2014 UDMC Speakers

Below you will find the list of the confirmed 2014 speakers, their biographies, and the talks they will be presenting. The speakers are listed in alphabetical order by last name, click the links below to skip to that letter in the alphabet. Check back regularly to see updates.

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aguilera-titus Alejandro Aguilera-Titus
Jesus's Evangelizing Secret Ingredients

Period 14

Los ingredientes secretos de la evangelización al estilo de Jesús

Period 09

The Bible, the Domestic Church and the New Evangelization

Period 10

LA Biblia, La Iglesia Domestica y la Nueva Evangelizacion

Period 12

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus has thirty years of experience in ministry with emphasis on leadership development, faith formation and ministry with youth and family. He is a nationally known speaker and writer highly regarded for his practical application of theological thought to ministry in culturally diverse settings. Alejandro holds a M.A. in Theology from the University of Portland and is a Doctor in Ministry Candidate at Barry University. He currently works at the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, USCCB. In addition, Alejandro is an adjunct faculty member at Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

Alejandro Aguilera-Titus tiene treinta años de experiencia ministerial con énfasis en formación y catequesis, pastoral juvenil y familiar y justicia social. Alejandro es un conferencista y escritor reconocido a nivel nacional como teólogo práctico y pastoralista en contextos multiculturales. Tiene una Maestría en Teología de la University of Portland y es candidato al Doctorado en Ministerio en Barry University. Actualmente, Alejandro es el responsable nacional de la pastoral hispana bajo es Secretariado para la Diversidad Cultural en la Iglesia, USCCB. Además, Alejandro es profesor adjunte en Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary, en Emmetsburg, Maryland.

amore Dr. Mary Amore
Eucharist: Journey of Transformation, Healing and Discipleship

Period 08

The Blessed Sacrament: Invitation to Oneness with Christ

Period 11

Dr. Mary Amore holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Liturgy and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union. Dr. Amore is the author of Primary Symbols of Worship and the Call to Participation, as well as the creator of the DVD entitled: Eucharist: Journey of Transformation, Healing and Discipleship, by Pauline Media and Press. A Cardinal Bernardin Scholar and distinguished member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Mary is a monthly columnist at Ministry and Liturgy Magazine, a monthly contributor to Catholicmom.com and a highly sought after presenter of workshops, parish missions, and retreats. Dr. Amore currently serves as the Executive Director of Mayslake Ministries in Downers Grove, Il. 

ashley Dcn. Frank Ashley
Diaconal Ministry in the Marketplace 3.0: Have You Kept a Healthy Balance?

Period 05

What I Wish They Would have Told Me in Formation

Period 11

Frank Ashley began his formation as a Deacon as a parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas in College Station. His career took him away from the area for a few years so his ordination was through the Dallas Diocese. In 2007 Frank became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Texas A&M University System and he and his family were blessed to be able to return to this parish. In addition to his liturgical duties, Deacon Frank runs a singles ministry, trains lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who serve the parish, and with his wife Janice, participate in the Sponsor Couple Ministry. After 26 years of service, Ashley retired from the A&M System and was awarded the title of Vice Chancellor Emeritus. He is currently employed by the College Board Corporation and works out of his home and the New York office as the SVP, Membership and Higher Education Engagement.

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Dcn. Kevin Bagley, D.Min.

Sponsored by Bagley Ministry

Baptism Preparation as an Evangelization Opportunity

Period 09

Christocentric Customer Service

Period 11

Deacon Kevin Bagley has extensive experience in leadership and pastoral ministry. Working in both the public and private sector he has experience leading teams and associates to achieve their personal and professional best. Having served as a liturgical minister, member of pastoral councils, Pastoral Associate, and Pastoral Life Director, he has a wealth of information and experience to help pastoral ministers cope as well as thrive in their profession. With an degree in Education, a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies and a Doctorate in Ministry, Deacon Bagley has the experience and education to help pastoral staffs become engaged and effective in their ministries. Deacon Bagley is an outstanding public speaker and educator who has an engaging and easy to follow delivery.

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Luis M. Benavides

 

Orientaciones para la catequesis, la pastoral y la evangelización a la luz del Papa Francisco

Period 10

Cómo hablar de la muerte y otros temas difíciles con los niños

Period 07 & 14

Luis es Catequista, Maestro y Director de Escuela. Miembro del Instituto Superior de Catequesis de Argentina y de la Asociación Española de Catequetas. Miembro de la Junta Catequística de Buenos Aires, bajo la guía del Cardenal Jorge Bergoglio (actual Papa Francisco). Ha dictado cursos en distintas instituciones religiosas y diócesis de Hispanoamérica y Estados Unidos formando en su trayectoria a más de 50,000 catequistas, educadores familias y agentes de pastoral. Sus libros han sido publicados en Argentina, México, España, Brasil, Bélgica y USA. Sitio web personal: www.luis-benavides.com

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Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi  

Sponsored by Catholic Mobilizing Network

Death Penalty: A Pro-Life Issue

Period 08

La pena de muerte: un asunto pro-vida

Period 14

A Catholic Perspective on Restorative Justice

Period 11

Sr. Ilaria Buonriposi is an Italian Comboni Missionary Sister. After graduating in Social Work at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas of Madrid, Spain, she ministered for 17 years in Peru and Colombia in different areas. Extreme poverty and unjustified and indiscriminate violence deny the human dignity of most of the people with whom she lived and ministered. The apparent clash between the reality around her and God's plan of fullness of life for all, prompted her to deepen and strengthen her roots on the meaning of human dignity from the perspective of God, pursuing a Master Degree in Catholic Social Teaching by the Universidad Católica de Santa Maria of Arequipa, Peru. Currently, she directs outreach to Spanish-speaking communities with Catholic Mobilizing Network, educating others about our Church's teaching and the American system of capital punishment, which denies human dignity and to restrain the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.

La Hna. Ilaria Buonriposi es una Misionera Comboniana italiana. Después de graduarse en Trabajo Social por la Universidad Pontificia Comillas en Madrid, España, llevó a cabo su ministerio por 17 años en Perú y en Colombia. Extrema pobreza y violencia injustificada niegan la dignidad de muchas de las personas con las cuales la Hna. Ilaria vivió y trabajó. El contrasto entre la realidad de lo que la rodeaba y el plan de Dios que contempla vida plena para todos la llevó a conseguir una Maestría en Doctrina Social de la Iglesia por la Universidad Católica de Santa María de Arequipa, Perú. En la actualidad la Hna. Ilaria trabaja con Catholic Mobilizing Network, difundiendo entre las comunidades Hispanohablantes la enseñanza de la Iglesia sobre de la pena capital, ya que ésta niega por ley la dignidad humana y retarda la venida plena del Reino de Dios.

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Anna Marie Chamblee, J.C.L.
Annulments: AKA "Why is the Church Making Me Do This?"

Period 06 & 13

Ms. Chamblee is a judge in the Marriage Tribunal of the Diocese of Fort Worth. She holds a bachelor's degree in drama from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas; a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas; and a J.C.L. from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the staff of the Tribunal, she was an educator in Catholic schools for 19 years. She currently serves on the Committee on Laity for the Canon Law Society of America.

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Dr. Anthony Chan
New Evangelization through Eucharistic Adoration

Period 13

Anthony (PhD, University of Maryland, College Park) had spent 15 years in research at the former AT&T Bell Labs after which he witnessed God's gift in science and technology to counteract the ingratitude and misuse of gifts today. He moved to South Africa as a professor in telecommunication at University of Cape Town to help the Africans bridge the Digital Divide and develop but also appreciate God's gift of Intelligence. Out of his busy life, he invests time for an intimate relationship with Jesus through regular adoration and daily mass. As he now continues his research career in US and has become a Fellow and Distinguished speaker in his professional society, he helps various churches to promote Eucharistic adoration by presenting sharing and witness, hosting his website: www.catholicworld.info and communicating with over 2000 people through emails. He has presented on adoration in 25 cities in America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

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Rev. Christopher Collins, SJ

 

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press

St. Ignatius' Rules for Discernment of Spirits and Devotion to the Sacred Heart

Period 15

Living the Eucharist in Daily Life

Period 11

Christopher Collins, SJ is Director of the Catholic Studies Program at Saint Louis University. His research and teaching are in the areas of Systematic Theology and Spirituality. His publications include The Word Made Love: The Dialogical Theology of Joseph Ratzinger/ Benedict XVI (Liturgical Press, 2013) and a forthcoming book from Ave Maria Press tentatively called Three Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus. He has also published articles in America, Review for Religious and The New Jesuit Review. He regularly gives retreats around the country based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

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Carlos Curry
Increasing Students' Engagement through Technology - co-presenting with Sr. Sandra Helton, SSND

Period 07

Mr. Curry was born and raised in the Bahamas where he attended St. Bede's Catholic Primary School and St. Augustine's College. Mr. Curry graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. Electrical Engineering along with a minor in Mathematics. He worked as a Project Engineer before becoming a teacher. Currently, he teaches middle school math and science at Santa Clara Academy. Mr. Curry is also apart of the technology committee at Santa Clara Academy.

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De La Torre Marlon De La Torre, M.A., M.Ed.
How Should I Teach? What Must They Know? Ten Steps to Teaching the Catholic Faith

Period 08

Before You Go: Ten Things to Consider Before Leaving the Catholic Church

Period 12

Marlon De La Torre serves as the Director of Catechist Formation and Children's Catechesis for the Diocese of Fort Worth. He is adjunct professor of catechetics at Holy Trinity Seminary and serves as adjunct professor of catechetics for The Catholic Distance University. He has over 18 years experience as a Parish DRE, Diocesan DRE, Catholic HS Principal and Catechesis Chair for the Diocese of Memphis, and Superintendent of Catholic Schools at the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Published books include: Screwtape Teaches the Faith, a work paralleling C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters with the Catechism of the Catholic Church published by Tan/Saint Benedict Press (2011) & Co-Author of Man-Up: Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man published by Bezalel Books (2014). TV and radio credits include: EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, the Sonrise Morning Show, Al Kresta Live and Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo. Marlon has a B.A. in Theology, M.A. in Theology with a concentration in Catechetics from Franciscan University, and a M.A. in Educational Administration & Curriculum from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS.

della bella Sal Della Bella
Parish Impossible! - co-presenting with Marti R. Jewell

Period 01

The "Francis Effect" and You - co-presenting with Marti R. Jewell

Period 02

Sal Della Bella is the Director of Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Louisville. He served on the Board for the National Association for Lay Ministry from 2003 - 2006. His publications include "Dialogue" for the Initiative Report for the Catholic Common Ground Initiative and a monthly Catholic newspaper column entitled "A View from the Pew". Throughout his 23 years of ministry experience, Sal has served as an Archdiocesan Director of Faith Formation, Parish Director of Religious Education, Family Life Minister, and Director of the Office of Ministry & Spirituality for the Archdiocese of Louisville. He has offered a variety of retreats, missions, prayer days, workshops and classes in the areas of Theology, Spirituality, & Ministry. He earned his Master in Arts Degree in the area of Applied Spiritual Theology from Mount St Mary's College in Los Angeles, CA and his Master Catechist Certification from the Archdiocese of Louisville.

