2018 Heartbeat International Annual Conference
Anaheim, Calif. | April 10-12, 2018

Hyatt Regency Orange County | 11999 Harbor Blvd. | Anaheim, CA 92840 


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Hotel Reservations

As our special rate hotel rooms often sell out before registration for the Annual Conference ends, we encourage you to book your hotel room as soon as you register!

Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92840
$175++/Night (Single/Double) 
Heartbeat group discount rate, available until March 25, 2018, subject to availability.

Click here to book your hotel with our special rate.


We are glad to welcome Keynote speakers for the 2018 Heartbeat International Annual Conference, who are key leaders in the pregnancy help movement, as well as prolife leaders from around the United States. In addition to our 7 unique, professional Keynote Speakers, we will also be continuing our tradition of sharing PEG Talks at our keynote sessions where pregnancy help leaders share insights and inspiration from their experiences.

Kerri Caviezel

KerriCaviezelKerri is perhaps best known as being the wife of “The Passion of the Christ” lead actor, Jim Caviezel. They have been married for over 20 years and are raising three adopted children, two
of whom were diagnosed with brain tumors prior to their adoption.

Often lauded as an excellent example to the younger generation, their marriage is clearly loving and caring. She has appeared on EWTN to speak about her heart for the pregnancy help movement and pro-life commitment.

Kerri volunteers with pregnancy centers and speaks about chastity at schools and youth groups, a work that started when she encountered a high school student struggling after succumbing to an abortion. Kerri teaches high school English in Seattle.

Jor-El Godsey, LAS 

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Jor-El Godsey, LAS serves as President of Heartbeat International. He leads a staff dedicated to equipping, empowering, and encouraging the thousands of leaders and developing leaders of Heartbeat’s affiliated pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, and adoption services, in the U.S. and on every inhabited continent. 

He oversees Heartbeat’s core mission to be the leadership supply line for the growing pregnancy help movement worldwide by providing accurate information, training resources, leadership development conferences, programs, and daily support to help affiliates start, grow, and expand their services to women and couples at risk for abortion.

Dr. Ronaldo Archer

DrArcher Photo 2smallDr. Ron Archer is a pro-life warrior, best selling author, business executive, NFL consultant, military leadership consultant, corporate leadership trainer, presidential advisor, TV pundit, envoy to Latin America, Africa, Europe and Korea.

He is the leader of a pro-life movement throughout Africa and Latin America.

Dr. Archer was awarded the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Leadership Award for his work developing the hearts, hands and habits of third world leaders to transform their nations from chaos to collaboration. Countries like Korea, Singapore, Kenya, Colombia and India credit him for his work in their countries to build improved schools, clinics, business models and governments reforms.

Father Shenan Boquet

Fr Boquet PhotoFather Shenan J. Boquet travels around the world spreading the Gospel of Life as President of Human Life International (HLI). He was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011.

Having journeyed a million miles to over 70 countries, Father Boquet collaborates with Vatican officials, (arch)bishops and Church leaders, mentors priests and seminarians, offers guidance to civil leaders, speaks at numerous international conferences, and spreads the Catholic Church’s teaching on Life and Family as part of HLI’s global mission to build a Culture of Life.

Pia de Solenni, S.Th.D.

pia eventCurrently serving as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange County, Dr. Pia de Solenni is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She is an expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture. Her work has appeared in various publications, including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online.

Dr. de Solenni has participated in many radio and television talk shows on various topics. She has appeared on MSNBC, “Hardball with Chris Matthews”, CNN, ABC News, among others.

Dr. de Solenni also serves on the Board of Directors with Heartbeat International.

Patrick Lencioni

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Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. 

Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with over five million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health. After twelve years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists.

Leslee Unruh

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In 1984, Leslee Unruh founded the Alpha Center and Omega Maternity Home. Alpha Center is a pregnancy care center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and is one of the largest centers in the United States. Since then, Leslee has helped 14+ other centers start. In South Dakota, Leslee has led pro-life legislation including two abortion ban campaigns.

In 1996, Leslee founded the National Abstinence Clearinghouse, a resource center that distributes information on virtue and sexual integrity, provides training to parents and educators, and has affiliates in 117 countries as well as every state in the U.S.

Laugh for Life Comedy Night 


Paul Aldrich is Pure Comedy-100% clean, 100% funny. Paul’s hilarious songs and stand-up comedy have been featured at thousands of faith-based and corporate events around the world and can be heard daily on Laugh USA Radio. As a recording artist, Paul has 13 projects to his credit, including his award-winning CD “MOCK ‘n’ ROLL.”

