HIV prevention methods, including microbicides and cervical barriers.
Ms. Blanchard has authored or co-authored more than forty articles on reproductive health in developing and developed countries. Prior to joining Ibis, Ms. Blanchard worked at the Population Council as a Program Associate, where she managed a growing program on reproductive health in South Africa and the Southern Africa region. In 2006, Ms. Blanchard received the American Public Health Association Section on Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health’s Outstanding Young Professional Award and in 2009 received the Guttmacher Institute’s Darroch award, recognizing excellence in sexual and reproductive health research.
Leah Chamberlain has worked with the Philadelphia Women’s Center, second trimester abortion specialists, since 2007. She currently holds the position of Clinical Coordinator and Adoption Specialist. Leah obtained her MA in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis from the Universiteit van Amsterdam in 2003 and her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2001.
Francine Coeytaux, MPH, founder of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health, is a public health specialist with extensive experience in the development and evaluation of family planning and reproductive health programs. She is best known for her work on comprehensive reproductive health services, abortion and new reproductive technologies. Prior to founding the Pacific Institute, she was an Associate at the Population Council in New York where she initiated a worldwide program to address the problem of unsafe abortion, collaborated on the public introduction of NORPLANT and RU 486, and helped develop reproductive health activities in Sub‑Saharan Africa.
In addition to her international experience, Ms. Coeytaux worked for many years in California, USA. Most notably, she contributed in the 1970s to the creation of Planned Parenthood's first adolescent outreach programs in San Francisco and designed a health program for migrant children in five rural counties of California.
Ms Coeytaux is a women’s health advocate and an experienced researcher, combining both qualitative and quantitative skills, and has published extensively. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of WomanCare Global, based in North Carolina; EngenderHealth, based in New York; Women’s Dignity, based in Tanzania; and the Center for Genetics and Society, based in San Francisco. She has consulted for many organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the World Bank, the Compton Foundation, and served on the State of California’s Advisory Committee on Human Cloning.
Ms. Coeytaux is a citizen of France and of the United States. She speaks French and Spanish fluently, has lived in Tunisia, Peru, Nicaragua, Switzerland and the United States, and has worked in extensively in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. She has a BA from Stanford University and an MPH from UCLA. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and their 21 year old son and daughter.
Monica Dragoman MD, MPH is trained as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist and completed a fellowship in Family Planning at Columbia Univeristy/NY Presbyterian Hospital. Currently, she is employed at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Ryan Residency Training Program in Family Planning.
Heather DuBois is a masters student in systematic theology at Fordham University. She also works part-time at Nazareth Housing, a homeless shelter on the Lower East Side in New York. Heather was recently the Assistant Director of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding’s Religion and Conflict Resolution program, which identifies, studies, and supports the work of religious peacemakers in conflict zones. There, she created and led a project which produced the report Religious Peacemaking in Higher Education: A Survey of 12 Institutions. She holds a BA in Politics and English from Tulane University and a MA in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, where she wrote a thesis on religion in international relations and the emerging subfield of Catholic peacebuilding. She has coordinated events in Sarajevo, Jerusalem and Damascus and published on religion and peacebuilding in the Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace and Common Ground News Service.
Bill English is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Political Theory Project at Brown University. He received his PhD in Political Science from Duke University in 2010 and holds a masters in Ethics from Oxford University and a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Duke. A political theorist by training, Bill also has wide ranging interests in political economy, public policy, and the philosophy of social science. He has received fellowships from the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke’s Center for Genomics, Ethics, Law, and Policy, and the National Science Foundation. His dissertation evaluated the limits of prominent methodological paradigms in the social sciences, making a case for the unique importance of ethical persuasion for social change and providing an account of how such persuasion characteristically takes place. More recently, Bill’s work has focused on emerging controversies concerning the biological foundations of human behavior. He has published philosophical and empirical critiques of studies purporting to show that ideological beliefs and political behaviors are biologically “hardwired.” He is also working on a longer project reviewing prominent finding in neuroscience and genomics in an attempt to disambiguate those that do present profound new insights into the nature of human agency from those that are more easily catalogued within long existing categories of biological influence and dependence, with a consideration of the political implications of this emerging knowledge.