deuterman Jason Deuterman
Discipling Boldly: Imagine a New Generation of Sacramental People - co-presenting with Linda Moses

Period 09

With a fearless passion for Christ, Jason Deuterman has made it his mission in life to be counter cultural and share God's love with all those he comes into contact with. His ability to uniquely combine his love for Scripture with his fervor for youth ministry allow him to create a dynamic and welcoming atmosphere tailored towards the youth of today. Jason graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in English and has been the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church in Irving, Texas for the past 5 years. He also recently received a Master's Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas. He has had the blessing of sharing on several retreats, and diocesan and regional conferences. Jason's zeal for youth ministry is eclipsed only by his passion for his vocation, to be a great husband to his wife of three years, Allison, and father of a daughter due in May.

driscoll Rev. Michael S. Driscoll
The Eucharist as the Embodiment of Love

Period 10

The Art of Celebrating Liturgy

Period 08

Michael Driscoll is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Helena and associate professor of theology, as well as the founding director of the Master's Program in Sacred Music (MSM). His scholarly interests are in the area of liturgy and sacramental theology. Recently Driscoll co-authored a book with Michael Joncas entitled, The Order of Mass: A Roman Missal Study Edition and Workbook (Chicago: Liturgical Training Publications, 2011). He served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (2002-03). He is a member of the international ecumenical association, Societas Liturgica, to which he was elected a member of the executive council (2002-08). In 2013 he finished his three-year term as president of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy.

duke  Amy C. Duke
The First Year of Flipping - co-presenting with Bianca I. Trejo

Period 05

Amy C. Duke has taught at Bishop Lynch High School (her alma mater) for 15 years teaching various levels of Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. She has a Masters degree in Mathematics and Higher Education, and also is currently an adjunct for DCCCD. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom.

 

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eggering  Sr. Dorothy Eggering, SSND
The Lector a Mirror? Proclaiming with Your Life as well as Your Voice

Period 01 & 03

Sr. Dorothy Eggering, SSND, has served as a teacher, a pastoral minister, an administrative assistant, a spiritual director, as well as a workshop presenter on various topics, including parish workshops for lectors. Sister Dorothy is a lover of enlivening liturgy with a powerful passion for the proclamation of God's Word. She has masters' degrees in chemistry, theology, and human services, as well as a certificate in spiritual direction.

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fontenot  Pamela Fontenot
Let's Make it, Take it with Daily 5 ELA Centers! - co-presenting with Ana Medina & Kyle Steele

Period 05

 Pamela Fontenot earned her Bachelor's of Science from McNeese State University with endorsements in Early Childhood and Elementary Education in Louisiana. She is certified to teach in Louisiana, Missouri and Texas in grades K-8, ESL and GT. Pamela has been teaching for 25 years both in Catholic and Public schools. She is currently the instructional specialist at Santa Clara Catholic Academy in Dallas, Texas. When she is not at school, Pamela enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and family. Which consist of her three sons, their spouses and her two grandchildren!

fowler Carol Fowler, D.Min.
Managing Conflict in the Ministerial Workplace (part 1)

Period 03

Managing Conflict in the Ministerial Workplace (part 2)

Period 04

Managing Successful Transitions

Period 05

The Healthy Church Workplace

Period 08

Carol Fowler was the Director of Personnel Services for the Archdiocese of Chicago. She coordinated the work of 14 Archdiocesan agencies, which oversee all of the human resources functions for laity, religious, and clergy of the Archdiocese. Carol was a member of the Board for the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management. She was president of the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Church Management at Villanova University. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore. The Human Resources Certification Institute of the Society for Human Resource Management certifies Ms. Fowler as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Ms. Fowler currently teaches, conducts workshops and consults on areas of Church management, best practices in Church human resources, leadership development, new pastor workshops and a variety of parish and diocesan administration issues.

frasco Emily Frasco
20 Classroom Strategies to Simplify Your Life! - co-presenting with Diane Hill & Sarah Parker

Period 06

Emily Frasco-Smith is a product of Catholic education in Dallas. Upon graduating from Ursuline Academy of Dallas, she attended Ohio University and received a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. She has a certificate in Gifted and Talented and also in English as a Second Language. Over her teaching career, she has taught kindergarten, second and third grade in rural Halifax County, North Carolina, Richardson ISD, and Frisco ISD. She is so happy to call Prince of Peace Catholic School in Plano, Texas her teaching home.

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gaffney Brian Gaffney
Google Drive and PLCs

Period 08

Brian Gaffney is a founding member of the JPIIHS community where he has taught computer science and coordinated the instructional technology for the campus. Mr. Gaffney has presented at the national level for software used in the One to One environment. Brian is also the head baseball coach for the Cardinals.

garcia Sylvia M. Garcia
El Rito de Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos Adaptada para Niños

Period 12

Proceso de Rito de Indicación Cristiana de Adultos

Period 14

Los Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión

Period 02 & 04

Durante más de veinte años, Sylvia M. Garcia ha servido en varios apostolados en la Diócesis de Dallas tanto a nivel parroquial como diocesano. Sylvia recibió su Licenciatura en Administración Empresaria de la Dalla Baptist University y su Maestría en Ministerio Pastoral de la Universidad de Dallas. Actualmente, Sylvia es Directora Asociada de la Oficina para el Culto de la Diócesis de Dallas. Dentro de sus funciones se encuentran la Coordinación y Catequesis del Rito de Iniciación Cristiana de Adultos a nivel parroquial y diocesano y la instrucción de Talleres de Capitación de Ministros Litúrgicos. Sylvia es miembro de la Junta Directiva de la Southwest Liturgical Conference.

garcia-luense Brian Garcia-Luense
Adult Faith Formation Where Adults are Already Gathered

Period 13

Eschatology for Dummies

Period 05

Brian Garcia-Luense has served for the past 8 years as an Associate Director in the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston where his primary professional focus has been in the area of adult faith formation. His primary areas of interest theologically include Sacred Scripture, doctrine, and liturgy. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago. An active member of his parish community, he has, together with his wife Cristina, coordinated the process of preparing youth for the Sacrament of Confirmation for the past five years. They are also proud to minister as Christian parents to their toddler son, Joshua.

giuliano Gene Giuliano, M.A.
Lumen Fidei: The Encyclical "Written with Four Hands"

Period 13

Gene Giuliano earned a Master of Arts degree in sacred theology rom St. Thomas Seminary Graduate School in Denver, Colorado, and has more than 36 years experience in the area of adult faith formation. As an instructor at the University of Dallas School of Ministry for the past 12 years, he has taught scripture classes using The Catholic Biblical School Program, which he co-authored for Paulist Press, and has presented deacon formation classes for the dioceses of Dallas, Texas, Tyler, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Gene also has given numerous presentations, workshops, retreats, and missions at local parishes and has spoken at a variety of diocesan conferences. He authored the introductions to the twelve Minor Prophets in the St. Mary's Press College Study Bible and was awarded the Cynthia and David Freeman Professorship of Sacred Scripture in 2011 and again in 2014.

glicksman Dr. Andrew Glicksman
Challenges in Interpreting the Book of Job

Period 15

Andrew Glicksman received his masters and doctoral degrees in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He specializes in the study of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and especially Old Testament wisdom literature. His dissertation on the Wisdom of Solomon was published with De Gruyter Press in 2011. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Dallas, where he has taught for the past six years.

goodwin Dr. Mark Goodwin
Preaching and Living Mark's Gospel (part 1)

Period 03

Preaching and Living Mark's Gospel (part 2)

Period 04

Dr. Goodwin has taught in the University of Dallas' department of theology nearly two decades, and has served as department chair since 2010. He also served as interim dean of the School of Ministry, 2012-14. Dr. Goodwin received his BA in Near Eastern Studies and a doctorate from Yale University in New Testament studies in 1992. His interests in scripture are wide-ranging, but are focused on the New Testament and its first century Jewish environment. In 2001, he published a book entitled Paul, Apostle of the Living God: Kerygma and Conversion in 2 Corinthians, which explores the Jewish background of Paul's God-talk. Dr. Goodwin lives in the mid-cities with his wife and daughter, and attends St. Michael's Church in Bedford.

gray Eric Gray
A Cross-Curricular Method of Making Ministry Effective - co-presenting with Troy Willhelm

Period 06

Eric B. "Graydog" Gray, born in Denison, Texas and one of twelve children, grew up learning that individuals are definitely not all created equally in all aspects. He learned about responsibility and accounting as a paperboy for seven years. He attended high school at Subiaco Academy, an all-boys boarding college prep school in Subiaco, Arkansas. He attended the University of Dallas, experiencing a semester in Europe and earning a BA in Secondary Education. This led to his reception of a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English as a foreign language in Vienna, Austria. Through these times, he developed a love and proficiency for the guitar. He came home and began teaching Math, German and Old Testament in Muenster, Texas at Sacred Heart Catholic School. Eric then followed the call to Australia and New Zealand, serving the National Evangelization Teams there for two years. Then, he served four and a half years as youth minister at Sacred Heart Church in Muenster. At this time, he started his hobbies of hunting and gunsmithing. Being involved also with young adults, he then entered into full time university campus ministry at the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and the University of Texas at Arlington for seven years. Getting back to the school room again, he served a year with Arlington ISD in the junior highs, and then went on to Nolan Catholic High School, where he now still teaches. He lives in the Metromess with his lovely bride and family.

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Edward P. Hahnenberg, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Liturgical Press 

Ancient History or New Life? Teaching Vatican II Today

Period 11

Edward P. Hahnenberg is the Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Hahnenberg is the author of four books, including A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007), Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Liturgical Press, 2010), and Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers (Liturgical Press, 2014). He is currently a delegate to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue and was a theological consultant to the U.S. Bishops' Subcommittee on Lay Ministry in its preparation of the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. In 2011 he received the Spirit of the Conference Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry in recognition of his contributions to the church's ministerial life.

hannemann  Bruce Hannemann, M.A. and Jeannie Hannemann, M.A.
Reclaim Sexual Health -- Overcoming Pornography and Other Unhealthy Sexual Behaviors

Period 07

Rescuing Youth and Others from the Porn Trap

Period 05 & 13

What's the Big Deal about Pornography?

