We’re proud to welcome an accomplished group of speakers, presenters, and facilitators!

Jessica Berends

Jessica Berends was raised in a Unitarian-Universalist family and became Catholic at age 18. Studying Spanish at Dominican University, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2008. Jessica spent the next five years working for an international non-profit in the Chicago area (Star of the Sea) focused on the prevention of human trafficking, doing fundraising […]

Dennis Cali

Dennis Cali is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Texas at Tyler. Cali teaches in the areas of rhetorical criticism, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, media literacy, and media ethics. His scholarly articles have appeared in Communication Studies, The Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and The Journal of Communication and […]

Jose Castro

Jose Castro Jr. is a senior at Montwood High School in El Paso, Tex. who hopes to become a professional soccer player. Castro is active in Teens4Unity, a youth group dedicated to applying the Art of Loving into their daily lives.

Pilar Cuadra

Pilar Cuadra is an environmental engineer with Mundell & Associates, an environmental consulting firm in Indianapolis. The business is a member of the Economy of Communion and follows the principles of the person-centered business. Pilar completed her Master of Science Degree at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.

Eric Ernstberger

Eric Ernstberger is an urban designer and land architect. Eric co-founded Rundell Ernstberger Associates, (REA) in Muncie, Indiana in 1983. REA has expanded to include offices in Indianapolis and Louisville, where it provides civic, municipal, corporate, and university planning and design services. Ernstberger has been a pioneer in the promotion and incorporation of artworks into […]

Janis Farrow Pochini

Janis Pochini is currently Director of Clinical Integration with Best Doctors in Boston. Best Doctors is a peer-selected network of expert physicians providing consulting services through employee benefit plans to more than 30 million people in 70 countries. Pochini has 28 years of experience in the health care industry as a registered nurse, including 16 […]

John Gallagher

John Gallagher is a Professor of Management at Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn., teaching strategic management and international business and also executive MBA courses at the University of Tennessee. Since 2007, his research has examined the business practices of companies that participate in the Economy of Communion, a worldwide movement with goals of using private […]

Elizabeth Garlow

Elizabeth currently serves as Executive Director of Michigan Corps, a Detroit-based start up focusing on efforts that bring Michigan citizens around the world together to collaborate on initiaitves in support social entrepreneurship across the state. Prior to joining Michigan Corps, Elizabeth spent four years working to advance domestic microfinance with ACCION USA, where she focused […]

Anne Godbout

Anne Godbout is founder and executive director of Spiritours, a Montreal travel agency specializing in person and spiritual development journeys with an emphasis on fair-trade tourism. Anne has traveled around the globe and visited all continents. Since 1992, she has been organizing and leading group trips around the world, and founding Spiritours in 2003. Anne […]

Susanne Janssen

Susanne Janssen is the Managing Editor of Living City, the magazine of the Focolare Movement. Born in Germany, Janssen holds a Master of Science of Communication and has a degree in Music. Before joining Living City, Janssen was an editor, reporter and foreign correspondent for German and Swiss newspapers.

Maria Lucia

Recently retired, Maria Luca worked as a teacher in a Catholic elementary school in Toronto.

Ann Mitchell

Ann Mitchell worked as an elementary school counselor in Indiana for 15 years. After retirement in 2008, she began volunteer work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Lafayette, Ind. She continues in her work advocating for abused and neglected children, who become wards of the state, as they move through the court system […]

Muslimah Muhammad

Muslimah Muhammad has been interacting and supporting interfaith work for 17 years. She graduated from Franklin University in 2001 with a degree in accounting. She currently is working on her Master degree in Accounting. In continuing her interfaith work, she is a member is the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio Education Committee and a supporting […]

John & Julie Mundell

John and Julie are co-owners of Mundell & Associates, Inc, an environmental and water resources consulting firm in Indianapolis operated according to the principles of the Economy of Communion (EoC), a network of businesses that promote and live a culture of giving so as to alleviate poverty and encourage self-sustainability through an equitable redistribution and […]

Sasha Ongtengco

Sasha Ongtengco graduated from DePaul University in 2006 with a business degree in Economics. After spending several months in Loppiano, Italy for a cross-cultural immersion program, Sasha returned to DePaul to begin graduate work, where she first learned of The Cara Program. She joined the Admissions team in February 2011, following four years in the […]

JoElma Regis

Brazilian-born Joelma Regis is the artistic director and founder of Ray of Light dance school. a choreographer and dancer. Having fallen in love with dance at the age of 5, she has studied modern dance, Brazilian folk dance, and theater. Having the opportunity to live in Italy she took part in Gen Verde, the internationally […]

Carolyn Saahir

Carolyn Saahir is a member of the Nur-Allah Islamic Center and wife of Imam Michael Saahir. Since 1994 she has served as the president of the Indianapolis chapter of the League of Muslim Women, an international organization of Muslim women. Carolyn has worked for more than 30 years as a volunteer at the Clara Mohammed […]

Mikal Saahir

Michael Saahir is Imam of the Nur-Allah Islamic Center and Director for the Clara Muhammad Weekend School in Indianapolis. Saahir was instructed in the Muslim faith by Imam W. Deen Mohammed, son and successor of Elijah Mohammed. Twice Imam Saahir has completed the hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca. He has made numerous visits to […]

David Shaheed

David Shaheed, a civil court judge since 2007, has worked as a judicial officer in several capacities in the Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis since 1994. After serving as a master commissioner and magistrate, Shaheed was appointed a criminal court judge in 1999 by Governor Frank O’Bannon. Shaheed began his career as the Staff […]

Carol Spale

Carol Spale is a community volunteer for the Village of North Riverside, Ill. In 1992, she joined with former Mayor Richard Scheck to found the Mayor’s Committee of Neighborhood Services, an outreach program that connects every resident of North Riverside to village government through 90 volunteer block captains. On behalf of the block captains, Spale […]

Robbie Steiner

Robbie Steiner is a native of southern Indiana and a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied Theatre Education. He is currently the Director of Theatre Arts at Floyd Central High School in Floyds Knobs, Ind. When not teaching and directing, Robbie enjoys outdoor recreation and endurance racing. He has completed a number of […]

Rosaire Vaillancourt

Rosaire Vaillancourt MD of Quebec is a surgeon specializing in cardiovascular thoracic surgery. He earned an advanced postgraduate university diploma in clinical oncology at the Université de Paris XI, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France in 2001. He has been a pioneer in developing new surgical techniques for treatment of lung cancer. From 2010 to 2012, he was […]

Mike Zwartjes

Mike Zwartjes is Executive Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Investment Management Group at Broadway Bank in San Antonio. Mike has more than 38 years of investment experience, including 19 years as Chief Investment Officer at Broadway. Prior to joining Broadway in early 1993, Mike was with Merrill Lynch for 10 years, followed […]