Lucinda Finley is the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York, where she also serves on the Law School faculty as the Frank Raichle Professor. She has taught at Yale Law School, Cornell Law School, DePaul Law School, and lectured at the University of Sydney Law School. She teaches in the areas of reproductive rights, women and the law, and torts. She has published articles on gender equality and feminist legal theory in leading law reviews, and is co‑author of a Torts casebook that incorporates issues of how tort law affects people based on gender, race and sexual orientation. She also wrote the chapter on Roe v. Wade for the book Constitutional Law Stories, a collection of articles about leading Supreme Court cases that is widely used in law school and university classes. Professor Finley has frequently testified before federal and state legislatures on issues of tort reform and gender fairness. She is a leading expert on the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which prohibits violence and obstruction aimed at reproductive health providers and patients, and she has litigated major cases under this law. She has also represented reproductive health providers before the United States Supreme Court in Schenck v. ProBChoice Network of Western New York, 519 U.S. 357 (1997), a case about limits on anti‑abortion protest and the First Amendment.
Alberto García, MADRID, 1964. Doctor in Law from Complutense University in Madrid. Presently Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights, based in Rome, Italy. Professor of Philosophy of Law and International Law at Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. Researcher of the Human Rights Institute at Complutense University and Member of the following Ethical Advisory Boards: ITERA Life-Sciences Network, Cryo-Save and EU Projects CASCADE and REBORNE (within 7th Framework Program). For 5 years Member of the Steering Committee of Bioethics in the Council of Europe appointed by the Ministry of Justice of Spain. In 2005 honoured with the National Prize of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors in the field of legal and social sciences.
Daniel F. Kane is a medical physicist with Associates in Medical Physics, LLC and Institute Fellow at the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person. At the Westchester Institue, he assists in operations and strategy. As a medical physicist, he routinely is appointed as a radiation biology expert on Institute Review Boards that oversee and approve human subject research. He published a column in the Finger Lakes Times called "Reasoning in the Square".
Kane is married and the father of three children.
Lorraine Kenny, Senior Program Strategist, ACLU Center for Liberty
As the Senior Program Strategist for the Center for Liberty, Lorraine Kenny plays a pivotal role in the work of the Center, including helping to develop and implement cross issue initiatives for the Reproductive Freedom Project, Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Project, Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Women’s Rights Project, and HIV/AIDS Project.
She brings to the role ten years of experience in the Reproductive Freedom Project, most recently as its Public Education Director. In that capacity she developed strategic communications plans, developed and managed innovative research projects addressing sexuality education and abortion communication, managed the Project’s relations with the media, ran the Project’s sexuality education advocacy program, and oversaw the Project’s Web site and other public education materials, and coordinated outreach to coalition partners and ACLU affiliates. She is also a co-author and editor of the Project’s report, Religious Refusals and Reproductive Rights (2002), as well as author of articles on sexuality education and access to reproductive health care in prison, among other reproductive rights publications.
Ms. Kenny graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in 1984 and in 1996 received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz with a parenthetical degree in anthropology. She is an experienced writer, editor, and teacher and has published several works, including a book, Daughters of Suburbia: Growing Up White, Middle Class, and Female (Rutgers University Press 2000). Before joining the Project in 2000, Ms. Kenny taught anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College.
Amanda Kifferly has worked with the Philadelphia Women’s Center, second trimester abortion specialists, since 2005. She currently holds the position of Director of Clinic Affairs. Amanda has a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University where she studied Sociology and Cultural Anthropology. She prides herself as serving as Vice President of Faith Aloud- a national faith-based organization dedicated to overcoming the religious stigma of abortion. Amanda is also involved in her community where she volunteers with the Pennsylvania Prison Society, her local chapter of the National Organization of Women, and as a counselor with a local hospice organization.
Karen Leiter is the Human Rights Researcher in the US Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She is the principal researcher and author of the Center’s first human rights fact-finding report in the US, Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions, and Harassment.