Period 11

Bruce and Jeannie Hannemann are best known as the founders of Elizabeth Ministry, an international movement offering hope and healing on issues related to sexuality, childbearing and relationships. Often called "The Mad Scientist and the Church Lady" they are dynamic speakers who bridge science and religion in unique ways. Bruce brings a wealth of understanding of young adults and the ability to teach scientific concepts with over thirty years experience teaching science at the college level. Jeannie has over thirty five years experience in church leadership as a pastoral and family life minister. They speak about pornography and recovery from a professional perspective and their personal story. At Bishop David Ricken's request, they collaborated with experts in mental health, addiction recovery, neuroscience, technology and Catholic teaching, to transform a highly successful secular, state of the art, anonymous, online recovery program into a Catholic format, now called RECLAiM Sexual Health (www.reclaimsexualhealth.com).

heines Rev. Timothy J. Heines, Ph.D. (cand.)
Reforming Our Liturgical Imagination

Period 13

Ordained in 1994, Fr. Heines has served in a number of pastoral and education assignments throughout the Dallas diocese. He was a member of the Continuing Education of Priests and Stewardship committees of the diocese and served as Vicar Forane (dean) while in Duncanville. He has taught in the diaconate formation program, the Christ the Servant Institute, and was a founding faculty member at John Paul II High School. He has lectured at the University of Dallas and Catholic University. An expert on medieval and early modern spirituality and liturgical spirituality, Fr. Heines is currently completing a doctorate in Spirituality from the Catholic University of America. His dissertation is tentatively entitled "The Liturgical Theology of Guerric of Igny." A former pastor in Duncanville and Frisco, he now serves at St. Joseph in Richardson.

helton Sr. Sandra Helton, SSND  
Increasing Students' Engagement through Technology - co-presenting with Carlos Curry

Period 07

Sister Sandra Helton is a School Sister of Notre Dame with the Central Pacific Province. She has taught for 34 years in elementary, middle, and high school. Her area of teaching has primarily been in the Theater Arts, Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies, Music, and now technology.

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Silas Henderson, M.T.S.

Sponsored by Abbey Press

Celebrating Initiation: Making the Most of the RCIA Rites

Period 14

Developing a Liturgical Spirituality

Period 06

Silas Henderson currently serves as the Managing Editor of Abbey Press Publications and Deacon Digest Magazine. He holds a Masters in Theological Studies from St. Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana, and is a frequent contributor to a variety of Catholic publications. A catechist and popular presenter presenter, he explores the connection between Catholic teachings and traditions, the liturgy, and practical spirituality.

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Lisa M. Hendey

Sponsored by Ave Maria Press 

The Grace of Yes - Cultivating Openness to God's Will for Our Lives

Period 11

Solving the Social Media Mystery

Period 08 & 13

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. Hendey is the technology contributor for EWTN's SonRise Morning Show and host and producer for KNXT Television in the Diocese of Fresno. She blogs at Patheos her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register and Our Sunday Visitor. Lisa speaks internationally on faith, family and technology issues. Her schedule has included the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Catholic Marketing Network, the University of Dallas Ministry Conference, the Midwest Family Conference and the National Council of Catholic Women. Hendey lives with her family in Fresno, California.

hennig Cheryl Hennig
Concussions and the Impact on Academics and Attendance

Period 08

Cheryl Hennig, Coordinator of Health Services at John Paul II High School in Plano, TX, has been providing health care services to faculty and staff there since 2008. Her dedication and service to the community was recognized with the Catholic Foundation Work of Heart Award in 2011 and the JPIIHS I Am John Paul II High School Award in 2012.Ms. Hennig is a registered nurse and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Texas in 1981. She began her career in the ICU at Children's Medical Center. After six years at Children's, she joined ExtendaCare and, for two years, helped establish the pediatric home health care agency in the DFW area. Later, she returned to Children's to work in the ENT, Urology and Endocrinology clinics. When her children were school-age, she was the school nurse at St. Mark Catholic School in Plano. Three years prior to joining JPIIHS, Ms. Hennig worked in a Dallas-area private pediatric practice.At JPIIHS, in addition to the standard school nurse duties, Ms. Hennig has initiated faculty and staff training and wellness programs (some with incentives), and worked closely with the JPIIHS athletic trainer to develop a comprehensive concussion policy.

herrera Adrian Alberto Herrera, M.A.
Cultura de Encuentro: La Evangelización y las redes sociales

Period 07 & 10

Catequesis Familiar: Como integrar la fe en la familia

Period 12

Adrián es actualmente Director Asociado para la Oficina de Evangelización y Catequesis en la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston. Se ha desempeñado como consultor para el Comité Consultivo Nacional de Educación Religiosa para Adultos, antes conocido como NACARE. Ha escrito artículos para varias publicaciones y materiales desarrollados por el Comité de Obispos para la Evangelización y la Catequesis para el Domingo Catequético 2010. Ha sido catequista, ministro de la juventud y Director de Educación Religiosa. Obtuvo su Maestría en Estudios Pastorales de la Escuela de Teología en el Seminario de Santa María en Houston. Además de sus intereses profesionales, Adrián comparte sus reflexiones y experiencias a través de sus redes sociales y su blog en español.

hill Diane Hill
20 Classroom Strategies to Simplify Your Life! - co-presenting with Emily Frasco & Sarah Parker

Period 06

Diane Hill graduated with her Elementary Education degree from TCU in 1998. She began her teaching career in Lewisville ISD, where she worked for 15 years as a second grade teacher. She was elected to the LISD curriculum writing team for the last 3 years, and she worked diligently on her campus Building Leadership Team for 12 years. Diane received credit for Master Reading Teacher courses at SMU, as well. Most recently, she became part of the Prince of Peace family as a fourth grade teacher. Diane resides with her husband and 2 big dogs in Lewisville, Texas. Her favorite thing to do—besides teaching—is to cheer for her home team , the Georgia Bulldogs every Saturday!

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George R. Hoelzeman, Obl.S.B., KHS

Sponsored by G.R.Hoelzeman Studios

Sacred Image, Holy Presence: A Practical and Spiritual Guide to creating Liturgical Art and Environment

Period 01

On This Rock: A Practical Guide to Building The Church while Building a Church

Period 02

George R. Hoelzeman is a liturgical artist, designer, consultant and catechist with more than 25 years of experience and degrees in Religion, Early Modern History and Medieval Art History. A graduate of St. Joseph Seminary (Covington, LA), he also attended the Institute for Liturgical Consultancy at Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). His liturgical work has received national recognition including two BENE Awards. He has written for publications as diverse as Traditional Building, The Encyclopedia of Holy Persons and Georgetown University's EnVision Church. George also leads Liturgy and Art based retreats rooted in the Benedictine spiritual tradition. As a consultant, he encourages congregations to grow in full, active, conscious participation in the Liturgy and to create sacred environments of sacramental encounter with God. An Oblate of St. Benedict and Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, George is a member of the International Center for Medieval Art and Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space.

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Barry Hudock

Sponsored by Liturgical Press

Pope Francis: Apostle of Catholic Social Teaching

Period 05 & 11

Barry Hudock is the author of "Faith Meets World: The Gift and Challenge of Catholic Social Teaching" (Liguori Publications) and "The Eucharistic Prayer: A User's Guide" (Liturgical Press). His articles have appeared in America magazine, Commonweal, Our Sunday Visitor, U.S. Catholic, Religion Teacher's Journal, and more. Barry earned an STB at the Gregorian University and an STL in sacramental theology from The Catholic University of America. He works as Publisher at Liturgical Press in Collegeville, MN. Prior to that, he was executive director of two nonprofit agencies that serve people living in poverty in Mingo County, West Virginia. Central Appalachia remains his favorite place on the planet. Barry and his wife have seven children.

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Dr. Patricia J. Hughes

The Communion Minister's Ministry: An Update for Veterans & A Firm Foundation for Novices

Period 02 & 04

Dr. Patricia Hughes has ministered in the Church for 50+ years, initially as a parish organist. She earned an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education (Cincinnati) and later graduate study includes a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Loyola University (New Orleans), and a Masters in Divinity and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union (Chicago). She has served as a director of music ministry and liturgy in Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania, and has taught undergraduate and graduate students. Currently the Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Dallas, she formerly directed the Worship Office for the Diocese of Grand Rapids (Michigan), and recently served as Director of Worship for the Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville, Kentucky).

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ibarra Carol Ibarra
Nightly Reading Demystified! - co-presenting with Beth Vercillo & Bonnie Young

Period 08 

Carol Ibarra has 22 years of teaching experience. She taught 5 years with Humble ISD where she taught 6th - 8th grade language arts, and 5 years with Mesquite ISD as a 6th- 8th grade gifted/talented language arts teacher. She has been at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School for 12 years, 10 years in PK-3/PK-4, and 2 years as a kindergarten teacher. Carol has a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching from Sam Houston State University, has received Gifted and Talented training, and is a "9 Essential Skills" facilitator for the Love and Logic Classroom. Carol has three children and has been married 24 years to her husband, Jaime. She enjoys spending time with her family.

infante Rev. Angel Infante, TOR
La muerte de Cristo: sacrificio

Period 10

La muerte de Cristo: expiación

Period 12

Fray Angel Infante, nació el 15 de Mayo de 1976 en la ciudad de México. Él es un fraile franciscano de la Tercera Orden Regular de San Francisco, Viceprovincia de Santa María de Guadalupe México. Fue ordenado sacerdote el 25 de Mayo de 1998 en la Ciudad de México. Actualmente trabaja en la Parroquia de All Saints en la diócesis de Fort Worth. Ha participado en Congresos y Retiros en la Diócesis de Fort Worth, Tx.

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jewell Marti R. Jewell, D.Min. 
Parish Impossible! - co-presenting with Sal Della Bella

Period 01

The "Francis Effect" and You - co-presenting with Sal Della Bella

Period 02

Dr. Marti R. Jewell is an assistant professor of pastoral theology in the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. She served as the Director of the Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership Project, a national research project studying excellence in parish leadership. Her books include Navigating Pastoral Transitions: A Parish Leaders' Guide, The Changing Face of Church, and The Next Generation of Pastoral Leaders. She also served as an agency director in the Archdiocese of Louisville from 1990 to 2003. Dr. Jewell holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America. 

jodziewicz Dr. Thomas W. Jodziewicz
Catholic and American?

Period 07

Professor of history at the University of Dallas (1978-present). Providence College (AB), Tufts University (MA) and the College of William and Mary (PhD). Two monographs and a number of articles and presentations on early American history, American Catholic history, and American diplomatic history in such journals as The New England Quarterly; The Catholic Historical Review; American Catholic Studies; The Homiletic and Pastoral Review; the American Philosophical Society Transactions; Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity; Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; and Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. President of the Texas Catholic Historical Society (2004-2008, 2012-2014); book review editor of Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture since 1990; the chairman of the department of history at the University of Dallas, 1991-2009.

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Peter M. Kolar

Sponsored by World Library Publications

Music and the Liturgy: Everyone Has a Role to Play

Period 05

Music for Bilingual (English-Spanish) Celebrations

Period 15

La Música al Servico de la Liturgia (parte 1)

Period 09

La Música al Servico de la Liturgia (parte 2)

Period 10

Peter Kolar is the Senior Editor of Hispanic Resources for World Library Publications and J. S. Paluch Company. An accomplished composer and pianist, his works include the bilingual mass setting, "Misa Luna," and a new solo piano CD entitled "Variations". Peter holds a Masters degree in music composition from Northwestern University and sits on the board of directors for the Southwest Liturgical Conference. He resides in El Paso, TX, where he is the Director of the El Paso Diocesan Choir.

kuterbach  Mary Kuterbach  
QR Codes: So Last Year? No Way! - co-presenting with Carol Mayo

Period 05

It's Magic: SMART Hide and Reveal Techniques - co-presenting with Carol Mayo

Period 07

SMART Resources and Tips and Tricks to Manage Your Classroom - co-presenting with Carol Mayo

Period 09

 Mary Kuterbach is a K-8 music teacher at Christ the King Catholic School in the Diocese of Dallas. Christ the King is a BYOD campus, grades 6 – 8. Her music students regularly use web tools in their music classes. Mary also assists the teachers on her campus to integrate technology in their curriculum. Mary earned her Bachelors in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She came to Texas as fast as she could and has taught elementary music in the publish school system before coming to the Diocese of Dallas. Several years ago she finished her Master of Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology through the program designed by Discovery Education and Wilkes University. Besides the three crazy dogs in her life, Mary is married to Brian and they have one daughter and two sons.

