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2015 Conference Speakers

Professor Robert P. George
Robert P. George lectures on constitutional law, civil liberties, and philosophy of law at Princeton University, where he is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence. George also serves as the director of Princeton's James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. A native of West Virginia, George holds his JD and MTS from Harvard's Law and Divinity Schools and his DPhil from Oxford University.
In November of 2009, George helped draft the Manhattan Declaration, which urges the church to defend life, marriage, and family and religious freedom. In 2012 Dr. George was appointed to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. In the past, he has served as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Mary Hallan Fiorito
Mary Hallan Fiorito serves as Special Assistant to Archbishop Blase Cupich. She is a 25-year veteran of the pro-life movement. Mary became active in Loyola Law Students for Life while pursuing her law degree at Loyola University. She served for eight years as Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
In January 2001, Newsweek magazine named Ms. FioRito one of the 15 women of the New Century, highlighting her efforts on behalf of the pro-life movement. She frequently speaks and debates on behalf of life on college campuses and many other venues.
Mary is on the board of directors of Aid for Women, a Chicago-Based pregnancy resource center and maternity home, and on the national board of directors of Project Rachel, a support organization for women who have been adversely affected by an abortion experience.
Mary lives in suburban Chicago with her husband, Kevin and three daughters, Gemma, Lucy and Frances.
Tom Ciesielka
Tom Ciesielka, President of TC Public Relations, has been an advocate of sharing the pro-life message with the media for over 12 years. Tom blends his Christian values into his role as a media relations expert, helping to introduce them to organizations and leaders who advocate for life and family.
He regularly consults with local clients (Thomas More Society, Aid for Women, Pro-Life Action League) on media relations, crisis communications and social media strategy. He also consults with pro-life organizations across the country advising them on the most effective ways to better communicate a culture of life.
Tom has secured media placements for his clients in outlets such as: LifeSiteNews, Associated Press, EWTN, Chicago Tribune, Christian Broadcasting Network and Relevant Radio. He has spoken at conferences about pro-life, respect for life and end of life issues including a media relations seminar during a March for Life event in Washington, DC. Additionally, Tom was on the planning committee for March for Life Chicago 2014.
He lives on the northwest side of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.
Diana West
Diana West, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher in the fields of chemistry and biology, focusing breast cancer research. Outside of work, she is passionate about sharing research regarding hormones/health/environment.
Originally from Northern Virginia, Diana West grew up in St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Great Falls. After undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, she moved to Illinois and completed a PhD in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. West conducted cancer research at the medical campus of Northwestern University.
Nancy Kreuzer
Nancy Kreuzer is the Chicago Regional Coordinator for Silent No More Awareness Campaign, a Christian organization (Priests for Life/Anglicans for Life) that seeks to help those wounded by abortion and to educate the public on the devastation abortion has on women and men.
Nancy welcomes any opportunity to share her story. She has spoken in a variety of venues, including guest speaker for Wheaton College and Judson University Chapel Services, Benet Academy, Holy Name Cathedral, Christian Liberty Academy, as well as various pro-life gatherings, parishes, high school and college classes, and youth groups.
Her desire to help others who have had abortions extends to her work at CareNet where she volunteers as an after-abortion healing group leader. She has had several articles published on the topic of abortion.
Nancy lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois with her husband of 25 years and has 2 adult children.
Elizabeth Foran Yore
Elizabeth Foran Yore is an attorney with extensive experience in child advocacy involving prominent clients and high level government officials. She is a national and international expert and media spokesperson in a wide range of child protection issues, including human trafficking, exploitation and technology safety.
Ms. Yore served a chief legal counsel for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services from 2003 to 2006, and had worked in the DCFS legal department since 1998. She was special counsel with Harpo, Inc., from 2006 to 2011, serving as Oprah Winfrey's Legal Child Advocate and Child Protection Expert.
Ms. Yore received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and her JD from Loyola University School of Law. She is a blogger for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Catholic vote and Yorechildren.com.
Ralph Rivera
Ralph Rivera is Chairman of the Illinois Citizens for Life, Political Action Committee and is acknowledged by all of Illinois' pro-life citizens as their representative in Springfield. He.has been lobbying at the Illinois General Assembly since 1975 on Pro-Life, Pro-Family and Religious Liberty issues.
Ralph lobbied on the first pro-life bill in Illinois that was successfully passed into law in 1975. He has worked on hundreds of pieces of legislation over the years, testifying before numerous senate and house committees and appearing on many Illinois television and radio news and opinion programs over the years.
Ralph and his wife Cindy have six grown boys and live on the northwest side of Chicago.
Updated 01/29/15