Ms. Leiter has 15 years of experience working in the US and internationally as a researcher, advocate, educator and policy analyst in the field of health and human rights. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Leiter was the Senior Research Associate at Physicians for Human Rights where she served as lead investigator on several projects primarily focused on the health impacts of violations of women’s rights. These included the first population-based study seeking to quantify the relationship between gender inequity and women’s vulnerability to HIV infection, Epidemic of Inequality: Women’s Rights and HIV/AIDS in Botswana & Swaziland. Ms. Leiter is also lead author of the PHR report, No Status: Migration, Trafficking, and Exploitation of Women in Thailand. She has been a consulting attorney to the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, a volunteer researcher with the Chilean NGO Educación Popular en Salud (Popular Education in Health), an instructor and research specialist in gender-based violence and public health practice at Harvard School of Public Health, and an evaluation consultant for immigrant and community health programs at the Cambridge Health Alliance.
Ms. Leiter holds a BA from Yale College, a JD from Northeastern Law School and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health.
Sarah Lipton-Lubet is Legislative Policy Counsel for the Government Relations Program in the Washington D.C. office of the Center for Reproductive Rights. Her work focuses on legal analyses of federal legislative and executive proposals affecting women’s reproductive rights, and the development of advocacy and policy strategies. Prior to joining the Center, she clerked for the Honorable Richard Paez of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as for the Honorable Nancy Gertner of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and served as a litigation fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Earlier in her career, she served as a legislative fellow at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, where her work focused on reproductive freedom, women’s rights, and judicial nominations. She earned a JD from Yale Law School, where she was Symposium Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and a BA summa cum laude from Northwestern University in American Studies.
Tim Lykins, percussionist and educator in New York City, earned his Bachelor of Music Education and Master’s degree in Instrumental Performance from Oklahoma City University. While attending OCU, he studied with Dr. David Steffens, principal percussionist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and a founding member of the Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble. Lykins also attended Central Michigan University, where he studied with Robert Hohner and David Zerbe, and University of Michigan-Flint, where he studied with Jim Coviak.
Tim Lykins has shared the stage with some of the best performing artists in the world, including Blues Traveler, Joss Stone, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Delbert McClinton, Koko Taylor, Kenny Neal, Jimmy Thackery and many others. Since his move to New York City, in August of 2008, Lykins has been quick to establish himself in the music scene, playing for Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, percussion group Loop 243, and for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Lykins has toured China, France, and the United States on several occasions. He has recorded on Conundrum, Far More Drums, and Pittard Project. He is a member of the Hohner Institute of Percussion and the music honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
Tim Lykins was Professor of Percussion at Oklahoma Christian University before moving to New York. He established a percussion ensemble that performed at the Oklahoma Day of Percussion, and for their first performance packed the auditorium with standing room only. Being a drum set clinician at the University of Oklahoma, teaching at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and teaching multiple drumlines, percussion ensembles, and private lessons has given him the opportunity to work with a wonderful mix of various ages and levels. He has taught students that range from pre-elementary to college, and many have received the highest awards given at their respective levels of excellence.
Tim Lykins has a background in music that is diverse and experienced, with a teaching style that encompasses the many areas of percussion. This diversification stems from his teachers believing in the importance of exposing oneself to multiple percussion instruments and genres. From this belief, and being engaged in many different playing opportunities, he has established a well rounded teaching style that is distinct and balanced within the realm of percussion.