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landregan Steve Landregan
Milestones of the Laity in Texas Catholic History: Church History is More than Bishops and Priests

Period 07

Steve Landregan is historian and archivist for the Diocese of Dallas. He has written five books on Catholic history in Texas. He is a former editor of the Texas Catholic. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism degree from Southern Methodist University and a master of arts in religious education from the University of Dallas. He has held adjunct professorial appoints at UD, SMU, Our Lady of the Lake and Brookhaven College. He is a member of the School of Ministry Advisory Board.

phi le Ts. Lê Công Phi, D.Min.
Tân Truyền Giáo: Người Công Giáo Việt Nam ở Hoa Kỳ—Tôi là ai?

Period 13

Gia đình Công giáo Việt Nam ở Hoa Kỳ hiện giờ ra sao?

Period 14

Tân Truyền Giáo: Người Việt và Xã Hội Hoa Kỳ—Ai ảnh hưởng ai?

Period 15

Tiến sĩ Lê Phi đến Hoa Kỳ năm 1995 cùng với gia đình và định cư tại Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Ông tốt nghiệp Đại học bang Louisiana năm 2003 với bằng Cử nhân Triết học và Cử nhân Sinh vật học. Ông đậu bằng Thạc sĩ Văn học tôn giáo năm 2006 và bằng Thạc sĩ nghiên cứu Mục vụ năm 2013 từ trường Loyola New Orleans. Trong suốt thời gian sau bão Katrina 2005, ông về nghiên cứu tại trường Thần Học Dòng Tên ở Berkeley, California. Ông đã được trường Đại Học Công Giáo ở Washington, D.C. trao bằng Tiến sĩ Mục vụ vào năm 2013, sau khi bảo vệ thành công luận án về đề tài gia đình là giáo hội tại gia. Ts. Lê Phi hiện đang phục vụ ở Giáo phận Austin, Texas, trong vai trò phó giám đốc Văn phòng Giáo lý Công Giáo. 

lehew Naomi Lehew, MTS
Beyond Sacraments: Forming Teens as Disciples

Period 06

Naomi grew up in a family where the Catholic faith was practiced but not explained. In college her eyes were opened to the beautiful riches of Catholicism and she began to fall more deeply in love with Christ and His Church. Since then she has tried to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to help others grow and live as disciples of Jesus Christ. Naomi is the Coordinator of Confirmation and Catechetics at St. Ann Catholic Church and lives in Coppell, TX with her husband Daniel and their sons Elijah and Jeremiah. She has a Masters of Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.

lichter David A. Lichter, D.Min.
Continuing the Healing Ministry: Catholic Chaplaincy Today

Period 06 & 13

David A. Lichter D.Min. is Executive Director of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains that advocates for the profession of spiritual care and educates, certifies, and supports chaplains, clinical pastoral educators, and all members who continue the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. David also recently served for three years as chair of the Spiritual Care Collaborative, a coalition of six professional associations that developed for professional chaplains common standards for certification and a professional code of ethics. David provides education and retreat programs on spirituality of leadership, chaplaincy and Church, workplace spirituality, respecting religious diversity at end of life, and the profession of chaplaincy, as well as reflection days for mission and pastoral care leaders. He serves on the Catholic Health Association Pastoral Care Advisory Committee on advancing the field of spiritual care with Catholic health care systems.

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Rev. Alejandro López-Cardinale

ACOMPAÑAR: Propuestas para la formación de asesores de juventud entre hispanos-latinos

Period 07 & 15

Desafíos y Oportunidades para la familia hispana-latina: Transmitir la alegría de la fe

Period 11

Pbro. Alejandro López-Cardinale es sacerdote diocesano de la Arquidiócesis de Caracas, Venezuela, colaborando en la Arquidiócesis de Newark, New Jersey desde el 2004. Responsable Pastoral y Coordinador del Ministerio Hispano en RENEW International, para implementar LEVÁNTATE Unámonos en Cristo y ¿Por qué ser católico? en las diócesis de Estados Unidos, y al mismo tiempo Director de RENEW América Latina en su país natal. Maestría en Pastoral Catequética en Université Catholique de Paris. Candidato al doctorado en Teología Práctica en Université Laval, Québec, Canadá, finalizando una Maestría en Pastoral Juvenil en la Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, Quito-Ecuador, recopilando la experiencia de jóvenes indocumentados líderes en comunidades eclesiales y grupos juveniles y el impacto que ellos tienen en medio de otros jóvenes. Es presidente de National Catholic Network of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana, La RED. Consultor permanente del Departamento del CELAM para la Familia y Juventud y miembro de SCALA (Sociedad de Catequetas Latinoamericanos).

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Dr. Dan Luby, STD

Proclaiming Joy: Pope Francis on Preaching

Period 11

Dan Luby has been married to Theresa Luby for over 40 years and is the father of two and grandfather of two. He is a graduate of Catholic schools, from first grade through graduate school, including Notre Dame, the University of Dallas and the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the Angelicum), where he received his doctorate in theology. From 1975 to 2007, he served in pastoral ministry in the Diocese of Fort Worth, primarily in adult catechesis and ministerial formation. He was a founding faculty member of the Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies, the predecessor to the School of Ministry. Since, 2007 he has served as Tschoepe Chair of Homiletics (2007 - 2010) and assistant professor in the UD School of Ministry. He teaches chiefly in the realm of pastoral theology including homiletics and pastoral administration.

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Elizabeth Madeo

Renewing YOUR Vision

Period 11

Ministry: the Fruit of Our Discipleship

Period 14

Elizabeth graduated from Saint Mary College in Leavenworth, KS with a degree in Pastoral Ministry, followed by a certificate in youth ministry from the Center for Ministry Development and a Masters Degree in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Since 2002, Elizabeth has had the joy of being the Director of Youth Ministries at Annunciation Parish in Kearney, MO and became an adjunct professor, while continuing to offer many different workshops, training sessions and retreats along the way.

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Michael Marchand  

Part of the Digital Church Team

New Media, New Evangelization and The Most Important Question You'll Ever Ask 

Period 01

How to Create a Website that will Transform Your Ministry

Period 02

Turning Your Web Presence into a Social Network and Connecting with Your Flock

Period 03

Live Panel Discussion, Q&A Session and The Game Plan

Period 04

Michael Marchand is a Catholic preacher, evangelist, author, speaker and consultant. On top of that, Michael is a full-time student minister in Houston, TX. He spends time each month traveling around the world speaking to teens, young adults, youth ministers and parish leaders. He's also the author of "The E Word" and creator of new media projects like CatholicBands.com, GoLent, CatholicStudentMinistry.com, FantasyConclave, and PopeTweets.

matovina Timothy Matovina
Latino Catholicism: Current Realities and Opportunities

Period 10

El Catolicismo Latino: Actualidades y Oportunidades

Period 13

María en la Biblia y en la Fe Católica

Period 15

Timothy Matovina is Professor of Theology and Executive Director of the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He works in the area of Theology and Culture, with specialization in U.S. Catholic and U.S. Latino theology and religion. His most recent book is the award-winning Latino Catholicism: Transformation in America's Largest Church. In addition to his scholarly work, Matovina offers presentations and workshops on U.S. Catholicism and Latino ministry and theology throughout the United States.

Timoteo Matovina tiene más de treinta años de experiencia sirviendo entre los católicos hispanos. Actualmente es Profesor de Teología y Director Ejecutivo del Instituto de Estudios Latinos en la Universidad de Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. Sus publicaciones incluyen el nuevo libro Catolicismo Latino: La transformación de la Iglesia en Estados Unidos (Libros Liguori, 2013). Además de sus trabajos académicos, ha dado presentaciones sobre temas pastorales y teológicos en numerosos diócesis, institutos pastorales, y programas de formación.

mayo Carol Mayo
QR Codes: So Last Year? No Way! - co-presenting with Mary Kuterbach

Period 05

It's Magic: SMART Hide and Reveal Techniques - co-presenting with Mary Kuterbach

Period 07

SMART Resources and Tips and Tricks to Manage Your Classroom - co-presenting with Mary Kuterbach

Period 09

Carol Mayo is the Coordinator of Professional Development for the Diocese of Dallas Catholic Schools Office where she focuses on the infusion of technology into the standards based curriculum. Carol started in education in 78 in Tucson, Arizona. She left education for corporate work when she moved to Texas. In 94 she rejoined the world of education. She holds an MS in Corporate Training from the University of North Texas and a BA in Education from the University of Arizona, go Wildcats! Carol's family includes her husband Bruce, his two grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. She is an avid dog lover and currently has a yellow rescue lab, Buckley. Carol and Bruce live on Cedar Creek Lake where they enjoy many outdoor activities.

McCarty Robert J. McCarty, D.Min.
Engaging Young People in the Faith Community: The Pain and the Promise

Period 12

Self Esteem: Making Champions of our Young People

Period 06

Bob McCarty has served as the Executive Director for the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry since 1997. NFCYM provides networking, resources, and leadership for the development of youth ministry within the Catholic Church. Bob has been in professional youth ministry since 1973, serving in diocesan, parish, school, and community programs. He offers workshops and training programs in ministry skills and issues internationally. His recent books are Thriving in Youth Ministry and The Vision of Catholic Youth Ministry: Fundamentals, Theory and Practice through Saint Mary's Press, Be A Champion for Youth: Standing With, By and For Young People, co-authored with his wife, Maggie, and his newest book, Raising Happy, Healthy and Holy Teenagers: A Primer for Parents through NFCYM. Bob is also a volunteer in his parish youth ministry and catechetical program at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton, MD. His hobbies include rock climbing, cycling, and now, grandparenting!

mcgill  James McGill, M.A.
Talking with Adults about Faith

Period 14

James McGill earned a bachelor's in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and a master's in theology from St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California. Professor McGill had been an instructor of theology and sacred Scripture for the Greco Institute in Shreveport, Louisiana, for 18 years. He currently is an instructor in the Catholic Biblical School of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas, serving as the Janice Kay Peterson Professor of Applied Ministry.

medina-a Ana Medina
Let's Make it, Take it with Daily 5 ELA Centers! - co-presenting with Pamela Fontenot & Kyle Steele

Period 05

Ana Medina graduated from the University of Dallas in 2012. She received a Bachelor's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Spanish. She is currently the 1st grade teacher at Santa Clara Catholic Academy in Dallas, Texas. This is her third year teaching and she will be starting graduate school soon.

