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Francie Broghammer, MD, FABPN, is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and a Clinical Director of Inpatient Mental Health for the State of Minnesota. She completed her residency training at the University of California, Irvine, including a two-year tenure as Chief Resident. Her academic and clinical interests lie in medical ethics, education, and human flourishing. She is a former Leonine Fellow, an American Psychiatric Association Leadership Fellow and is a board member for Pepperdine University’s American Project. Dr. Broghammer played Division I Women’s Lacrosse at the University of Notre Dame, and graduated 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. She resides in Minnesota with her husband and their three children.
Dr. Claudia Sotomayor, is the Chief of the Clinical Consultation Service of the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, a Cura Personalis Fellow and an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine of GUMC. She holds an M.D. from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, in Chihuahua, Mexico and a Doctorate in Bioethics from Loyola University in Chicago Il, USA. Claudia also completed a fellowship in Clinical Bioethics at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston TX. (USA). She has been a Research Scholar for UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights since 2012 where she has worked in the area of Multiculturalism, Bioethics and Religion. She has also served as a member of the Ethics committee in different hospitals in the USA. Before coming to the USA, she worked in different hospitals in Mexico as a primary care physician, and was the health committee coordinator for FUNDESPEN, a non-profit that provides medical care to Mayan communities in rural areas of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Sister Michaela Serpa, FSE, MA, PharmD, BCPS is a clinical pharmacist licensed to practice pharmacy in four states, a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist, a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) where she serves on the Ethics in Pharmacy Committee. Sister Michaela received her B.A. Psychology from Carroll College, Helena, MT, an M.A. Theology with emphasis in Bioethics from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, CT in conjunction with a certificate in bioethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), and her PharmD from Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. Sister Michaela was a member of the adult ethics committee at Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven, CT for 12 years.
The son of the late Bernard and Helen Clark Hebda, the Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda was born on September 3, 1959, in Pittsburgh, PA. Bernard Hebda attended Resurrection Elementary School in Brookline, PA, and then graduated from South Hills Catholic High School in Pittsburgh in 1977. He continued his education at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1980 followed by a juris doctor degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1983. He was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1983 and worked in Pittsburgh as an associate in the law firm of Reed, Smith, Shaw and McClay. In 1984, he enrolled at St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh and pursued the required studies in philosophy at Duquesne University before being sent to the North American College in Rome in 1985 where he completed his theological studies and earned his S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1988. He was ordained a deacon on April 6, 1989, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and was ordained to the priesthood on July 1, 1989, in St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. After his ordination, he served briefly as Parochial Vicar at Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Elwood City, PA, before returning to Rome to complete his licentiate in canon law, which he received in 1990 from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Upon returning to Pittsburgh, Fr. Hebda first served as his bishop’s secretary and master of ceremonies, and as a judge in the Diocesan tribunal. He then served in team ministry at Prince of Peace on Pittsburgh’s South Side before being named director of campus ministry at the Slippery Rock University Newman Center. In 1996, he was appointed to work at the Vatican in the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, which was responsible for the interpretation of the Church’s laws, especially the Code of Canon Law. In 2003, St. John Paul II named him Undersecretary of the Council. While in Rome, he also served as an adjunct spiritual director at the North American College and as a confessor for the postulants of the Missionaries of Charity (founded by Saint Teresa of Kolkata) and for the Sisters of that community working at a home for unwed mothers. He was named Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord in Michigan on October 7, 2009, by Pope Benedict XVI. His Episcopal ordination took place on December 1, 2009. On September 24, 2013, Pope Francis named Bishop Hebda Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Newark. While serving in Newark, Archbishop Hebda lived in a dormitory at Seton Hall University and renewed his interest in campus ministry. On June 15, 2015, Pope Francis named him Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, in addition to his responsibilities in Newark. On March 24, 2016, Pope Francis named him Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. He was installed on May 13, 2016, in the Cathedral of Saint Paul. As Archbishop, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Saint Paul’s Outreach, a national movement based in the Archdiocese that strives to build communities that witness to the Gospel on college campuses.
Brandon Brown earned degrees from Indiana University in medicine and philosophy. He is tenured Professor in the departments of Radiology, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Philosophy, and Medical Humanities at Indiana University, and he teaches in the School of Medicine. His clinical research investigations are focused on placental perfusion imaging, and the use of MRI in pregnancies with complex fetal anomalies. Dr. Brown serves on the section on bioethics for the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was the Berlin Scholar for Ethics and Professionalism in 2018. He has delivered more than 100 invited lectures on the topics of medical and fetal ethics, medical professionalism, and moral injury among physicians, in addition to fetal and placental MR imaging. He practices medicine as a fetal and pediatric radiologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
Cody F. Feikles is the Regional Director of Ethics for Christus Health - South Texas, a Catholic Healthcare System with presence in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. In this role he regularly handles complex clinical ethics consultations, provides ethics education to medical residents, nurses, staff, and students, and manges their ethics policies. He is also the Managing Editor for the academic journal, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, an international forum for interdisciplinary studies in the ethics of health care and in the philosophy of medicine. Cody is also working toward his Ph.D. in Bioethics with the Ateneo Pontificio Regina Apostolorum in Rome. Cody completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Gannon University, his Master of Theological Studies degree from Boston College, his Master of Arts degree in Catholic Clinical Ethics from The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University, and his Healthcare Ethics Consultant Certification with the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Cody is very interested in academic debates within Catholic moral theology and bioethics as well as practical issues within Catholic clinical bioethics. The topic of “The Unique Mission of Catholic Health Care within a Secular Culture” is of particular interest given Cody’s academic and clinical background and present involvement.
Teresa is a Professor of Law and Director of the Prolife Center at the University of Saint Thomas in Minnesota. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a member of the Academic Advisory Council to the Catholic Bar Association, as well as a member of the Texas and Oklahoma state bars and admitted to practice in several federal courts including before the US Supreme Court. Professor Collett earned both her BA and JD degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She has regularly testified before state and federal legislative committees and represented public officials seeking to uphold conscience rights and other abortion regulation.
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