Speakers

Catherine T. Coyle, RN, MSN, Ph.D.
Cathy Coyle earned her doctorate in Developmental Psychology at the University of Wisconsin. She is a registered nurse and holds a master’s degree in clinical psychiatric nursing. She has taught at both Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Coyle has developed a healing program for men who have been hurt by abortion and has scientifically documented its effectiveness. She is the author of the book, “Men and Abortion: A Path to Healing”, published in 1999, which is based on her research and is available from Life Cycle Books. Dr. Coyle is an associate of the International Forgiveness Institute, co-director of the Alliance for Post-Abortion Research and Training, and continues to pursue research in the areas of both forgiveness and post-abortion trauma. She has published several papers and given numerous presentations concerning these topics.

Tom Golden LCSW
Tom is the author of “Swallowed by a Snake: The Gift of the Masculine Side of Healing” and has been teaching mental health professionals around the world about men and boys and their unique paths in healing from stress, grief, and trauma. Tom’s book has been acclaimed by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and others. Tom enjoys presenting workshops in the United States, Canada, and Australia, having been named the “International Grief Educator” by the Australian Centre for Grief Education. His workshops are known to be entertaining and informative. Tom brings a gentle sense of humor and a gift for storytelling as he draws on his twenty-five years of practical, hands-on clinical experience. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report, as well as on CNN and CBS Evening News. In 1995 Tom created the internet’s first interactive web page for grieving people webhealing.com and designed and started the worlds first internet memorial page, the Place to Honor Grief.

Gregory Hasek MA/MFT LPC
Greg Hasek is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oregon, and a Professor in the Graduate Counseling Program at George Fox University. He is also the Executive Director of a Christian non-profit agency called Misty Mountain Family Counseling Center. They provide individual, premarital and marital counseling out of their office in Portland, Oregon. In addition, they specialize in working with individuals, couples and families who have been affected by sex addiction, pornography and post abortion issues for men and women.

Greg is a frequent and highly requested national speaker. He presents at numerous conferences and workshops across the country on issues related to sex addiction and post abortion issues in men. In 2005, he organized the first ever Men’s Summit in Kansas City, to specifically address how abortion impacts men. Since then he has been involved with others in developing The Men and Abortion Network, which is a national organization with a mission to create both awareness and healing for men who have lost a child due to abortion. Greg also works closely with The Pregnancy Resource Centers of Portland and Oregon Right to Life.

Greg has presented on topics that include: Post Abortion Healing for Couples: A Family Systems Perspective, Unrecognized Post Abortive Grief in Males and the Link to Sexual Addiction, The Secret Destroyer of Marriage: Unresolved Abortion Related Trauma. In addition to speaking, he has published articles and appeared on television programs and radio discussing these issues around the country. His recent work includes studying the impact abortion and sex addiction has on the divorce rate, especially within the church. Greg has also developed a training program to help pastors and church leaders understand the impact abortion has on men and women, and how to create a healing culture within the church.

Althea Hayton
Althea Hayton lives in St Albans in England, is married with two sons and is a writer, published author and a qualified counsellor. In 1978 she joined LIFE, the UK anti abortion charity and has been a member ever since. She has written extensively on the need for special prayers for when a baby dies during pregnancy or around birth, including aborted babies.  The issue of abortion, and in particular the after-effects on the mother, has been of deep concern to her for several decades. She was chairman of the local LIFE group from 1993-1996. In 2002 she realised that she had been a twin in the womb and that her twin was aborted at about 3 months of pregnancy. This explained her long-term extreme preoccupation with abortion. Since that realisation she has worked unceasingly on behalf of womb twin survivors (the sole survivors of a twin or multiple pregnancy) and has published several books on the subject including Womb Twin Survivors.

Greg Lester, Ph.D.
Gregory W. Lester, Ph.D. is a clinical, consulting, and research psychologist who has been in practice for over 30 years.  He has taught on the graduate faculty of The University of St. Thomas, and is the author of seven books.  His articles and research have appeared in professional journals and publications including The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Western Journal of Medicine, The Journal of Behavior Therapy, The Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, The Skeptical Inquirer, Caring for Cancer, and Emergency Medicine News.  Dr. Lester maintains practices in Texas and Colorado, and is on the Continuing Education faculty of Cross Country Education.

Archbishop Joseph Naumann
Archbishop Naumann became Archbishop of Kansas City, Kansas in 2005. He is Chairman of the Kansas Catholic Conference, a member of the Committee on Pro-Life and a member of the Committee on Marriage and Family Life of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
He is also serves on the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Board of Trustees. Archbishop Naumann served as Respect Life Director for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO from 1985 to 1995 and in that capacity was actively involved in overseeing Project Rachel in his diocese, and provided training to other dioceses on the formation of Project Rachel and the spiritual dimensions of healing.

Vincent M. Rue, Ph.D.
Dr. Rue is the Director of the Institute for Pregnancy Loss in Jacksonville, Florida, an independent non-profit research & treatment center. Dr. Rue received his Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of North Carolina in 1975. For 30 years Dr. Rue has been a practicing psychotherapist and has served on the faculty of California State University at Los Angeles and United States International University in San Diego.
In 1981 Dr. Rue provided the first clinical evidence of postabortion trauma, identifying this psychological condition as Postabortion Syndrome in testimony before the U.S. Congress. In l984, he published one of the first articles on abortion’s impact on men and relationships and over the years has treated numerous women and men who have been traumatized by their abortion experience. During the Reagan Administration, Dr. Rue was a special consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop on abortion morbidity.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rue also serves as a litigation consultant assisting numerous offices of the state Attorneys General in abortion & family related statutory challenges. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has lectured throughout the United States, and has also presented in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Dr. Rue has authored one book and numerous professional journal articles on the topic of postabortion trauma and has been the principal investigator of the International Pregnancy Loss Research Project.

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.
Dr. Speckhard is a pioneer in the field of abortion aftermath, having first explored the issue in the 1980’s. Her book Psycho-Social Aspects of Stress Following Abortion was published in 1987. Dr. Speckhard has researched post-traumatic responses to pregnancy termination since the 1980’s and has conducted research interviews with women in the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union. She was one of the first to write about the topic of post abortion stress and to identify abortion as a potential traumatic stressor. She is the author of the book Psychosocial Responses to Abortion  and many scientific articles about the reactions of women who experience their abortions traumatically.
Additionally, Dr. Speckhard has worked as a clinical and research specialist in the field of post-traumatic stress for the past twenty-five years and has consulted internationally with victims of many types of trauma in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the former Soviet Union. She has written many scientific articles and chapters pertaining to psychological trauma and has lectured internationally in universities and hospitals around the world. Dr. Speckhard is Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University Medical Center in the Psychiatry Department and Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Graduate School of the American College of Greece.

Dr. Henry J. Venter
Dr. Henry Venter has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a licensed clinical psychologist. He has over 20 years of advanced clinical, teaching, and executive experience. Following 15 years in the ministry as pastor he has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1996. He is currently associate professor of psychology at National University. At the Fresno campus he is the lead faculty for psychology and the Masters of Counseling program. He is also the Program Leader for the undergraduate Organizational Behavior Program.

Dr. Venter was the founding director of the Desmond Institute in 1998 where he served as the executive director for 8 years. The Desmond Institute performed groundbreaking studies and research in the area of reproductive grief and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Venter presents nationally and internationally at seminars and workshops on topics such as leadership development, maximizing performance, professional wellness, healing, as well as relationship development.

He has been married for more than 30 years to his wife and colleague, Dr. Catharine Venter. They have three adult children and one unfriendly cat.