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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.

Schedule at a Glance

Conference Check-in begins Tuesday, April 10th at 3:00 p.m. The Exhibit Hall will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

The official Conference begins at 6:00 p.m. with an Opening Dinner and Keynote Address.

Tuesday, April 10
7:30 a.m. - In-Depth Day Registration
9-5 p.m. - In-Depth Day training
12:00 p.m. - Lunch & Keynote
3 p.m. - Conference Registration and Exhibit Hall Open
6 p.m. - Conference Opening Dinner and Keynote

Wednesday, April 11
8:30 a.m. - Morning Session & Keynote
10 a.m. - Workshop Session A
12 p.m. - Lunch & Keynote
2 p.m. - Workshop Session B
Afternoon - Break, Receptions & Prayer Time

Thursday, April 12
8:30 a.m. - Morning Session & Keynote
10 a.m. - Workshop Session C
12 p.m. - Lunch & Keynote
2 p.m. - Workshop Session D
3:45 p.m. - Workshop Session E
6:00 p.m. - Closing Banquet & Keynote

Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Contact: Conference@HeartbeatInternational.org


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

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A wife, mother, teacher and long-time pregnancy help advocate, Kerri Caviezel has traveled to over 30 U.S. states and 20 nations promoting a message of faith, hope, love and a belief that life is the greatest God-given gift of all.

After an outstanding women’s basketball career at Western Washington University that earned her admission into her alma mater’s Hall of Fame, Kerri embarked on a career in teaching at the elementary school level.

Kerri eventually took her passion for teaching and coaching into the pro-life pregnancy help arena, working one-on-one with women facing unexpected pregnancies at the local level before moving into her current role as a public speaker on behalf of life-affirming work.

During her travels, Kerri has had the joy of meeting Pope John Paul II, the Rev. Billy Graham, Mother Angelica and UCLA basketball coach John Wooden—four Christian leaders who have made an indelible mark on the world.  

Kerri has been married to her husband, Jim, for 21 years and her most important job is as a mother to her three adopted children: Bo, Lyn and David.


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

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Dr. Ron Archer is a pro-life warrior, author and consultant in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Europe and South Korea.

In October 2017, Ron and Heartbeat International Vice President Cindi Boston traveled to El Salvador to equip pro-lifers working to protect women from abortion and provide life-affirmative alternatives. The group's goal is to establish at least 16 pregnancy help centers in the next five years and hold the line on the nation’s current abortion laws.


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

Building a culture of truth and love, within your organization and without, can be challenging. Focusing on Gospel applications and knowing that God values both truth and love, here are practical ways to create a culture that incorporates both.

Brandon Monahan, MA

Brandon Monahan has been working in the pro-life movement since before he was even born. Between his grandmother starting Precious Feet and his mother starting multiple pregnancy centers and maternity homes, Brandon learned the value of truth while always showing love. In 2015, he officially took the helm of Heritage House, helping to guide the world's largest supplier of pro-life materials.


Catholics and Evangelicals Working Together

With so much in common, and so much to gain by working hand-in-hand, the challenge of Evangelicals and Catholics working together in the pregnancy help movement is well worth embracing, and the blessings can far outweigh the difficulties. Think freshly how you can work to build unity within your organization and your local community for the cause of life.

Jor-El Godsey, LAS

Jor-El Godsey 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.


Becoming the Best Boss

It has been said that good employees don't leave good organizations, they leave poor bosses. This workshop will focus on helping you become the boss your staff will want to work with for as long as possible. 

Cindy Hopkins

Cindy Hopkins joined the Care Net team in 2006 and serves as Vice President of Center Services & Client Care. Cindy has been actively involved with pregnancy center work since 1990. She has served as a peer counselor, board member, abstinence leader, and as the executive director for the Pregnancy Care Center of Ogden, Utah. Before accepting a position with Care Net, Cindy served as the Director of Outreach for the Assist Pregnancy Center in Annandale, Virginia.


