National Celebrate Life Weekend

2024 Speakers


Matt Walsh

Host, The Matt Walsh Show at The Daily Wire

Matt Walsh is a popular writer, speaker, and one of the Right's most influential voices. He is the host of “The Matt Walsh Show,” and author of the best-selling children’s book Johnny the Walrus. His documentary “What is a Woman?” has become a cultural phenomenon and one of the most talked-about documentaries of 2022.

Kristan Hawkins

President of Students for Life of America

Kristan Hawkins is a Christian, wife, mother, grassroots activist, author, speaker, and a human rights advocate. President of Students for Life of America, she was recruited in 2006 to launch Students for Life of America’s full-time operation. Since then, she has built up a small organization made up of a few dozen student groups scattered around the country to a coordinated national team serving more than 1,200 Students for Life chapters in all fifty states. Under her leadership, Students for Life exists to abolish abortion by transforming our culture by recruiting, training, and mobilizing this pro-life generation, who are the direct targets of today’s abortion industry. A frequent speaker and media analyst, Kristan’s expertise includes abortion, feminism, disability advocacy and healthcare, as she navigates the social conditions and public policy that impacts the human rights issue of our day.

Shawn Carney

President & CEO of 40 Days for Life

Shawn began as a volunteer in the pro-life movement while still in college. During this time, he helped lead the first ever local 40 Days for Life campaign. After graduating from college, Shawn was asked to serve as the executive director of the Coalition for Life, a local pro-life organization in Texas, made up of more than 60 churches. From its beginning, Shawn has been instrumental in growing 40 Days for Life nationally and then internationally to 1,500 cities in 64 countries.

Shawn is a regular media spokesperson, and his work has been featured on hundreds of outlets, including Fox News, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Drudge Report, The Guardian, USA Today, The Glenn Beck Show, The Wall Street Journal, and Christian media including The Christian Post, National Catholic Register, Sirius XM Catholic Radio, EWTN Radio, and Focus on the Family.

Shawn is one of the most sought-after pro-life speakers, addressing audiences coast-to-coast and internationally. Shawn and his wife Marilisa were portrayed in the 2019 major motion picture Unplanned, which tells the story of Abby Johnson's conversion as a Planned Parenthood director. Shawn is also the author of four national bestselling books.

Michael Kenney

President of Pro-Life Partners Foundation

A writer, producer, educator, and lawyer, Michael serves as President of Pro-Life Partners Foundation and is an ex officio member of the Board of Advisors. He has spoken out in support of preborn human beings and their mothers for more than forty years. He practiced law for 13 years before serving in various cabinet-level roles in Catholic education for nearly 25 years. His film credits include Unplanned and PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton. He is the co-author of In God We Trust: Morally Responsible Investing, the story behind a pro-life mutual fund with more than $2.5 billion under management. Michael holds undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame and a masters of law from George Washington University.

Abby Johnson

Founder and Director of And Then There Were None and ProLove Ministries

Abby Johnson worked for Planned Parenthood for eight years, working her way up through the ranks to become the clinic director in Bryan, Texas. She was Planned Parenthood's Employee of the Year in 2008 but she walked away from her job after witnessing the abortion of a 13-week-old fetus during an ultrasound-guided abortion. She left Planned Parenthood and instantly became a national news headline for her defection, which led to a pro-life speaking career. In 2012, she founded And Then There Were None, the only ministry in the nation that helps abortion workers leave their jobs and find new ones out of the industry. To date, she has helped over 650 abortion workers quit. She also founded ProLove Ministries and LoveLine in the fall of 2019. Her bestselling book, Unplanned, was made into a feature film that debuted in theaters nationwide March 2019 under the same name and she is the host of the podcast Politely Rude. She is also the author of Fierce Mercy, released in March 2022, and co-editor of Life to the Full, released in April 2023. She and her husband, Doug, have eight children.

Lauren Muzyka

Founder, President & CEO of Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Lauren Muzyka is the founder, President & CEO of Sidewalk Advocates for Life, the nation’s largest sidewalk outreach training program. Lauren is a licensed attorney with more than 20 years of experience in sidewalk outreach.

Lauren participated in the very first 40 Days for Life campaign, and she went on to serve as their campaign strategist, advising their 300+ campaigns in North America. Inspired by the transformative power of prayer and peaceful outreach on the sidewalk, Lauren founded Sidewalk Advocates for Life in 2014.

Sidewalk Advocates for Life has grown to more than 235 locations worldwide and, through God’s grace, has witnessed more than 22,000 babies saved, 55 abortion-facility closures, and 88 abortion workers leave the business.


