Director of Outreach
Mary brings to the CLSP over 20 years of experience in community education, outreach, networking, and activism, as well as her experience as a homeschooling mother of six. She helped to develop the CLSP and her passion for helping students understand the value of every human being comes from her own personal journey and is rooted in her Catholic faith. After living on both coasts and in the Midwest, Mary and her children recently moved back to the Midwest to care for her elderly parents.
Susan Ciancio, MA
Susan has a BA in psychology and a BA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in liberal studies from Indiana University. For the past 16 years, she has worked as a professional editor, editing books, magazine articles, blogs, educational lessons, professional materials, and website content. In addition, she has 15 years of homeschool experience and has taught several community college classes. She lives with her three amazing children in Tennessee.
Life Defenders Youth Outreach Coordinator
Margaret grew up in a large Catholic family (10 kids) where the value of every human life wasn’t just taught, but lived. She has always had a passion for children and has many volunteer hours working with them. As a child, Margaret prayed the rosary in front of abortion clinics, but became truly passionate about it after graduating high school when a friend invited her to join her outside a clinic on Saturday mornings. Seeing the mothers walking in so sad made her heart hurt for them, and she knew she had to do something. Margaret joined Life Defenders and now works to spread the pro-life message to youth.
Program Advisory Council
Meet some amazing advisors to the Culture of Life Studies Program. They have helped to grow the program in a myriad of ways including, but not limited to, content development and/or review, promotional assistance, marketing, and communications assistance.
Mary helped to develop the CLSP program. She currently volunteers in both with product/content development and marketing. Her work has appeared on LifeSiteNews, in Christ Is Our Hope magazine, Celebrate Life Magazine, Defend Life magazine, the Peanut Butter and Grace blog, and other blogs.
Laura helped in the initial development of the CLSP. She currently volunteers in both content development and digital media and communications. Her work has appeared on CatholicMom.com, LifeSiteNews.com, Celebrate Life Magazine, TeachersSavingChildren.org, and in the Pro-Life Healthcare Alliance newsletter.
Rosemary is the middle school vice principal at St. Bruno Catholic School in Whittier, California. She both uses and helps to review CLSP materials. She is a musician and a music teacher who has been happily married for 31 years, is a proud mother, and a staunch defender of the most vulnerable among us!
Roxane has over 20 years of homeschooling experience, taught for four years at a homeschool charter school in California, and has 13 years of elementary school education experience. She also served as “lead teacher” for an elementary school, providing support to her fellow educators. She is the mother of 11 ( 7 boys and 4 girls!) and a very proud grandma!
Ambassadors for Life
Below is a list of supporters who felt called to give of their time, talent, and treasure. They staunchly support our efforts in their communities by introducing us to schools, administrators, and superintendents. They attend meetings, promote our materials, and help us get our foot in the door in dioceses across the nation. They are dedicated. They are determined. And for them, we are incredibly grateful! We would not be where we are today without them.
Rosemary Circo, Whittier, CA
Janice Martin, Posie, IN
Marie Sica, Township, PA
Andrew Missler, Willard, OH
Bill Gourley, Wilmington, DE
Mary Lou Junker, Stillwater, MN
Jeanne Arensman, Assumption, TX
Denise Leipold, Akron, OH
Maggie DeWitte, Des Moines, IA
Marilyn Krinzel, Syracuse, NY
Catherine Contreras, Alhambra, CA
Connie Consbruck, Hastings, NE
Karen Cross, Bryantown, MD
Mary Lou Junker, Minneapolis, MN
Christine Bowers, Darlington, MD
Cindy Morales, Glenview, IL
Jackie Fate, Traverse City, MI
Karen Bonick, Waconia, MN
Doris Santschi, New Lenox, IL
Julia Smead, Bedford, TX
Dawn Eskew, New York, NY
Marion Klotz, Punxsutawney, PA
Mary Rigert, Beaverton, OR
Bert Hilberger, Williamsburg, VA
Steve McNeely, Tucson, AZ
Sam Mannino, Royal Oak, MI
Marlene Townsend, Schererville, IN
Elizabeth Fixler, Chapel Hill, NC
Margie Wilson, Valpraiso, IN
Patricia Frechette, Saco, ME
Roseann Gracza, Sun City, CA
Julie Hindman, International Falls, MN
MaryAnn Black, Centerville, OH
Jonelle Krakau, Boise, ID
Phil Sevilla, San Antonio, TX
Wendy Greenway, San Antonio, TX
Dennis Howard, Brookside, NJ
Lorraine Vance, Galena, OH
Ann Poole, St. Ebensburg, PA
Priscilla Quintana, Taos, NM
Frank Tureskis, Glenarm, IL
Christine Tueber, Dearborn Heights, MI
Ann Marie Bowen, Omaha, NE
Roger Foppe, Breese, IL
Angela Accurso, Kanasas City, MO
Christine Mraz, Johnstown, PA
Linda Cozzi, Lockport, IL
Margaret Mans, Goddard, KS
Wendy Wermerskirchen, Breckenridge, MN
Sheila Flanagan, Needham, MA
Kathy Chinchiolo, Stockton, CA
Phyllis Nickchen, Greendale, WI
Roger and Sharon Roman, Stockton, CA
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