Hannah Maria Del Murphy was born to Mary Dahl and Kenneth Maher in Reston, VA in 1983. She and her seven siblings were raised in a Catholic/Quaker household. Her mother is a midwife and professor of nursing; her father retired from the healthcare field and is currently an editor and writer. Hannah’s family moved to the inner city of Rochester, NY in the late 80s. Hannah’s education varied—from Catholic school to home school, city school to home school again and finally to a private school. Brought up by parents who met raising funds for famine relief in Africa and worked alongside César Chávez, Hannah learned at a young age the purpose of helping the disenfranchised. Hannah was an outspoken youth—once wearing a shirt that read “Abortion is War” to school; the shirt made many people uncomfortable and in turn led to an organized public debate between Hannah and a pro-choice peer. After graduating high school, Hannah attended SUNY Brockport where she graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with certification in Early Childhood Education. She is currently a graduate student in the Nazareth College Literacy program. Hannah resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and one year old son. She spends her days playing with her son and working as the Coordinator of Special Projects and Development for Feminists Choosing Life of New York; FCLNY is a pro-life, pro-woman organization that seeks to open minds to its philosophy of pro-life feminism, the belief that all people, by virtue of their human dignity, have a right to live without violence from conception to natural death.
Louise Melling, Director, ACLU Center for Liberty
Louise Melling is the Director of the Center for Liberty at the ACLU. The Center encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive freedom, women’s rights, lesbian gay bisexual and transgender rights, and freedom of religion and belief.
Before assuming this new role, Ms. Melling was Director of the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, in which capacity she oversaw nationwide litigation, communications research, public education campaigns, and advocacy efforts in the state legislatures. Ms. Melling has appeared in federal and state courts around the country to challenge laws that restrict reproductive rights. For example, she has led several successful state constitutional challenges to restrictions on Medicaid coverage for abortions; she has secured injunctions against abortion bans; and she has participated in numerous challenges to laws restricting teenagers’ access to abortion.
Ms. Melling has been with the ACLU since 1992, serving in several roles before becoming the Director of its Reproductive Freedom Project in 2003 and most recently Director of the Center for Liberty. She is a 1987 graduate of Yale Law School and the co-author, together with Catherine Weiss, of “The Legal Education of Twenty Women,” 40 Stan. L. Rev. 1299 (1988).
Mariko Miki, J.D., is the Curriculum & Training Coordinator of Law Students for Reproductive Justice (LSRJ) in Oakland, California. LSRJ is a national, nonprofit network of law students and lawyers that educates, organizes, and supports law students to ensure that a new generation of advocates will be prepared to protect and expand reproductive rights as basic civil and human rights. Mariko provides vision, direction, and evaluation for multi-faceted projects in two of LSRJ’s core programming areas: curriculum enrichment and professional training, including managing the new Reproductive Justice Fellowship Program in Washington D.C.. As a law student, Mariko led her LSRJ chapter, interned at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, participated in the Trauma & Learning Policy Initiative Clinical Program, and served as a research assistant to the visiting instructor for a reproductive rights seminar. In addition, she was an executive editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Before joining LSRJ, Mariko practiced commercial litigation with an international law firm based in San Francisco, where she also gained extensive pro bono experience in domestic violence issues, immigration, habeas corpus, FOIA, and Native American land rights. Mariko holds an A.B. in Political Science & East Asian Studies from Brown University and graduated from Harvard Law School in 2006.
Suzanne Novak is a Senior Staff Attorney in the U.S. Legal Program at the Center for Reproductive Rights and previously served as both a Staff Attorney and Blackmun Fellow at the Center. She has defended the rights of teenagers in Alaska to make their own reproductive health decisions, challenged an abortion ban in Virginia, and successfully sued to shut down a fake abortion referral service. Prior to returning to the Center, Ms. Novak served as a Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, where she coordinated the Center's Campaign Finance Reform and Government Accountability Projects. She was also an Associate at Arnold & Porter and a clerk for the honorable Stephen M. McNamee of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. She graduated with honors from New York University School of Law.
Dan O’Brien, PhD, Dan has been working in the field of Catholic healthcare ethics for over 20 years, serving in leadership, research, teaching and consultation roles. Serving as Vice President for Ethics at Ascension Health since its founding in 1999, former professional positions include: Vice President of Ethics for the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System in Michigan; Senior Associate of Ethics for the Catholic Health Association; Assistant Director of Research and Education at the Pope John XXIII Center (now that National Catholic Bioethics Center); and associate with the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University.