rev. hector medina Rev. Hector Medina
RICA

Period 12

La Teología del Sacramento de Matrimonio

Period 10

Reverendo Héctor Medina es sacerdote ordenado de Diócesis de Fort Worth desde Junio 23, 1984. Ha servido en las parroquias de: Inmaculada Concepción, Denton, Texas, San Juan Apóstol, North Richland Hills, párroco de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Wichita Falls, y actualmente es párroco de St. Matthew, en Arlington, Texas. Ha trabajado con Ministerio de divorcio durante años, estudió derecho canónico en Universidad Católica de América, y ha trabajado en el Tribunal Matrimonial de la Diócesis de Fort Worth. Se ha desempeñado como capellán de DFW Beginning Experience, realizado talleres de capacitación en Inglés/Español sobre anulaciones, y dado charlas en conferencias con Conferencia Nacional de católicos separados y divorciados (NACSDC.ORG). Autor de December Roses: Reflexiones pastorales sobre el divorcio y compositor de cuatro canciones con Oregon Catholic Press. Tiene dos programas en el radio Si Fueras El Predicador en Radio Guadalupe 850 AM y Construyendo Mi Vida En Cristo en RadioCatolicaCristoRey.com.

mele Rev. Carmen Mele, O.P.
"For You Were Called to Freedom": Freedom in Catholic Moral Theology

Period 05

"Han sido llamado a la libertad": la libertad en la teología moral católica

Period 10

Fr. Carmen Mele, a native of Chicago, was ordained a priest of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1980. Since then, he has served in San Angelo, Fort Worth, Costa Rica, and El Paso for extended periods of time. His ministries have mainly included work in diocesan, parish, and priestly formation settings. Since 2009 he has directed the John Paul II Institute of lay ministry formation for the Diocese of Fort Worth. Fr. Carmen maintains two blogs: http://cbmdominicanpreacher.blogspot.com/ with daily mass reflections in English and http://padrecarmelo.blogspot.com/ with Sunday mass reflection in Spanish.

El padre Carmelo Mele, natural de Chicago, fue ordinado sacerdote de la Orden de los Predicadores (los Dominicos) en el año 1980. Desde entonces, ha servido en San Angelo, Fort Worth, Costa Rica, y El Paso por tiempos extendidos. Sus ministerios han incluido puestos diocesanos, parroquianos, y de la formación religiosa. Desde el año 2009 el padre Carmelo ha dirigido el Instituto Juan Pablo II del Ministerio Laical por la Diócesis de Fort Worth. Mantiene dos blogs: http://cbmdominicanpreacher.blogspot.com/ con reflexiones de la misa diaria en el inglés y http://padrecarmelo.blogspot.com/ con una reflexión de la misa dominical en español.

mette Michael James Mette
10 Practical Ways to use Music in Ministry

Period 08

I Am Not a Copycat!

Period 11

Some people may describe traveling with kids as miserable. Michael James Mette calls it "life". He has modernized an Airstream travel trailer in order tour with his family: Michelle, his wife of 15 years, and their five young children: Gabriella, Trinity, Charity, Cecilia, and Michael, Jr. His degree in Theology and 10+ years experience in youth ministry shines through his music as he encourages people throughout the United States to "Bring Forth the Light." Equally fitting for Sunday morning or a Friday night, Michael's music provides a backdrop for an encounter with the divine. For more information, visit michaeljamesmette.com

miller Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, CSB
Evangelii Gaudium: The Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis 

English Keynote Address (Friday, October 24 » 9:45 am - 10:30 am)

Evangelii Gaudium: La exhortación apostólica del Santo Padre Francisco

Spanish Keynote Address (Friday, October 24 » 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm)



Archbishop Michael Miller has been the chief shepherd of Vancouver's 475,000 Catholics since January 2009. In the 36 years since his ordination, he has held a remarkable number of positions, from university president to the Vatican's secretary for Catholic education. In addition to teaching theology in seminaries in Mexico and Rome, he has served on the boards of schools, universities, health-care institutions, and professional and public service organizations.

From 1992 to 1997 Archbishop Miller worked in the Vatican's Secretariat of State, and in 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him to the episcopacy and named him secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education and vice president of the Pontifical Work of Priestly Vocations. As a senior official of the Roman Curia, he served as a member of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, for the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, and as a consultor to the Congregation for Bishops.

In addition to English, Archbishop Miller is fluent in Spanish, Italian and French. He has received six honorary doctorates from universities around the world and is a specialist on the papacy and modern papal teaching. He has written seven books on topics ranging from the Holy See's teaching on Catholic schools, to the development of the papacy and the encyclicals of Pope John Paul II. His book "The Holy See's Teaching on Catholic Schools" is currently in use in the 45 schools of the Archdiocese.

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Ida Iris Miranda, M.A.

Sponsored by Sadlier

Enseñando a los niños/as a rezar en el salón de clase

Period 09 & 15

La disciplina positiva en el salón de clase

Period 12

Ida Iris Miranda es autora y conferencista nacional. Es Maestra Catequista para la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles, obtuvo su Maestría en Educación Religiosa de Mount St. Mary's College, Los Ángeles, y su certificado en el Estudio Pastoral Hispano, Loyola Marymount University. Diseño y facilita cursos por internet en español en colaboración con la Universidad de Dayton, Ohio y la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles. Ida fue Directora de Educación Religiosa por más de 20 años y actualmente es Consultora Regional para la editorial de William H. Sadlier.

mora Claudio A. Mora
En las Buenas y Para Siempre: Programa de Preparación Matrimonial

Period 12

 

Claudio nació en Santiago de Chile y vino a Estados Unidos en 1994 como Misionero Laico con los Padres Misioneros de San Columbano. Posee una licenciatura en Educación Religiosa de Cloverdale College en Indiana y una Maestría en Educación Religiosa de Felician College en New Jersey. Claudio trabaja como Coordinador del Ministerio de Vida Familiar en la Diócesis de Dallas, Tx. Claudio y su esposa Aida viven en Allen, TX y tienen 3 hijas.

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Greg "Dobie" Moser, D.Min. & Lisa Moser

Teens, Families, and Mental Illness: A Family's Story of Finding Sanctuary and Hope

Period 09

Laughing, Loving, and Growing Together in Marriage

Period 11

Holy Family Conversations: Strategies, Resources, and Skills

Period 13

Sports, Parents, and Faith: Get a Grip! (and a Healthy Perspective too!)

Period 07

Lisa and Dobie Moser have 7 children and have a teenage son with a serious mental illness. They have degrees in education and special education in addition to working closely with NAMI and other social service agencies and organizations. They are committed to helping families, parishes, and school leaders to start or build on a conversation that is late in coming. Lisa and Dobie Moser have been married for over 30 years and embrace the joys, struggles, surprises, and mysteries that help married couples grow closer to God and one another. They accept that sacramental marriage requires getting each other into heaven while witnessing to the joy and beauty of love now.

moses Linda Moses
Discipling Boldly: Imagine a New Generation of Sacramental People - co-presenting with Jason Deuterman

Period 09

Linda Moses, Director of Faith Formation and Family Ministry at Holy Family Parish in Irving, TX, has a passion for family and for church. She has served in Faith Formation, Adult and Family Ministry and Leadership Formation for the past 35 years. Linda has a Master's Degree in Adult Christian Community Development from Regis University. She and her husband, Butch, are past Co-presidents of the National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers. She is currently on the faculty for the Association's Ministry with Families Formation Program, and is a national trainer for Strong Catholic Families, Strong Catholic Youth and Cultivating a Home Grown Faith. She is mother of 3 adult children and proud "Nana" of 5 grandchildren.

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nguyen  Linh Mục Tôma Nguyễn Văn Thủ
Phụng Vụ ~ Công Trình Cộng Đồng: Tư Tế, Thừa Tác Vụ, và Cộng Đoàn (phần 1)

Period 10

Phụng Vụ ~ Công Trình Cộng Đồng: Tư Tế, Thừa Tác Vụ, và Cộng Đoàn (phần 2)

Period 11

Phụng Vụ ~ Công Trình Cộng Đồng: Tư Tế, Thừa Tác Vụ, và Cộng Đoàn (phần 3)

Period 12

 

Linh Mục Tôma Nguyễn Văn Thủ sinh tại Việt Nam 1961 và sống ở Hoa Kỳ 1975. Sau khi ra trường với bằng cử nhân Kỹ Sư Cơ khí, Cha đã nhập Đại Chủng viện Đức Mẹ Lên Trời 1986 và tốt nghiệp Thạc Sỹ Thiên Chúa Học 1992 tại Trường Thần Học Oblate San Antonio, Texas. Năm 1992 ngài đã thụ phong Linh Mục cho Địa phận Victoria ở Texas. Hiện tại Cha thuộc về Địa Phận Fort Worth và làm chánh xứ nhà thờ St. George. Ngài rất say mê về phung vụ Thánh, vì thế ngoài trách nhiệm coi xứ, ngài dành giờ nghiền ngẫm và đào sâu vào phụng vụ, đặc biệt là giúp giảng dạy về Phụng Vụ và Bí Tích nhóm "Laity Ministry of John Paul II." Hiện thời đang theo học hoàn tất bằng Thạc Sĩ về Phụng Vụ tại Liturgical Mundelein, Illinois.
novinski Lyle Novinski
Theology Made Visible: Reading Sacred Art

Period 13

Along with being a working artist, Lyle Novinski is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Dallas where he served as chairman of the nationally recognized Haggerty Art Department for forty years. His commission and exhibition record is extensive. At the same time he has established a distinguished career in sacred art and his work is seen in many churches across Texas. In the Dallas area, the windows of St. Rita, renovations of Holy Trinity, Ft. Worth Chancery Chapel, Perkins Chapel, Neuhoff Center Chapel at SMU, Christus Holy Family Chapel, and the Church of the Incarnation of the University of Dallas, to list a few. His most recent project includes furnishings for Holy Cross in Oak Cliff and a life sized bronze figure of St. Martin de Porres. Professor Novinski has conducted a popular European study program, Eternal Cities, traveling to Italy and Greece with students of all ages.

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Como el lector ayuda a la asamblea caminar juntos en la Fe

Period 01 & 03

Juntos en Fe a través de la Liturgia

Period 14

Diacono Jesse Olivarez fue ordenado el 10 de Junio del año 2000 y ha sido el director del Centro Católico de Conferencias y de Formación (CCFC) desde enero de 2008. Ha desarrollado y dado varias clases litúrgicas en Español por toda la diócesis por muchos años. Es maestro de ceremonias y frecuentemente sirve en la misas episcopales mayores. Recibió una maestría de la University of Texas at Dallas. El y su esposa Connie tienen muchos años de ser miembros de San Pablo Apóstol en Richardson y viven en el Centro de retiros.

oliver Jim Oliver
Music to the Rescue

Period 06

Born in Pasadena, Texas in 1958, Jim Oliver was surrounded by music from an early age. His mother was a fine pianist and vocalist and his father while not a musician himself encouraged the learning of and participation in music. Before the age of eleven Jim was receiving instruction in piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass. At eleven he joined the band and eventually the choir and orchestra becoming an all-state musician and being very proficient on the previously named instruments as well as all the brass instruments. After attending college as a music performance and education major. Jim played professionally and toured with several "name groups" before getting married and starting a teaching career. Jim has taught 28 years in both private and public schools. He is one of the few people you will meet that has taught K-12 and university level and has taught band, choir, orchestra, music theory, jazz ensemble, music history, general music,Guitar/bass/piano classes and has been head of music departments and chair of fine arts dealing with budgets, supervising teachers and curriculum design. He is currently living in Dallas with his wife Ann and teaching at All Saints Catholic School.

