2015 Guest Speaker Biographies
Jason Jones, Movie to Movement
Jason Scott Jones is a film producer, author, activist, and human rights worker. Jones was a producer on the 2006 film, Bella, which won several film industry awards, most notably the People's Choice Award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. Jason was the associate producer of the 2008 film, The Stoning of Soraya M., which won the NAACP Image Award in 2010 as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival Audience Award in 2009. His short films include Eyes to See (2010) and Crescendo (2011). He was producer in 2012 of the TV movie Mother Marianne: Portrait of a Saint. He works directly to aid the homeless, peoples facing genocide, and women with crisis pregnancies. He is president of Movie to Movement and the Human Rights Education Organization (H.E.R.O.). He lives in Hawaii. The Race to Save Our Century is his first book.
Erika Bachiochi, Massachusetts Bar
Erika Bachiochi holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, an M.A. from Boston College where she was a Bradley Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics, and a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College. Bachiochi has published numerous scholarly and popular articles as well as two books. Most notably, in 2011, Bachiochi published the highly-regarded “Embodied Equality: Debunking Equal Protection Arguments for Abortion Rights,” Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (2011). She is currently working on a book on rival feminisms and the Supreme Court.
Weronika Janzuk, World Youth Alliance
Weronika Janczuk is the Director of Education at the World Youth Alliance (WYA). She is daughter to Polish immigrants, graduated from New York University with a self-designed B.A. in the Philosophy of the Human Person, sold novels as a literary agent for a few years, loves tea, and splits her time day-to-day between WYA’s Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC) project, an alternate sexual education curriculum, and FEMM, WYA's affiliate women's health program.
Matt Bennett, Christian Union
Matt Bennett is founder and CEO of Christian Union, a Christian leadership development organization with the mission to bring sweeping spiritual and cultural transformation to our nation and the world by developing and networking Christian leaders to make an impact for Christ. A native of Houston, Texas, Matt earned B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Cornell University and holds a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He worked for Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) at Princeton University for 12 years, and developed the ministry into one of the largest in the history of the Ivy League. In 2002, he founded Christian Union with the strategy of developing Christian leaders in two spheres of influence: Firstly, among students at the nation’s most influential, secular universities including Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale, and secondly, among working professionals in the nation’s most influential cities. The ministry has been featured in the New York Times, PBS, NPR, Christianity Today and World Magazine. Mr. Bennett currently resides in New York City.
Suzy Ismail, Center for Muslim Life
Suzy Ismail is currently a Visiting Professor in the Communication Department at DeVry University and Founder and Head Communication Counselor at Cornerstone Counseling Center. She received a BA in English, Communication and Middle Eastern Studies, an MA in Communication and Information Studies, and was previously an Organizational Communication doctoral student at Rutgers University. She is the author of "Modern Muslim Marriage," "Nine to Five: Muslims in the Western Workplace," "When Muslim Marriage Fails: Divorce Chronicles and Commentaries," and several other pending works. She provides family and marriage counseling, career and diversity consulting, and speaks extensively on interfaith topics of Islamic leadership and family life. Suzy currently resides in New Jersey with her husband of fourteen years and her three children.
Cecily Routman, Jewish Pro-Life Foundation
Cecily Routman is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She obtained her MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She founded the Jewish Pro-Life Foundation in 2008. She is a member of Congregation Ahavath Achim, a traditional synagogue located in Carnegie, PA, and resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, Tom.
Kelsey Hazzard, Secular Pro-Life
Kelsey Hazzard is the founder and president of Secular Pro-Life, which brings together people of every faith and no faith to restore the right to life. She is a proud graduate of the University of Miami (B.A. 2009) and University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 2012). Following law school, Kelsey completed a year-long legal fellowship with Americans United for Life. She now practices commercial litigation in her hometown of Naples, Florida.
Pauline Go, World Youth Alliance
Pauline Go was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Vancouver, Canada for her university studies. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Degree in Behavioral Neuroscience in May 2013. She was a research manager at the UBC Social Cognitive Development Laboratory prior to joining World Youth Alliance. She has always been active in youth-related and socio-civic organizations and is glad to be able to continue this work with WYA as the current Regional Director of Operations for North America.
Matt Bowman, Alliance Defending Freedom
Matt Bowman serves as senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where he is a key member of the Center for Life. Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2006, Bowman has focused his legal efforts on promoting a culture of life. He has led the fight against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that forces employers to provide employees with healthcare coverage that includes early abortion items and birth control in violation of their religious convictions. He obtained the first preliminary injunction against that mandate in July 2012 for a Colorado family business in Newland v. Sebelius. He also defends the free speech of pro-life pregnancy centers and sidewalk advocates, including obtaining a victory against a law targeting pro-life centers in Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County, Maryland. Bowman earned his J.D. from Ave Maria School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 2003. He was commissioned as a Blackstone Fellow in 2001. He is admitted to the bar in Michigan, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits, and several federal district courts.
Dave Sterrett, Disruptive Truth
Dave Sterrett is the founder of Disruptive Truth, a non-profit organization that is disrupting culture with the truth of the Gospel. In the last decade, Dave Sterrett has been a spokesman for some of the most innovative Christian organizations that are reaching this generation with the hope of Jesus. He is the author or co-author of nine books, including the Christian best-seller I Am Second (Thomas Nelson), Why Trust Jesus? (Moody Publishers), Aborting Aristotle (St. Augustine’s Press), Is the Bible True…Really? (Moody Publishers), and the forthcoming book We Choose Life: Authentic Stories, Movements of Hope (Hendrickson). Possessing the ability to communicate both on popular and scholarly levels, Mr. Sterrett has been asked to speak at many of the nation’s top colleges and universities.
Alexi Sargeant, First Things
Alexi Sargeant hails from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. He majored in English and Theater Studies at Yale University, graduating in 2015. His writings have appeared in the Yale Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Imagine magazine, and his plays have been performed in Philadelphia and at Yale. He currently works for First Things, the Journal of Religion and Public Life, as the Junior Editorial Fellow.