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Dr. Robin Pierucci is Jewish convert to Catholicism, a wife, mother of three, and a practicing neonatologist. She also has a master’s degree in bioethics as well as completing the National Catholic Bioethics Center ethics certificate course. In addition to her full-time clinical duties within the NICU, Dr. Pierucci remains active in perinatal palliative care, as well as leading ongoing performance improvement projects for drug exposed infants and their families. She has multiple publications in peer and non-peer reviewed journals and has spoken around the country on multiple perinatal and ethical topics. Additionally, Dr. Pierucci has appeared on a number of programs aired on EWTN including, Women of Grace, The Journey Home, EWTN Live, and her documentary about in vitro fertilization. She has been a member of the Catholic Medical Association for many years and has recently became an associate scholar with the Charlotte Lozier Institute and a board member of the American College of Pediatrics.
Paul W. Hruz is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Professor of Cellular Biology and Physiology at Washington University in St. Louis. Hruz received his Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Marquette University in 1987. As a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he received his Ph.D. Degree in Biochemistry in 1993 and M.D. Degree in 1994. He completed Residency training in Pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and a Pediatric Endocrinology fellowship at Washington University. Hruz served at the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at Washington University from 2012-2017. He is a member of the University's Disorders of Sexual Development (DSD) Multidisciplinary Care Program. Hruz is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology. He has also received certification in Healthcare Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts, scientific reviews and book chapters.
Frances Broghammer, MD, is the Chief Psychiatry Resident at the University of California, Irvine. Her main interests lie in spirituality, ethics, education, and human flourishing. She currently serves as vice president of the California Psychiatric Association’s education committee and as chair of the Orange County Psychiatric Society’s (OCPS) Government Affairs Committee. Additionally, she holds the distinction of sitting on the UC Irvine Medical Ethics Committee. Dr. Broghammer graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Science Pre-Professional Studies and Portuguese Language & Brazilian Studies. She attended the University of California, Irvine for medical school and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society. Dr. Broghammer has published several peer reviewed articles and is currently researching suicide, social isolation, and human flourishing. Most recently, Dr. Broghammer was voted “Outstanding Resident Teacher” by UC Irvine’s medical students, a testament to the 6-week seminar course “Humanism in Psychiatry” which she founded and leads for all rotating third year medical students. She resides in Long Beach, California with her husband and their 5-year-old son.
Monica Ashour, M.T.S., M.Hum., holds two Masters from the University of Dallas—one in Theological Studies and one in Humanities. Monica is an author, national speaker, and President for the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team (TOBET). Named in 2010 by The Catholic National Register as one of the top six speakers on Saint John Paul’s seminal work known as the Theology of the Body (TOB), Monica has published 28 books, including The Body Matters program, TOB for Tots, and TOB for Kids. One endeavor of Miss Ashour’s is to debunk the common misconceptions that the Theology of the Body is a “birds-and-bees” centered program. That’s why TOBET’s The Body Matters program, which is being implemented all around the United States and abroad, forms children in the faith about what it means to be human, combating destructive messages from the culture. Monica has also written the Theology of the Body Marriage Preparation, a program which has been lauded by Cardinal Dolan of New York, Archbishop Aquila in Denver, Dr. Peter Kreeft of Boston College, and Dr. Janet Smith. In May 2015, Miss Ashour was a participant for an ad hoc committee for the Pontifical Council for the Family with Archbishop Paglia who advises Pope Francis. In November 2011, Monica presented a talk entitled, “How to Teach TOB to Teens” at the Theology of the Body International Symposium in Rome. She was also a participant in the International Summit on Lay Leadership with Cardinal Arinze in Rome. Before becoming a national speaker, Monica served as a campus minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Texas A&M University from 1996 to 1999. There she launched the now nationwide Nun Run, in which young women travel around the nation visit convents. Before and after her stint at St. Mary’s, Monica enjoyed 20+ years teaching theology and literature in the classroom. Monica was the recipient of the Bishop’s 2008 Pro-Life Award for Civic Action and was recently named to the Hall of Fame for her alma mater, Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth. Monica was awarded by the Catholic Press Association for Honorable Mention—First Time Author of a Book, Everybody Has Something to Give. She also received the Excellence in Publishing Award for Children’s Books for her Every BODY Has a Body: God Made Us to Love.
Daniel F. Battafarano DO, MACP, FACR received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton and Master’s Degree from Bryn Mawr College. He received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1983. After completing a Transitional Year Internship, he completed Internal Medicine Residency at Brooke Army Medical Center in 1987 receiving the outstanding resident teaching award. He practiced internal medicine from 1987-1990 in Nuremberg, Germany followed by a Rheumatology Fellowship at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO from 1990-1992 under Dr. Sterling West. Doctor Battafarano has served in every leadership capacity in graduate medical education (GME) in the U.S Army with many executive positions. This included program director for the transitional year and rheumatology fellowship, research director for internal medicine and rheumatology, Deputy Director for GME for the U.S. Army, Associate Dean for GME at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and Associate Dean for TRISERVICE Allied Health Programs at Fort Sam Houston. In 1993, he initiated the American College of Physicians (ACP) South Texas Resident Research Meeting which is still ongoing. He served as a member of the PCOM Alumni Board of Directors from 2001-2004. He retired from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel in 2004 and was recognized with the Legion of Merit Medal and an education conference room at SAMMC was dedicated in his name. He served as Chairman, Rheumatology Service at SAMMC from 2004-2017 and Program Director for the Rheumatology Fellowship since 2016-2019. He is a Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Adjunct Clinical Professor of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio and Adjunct Professor of Physical Therapy for Baylor University. His clinical research has focused primarily on RA, drug side-effects, medical education, and recently the ACR 2015 rheumatology workforce study. Doctor Battafarano has 65 national presentations, over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and numerous non-indexed educational publications and interviews. As research director from 2009-2019, 4 of his fellows were recognized with American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Distinguished Fellow Awards; less than 10 fellows are selected each year. He is certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Doctor Battafarano has served as member of the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Practice Committee 2011-2013, ACR Committee on Training and Workforce 2012-2015, ACR Division Director’s Task Force Committee 2014-2015, Co-Chairman of the ACR Workforce Study 2014-2017 and is currently on the ACR Board of Directors 2017-2020. Doctor Battafarano has been recognized with over 10 teaching awards, the ACP Laureate Award from the Army Chapter in 2007, Best Doctors in America Listing since 2010, the 2013 ARHP President’s Award, and as a Master of the ACP (MACP).
Jeffrey Berger, MD, FASAM is a graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is boarded in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Berger has worked in Addiction Medicine since 1983. He is past Medical Director of Brighton Hospital and currently is Medical Director at Guest House, a lay-run organization for Catholic clergy and religious who suffer from addictive disorders.
Jennifer Madere is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in private practice, and founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas. Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology from Benedictine College, and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing in psychotherapy since 2003. In addition to serving her clients, Jennifer supervises new clinicians, and consults and conducts training on treatment of complex trauma, pathological dissociation, and EMDR therapy. Jennifer has presented internationally on the research, assessment and treatment of Dissociative Disorders since 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association as President-Elect, the EMDR Training Task Force of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and the Consultation Practices Task Force of the EMDR International Association.
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