Strategic Leadership

In our ministries, strategic leadership is the ability of inspiring and influencing our team to make decisions based on biblical principles that contribute to long-term success and financial stability to best serve the Kingdom and our clients. Strategic leaders steward and manage vision, change, and growth by seeking the Lord, intentionally promoting ownership and creating a culture of unity within the team.

Sol Pitchon, MA

Sol Pitchon has been President and CEO of New Life Solutions since 1999. Before joining the ministry, Sol was a Christian Psychotherapist, having spent five years in private practice. As a Jewish-Christian whose parents were holocaust survivors, Sol feels it a privilege and his destiny to work against the holocaust of abortion in the pregnancy help movement.


Change is Good, Right?

Learn to turn discontent into dreams, dreams into vision, vision into effective change, and change into measurable outcomes as you prepare to build the vision God has in store for your ministry. It's time to equip yourself to lead and manage the change process!

Amy Scheuring, M.Ed., LAS

Amy Scheuring is the founding director of Women's Choice Network, a network of Christ-centered medical clinics reaching out to women facing unexpected pregnancies in some of Pittsburgh's most vulnerable neighborhoods. Amy and her team helped lead the Network through a medical conversion in2003 and a successful merger in 2009. Amy has two books sold in stores across the U.S. (Colton and the Big White Cake and Sex, More Than a Plumbing Lesson) and her resources have been used nationwide to promote sexual integrity.


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

Identify challenges in managing multiple site locations and create a four step plan to address your unique situation in this interactive workshop. You will have a chance to review management of different multiple center/clinic sites across the United States, ranging from 3 to 6 locations, in order to find practices that will work for your unique locations and client demographics.

Pam Palumbo, LAS, CCNL

Pam has served as the CEO of the Pregnancy Clinic Ministry in Maryland since 1982. She is the founder and president of the Maryland Coalition of Medical Pregnancy Center, which represents 24 medical pregnancy clinics. She is also a certified Abstinence Educator, Life-Affirming Specialist, and has her Certification in Christian Non-Profit Leadership.


Relationship Building for the Board and Staff

Discover the importance of intentional focus on relationship-building on boards, within staffs, and between staff and board, and how this will impact problem-solving. The LOVE Approach steps are applicable to management and governance and we will use them to illustrate. Take this opportunity to apply The LOVE Approach to more parts of your life!

Peggy Hartshorn, Ph.D., LAS

Margaret H. (Peggy) Hartshorn, Ph.D., currently Chairman of the Board of Heartbeat International, has served on the Board for 30 years, as Chairman previously from 1990-2004.  She also served as Heartbeat’s President for 22 years (1993-2015). Peggy and her husband, Mike, joined the pro-life movement in 1973, first working with the educational, political, and legislative arm of the movement. They housed pregnant women in their home (beginning in 1974), attended their first Heartbeat conference in 1978, opened the first pregnancy help center in Columbus, Ohio, in 1981, and Peggy joined the leadership team of Heartbeat International in 1986.


Transitioning Leadership in Ministry

In every organization, leadership must eventually pass from one leader to the next. In this workshop, we'll discuss what transition planning looks like for the transitioning executive director and the transitioning board, as well as how to communicate this process to staff and constituents.

Tom Lothamer, MA

Tom Lothamer began his ministry with Life Matters Worldwide when he was appointed to the board in1985. In 1990, he became a staff member, serving as the director of finance and development, and finally became president in 2003. Tom also currently serves on the board of Family Life Center, a maternity home ministry located in Allendale, Michigan.


How Court Decisions Affect PHOs

Join a panel of pro-life attorneys for updates on legal cases involving the rights of pregnancy help organizations. Active legal cases such as those in California, Hawaii, and Illinois will be discussed, as well as their impact locally and nationally.

Thomas Glessner, J.D., Anne O'Connor, J.D., Kevin H. Theriot, J.D., James C. Rutten, J.D. & Danielle White, J.D.

