"Empowered for Life: Putting Truth into Action" "Empowered for Life: Putting Truth into Action"

2016 Conference Speakers

Dr. Anthony Levatino
Dr. Anthony Levatino is an outspoken advocate for life. Having performed abortions as part of his obstetrical practice in the early 1980's, Dr. Levatino experienced a profound change of heart. He first testified about his conversion to a pro-life position at the Pro-Life Action League's first "Meet the Abortion Providers" conference in 1987. Since that time, he has sought to turn back the tide on the culture of life brought by the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.
Dr. Levatino received his M. D from the Albany Medical College of Union University in Albany, NY in 1976. He received a law degree from the same university in 1993. He has testified before Congress on two occasions, focusing on the truth about what abortion does to a child in the womb. He has served as a consultant to the National Right to Life Committee and to the National Council of Catholic Bishops. He is a frequent speaker on behalf of crisis pregnancy centers. Dr. Levatino and his wife, Cecelia founded Heather's Place, a non-profit foundation that awards financial grants to pregnancy assistance centers.
Mary Kellett
Mary Kellett is the founder and director of Prenatal Partners for Life, a non-profit ministry that offers support, information and encouragement to families that receive an adverse diagnosis before or after the birth of their child. Prenatal Partners for Life also strives to educate the world about the unique gift these children are to their families and communities. Mary and her husband Don have 11 children and 18 grandchildren. Their youngest son Peter who was the inspiration for Prenatal Partners for Life, went home to heaven in August 2011. PPFL has supported families in every state and 43 countries. For more information please visit PreNatalPartnersForLife.org or call 763-772-3868.
Dr. Colleen Malloy
Dr. Colleen Malloy is an Associate Clinician at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University Medical School. She is board certified in Neonatology and Pediatrics and works as a neonatologist for Lurie Children's Hospital.
Dan Proft
Dan Proft is an entrepeneur, writer, former Republican candidate for governor, and radio talk show host for The Answer with Amy Jacobson on WIND-AM 560. From 2014-2015, he shared a weekday show with Bruce Wolf on WLS-AM 890. Proft is a Senior Fellow at the Illinois Policy Institute (a free-market think tank in Chicago), and serves on the boards of the Disabled Patriot Fund (a nonprofit that provides assistance to Illinois military families); Freedom to Learn-Illinois (which provides private elementary school scholarships to disadvantaged children in Chicago); and Aid for Women (a pregnancy center in Chicago). Proft earned his BA from Northwestern University and his JD from Loyola University-Chicago School of Law.
Jeannie French
Jeannie French is a consultant to nonprofit organizations on senior health care and environmental issues. She holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. She served as Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago under Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and was the founder of the National Women’s Coalition for Life, as well as the Professional Women’s Network.
Jeannie has used her health care background to address the effect of abortion on women’s health. She partnered with former Pennsylvania Governor Bob Casey to develop the pro-life statement Caring for Women—Caring for the Unborn, A New American Compact.
Jeannie's personal experience of carrying a fatally impaired baby to term led to her testimony before the US Senate Judiciary and other state assemblies in support of a ban on partial birth abortion. A single mother for sixteen years, Jeannie has opened her home to other single mothers on multiple occasions. She currently serves on the board of directors of Democrats for Life of America.
Updated 10/22/15