2014 Speakers

Kelly Colangelo

Kelly ColangeloKelly Colangelo has served as a youth leader for many years.  She maintains a balance between fun, creative programming and meaningful, in depth catechesis. Her hope is to challenge youth to be everything God intended them to be. Kelly currently serves as the Director of Youth Ministry at a parish in Florida.  Kelly received her Bachelor’s from Niagara University in 2007 and her Masters from Syracuse University in 2009 with a degree in School and Student Affairs Counseling. She also went to Franciscan University of Steubenville to get her certificate in youth ministry.  She is a huge fan of soccer, ice hockey, ultimate frisbee, paintballing and everything related to GK Chesterton, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, Theresa of Avila, Vincent de Paul and Philip Neri.

www.kellycolangelo.com

 

Debi Stack and Fawn Brents

Debi-Fawn-WOV-2014-websiteDebi Stack is an award winning author, professional speaker and popular media guest who uses humor to address women who struggle with over-commitment, perfectionism and stress. She desires to inspire them to lighter hearts and deeper faith. She is author of Martha to the Max, Smotherly Love: I Know Where Your Buttons are and I’m not Afraid to Push Them, Kisses of Sunshine for Women, and Kisses of Sunshine for Grandmas. Debi has been an editor, teacher, and ghostwriter, and her humorous essays or features have appeared in magazines such as Writer’s Digest, Moody Magazine, Kansas City Family, and The Kansas City Star Magazine. Debi has also appeared on dozens of media programs including Janet Parshall’s America, Billy Graham’s Decision Today and Moody Radio’s Midday Connection. Debi and her husband, Neal, have two children and one grandchild. They live in the Kansas City area.

www.debistack.com

 

Fawn Brents has been telling her stories and weaving them into Bible truths for years. As a former missionary and military wife — now also a mother, grandmother and business professional — she can relate the Scriptures to any age and season of life.  Fawn has developed an outstanding, homework-free series called Blueprints of Truth™. Originally written for the women of her church, the notebooks and CDs are available for purchase or via free download from her Web site. It’s theology for the common scholar — the 10 major doctrines of Scripture in four-week modules that make the Bible come alive. It’s easy to follow and rich in content and stories.  Fawn and her husband Charlie live in the Lee’s Summit, Mo., area.

www.unfoldingthetruth.com

 

Dr. Laurie Heap

laurie heapLaurie Heap graduated from KU Medical School in 2001.  While in residency, in particular her OBGYN rotation, Laurie began defining a women’s health initiative to offer women more options for their healthcare.  After completing her first year in residency, in July 2002, she resigned to dedicate her personal time to this initiative and care for her children.  Over the last 12 years, Laurie has conducted extensive medical literature research and met with thousands of women in focus group settings.  She also meets with women individually to help them sort through their specific health issues and empower them with the knowledge they need to find solutions that work. Dr. Heap speaks regularly to both small and large groups of women and couples.  She is a freelance writer and her research has been published in mainstream consumer magazines such as Natural Solutions, and Health and Spirituality.  Dr. Heap has been happily married for the last 13 years and has four beautiful children.

www.ruhealthyruhappymd.com

 

Ron and Kathy Feher

Ron and Kathy Feher have been joyfully married for 44 years and are the parents of 10 children.   For the past 39 years, they have seriously and prayerfully reflected on, and intentionally tried to live out, the full vision of the Sacrament of Matrimony in the church.  They have worked in evangelization, catechesis, parish renewal and parishioner empowerment at the parish, diocesan, national and international level in the Catholic Church, as speakers, adult facilitators, authors, and retreat masters.  Personally trained by the Jesuit founder of the Pastoral and Matrimonial Renewal Center (PMRC), Fr. Chuck Gallagher S.J., they have been involved with the PMRC since its earliest beginnings, and currently serve as its Directors. Ron and Kathy were blessed to receive an award at the 2014 International Theology of the Body Congress for exceptional, life-long dedication to the strengthening of marriage through Theology of the Body.

www.livinginlove.org