Dan received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Regis University in Denver in 1986 and his Master of Arts in Systematic Theology from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis in 1988. In 1988 and 1989, Dan studied at the University of St. Thomas and the Alphonsiana Institute of Moral Theology at the Lateran University in Rome, Italy. He passed his comprehensive exams with distinction and received his PhD in Health Care Ethics in 2000 from The Center for Health Care Ethics, Saint Louis University.
Dan has presented at numerous ethics institutes and workshops, and has chaired and served on many ethics committees and planning committees for regional and international ethics conferences. He has authored and co-authored over 50 items, including an ethics manual, book chapters, reviews, editorials, and letters and research in journals, newsletters and newspapers, including Health Progress, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, The American Journal of Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Bioethics (Bratislava, Slovakia), The Journal of Management Development, The New England Journal of Medicine, Health Care Ethics USA, Supportive Voice and Ethics & Medics.
Honors include: 2005 Catholic Press Award for Best Feature Article in a Scholarly Magazine, Second Place, with John Paul Slosar and Anthony R. Tersigni, in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 4, 3 (Autumn 2004); Gold Spirit Award from the Catholic Health Association (1995). Dr. O’Brien is a member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics.
Susan Paul is Director of Clinical and Mental Health Services for The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey. Susan is an L.C.S.W. and a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Examiners Clinical Social Work (ABECSW). She is credentialed through NASW-NJ to provide Supervision to Masters and Bachelors level social workers, and a Field Work Supervisor, Graduate School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University. She participated in the New Jersey Child Sexual Abuse Case Consultation Project for Assessment and Treatment, in 2007-2008. Susan studied Philosophy and Sociology at Beloit College, received an MA from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and was awarded a Fellowship and began doctoral work in The Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago, at the University of Chicago in 2000-2002. Her early training in Chicago included residential care for severely disturbed children at The Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School. After graduating from SSA, Susan began to work as Family Support Supervisor in a Head Start program of The Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago, serving communities in public housing on the city’s South Side. Since coming to New Jersey eight years ago, Susan worked first as a therapist at the New Jersey State Prison, Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, and later was clinical director of a small residential program for adolescents and young adults with chronic mental illness. She has developed her private practice to work with children and adolescents with issues of sexual abuse and trauma. Susan is a member of NASW, NASW-NJ and serves on the Continuing Education Approval Committee and the Special Advocacy Section on Children and Adolescents. She is also a member of the American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Thaler Pekar specializes in persuasive communications, helping smart leaders and their organizations hone in on what they want and need to say to break through a crowded marketplace and engage audiences. She provides clients with practical tools for finding, sharing, and sustaining the big organizational narratives and the smaller, supportive stories that articulate both vision and impact. Thaler recently facilitated the opening plenary of the Smithsonian Institution Conference on Organizational Storytelling. She is featured in the new book, Storied Careers: 40+ Story Practitioners Talk About Applied Storytelling, and is a Featured Contributor to PhilanTopic, the Philanthropy News Digest blog, on the topic of organizational narrative.
Thaler is a frequent guest lecturer at the Columbia University Graduate Programs in Strategic Communications and Communications Practice; the Urban Education Leadership Program, Teachers College, Columbia University; the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Executive Master’s Program; and the Rutgers Center for Non Profit and Philanthropic Leadership. She is a Founding Member of the American College of Women's Health Physicians, and a member of the New York Appleseed Advisory Board.
Thaler has a deep background in reproductive rights, having served as the first political organizer for NARAL-NJ; public affairs director for Horizon Health Center, NJ’s first licensed abortion clinic, and the only FQHC in the nation that was an abortion provider; and having consulted with clients including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Center for Reproductive Rights, Medical Students for Choice, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project.
Jen Roth is a web developer and activist from central Illinois. She first became politically active as an undergraduate at the University of Illinois, and brought a secular, liberal orientation to the work of that campus's pro-life group while serving as its president. She later founded a mailing list and web site for pro-life liberals, which attracted many people who were relieved to learn that they were not alone. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of Consistent Life, an international coalition which opposes war, abortion, and the death penalty. She remains on the advisory board. In 2010, frustrated with the lack of representation for people who oppose abortion but support contraception and sex education, she and Mary Krane Derr co-founded All Our Lives. This new organization advocates for women's rights -- and ability -- to make free, non-violent, and informed choices regarding sexuality, contraception, and birth.