Leigh Wambsganss

Chief Communications Officer for Patriot Mobile

As CCO, Leigh focuses on internal and external strategic corporate communications, public relations, media, investor and employee relations, corporate messaging, and media presence at Patriot Mobile. 

Named 2022 Top 5 Power Player in North Texas by Axios, Leigh has been a tireless leader in conservative politics for over 30 years. She co-founded, serves as President and Board Member of the Southlake Families PAC, which brought awareness to a nationwide issue of Critical Race Theory (CRT). She is a founding Board Member and Executive Director of Patriot Mobile Action, a Texas PAC focused on keeping Texas red. Leigh serves on Texas’ Tarrant County Republican Party Executive Committee. 

Leigh has been featured on Fox and Friends, The Shannon Bream Show, John Solomons "Just the News" talk radio, Steve Bannon’s War Room, The Charlie Kirk Show, in the National Review, the Daily Caller and a speaker at Turning Point USA, the NRA and the Center for National Policy and quoted in multiple news media stories. Leigh is a speaker and trainer on how to organize and defeat cultural Marxism and is a leading campaign strategist from federal to local elections.  

Prior to joining Patriot Mobile, Leigh has held multiple leadership positions, including founder & CEO of Southlake Realty, Co-founder & COO WXP Holdings, and has served on the board of multiple nonprofits. Leigh started her professional career as a television news anchor, reporter, and producer and served as congressional campaign and district office staff during the early 90's Republican Revolution.  

She holds a B.A. in Communications from the Universal of Central Oklahoma and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Dallas Baptist University.  

Penny Nance

CEO and President of Concerned Women for America

Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), is a recognized national authority on cultural, children’s, and women’s issues. As the CEO and President of the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization, Penny oversees more than 500,000 participating CWA members across the country, over 320 Prayer/Action Chapters and Influencers, over 280 Young Women for America (YWA) Presidents or Ambassadors, and is also the president of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC), serving as the principal spokesperson for both entities.

Named as one of the top four most powerful pro-life female voices by the Christian Post, by Newsmax as one of the 100 most influential evangelicals in America, and by Israel Allies Foundation as one of the Top 50 Christian Allies of Israel, Penny stands as a leader on the issue of pro-life messaging and policy. She is a weekly political commentator and a popular speaker at national events. Penny appears on all major television networks –– ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX News, C-SPAN, MSNBC, and CNN –– as a commentator on contemporary events and as an expert on domestic issues. She has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Penny served on President Trump’s Life Advisory Council and was blessed to frequent the White House in that role and others speaking as a modern-day Esther to both the President, Vice-President, and key staff as the voice of Christian conservative women of faith around this nation. Prior to CWA, Penny served as President of Nance and Associates and as Special Advisor for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),and was the Founder and President of Kids First Coalition.

Mrs. Nance is the wife of Will Nance and the mother of two children. She is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees


Jonathan Alexandre

Attorney and Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs for Liberty Counsel

Jonathan Alexandre is an attorney and Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs for Liberty Counsel. A litigation firm dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family. In this capacity, Jonathan consults with and advises law and policy makers at the federal, state, and local levels across the nation. Jonathan was a Presidential Appointee serving on the Board of Directors for The United States Agency for Global Media for the Trump Administration.   

Jonathan serves as General Counsel for the Frederick Douglass Foundation. Jonathan was formerly the Assistant General Counsel and Public Policy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Family Institute in Boston. Alexandre developed the Massachusetts Attorney Resource Council, a network of pro-family Massachusetts attorneys. Jonathan previously worked for The Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs in Jerusalem, Israel, as a Scholar in Residence, and the United States Army's Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School. He is married to his wife Renee Alexandre. They reside in Waldorf, Maryland. 

Elizabeth Abramo

National Anthem Singer

Elizabeth Abramo is the eldest of six children from Fort Mill, South Carolina. She is a recent graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, with a B.A. in Music, and a minor in education. Elizabeth’s love and talent for singing has enabled her to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, and high level events such as the Pennsylvania and Kansas Music Educators Associations.  She also performed in Italy with the Benedictine College Chamber Singers at Santa Cecile in Trastevere, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles.   

Embarking on the next phase of her professional journey, Elizabeth will be teaching preschool through eighth grade music at St. Veronica’s Catholic School in Chantilly, Virginia.  With her proficiency spanning across multiple musical instruments and vocal performance, Elizabeth intends to offer private musical instruction as she prepares for marriage with her fiance this fall. 


Daniel Galchutt

Opening Prayer Leader

The Reverend Dan Galchutt lives in St. Louis, MO and serves as the Executive Director for the Office of National Mission of the Lutheran ChurchMissouri Synod (LCMS). He previously served six years on the staff at the LCMS Kansas District as the Assistant to the District President for Mission. Before joining the staff of the Kansas District, he was a pastor of two congregations in Kansas.