Tom Glessner serves as the president and founder of the National Institute of Family Life Advocates (NIFLA). Anne O'Connor currently serves as the vice president of legal affairs for NIFLA and has been working with NIFLA since 1993. Kevin Theriot serves with Alliance Defending Freedom and is working on the NIFLA vs. Bercerra Supreme Court case. James Rutten serves with Munger Tolles & Olson and helped draft and file the amicus brief on behalf of Heartbeat International in the NIFLA vs. Bercerra case. Danielle White has served as legal counsel for Heartbeat International since 2015.


Evaluating Your Board's Health

Is your board happy, healthy, and well-functioning? How do you know? Gain the tools to evaluate the current status of your board and establish goals and objectives for a healthy board in this workshop.

Lori DeVillez

Lory DeVillez began directing her career path to serve pregnancy centers in 1992. She quickly moved from a volunteer position to leadership of a pregnancy center and maternity home, and then to serving as president of an Austin, Texas based organization that assists pregnancy resource centers. She also served as president of The Heidi Group for eight years, and is a certified Ziglar Legacy trainer. She has also authored a book entitled God Given.


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

We all know that a father has a huge impact on a family and community, whether he is absent or involved, so effective fatherhood engagement is crucial to a growing pregnancy help organization. This workshop will discuss the nuts and bolts of effective father engagement, from practical parenting issues to post-abortive healing.

Jeff Fater, LAS

Jeff Fater is the men's coaching manager at RETA in Elkhart, IN and meets with men and couples. He previously served as a board member. His passion is for building strong families and seeing fathers meet their potential as they fulfill responsibilities.


Reaching the LGBT Community

When a client from the LGBT community walks into your organization, what do you do? Here is a biblical framework to connect with clients, as well as some specific tools, handouts, and resources that can help you reach LGBT clients, connect with them in the counseling room, and offer them pertinent information.

Sharon Carey, MA

Sharon is the executive director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Terre Haute, Indiana where she has been on staff since 1990 and has worked hard to move the CPC right onto Indiana State University. She has also spearheaded efforts to go medical and was able to see these efforts shut down the local Planned Parenthood in 2016.


Addressing a Culture of Shame

Understanding the underlying shame that can lead to the choices of our clients is key to addressing it and raising them into a place of healing. Help clients identify shame and walk forward stronger and more prepared to address it themselves.

Ashley Graves, LAS

Ashley Graves has been ministering to teenage girls for twenty years, the last five years as the executive director of Choices Clinic & Life Resource Center. She has a passion for helping them find the healing and love found only in Jesus Christ.


Sharing the Gospel with Your Clients

This workshop will focus on the importance of sharing the gospel with clients and help center representatives grow in the effectiveness of their presentation. Explore strategies for a smooth transition from reading pregnancy test or STD test results into a gospel presentation in order to care for the spiritual state of clients as well as physical.

Kimberly Nelson

Kimberly Nelson is the executive director of The Pregnancy Center of Gadsden County. She has been involved in multiple areas of pregnancy care work over the past eight years, including working one on one with clients, training volunteers, and leading abortion recovery groups. Kimberly is passionate about client care and purposeful client interaction.


Modern Adoption: What Today's Client Wants

Social media and instant communication have changed our world, including what your client wants and expects. Learning about modern adoption choices prepares your organization to provide her with reliable answers and resources available to her immediately.

Heather Featherston

Heather Featherston is the director of Lifetime Adoption, a nationwide adoption center serving mothers across the U.S. since 1986. Heather has worked with pregnant women and others in crisis for more than 19 years. Training and speaking nationwide, she delivers tools and methods of communicating that meet women where they are, addressing concerns about all aspects of adoption, and supporting the needs of women who choose adoption for a child.

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

Making a good impression on anyone is important, but when there's an ask for a major gift involved, the stakes could be extremely high. That's why it's important to make the most of such a meeting. This is a chance to learn how!