Macarena Sáez is a Fellow in International Legal Studies and teaches at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in the areas of Comparative Law and Comparative Family Law. Her main areas of research are gender discrimination in Latin America, and comparative family law. Since 2008 Macarena coordinates the Network of Latin American Scholars on Gender, Sexuality and Legal Education ALAS, providing trainings and publications to law professors in Latin America on mainstreaming gender and sexuality perspectives in legal education. In July 2010 she acted as the general reporter on the topic of same sex marriage for the XVIII International Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law and is currently writing extensively on that topic.
Before working at American University Macarena Sáez was a faculty member at the University of Chile Law School where she taught jurisprudence and worked actively in the law school’s curriculum reform. She has also taught feminist jurisprudence at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and in other institutions in Latin America. She is often invited by the Supreme Court of Mexico’s Gender Unit to lecture on women’s rights.
Among other publications, in 2008 she co-edited the first casebook on gender and sexuality in Latin America (La Mirada de los Jueces: Decisiones sobre Género y Sexualidad en Latinoamerica. Siglo del Hombre Press, Colombia).
Professor Saez holds a JD (Licenciatura en Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales) from the University of Chile School of Law, and a LL.M. from Yale Law School.
Kathryn Getek Soltis, Ph.D., I currently teach at Villanova University as a Catherine of Siena Fellow in Ethics and as a resident faculty member in the Center for Peace and Justice Education. In addition, I serve as the faculty advisor for the Villanovans for Life student organization. I received my doctorate in Theology (Theological Ethics) from Boston College with James Keenan, S.J. as my director. Prior to that, I earned a License in Sacred Theology and a Masters of Theological Ethics from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. I have served as a Catholic prison chaplain for several years and am a part of the Community of Sant'Egidio, an international lay community founded in Rome in 1968.
While studying at Princeton for my undergraduate degree in molecular biology ('99), I served as president of Princeton Pro-Life and the Ivy League Coalition for Life. On Mondays, I would travel down to North Philadelphia to serve at a soup kitchen and would often return to campus to lead a pro-life meeting in the evening. It did not escape my notice that peers from the afternoon were often perplexed by my evening activities and peers in the evening were often perplexed by my afternoon activities. I have yet to find it perplexing.
Kelly Vincent-Brunacini, MS, Ed. has been a board member of Feminists Choosing Life of New York since 2004 and board president since 2007. Kelly has worked on such varied issues as raising the minimum wage in New York State, support of Unborn Victims of Violence legislation and anti-death penalty legislation, opposition to New York’s Reproductive Health Act, educating the public about partial birth abortion and education and opposition of embryonic stem cell research. She has written and lectured about the abortion industry and pro-life feminism at high schools and colleges in and around the Rochester area. Kelly has had numerous letters printed in New York newspapers and is the editor of The Pro-Life Feminists now known as The Fourth Wave.
Kelly is also a board member of The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Ma and developed preliminary acquisition guidelines for creating some of the museum’s exhibits. In her space time, she is an antique textile enthusiast and a volunteer for Junior Achievement.
Kelly is a teacher specializing in early childhood education, has been married for 12 years and has two young sons.
Patrick Whelan MD PhD is the President of Catholic Democrats, a 15,000-member civic advocacy organization advancing the Catholic Social Tradition and exploring the interface between Catholicism and American political life. He was a co-director of the national Catholics for Kerry effort in 2004, served on the Faith Advisory Council to Dr Howard Dean and the Democratic National Committee, and spoke at the Interfaith Prayer Service preceding the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver. He is the author of The Catholic Case for Obama and was substantially involved in the debate preceding passage of the national healthcare reform law in March. A member of the Harvard Medical School Faculty in Medicine and Pediatrics, he has written extensively on the medical ethics issues that demarcate the boundary between politics and religion.