Nobody combines fun and faith like Gordon Douglas! His began his comedy career in Philadelphia in the 70’s, and went on to Hollywood. His clean family comedy show has been featured on numerous TV and radio programs, and conferences. His new comedy devotional Growth Spurts & Growin’ Pains is getting rave reviews!




The 2018 Heartbeat International Annual Conference offers a rich lineup of workshops, with a total of 65 workshops organized in 13 dynamic tracks. Two tracks (Medical Advancement and Ultrasound Advancement) are tailored for nurses and medical professionals in the pregnancy help community, and offer Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours provided through Heartbeat International. Additional workshops marked with * are also available for Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour each workshop. All courses are eligible for Life-Affirming Specialist credit hours.

Advancing Leaders 

Whether you've been a pregnancy help leader for 20 years or 20 minutes, Advancing Leaders is designed to give you the tools you need to walk out the door the best leader you can be.

Creating a Truth AND Love Culture

Brandon Monahan, MA


Catholics and Evangelicals Working Together

Jor-El Godsey, LAS

Becoming the Best Boss

Cindy Hopkins

Strategic Leadership

Sol Pitchon, MA


Change is Good, Right?

Amy Scheuring, M.Ed., LAS


Board Business 

Designed for board members and primary leaders who govern and guide, Board Business will challenge both veterans and novices alike.

Keys to Managing Multiple Sites

Pam Palumbo, LAS, CCNL


Relationship Building for the Board and Staff

Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., LAS

Transitioning Leadership in Ministry

Tom Lothamer, MA


How Court Decisions Affect PHOs

Thomas Glessner, J.D., Anne O'Connor, J.D. & Danielle White, J.D.


Evaluating Your Board's Health

Lori DeVillez


Client Care 

Dealing with clients is no simple task. Increase your awareness and deepen your understanding of your client's behavior, culture, and needs, with Client Care.

Initiating and Improving Programs for Men

Jeff Fater, LAS


Reaching the LGBT Community

Sharon Carey, MA


Addressing a Culture of Shame

Ashley Graves, LAS


Sharing the Gospel with Your Clients

Karen Hildreth, M.A., LMHC


Healing Wounded Fathers

Scott Miller, M.A., M. Div., D. Min.

Fundraising Dynamics 

Fundraising and friend-raising are critical for ministry and mission. Fundraising Dynamics offers essential tips for engaging new donors and increasing long-term support.

Making the Most of Meeting with Major Donors

Joe Baker


3 Ways to Double Monthly Givers

Mike G. Williams


The Spirituality of Fundraising

Beth Diemert


What You Need to Know About Grants

Vivian Koob, MRC, M.Ed.


7 Reasons Banquets Fall Short

Kirk Walden


Gaining Perspective 

Go deeper by discovering how abortion is affecting - and is affected by - the bigger picture of our world in Gaining Perspective.

Starting and Strengthening church Relationships

Amy Ford


Grieving Children We Could Not Save

Fr. Frank Pavone, Janet Morana, Ph.D.


Is Accreditation Right for Your Clinic?

Tammy De Armas


The Latest on Abortion Pill Reversal

Dr. George Delgado, M.D.


Using Our Abundance for International Impact

Rev. Phil Holsinger


Healing Care 

How does your organization minister to women and men in need of healing from past experiences of trauma and loss? Sharpen your approach with Healing Care.

Trauma-Informed Client Care

Suzanne Burns, MA-MFS


Intimate Partner Violence: Screening and Intervening*

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Martha Shuping, MD


Identifying and Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking

Laura Lederer, Ph.D. & Cynthia Collins, BCBT


Meeting the Needs of Post-Abortive Clients

Karen Hildreth, MA, LMHC


Healing Wounded Fathers

Scott Miler, MA, M.Div., D.Min.


Housing Helps 

Presented by pregnancy help housing experts, Housing Helps highlights the process of extending care beyond the first visit, solidifying a life decision for a lasting impact.

Building Solid Organizational and Programmatic Foundations

Callie Neff


Staffing Challenges in Maternity Housing

Mary Peterson & NMHC Panel


Serving within a Culture of Generational Poverty

Brianne Hansen


Is It Time to Hit Refresh?