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Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor 

Intercultural Leadership in an Increasingly Hispanic Church

Period 12

Liderazgo intercultural en una Iglesia cada vez más hispana

Period 14

Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. His research focuses on how the conversation between faith and culture shapes ministerial and educational practices in the Church. Professor Ospino is the editor of Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future (Convivium Press, 2010) and the author of Peter's Catechism: Who Do You Say that I Am? Why Did You Doubt? Do You Love Me? (Liguori, 2011). He has two forthcoming books on multicultural parishes. He serves as the principal investigator for the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry and recently released the first major report entitled Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes.

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parker Sarah Parker
20 Classroom Strategies to Simplify Your Life! - co-presenting with Emily Frasco & Diane Hill

Period 06

Sarah Parker graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Education from Southern Methodist University specializing in Gifted and Talented Education as well as Educational Technology. She is currently teaching at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Plano where she is the Director of Technology Integration and previously served as the first through fifth grade Gifted and Talented teacher.

pollice Lucas Pollice, M.T.S.
"You Are Witnesses of These Things": Pastoral Formation in Mystagogia

Period 05

"You Are A Chosen People": Catechesis in Mystagogia

Period 07

"I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches": Liturgical Formation in Mystagogia

Period 15

Lucas Pollice, M.T.S. is the Associate Director of Symbolon and a catechetics instructor at the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Prior to his work at the AI, Lucas was the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. He holds a B.A. in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Masters of Theological Studies degree from the Institute of Pastoral Theology at Ave Maria University. Lucas has been involved in the RCIA process and Adult Faith Formation at both the parish and diocesan level for over 15 years and is and is the author of Open Wide the Doors to Christ: Discovering Catholicism, a complete curriculum for RCIA published by Emmaus Road Publications. In 2011 he received the distinguished Benemerenti Medal, a papal honor recognizing his distinguished service to the Church. Lucas and his wife Mary have six children and live in Highlands Ranch, CO.

porter Linda Khirallah Porter, MTS
See It, Snap It, Send It! Or Lights, Camera, Faith...

Period 15

Since 1994, Linda has served as Director of the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Tyler. She is also a member of the Diocesan Liturgical Commission, a Board member for the Society for Catholic Liturgy, and the Advisory Council for the University of Dallas School of Ministry. She is married with three adult children and five grandchildren. Linda earned a Bachelors of Arts in Education from University of Dallas and a Masters of Theology Studies from University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies. She was presented the first Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Dallas Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies in 2004 in recognition for distinguished service to faith formation in the Diocese of Tyler. She has published articles for the Tower Magazine from the University of Dallas, Catechetical Leader from the National Conference Catechetical Leadership, and The Catechumenate Magazine from Liturgy Training Publications.

poyo  Dcn. Ralph Poyo
Disseminating Authentic Faith

Period 06

Evangelization Training

Period 09

Authentic Discipleship

Period 12

As founder of New Evangelization Ministries (NEM), Deacon Ralph Poyo seeks to be a useful tool for assisting pastors in training their parish leadership in evangelization and discipleship. He has traveled extensively around the United States, serving as an evangelist and speaker. He incorporates what he learned and experienced in seven years of research in rural, inner-city, and suburban parishes. With thirty years of parish ministry, he understands the complexities of various ministry environments. Deacon Ralph is not is a popular national speaker capable of communicating with a wide variety of audiences. His passionate, humorous, and playful style has captivated adult and teen audiences with the truth of the gospel of Christ. Deacon Ralph is married to his high school sweetheart, Susan, for thirty years. He has five daughters, two son-in-laws, and three grandchildren. You can follow Deacon Ralph on twitter at @HobbitDeacon or find out more about him at newevangelizationministries.org or DeaconRalphPoyo.com.

prendergast Michael R. Prendergast
Whose Music is it Anyway?: A Workshop for Cantors and Pastoral Musicians (part 1)

Period 01

Whose Music is it Anyway?: A Workshop for Cantors and Pastoral Musicians (part 2)

Period 02

A Walk through the Liturgical Year: Music, Ritual and Environment

Period 13

Praying and Singing the Psalms: The Church's First Prayer

Period 15

Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord: Linking Liturgy and Justice

Period 05

Michael R. Prendergast is a seasoned pastoral musician and liturgist with experience at the parish, cathedral and diocesan levels. He is a frequent speaker and clinician for conferences, dioceses, and parishes. He is the editor and author of numerous books and articles, including Guide for Liturgy Committees co-author with Paul Turner, (LTP). His latest works appear in The Liturgy Documents Volume I, II, III, IV and the Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons 2015 (all from LTP). Michael holds advanced degrees in Theological Studies and Liturgy. He is Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Andrew Church in Portland, OR, an adjunct instructor in the Theology Department at the University of Portland and is founder and executive director of Sacred Liturgy Ministries, a liturgical consulting firm in Portland, OR (sacredliturgyministries.org).

prevou Kevin Prevou
Family-size Your Ministry! Youth Ministry that Supports the Whole Family

Period 05 & 11

Kevin Prevou, former Director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Fort Worth, has served as a leader in youth ministry for over 30 years. He offers practical, step-by-step guidance to parishes and organizations seeking to build an effective outreach to adolescents through a pastoral, integrated vision of the Church, based upon the eight key components of ministry (Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry, USCCB). With the use of tools such as Gallup's Clifton StrengthsFinder and Search Institute's Developmental Assets framework, Kevin shares a family-focused, intergenerational approach to ministry. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University and a master of arts degree in Religious Education from St. Thomas University in Houston. Kevin and his wife, Nicki, are the parents of three young adult sons.

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raiche Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D.
Lectionary-Based Catechesis: What is it? When is it appropriate?

Period 11

RCIA: How to Catechicize from the Rites

Period 09

Diana Dudoit Raiche, Ph.D., is currently assistant professor of theology in the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas. Her area of concentration is the intersection between liturgy and catechesis, with a focus on appropriate catechetical methods for catechesis in pastoral situations across the life cycle. Her dissertation focused on liturgy and catechesis in the RCIA. In her capacity as former executive director of the department of religious education at the NCEA, she served as a consultant to the Bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, on the planning team for the Diocesan Educational Catechetical Leadership Institute with USCCB and NCCL, as a founding member of the Partnership on Adolescent Catechesis that developed the National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis. While at NCEA, she managed religious education assessments for students and adults. Her experiences as a teacher in Catholic schools, director of parish catechetical programs and the catechumenate for adults and children, and as a former chairperson of a diocesan education commission, inform her work as a consultant to numerous dioceses regarding sacramental catechesis, the baptismal catechumenate, and catechetical method.

sr. guadalupe ramirez Sr. Guadalupe Ramirez, MCDP, D.Min.
Actitudes y hábitos de oración

Period 14

Las etapas de la fe en la vida de adultos

Period 10

Visitas pastorales de los enfermos

Period 09

Como Misionera Catequista de la Divina Providencia, la Hermana Guadalupe Ramirez, MCDP ha estado involucrada en ministerio pastoral por más de cuarenta años, en puestos de liderazgo en su congregación religiosa, como directora de departamentos catequéticos diocesanos, ministerio pastoral en un hospital, y formación de seminaristas. Recibió su doctorado en ministerio de la Universidad Católica de América en Washington, DC y trabaja como profesora de teología en el Colegio Católico México Americano en San Antonio, Tex. Hermana Guadalupe está muy comprometida a la formación de los laicos en su espiritualidad y en el ministerio. Provee formación en liderazgo, especialmente para los hispanos y es exponente de talleres en inglés o en español en conferencias diocesanas y regionales de catequesis, liturgia, y ministerio hispano. También facilita retiros y misiones parroquiales.

rev. rafael ramirez Rev. Rafael M. Ramirez, SSD
La impaciencia de Job

Period 12

Marcos o el camino del discípulo (parte 1)

Period 03

Marcos o el camino del discípulo (parte 2)

Period 04

 

El P. Rafael M. Ramírez es originario de Arandas, Jalisco, México. Fue ordenado el 25 de Noviembre de 1994 en la ciudad de México. Recibió su formación en México, España e Italia. Estudio filosofía en la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana y Teología en el Pontificio Ateneo Regina Apostolorum y Sagradas Escrituras en el Pontificio Instituto Bíblico, donde obtuvo su doctorado en 2008. Realizó también estudios de especialización en la Universidad Hebrea de Jerusalén. Ha enseñado y ejercido su ministerio sacerdotal en México, España, Italia, Suiza y USA. Actualmente es miembro de la facultad de The School of Ministry de la Universidad de Dallas

ray Cooper Ray
Planning and Implementing Effective Retreats

Period 07

Sharing the Load - Forming Teen Disciples who Evangelize Their Peers

Period 13

Whether speaking to thousands at events such as NCYC, LA Congress, Steubenville Conferences or an intimate group on a retreat, Cooper has the unique ability to engage, enliven, and inspire groups of all ages. Drawing from his 17 years of professional ministry experience as a speaker, retreat facilitator, liturgical musician, and diocesan youth director, Cooper connects with people through his sincere desire to bring everyone into a closer relationship with the Lord. His passion for his faith and his deep desire to share the light of Christ comes through in his music, stories, and his witness as a husband, father, and disciple. Cooper has a Master's Degree from Loyola University of New Orleans and currently resides in Coppell, TX with his wife Laura and 2 sons Eli and Keller.

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Veronica Rayas, Ph.D.

Sponsored by Loyola Press

Nos Confirmamos y ahora? Formado discípulos después de la Confirmación

Period 10

La sabiduría de nuestras abuelas: Celebrando los rituales en nuestras familias

Period 14

Veronica Rayas, Ph.D., es la directora de la Oficina de Formación Religiosa de la Diócesis de El Paso. Tiene un doctorado de la Universidad de Fordham en educación religiosa. Su tesis doctoral titulada " La Familia's Catechesis: the Mexican American Family as a Place of Catechesis Through their Spirituality " centrada en los principios catequéticos presentes en las tradiciones y la vida de fe de muchas familias mexicano-americanas. Verónica tiene una amplia experiencia en varios ministerios como catequista, ministerio de jóvenes, profesora de escuelas católicas, y asociada pastoral. Antes de regresar a El Paso, Verónica fue co-directora de la Pastoral Juvenil de la Arquidiócesis de Nueva York.

rendon-reyes Juan Rendon-Reyes, D.Min. (cand.)
El mercado espiritual actual: hambre por una espiritualidad católica

Period 10 & 15

El Sr. Rendon-Reyes es instructor afiliado en la University of Dallas School of Ministry. Imparte clases en Biblia, teología y pastoral. También es parte del equipo formador en el Seminario Holy Trinity en Irving, TX. Su labor es la coordinación y supervisión de los seminaristas en la pastoral parroquial. Ha hecho estudios de maestria en teología y pastoral en la University of St. Thomas en Houston, TX y actualmente es candidato doctoral en la Catholic University of America en Washington, DC. Su área de investigación es la aplicación de la espiritualidad San juanista entre los jóvenes que se consideran espirituales pero no religiosos.

