Pro-Life College Student Conference Hosted by Texas Students For Life

2017 Speakers

Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani

Apostle Claver Kamau-Imani is the founder and chairman of RagingElephants.org.  RagingElephants.org’s primary mission is to grow the conservative voting base through racial diversity – to challenge voters of color to vote their conservative values. The PAC was created to be an advocate of conservative-libertarian social, economic, and political issues, to influence office holders, and to educate and organize the electorate on and for conservative-libertarian ideals.


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Cecilia Brown

Cecilia Brown serves as President of PLAGAL- The Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians since 2004. Her primary focus is to educate the LGBT community on the issue of abortion from a Pro-Life LGBT perspective. Cecilia brings to the Pro-Life table her experiences of two crisis pregnancies, one that ended in abortion and the other in Life. She works to form working relationships with traditional Pro-Life and pro-choice organizations by finding common ground and working toward mutual goals. She has been with her partner Rena since 1992, raised a daughter and is currently raising her autistic grandson. She works as a server so that she can have flexibility to do her freelance photography work, PLAGAL duties, and serve as a Scout Master for her grandson’s Boy Scout troop.


James Steward

James Steward is a Biblical Counselor, and after years of running a women’s shelter in Guatemala, he has returned to living in West Texas. Between working his ranch in Voss and traveling the state showing custom leather boots, he enjoys speaking to students about post-abortion recovery.


jillian-ferguson-headshotJillian Ferguson

Jillian Ferguson works for Students for Life of America as the Southwest Regional Coordinator, equipping, engaging, and training Pro-Life student groups in Texas and Oklahoma on how to effectively discuss the controversial topic of abortion. Born and raised in Alpena, Michigan, she obtained a degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University. Jillian became actively involved in the Pro-Life movement during her sophomore year of college and soon became the Vice President of the Students for Life group at CMU. During her two years as vice president, she was instrumental in hosting several national Pro-Life displays and informative tabling events, bringing renowned speakers to campus, being featured on both local and national news forums, and overall doing her part to help change today’s current culture to one that values Life from the moment of fertilization to natural death.


John Seago

John Seago serves as the Legislative Director for Texas Right to Life. He leads the research, writing, and lobbying for state legislation on bioethical issues like abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, and patients rights. John graduated from Southeastern College in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He studied Philosophy at University of Dallas for several years and received his master’s in Bioethics from Trinity International University. John lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Brandy and two children Nahum (5) and Sophia (3).


Joyce McCauley-Benner

Joyce McCauley-Benner is a speaker and writer for Feminists for Life of America. Joyce was raped at 20 while working her way through college and chose not to abort, not knowing if her unborn son was the result of rape or of her relationship. She says, “I know what it’s like to want to run as far away as possible from a problem, how it feels to hang on to ‘if I wasn’t pregnant anymore, it would all be OK again.’” Ms. McCauley-Benner, who graduated from college and graduate school while raising her son, has worked for over 15 years with low income and vulnerable populations, including sex trafficking and domestic violence victims. Today, she runs a utility assistance program, writes for The American Feminist and presents her speech, “Victory over Violence” on college campuses, international conferences and at Capitol Hill briefings. In addition to her lecture, she moderates Feminists for Life’s Pregnancy Resource Forums. A mother of two sons and current student-parent, Ms. McCauley-Benner lives in the Midwest.


Kristen Hatten

Kristen Hatten is a cultural commentator who blogs at Chronicles of Radness. Formerly of New Wave Feminists and Live Action News, Kristen has spoken to college students and young Pro-Life leaders across the country. Her work has been covered in Huffington Post, The Blaze, National Catholic Register, and The Federalist,, and she has been published in Life News, LifeSite News, The American Feminist, The Dallas Morning News, and more. Kristen’s current focus is on First Amendment activism and exposing the restrictive cultural Marxism that serves as a foundation for a pro-abortion worldview, particularly on university campuses. She is also a wife, a student, and a published author of fiction and poetry.


lisa-smileyLisa Smiley

Lisa Smiley is a national blogger and speaker. She writes and speaks about her faith, her family, political and Pro-Life issues. Lisa blogs at LisaSmiley.com as well as for Bound4LIFE International. Her articles have appeared in The National Review, The Federalist, The Christian Post, Charisma News and more. Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California-Irvine.

She has a powerful pro-life testimony that has touched thousands of people around the world – She is alive today because her Chinese mother broke the law and gave birth to her and her sisters in Communist China. Then as a mother herself, she chose Life for her son, Zeke, who was diagnosed with a severe congenital heart condition, against the doctors’ recommendations. She is a wife and mother of four precious children. She resides in the Dallas area with her family.


Michael Wear

Michael Wear is the founder of Public Square Strategies LLC, and a leading expert and strategist at the intersection of faith, politics and American public life. As one of President Obama’s “ambassadors to America’s believers” (Buzzfeed), Michael directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

Today, Public Square Strategies LLC is a sought-after firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape. Michael is the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America. He also writes for The Atlantic, Christianity Today, USA Today, Relevant Magazine and other publications on faith, politics and culture. He serves on the national board of Bethany Christian Services, the nation’s largest adoption agency, and holds an honorary position at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Center for the Public Understanding of Religion. Michael and his wife, Melissa, are both proud natives of Buffalo, New York. They now reside in Washington, D.C.


Theresa Camara

Theresa Camara serves as the Programs Coordinator at Houston Coalition for Life.  Theresa trains sidewalk counselors and coordinates prayer volunteers to join a simple and powerful mission of “Stand and Pray” outside of the largest abortion facility of the Western Hemisphere. Through the mission of “Stand and Pray” and offering free ultrasounds and a variety of free resources, Houston Coalition for Life has seen over 4,000 women choose Life for their unborn children!  Following years of volunteering in the Pro-Life movement and two years of experience in counseling pregnant women one-on-one at another crisis pregnancy center, Theresa’s duties now focus on engaging and equipping volunteers through social media, creating Pro-Life prayer events and presentations, the distributing of Pro-Life materials, as well as assisting in one of Houston Coalition for Life’s Blue Blossom Pregnancy Centers.

 

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