Stephen Wallace, Esq. and Panel


Determining Needs and Goals for Your Residents

Vicki Krnac, M.Ed., CALT, QI


Marketing Ministries 

Marketing is key in connecting to a community, particularly as you seek to extend your reach to the women and families in your sphere.

Effective Websites for a Digital World

Tim Stephens


Using Digital Advertising to Save Lives

Chris Humphrey, Ph.D.


Effective Marketing for Mobile Devices

Dawn Marie Perez, LAS


The Basics of google Adwords

Bri Laycock, LAS


Advancing Your Adwords Efforts

Bri Laycock, LAS


Medical Advancement 

Gain insight from medical professionals covering a wide range of topics related to your pregnancy help organization while earning nursing contact hours in Medical Advancement.

Continuing the Mission through Prenatal Care

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Christine Reyes, BSN, RN, RDMS


Pregnancy Support after a Lethal Antenatal Diagnosis

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Dr. William Lile, D.O.


Treatment of Opioid Addiction in Pregnancy

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Marilyn Kindig, D.O.


Expanding Your Clinic's Medical Opportunities

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Candi Durbin, RN, BSN


Teens, STDs, and Healthy Choices

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Gail Littlefield, RN, BSN


Sexual Integrity 

Reflecting the core of Heartbeat International's Sexual IntegrityTM Program, Sexual Integrity features presentations that reinforce the proper expression of the gift of sexuality.

Encouraging Sexual Integrity with #ihavehope

Shannon Campbell


How "Theology of the Body" Helps Us Today

Fr. Joel O. Jason, M.A., STL


Engaging Students to Strengthen Future Families

Catherine Wood, LAS, SRA


Fertility Awareness in the PRC

Dr. Leslie Moyer, M.Ed.


Changing the Conversation from Sex to Love

Joneen Mackenzie, RN, BSN, CPSII, SRAS


Spiritual Refreshment 

The heart of our work is spiritual. That's why Spiritual Refreshment addresses the spiritual dynamics pregnancy help leaders like you face every day.

Serving the God of the Impossible

Pastor Andy Merritt


God, Are You Still There?

Kerry Jepson


How God Prepares Us to Serve

Anne Pierson


Spiritual Warfare in the World of Promoting Life

Mari Wingate


Prayer Changes Things

Melissa Heiland


Staff Stuff 

Leading a staff of any size can be every bit as challenging as reaching and serving a client. Take the next step forward as a leader, or sharpen your existing abilities, with Staff Stuff.

5 Hot Topics in HR

Betsy Wetherby, Danielle White, J.D.


A Biblical Guide for Staff Retention

Sonya Hartburg


Managing a World-Changing Team

Raul Reyes


Creating a Healthy Emotional Culture

Tracie Shellhouse, MBC, CMCLC, LAS


Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout

Christa Brown, RN


Ultrasound Advancement 

Make the most of your ultrasound services and gain nursing contact hours thanks to Ultrasound Advancement.

When All is Not Well

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Tammy Stearns, MS, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), FSDMS


Hot Topics in Ultrasound

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Bryan Williams, MHA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS


Each Uniquely Created: A Sonographer's Perspective

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Audry Stout, RN, RDMS (OB/GYN)


Disinfecing Transvaginal Ultrasound Probes

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Kevin Rooker, RT(R), RDMS, RVT


Manipulating the Transducer for Better Images

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.

Shari Richard, RDMS



In-Depth Day (April 10)

The 2018 Annual Conference experience starts with 13 different In-Depth Day opportunities. This exclusive all-day training goes from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with an inspirational keynote at lunch.


If You're Going to Change Her World, She'll Need to Find You First Heartbeat International Panel 

You can help change a client's world, but if a client can’t find you, she’s not likely to be helped by you. Likewise, if potential donors can’t find you, their dollar is going to end up somewhere else. Join Heartbeat International’s expert panel as they help you down the road to visibility through social media, local search, websites, newsletters and more.

The LOVE Approach Ducia Hamm, LAS & Beth Diemert, Heartbeat International 

This interactive training is for new volunteers, trainers of new volunteers, and will be a refresher for experienced client services staff. This training in effective and compassionate outreach is used by pregnancy help organizations all over the world. Those in attendance will receive The LOVE ApproachTM Training Manual.