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Sandy Rigsby

Sponsored by St. Mary's Press 

Fear Not: There are Only Six Tasks

Period 09 & 13

A is for Acceptance: Jesus, Our Catechist

Period 15

Sandy Rigsby has published five books on scriptural activities and reflections for youth and adolescents. She has served as a director for children and adolescent catechesis and youth ministry, and has over twenty years experience in faith formation. She has been involved in catechist formation and has taught catechist certification in the Archdiocese of Detroit for over 10 years. Sandy is currently a sales consultant for Saint Mary's Press. She and her husband live in West Bloomfield, MI.

Rodriguez, Gustavo

Gustavo Rodriguez

La fe comienza en el hogar y con la familia

Period 10 & 15

La Santísima Trinidad está presente en nuestras vidas

Period 12

 

Gustavo Rodriguez es Actualmente el Director Asociado de la Catequesis para Hispanos en la oficina de Formación y Educación Religiosa de la Diócesis de Austin. Gustavo trabajo por diez años como maestro de teología y en la administración escolar de la escuela secundaria Católica San Juan Diego en Austin. Gustavo recibió su Licenciatura en Teología y Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad Xavier en Cincinnati Ohio y está por terminar se Maestría de estudios religiosos en la University of Incarnet Word en San Antonio. Gustavo está felizmente casado con su esposa Natalia y junto con Gustavo Ignacio su hijo de 6 años forman una linda familia.

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Rev. Robert Ruhnke, C.SS.R., D.Min.

Effective "New Evangelization" Requires Radically Re-thinking Marriage Preparation. Is our Parish Ready?

Period 05 & 12

Using "Sponsor Couples" to Facilitate Marriage Prep at your Parish: For Better & For Ever Can Help!

Period 14

Rob became a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (The Redemptorists) in 1961 & was ordained a priest 1966. He lives in the Redemptorist Community in San Antonio, TX. He received a doctorate of ministry in 1986 from Southern Methodist University and a master of theology degree from St. Thomas in Houston in 1975. He is the author of For Better & For Ever, and currently serves as the Director of Marriage Preparation Resources, which provides training and enrichment of sponsor couples and consultation with dioceses and local churches. His For Better & For Ever program is used in USA, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Mexico, Venezuela. Since becoming a priest, he has also served as a pastor, director of the Family Life Office in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, formation director for seminarians, and director of the Office of Development for the Redemptorists.

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Anna Scally

Sponsored by Cornerstone Media Inc

Think Outside of the Pew

Period 08 & 15

Key to Happiness: Two Types of People, Those Who are Happy and Those Who are Working on It

Period 10

Anna Scally is president of Cornerstone Media, Inc. Anna has been effective and creative in relaying the message of good decision making and being a true friend. She is the columnist for Cornerstone Media's Top Music Countdown, an on-line resource, and host of the radio show, Burning Issues, which deals with relevant youth topics. She just received the National Youth Ministry Performer/Artist/Author of the Year Award from the National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry. Her book, Keys to Happiness, published by Saint Mary's Press, is inspiring people all over North America. She has been the master of ceremonies at World Youth Day in Denver, Toronto, and Germany.

schleusner  Sue Schleusner
CST - Taught, Caught and/or Learned in Physical Education

Period 05

Mrs. Schleusner started her career in physical education and health with the Garland Independent School District where she taught for 28 years. The first 12 years in the district she taught elementary physical education. While there, she instructed students in physical education activities for grades K-5, and planned the physical education program to promote development of student's physical attributes and social skills. She also organized physical education lessons to include individual and team sports, indoor games, and worked to raise fitness scores for the school. She spent the next 16 years at a gifted and talented middle school where she taught 6th grade physical education and health, plus coached 7th and 8th graders for tennis, volleyball, and track. As a department head she was instrumental with the writing of the district approved curriculum and developed a leadership program for coaches. Other accomplishments while in the district include designing a physical education class that incorporated health components, and lead several workshops for the district that involved all levels of physical education and health.

Sedano Maria "Maruja" H. Sedano  
Lecciones de Liderazgo

Period 03

Descubre tu Liderazgo

Period 04

Ser y Hacer Discípulos en Nuestras Propias Familias

Period 10

Construyendo una Iglesia Intercultural

Period 09

Maruja Sedano es la Directora de la Oficina de Catequesis y el Ministerio Juvenil en la Archquidiocesis de Chicago. Previamente fue directora asociada, responsabale de la Educación Religiosa de Adultos y del Instituo Bíblico, en la Arquidiócesis de Los Angeles CA., donde trabajó por 26 años. Desarrolló programas para la formación de catequistas, evangelizadores y animadores bíblicos. Durante los ultimos 10 años sirvió en el comité de Evangelización y Catequesis de la Conferecnia Católica de Obispos, en USA.

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Jaime Septién

Las diez claves del éxito comunicativo del Papa Francisco

Period 12

Nació en Tampico, México. Se licenció en Comunicación por la Universidad Iberoamericana. Realizó estudios de doctorado en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Está casado con Maité Urquiza Guzzy y es padre de tres hijos: Francisco, Luisa y Mayte. Junto con su mujer, ha emprendido una serie de empresas sociales que miran desde Cristo la ayuda al más necesitado, como el Banco de Alimentos y el Banco de Ropa, en Querétaro, donde residen actualmente. Es responsable para América Central, México, El Caribe y Estados Unidos (áreas hispanas) de Aleteia. Escribe para diversos medios en México, entre los que destacan las revistas Siempre! y Vida Nueva. Ha dirigido el periódico católico El Observador, desde sus inicios en julio de 1995. Ha publicado numerosos libros entre los que destacan La familia secuestrada, Almanaque de historia de México, Las cien mejores poesías religiosas de México, entre otros textos.

septien Pía Septién, MTS
El perdón a los enemigos, empezando por los amigos y familiares

Period 09 & 14

Pía Septién obtuvo su licenciatura en Administración de Empresas por la Universidad Anáhuac en la Ciudad de México, maestría en Estudios Teológicos y Certificación en Administración Pastoral por la Universidad de Dallas. Ha dado clases desde el año 2006 hasta el presente en la Escuela para los Ministerios de la Universidad de Dallas en el programa de la Escuela Bíblica Católica, en la formación diaconal de la Diócesis de Dallas y de Tyler y en el Programa del Certificado en Teología Pastoral. También ha dado clases en línea de Introducción al Antiguo Testamento para la Universidad de Dayton, Ohio. Es co-autora de una serie de libros de texto de educación religiosa para los grados 7 al 9 y autora de los libros "Mujeres del Antiguo Testamento" y "Mujeres del Nuevo Testamento" de Libros Liguori. Actualmente es Directora de Estudios Continuos de la Escuela para los Ministerios de la Universidad de Dallas.

shaw Kelsey Shaw
Engaging Science: The Art of the Interactive Notebook - co-presenting with Carolyn Zelek

Period 07

Kelsey Shaw graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in communication studies with a minor in biology. While at Texas Tech, she volunteered at the museum, preparing fossils, and at a wildlife rehabilitation center where she raised many species of Texas wildlife. When not teaching middle school science at Saint Paul the Apostle school, she works in the education department at the Dallas Zoo. Teaching science is not just a job for Kelsey, but truly a passion.

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Josh Simmons

Part of the Digital Church Team

New Media, New Evangelization and The Most Important Question You'll Ever Ask 

Period 01

How to Create a Website that will Transform Your Ministry

Period 02

Turning Your Web Presence into a Social Network and Connecting with Your Flock

Period 03

Live Panel Discussion, Q&A Session and The Game Plan

Period 04

Josh Simmons is the founder and CEO of eCatholic.com, one of the largest providers of Catholic websites in the country. Before launching eCatholic, he also worked in the Church for several years as a Youth Minister, Director of Faith Formation, and Music Minister. He also developed and has lead a popular "eMinistry" Seminar in Dioceses around the country. Josh has a B.S. in Engineering from Texas A&M University and lives in College Station, Texas with his wife Elizabeth and their 5 children.

skees John Skees
Class, Please Take Out Your Phones

Period 06

John graduated from the University of Dallas with a degree in history in 2008, he has been a teacher at Nolan Catholic High School for five years. He currently teaches economics and macroeconomics AP.

steele Kyle Steele
Let's Make it, Take it with Daily 5 ELA Centers! - co-presenting with Pamela Fontenot & Ana Medina

Period 05

Kyle Steele earned her Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in School Leadership from Baker University. Kyle has been teaching for 8 years, all in Catholic schools, and enjoys every minute of it! She is currently the 3rd grade teacher and Assistant Principal at Santa Clara Catholic Academy in Dallas, Texas. When she's not at school, Kyle enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys.

stern Susan Stern
Adaptable Foreign Language: Teaching Techniques for All Levels

Period 08

Susan Stern is currently in her 13th year of teaching and has enjoyed teaching French to many students over the years. Her previous teaching experience includes Ursuline Academy of Dallas, Richardson ISD and my current school, John Paul II High School. She has encountered many fantastic, intelligent students and they have, in turn, taught her how to change her teaching methods to help them learn language better! Susan lives in Plano with her wonderful and supportive husband, Tony, and their beautiful 3 year old son, Anthony.

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The First Year of Flipping - co-presenting with Amy C. Duke

Period 05

Bianca Trejo has taught at Bishop Lynch High School for 2 years teaching Algebra I and Geometry. She is currently working on her Master of Education with specialization Master Math Teacher at SMU. She enjoys integrating technology into her classroom.

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vaughan Chris Vaughan
Marriage Preparation Begins at Birth Not at Engagement

Period 08

Chris Vaughan is the Director of Marriage and Family for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. He has a B.A. in Theology with a concentration in Religious Education from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is currently studying for an M.A. in Theology. He is most proud of his 14 years of marriage and his five children.

vaverek  Rev. Gavin N. Vaverek, JCL
Marriage "Issues" in RCIA? Canon Law offers a Pastoral Response

Period 09

Rev. Vaverek is a priest of the Diocese of Tyler. In both his Canon Law studies and his Masters in Theology he focused on Christian Initiation. He serves as a consultant to the Diocesan Christian Initiation Team and is a frequent presenter to adults on Theology, Pastoral practice, and Canon Law. An Engineer before entering the seminary in 1990 he received a M. Div. and an M. A. from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and in 1995 a Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) from Catholic University of America. He is involved extensively with both clergy and lay formation. In addition to countless committees, he has served as Chancellor and Vocation Director. Currently he is Promoter of Justice, Defender of the Bond and Pastor (with a school). In his spare time he is Chaplain for the Daughters of Divine Hope, a new religious community for women "over 25".

vega-aguirre Elisa Vega-Aguirre, M.Ed.
Chicka, Chicka, Little Bear & Every Picture Book from There!