Dan has been active in the communities in which he has lived. He, and his wife, have taught parenting classes for at-risk families. Dan has volunteered as a coach for youth sports on numerous occasions, been a regular visitor at a nursing home and helped with soup kitchens, food banks, and pregnancy centers.

Dan and Melissa, who have been married for 22 years, are blessed to be raising five children. The Galchutt family enjoys sports, puzzles, family games, and hiking.

Sami Parker

Pro-Life Activist with Live Action

Sami Parker is a pro-life activist driven by faith and a deep belief in the sanctity of human life. She cares deeply about urging other young pro-lifers to act accordingly to the injustice that is abortion.

She is known for online advocacy on Live Action’s social media accounts. Sami's pro-life apologetics and react videos have received tens of millions of video views and have contributed to hearts and minds changing on abortion.

Sami is also passionate about motherhood, using her experience as a wife and mother to lead other young women to a fulfilling and joyful life in obedience to Christ.


Representative Bob Good (R-VA)

Pro-Life Champion

Bob Good has represented Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District in the 118th United States Congress since January 2021. He has served as the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus since January 2024, and has been named to the Budget Committee and the Education and the Workforce Committee where he is Chairman of the Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee.

Bob is committed to effectively representing the people of Virginia's Fifth Congressional District and advocating for the foundational principles that have and will continue to make America the greatest nation in history.

Prior to his election to Congress, he served one term on the Campbell County Board of Supervisors from 2015 to 2019. Professionally, Bob worked as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development at Liberty University for 15 years, following a 17-year career with CitiFinancial.

Good attended Liberty University, where he was a member of the wrestling team and earned a Bachelor of Science in finance and a Master of Business Administration.

Bob lives in Prince Edward County with Tracey, his wife of 35 years. They are the proud parents of three adult children: Patrick (Brittany), Sydney, and Conner (Tori); and are grandparents to two precious grandchildren.

Jon Schweppe

Director of Policy for American Principles Project

Jon Schweppe is the Director of Policy for American Principles Project (APP). In this role, he advances the organization’s legislative priorities by working with allied groups and with federal and state lawmakers. Schweppe co-authored the groundbreaking 2020 report: Protecting Free Speech and Defending Kids: A Proposal to Amend Section 230.

Schweppe is an alumnus of the Claremont Institute’s Lincoln Fellowship. He has been published in a number of publications, including The New York Post, The American Mind, First Things, Newsweek, The Federalist, and the Daily Caller. Prior to joining APP, he worked on several political campaigns, focusing mainly on communications and policy. He is a graduate of Augustana College, where he majored in Economics and Finance.


Mark Rohlena

Executive Director for the Napa Institute

Mark Rohlena is the Executive Director for the Napa Institute, a leading apostolate that empowers Catholic leaders to impact the culture and renew the Church through formation, sacramental life, and fraternity. Prior to this role, Rohlena was the Executive Vice President of Christendom College where he managed all of the administrative and operational affairs of the College.

Rohlena practiced law for nearly a decade, specializing in legal ethics, as well as working as a highly effective litigator. Feeling a strong call to serve the poor, Rohlena left his successful law career to become the President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado. In this role, he strengthened his Catholic identity, and worked on the front lines of defending religious liberty, while overseeing the agency that provides adoption, post-abortion counseling, works of mercy and initiatives toward greater self-reliance, among others.

After Catholic Charities, Rohlena served as a senior policy director with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He worked to advance the teachings of the Catholic Church in federal policymaking, collaborating on policies regarding concern for family, respect for unborn life, the poor, and religious liberty. He served as a resource to state Catholic conferences throughout the country.

Rohlena has served on numerous educational, legal, and nonprofit boards. He was a founder of the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center (now Marisol Health) located across the street from a major Planned Parenthood facility in Denver, Colorado. He has been a frequent conference speaker and guest on nationally syndicated radio and television programs on a range of topics such as Church teaching, state and federal policy, and religious liberty.

Rohlena and his wife, Danielle, live in Virginia with their seven children.

Thomas Kearns

Post-Abortive Father

Thomas Kearns was a world traveler with little knowledge about abortion when his life changed forever after his daughter, Clementine, was tragically aborted at 20 weeks of pregnancy. Tommy immediately dedicated his life to getting her justice by fighting to get her body back from being abused by fetal research facilities.

Within just a few months, his heartbreaking story gained worldwide attention and has inspired thousands of people to stand against abortion and remember Clementine. Tommy continues to speak as a post-abortive father on podcasts, social media, and pro-life events in efforts to fight for Clementine and create a future where every life is valued.