Reproductive Loss: Facilitating the Grieving Process Michaelene Fredenburg, Abortion Changes You/Life Perspectives 

With pregnancy ceners reporting that over half of their clients have experienced miscarriage or abortion, the question of how to best invite them to begin the healing process is key. This training will broaden participants understanding of grief and loss after miscarriage and abortion, as well as provide insight into how to be a safe place for clients who have experienced a reproductive loss. The training will also provide answers to practical questions such as how to address reproductive loss on intake forms, what to say in the counseling room, and how to provide useful take-home resources in a caring and compassionate way.

Maternity Housing Essentials Mary Peterson, Heartbeat International 

This interactive workshop is designed for people interested in learning more about maternity homes or in the early stages of developing a home. Topics will include a review of key moments with the mothers (intake, meetings, birth, exit), policies to have in place, programmatic decisions to weigh, and a sense of the larger context of maternity housing. Mary Peterson, Housing Specialist for Heartbeat International, will bring her direct service experience of leading a community of homes as well as her experience of coaching and supporting homes across the country. 

How to Fight Through Adversity & Disappointment Andy Merritt, Edgewood Baptist Church 

Join 2016 Heartbeat International Servant-Leader honoree Rev. Andy Merritt for a look at how the Old Testament Saints can help us learn to change the world. Be inspired with a love for Christ that will produce an uncompromising faith in the face of adversity and persecution, and recognize the privilege and opportunity of suffering while doing God's work.

Steps to Success in Presenting Adoption Kris Faase, LMSW, ACSW, Bethany Christian Services 

Did you ever wonder why so few expectant parents choose adoption when their pregnancy was unintended? Or whether what you know about today’s adoption practice is accurate? How can you present information about this life-affirming option in a way that encourages expectant parents to even consider it? Join us for a day of information and dialogue about adoption as an option, ending our time together with a panel of birthparents who have chosen adoption.

Emotional Branding: Planned Parenthood and Your Clinic Jeff Pauls, Vitae Foundation 

A focus on Vitae Foundation's seventh Right Brain reasearch study (2015) offers a surprising look into how loyal Planned Parenthood customers view the brand, their move from choice to "healthcare" braning and the implications for pregnancy help organizations.

How to Court Major Donors Kirk Walden & Cindi Boston, Heartbeat International 

Developing an effective strategy for connecting with major donors combines art, science, and above all--relationships. Join Heartbeat’s Vice President and development expert Cindi Boston and Advancement Specialist Kirk Walden as we explore each of these components, as well as how they fit together to create a recipe for success that builds the life of our ministry and the faith of our donors.

Making the Case for Life  Mike Spencer, Life Training Institute 

Do you ever find yourself struggling for the words to defend your pro-life stance? Mike will equip you to respond to popular "pro-choice" arguments and to expose the logical fallacies of abortion-choice rhetoric without the need for vitriol and angry dialogue.

Abortion-Minded Caller Start to Finish Brad Imler, Ph.D., ACP 

Talking to abortion-minded clients is intimidating. Gather the tools needed to gain confidence as you engage in these conversations about life and death situations.

Applying Trust-Based Relational Intervention Debbie Simmons, BSME, TBRI Education Specialist, Anchor Point 

This workshop will help participants understand how the brain works and how we can use that to create connection with our clients and creating aplace of "felt safety" so that our clients can make wise choices for life for their child. We will create an environment in our centers for connection and empowerment that helps the client not only survive, but ultimately thrive.

The Hows and Whys of Ultrasound in a PMC Tammy Stearns, RDMS & Bryan Williams, MHA, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS 

Geared for anyone performing ultrasounds in a pregnancy help medical clinic, explore the integration of ultrasound imaging in PMCs, as well as the “hows and whys” of ultrasound physics. You’ll also learn to identify artifacts and how to improve images, along with key skills such as obtaining proper measurements. We’ll also look at the legal and ethical implications and techniques to minimize risk, essential quality analysis/control, and more. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.


Important Travel Advisory

Beginning January 22, 2018, driver’s licenses or state IDs issued by States that are not in compliance with the REAL ID Act may not be used to fly within the U.S.

Here is a helpful link to content explaining additional details bout these new ID requirements which also has links to the status of each state.

We encourage you to review and read through this REAL ID link, and travelers should be prepared for their IDs to be challenged, even in states with waivers, extensions, or grace periods. It may be wise to travel with your passport/US government-issued ID, even when traveling domestically, to ensure they do not encounter any issues during this time period.


Check out information and order recordings from our 2017 Annual Conference here.