Period 07

Elisa Aguirre earned her Bachelors and both Masters Degrees from Dallas Baptist University. She is Texas State certified as a Principal, Special Education teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, and Generalist (Early Childhood through 4th grade). She is a 1st grade teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in the Fort Worth Diocese. She has been in the field of education for over 15 years in both public and private schools. She presented "Little Hands on Big Books...Oh My!" at the UDMC last year.

vela Sr. Digna Vela, IWBS
Living Contemplatively in a Busy, Hectic World

Period 08

Contemplative Prayer: Praying Like Mary in a Martha World

Period 14

Sister Digna Vela, IWBS is an Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament sister who is presently working at Amor Meus Spirituality Center in Victoria, TX as a spiritual director and staff member. She is also an editor and director of Disciples on the Journey, a Lenten lectionary-based resource for small groups produced and published by her religious congregation. This resource is being used by parishes in 25 states. Sister, who has been a workshop presenter at various diocesan conferences in Texas and Louisiana, has taught in Catholic schools and served as the director of the Office of Catechetical Ministry for the Diocese of Victoria for 22 years. Sister Digna has a MA in theology from St. Mary University in San Antonio and a graduate certificate in spiritual direction and directed retreats from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

  Beth Vercillo
Nightly Reading Demystified! - co-presenting with Carol Ibarra & Bonnie Young

Period 08

Beth Vercillo is the Reading Specialist and Reading Coach at St Thomas Aquinas lower school. This is her 20th year as an educator for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. She is certified in: Early Childhood, Elementary, ESL, and Reading Grades pk- 12. She graduated with a dual Masters, Master Reading Teacher degree (MRT) and M.Ed. from Southern Methodist University in 2006. She is an Academic Language Therapist trained in the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Program, Take Flight. She has a true passion for working with children with reading needs. As a Reading Specialist, she provides intensive reading interventions for children with special needs in either a small group pull out, or push in capacity depending on the intensity of the child's need. As a certified reading coach, she assists teachers in staying abreast of current researched based reading practices to use in their classrooms.

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Mission to Catholics with Disabilities: Creating a universally designed ministry at diocesan and parish levels

Period 08 & 13

Misión a los Católicos con Discapacidades: creando un ministerio de diseño universal a nivel parroquial y diocesano - Con ayuda de traducción por Linda Porter

Period 12

Melissa Waldon, M.S. , has been serving as the Co-Coordinator of the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas for the past three years. She has taught children with special needs at the elementary and secondary levels and has been a school counselor at the pre-k level. Her experience as a catechist includes multiple grade levels. Melissa is married with 5 children and has her own child with special needs. She has 16 ½ years of combined experience as a parent and educator as well as being an advocate for children with special needs. Melissa assist other diocese with trainings and consultation in the area of disabilities. It is her passion and desire to help all people be included in the life their church.

Melissa Waldon, MS, actualmente brinda sus servicios como Coordinador del Ministerio para Personas con Discapacidades en la Diócesis Católica de Dallas. Una de sus principales responsabilidades consiste en la coordinación de la catequesis, enseñanzas basadas en la fe, para personas con necesidades especiales a nivel parroquial. Ella ha impartido instrucción a niños con necesidades especiales a nivel primaria y secundaria y ha sido consejera escolar a nivel preescolar. Su experiencia como catequista incluye múltiples niveles de enseñanza. Melissa está casada y tiene 4 hijos. Su propio hijo tiene Asperger de alto nivel de funcionamiento. Melissa cuenta con quince años y medio de experiencia combinada entre madre, educadora y promotora de niños con necesidades especiales. Ella ha sido expositora tanto en la Conferencia de Ministerio de la Universidad de Dallas como en la Diócesis de Corpus Christie, ayudando a crear conciencia acerca de las personas con discapacidades para que sean incluidas plenamente en la vida de la Iglesia.

wampach  David Wampach  
Writing the Perfect Paragraph

Period 08

David Wampach has been teaching since 2003. He is currently an English Teacher and Assistant Campus Minister at Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth. Before that he taught at Centennial High School in Frisco ISD (2009-2013), Driscoll Catholic High School and Lyons Township High School in Illinois. He is certified in English and Social Studies. Mr. Wampach has taught resource/special education, on-level and Honors/PAP classes at each grade level in high school as well as World and U.S. History. He is AP Certified in PAP English and AP Language and Composition. He has a BA in History from the University of Iowa, a M.Ed. from DePaul University, is a graduate of Second City Training Center's Improv Acting and Writing Program, and is currently finishing his National Certificate in Youth Ministry through the University of Dallas and the Center for Ministry and Development. He is a member of the DFW Writers Workshop and has published retreat talks and reflections through Charis Ministries, the young adult outreach of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). He is married to his lovely wife Katy, a first grade teacher, has a precocious son Will, and hyperactive dog named Cordelia.

wannemuehler Dr. Sarah Wannemuehler
Are You Connected Or Do You Need To Be Recharged?

Period 07

Dr. Sarah Wannemuehler has been involved in private and public education for over forty years. She has taught at all levels of education from kindergarten through graduate school. She has also served as assistant-principal and principal in Catholic schools in Indiana, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Dr. Wannemuehler holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Indiana; a master's degree from Indiana University; and an educational specialist degree and doctorate degree from Spalding University. Dr. Wannemuehler is an associate professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia and the University of San Francisco. She is presently the Director of Graduate Studies in Education at Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. Dr. Wannemuehler is a member of the Education Law Association. She is a national lecturer on the topic of Education Law.

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Matthew Warner

Part of the Digital Church Team

New Media, New Evangelization and The Most Important Question You'll Ever Ask 

Period 01

How to Create a Website that will Transform Your Ministry

Period 02

Turning Your Web Presence into a Social Network and Connecting with Your Flock

Period 03

Live Panel Discussion, Q&A Session and The Game Plan

Period 04

Matthew Warner is a full-time CEO (Flocknote.com), husband & Dad trying his best to balance it all. He's also a prolific blogger, contributor to the book - The Church and New Media - and author of TheRadicalLife.org. Matt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship. He and his wife (+4 kids) hang their hats in Texas.

weitzel-o'neill Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill, Ph.D.
The National Standards and Benchmarks: A Critical Edge for Board Strategy (part 1)

Period 03

The National Standards and Benchmarks: A Critical Edge for Board Strategy (part 2)

Period 04

Catholic Identity and Academic Excellence: A Formula for Student Success

Period 05

Dr. Patricia Weitzel-O'Neill is the Executive Director of the Roche Center for Catholic Education at Boston College, which facilitates innovative, applied research on behalf of the Boston College Lynch School of Education and the Catholic school community, both locally and nationally. Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill is also a co-editor of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools. Prior to joining the Roche Center, Dr. Weitzel-O'Neill served as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington and as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and an associate professor of sociology at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from St. Louis University.

willhelm Troy Willhelm
A Cross-Curricular Method of Making Ministry Effective - co-presenting with Eric Gray

Period 06

Troy Willhelm was raised in Kermit, TX. After graduating from Kermit High School, he spent time at Midland College in Midland, Texas studying English. Then, he met his future wife and transferred to The University of Texas at Arlington where he finished his English degree with an Education minor. He didn't immediately begin teaching; instead he worked at United Parcel Service for nearly a decade. Along the way, he attended The Art Institute of Dallas and earned an associate's degree in graphic design. Troy made a pit stop working with Donruss/Playoff Inc. making baseball and football cards before he started teaching at Cedar Hill High School. There, he taught sophomore English and two writing classes for senior students who had not passed the state writing test. He spent four years at Coppell High School teaching mostly junior and senior English. Some of those classes were co-teach; so he worked closely with a special education teacher to integrate special needs students into a regular classroom. His last year at Coppell, he also taught sophomore Pre-AP. Troy felt a calling to work in a Christian school environment and found a job at Nolan Catholic High School teaching junior and senior English and earned a Masters of Liberal Studies degree from Southern Methodist University. The last two years, he has become involved in Nolan's student council as a moderator.

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D. Todd Williamson

Sponsored by Loyola Press

Understanding the Mass: The Theology of the Liturgy of the Word

Period 09

Understanding the Mass: Lifting Up Our Hearts in the Liturgy of the Eucharist

Period 14

D. Todd Williamson is the Director of the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is a speaker, author and liturgist whose ministerial experience includes teaching and parish pastoral ministry. He is co-author of Great is the Mystery: The Formational Power of Liturgy and the author of two editions of Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons: An Almanac of Parish Liturgy 2007 and 2008 (Liturgy Training Publications). He has most recently written and spoken extensively on the Third Edition of the Roman Missal.

wood Benjy Wood, M.Ed.
Information Translation: Strategies for Improving Student Retention of Vocabulary

Period 06

Benjy teaches AP Environmental Science at John Paul II High School in Plano, TX. He has served in science education as a teacher, presenter, author, and curriculum developer over the last 15 years. Benjy lives in Plano, Tx with his wife, three children, and three dogs. Benjy is active in his church and has a passion for international orphan care as two of his children have been adopted internationally. Benjy has traveled extensively through Europe, Russia, Africa, North and Central America on mission trips and environmental expeditions.

wood-david David Wood
Evangelization Through Hospitality

Period 09

Liturgy: Summit and of Font of Evangelization

Period 15

David is director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. He serves on the RCIA team assisting his wife Sylvia who coordinates RCIA in English and Spanish for children, teens and adults. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in theology from the University of Dallas and a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He brings a broad range of pastoral experience: pastoral council, choir, coordinator of newcomer welcome (St. Mark the Evangelist in Plano) parish pastoral associate, director of adult formation and sacramental preparation, director of RCIA, director of liturgy, and coordinator of episcopal liturgies. David is a member of the board of Southwest Liturgical Conference. David and Sylvia have been married for 28 years and have been blessed with three terrific children Matthew, Michelle and Micah. In his "spare time," when not stuck in traffic, he relaxes with Sylvia.

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young Bonnie Young
Nightly Reading Demystified! - co-presenting with Carol Ibarra & Beth Vercillo

Period 08

Bonnie Young is kindergarten teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Dallas, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Methodist University, and later pursued a teaching certificate through the Dallas Independent School District's Alternative Certification Program. She began her teaching career as a 4th grade teacher, but has found that her passion is teaching K-2 grade students. Throughout her tenure with the Dallas Independent School district, Ms. Young served on the Campus Instructional Leadership Team, as grade level chair and as a mentor to incoming teachers. In 2010, Ms. Young was selected Teacher of the Year. After 16 years with DISD, Ms. Young decided it was time for a change. In 2012, She began her career with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas at St. Thomas Aquinas School. In 2013, she was awarded the Work of Heart Award. Ms. Young loves reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She has 2 children, Megan a sophomore at Southern Methodist University, and Mathew a freshman at Bishop Lynch High School.

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zelek  Carolyn Zelek  
Engaging Science: The Art of the Interactive Notebook - co-presenting with Kelsey Shaw

Period 07

Carolyn Zelek is in her second year teaching intermediate science at Saint Paul the Apostle School in Richardson, Texas. She began her journey when she graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009, where she realized that science was the subject she would enjoy teaching most. Carolyn loves teaching through inquiry based activities and seeing how excited students get when they participate in science labs and work in their notebooks. In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her family, boyfriend, and boxer.

 

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