Joe Baker

Joe Baker is the co-founder and CEO of Save the Storks. His lifelong entrepreneurial spirit has made him successful in many endeavors, but his true passion lies in the pro-life movement. Joe and his wife, Ann, founded Save the Storks in 2011 and began touring the country with the vision of placing mobile medical units in every major city. Joe and Ann enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors of Colorado with their two little ones.


3 Ways to Double Monthly Givers

While major one-time gifts are wonderful, monthly gifts are the steady support that organizations count on for sustainability. Discover three principles used to double monthly givers every year as well as three ways to increase the gift level of current givers.

Mike G. Williams

Mike Williams has been in the top three multi-million dollar PHO fundraisers every year for the past fifteen years. He is the most "brought back year after year" speaker out there for pregnancy help banquets. He also operates a mission in the Dominican Republic which supports the work of two pregnancy centers in that country and a mommy-baby support program.


The Spirituality of Fundraising

Discover the spiritual transaction that takes place in all fundraising activities. Dive in deep to what that spirituality means as you approach all levels of donors, from major to monthly.

Beth Diemert

Beth Diemert currently works as a consultant for Heartbeat International where she regularly trains pregnancy help staff and volunteers across the country. She has previously served as president of Life Without Limits, vice president of LifeSteward Ministries, vice president of Heartbeat International, and executive director of Women's Choice Network.


What You Need to Know About Grants

Very few pregnancy help organizations seem to be applying for funding from grants, but a few that have received grants have had great results. Join one of these grant recipients to break down the myths about applying for federal, state, county, community, and family foundation grants, as well as how to report back once you receive your grant.

Vivian Koob, MRC, M.Ed.

Vivian Koob is a long-standing affiliate of Heartbeat International and serves as director of Elizabeth's New Life Center (ENLC) in Dayton, Ohio. ENLC currently has six women's centers and operates full prenatal care. Through grants, ENLC has been able to run a robust youth development program as well as a healthy marriage department.


7 Reasons Banquets Fall Short

Join Kirk Walden for an inside look at why our fundraising dinners fall short of expectations - and how we can avoid each of these pitfalls. In our time together, find out how we can win with our fundraising dinner, every year!

Kirk Walden

Kirk Walden currently serves as advancement specialist for Heartbeat International where he writes content for affiliates in a monthly eNewsletter called Advancement Trends in the Life Community. He also continues to regularly speak at banquets across the country. Using this experience of seeing hundreds of banquets over the years, he has compiled a manual called Banquet Planning from Scratch, available from Heartbeat International.


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

For women in unexpected pregnancies, the pregnancy center is the first response team and the church is the hospital. Learn ways to partner with churches that can change the lives of your clients. Whether you are building new relationships, or strengthening existing relationships, engaging the church and referring your clients there will certainly benefit your center.

Amy Ford

Amy Ford is the president and co-founder of Embrace Grace, a non-profit that inspires and equips the church to love single and pregnant young women. She is also the author of A Bump in Life: True Stories of Hope & Courage during an Unplanned Pregnancy.


Grieving Children We Could Not Save

When you work or volunteer in a pregnancy center, you save lives, but what about those women you meet that choose abortion anyway? Protecting the health of pregnancy center staff and volunteers includes helping them grieve the children whose lives they could not save, recognize the consequences of experiencing that loss, and find effective ways to mourn and find healing for you and others.

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

Fr. Frank Pavone is one of the most prominent pro-life leaders in the world. He is a priest of the Amarillo Diocese and serves full-time in pro-life leadership with his bishop’s permission. In 1993, he became National Director of Priests for Life. He is also the President of the national Pro-life Religious council, and the National Pastoral Director of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, and of Rachel’s Vineyard, the world’s largest ministry of healing after abortion. Janet Morana is a professional educator. She has worked full-time in national pro-life leadership since 2000, is trained in abortion recovery (Hope Alive Counselor), and is executive director of Priests for Life and co-founder of Silent No More and “Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion.”


Is Accreditation Right for Your Clinic?

Wondering if accreditation is a possibility for your clinic? See a presentation meant for board members, key leaders, nurse managers to assess the pros and cons of accreditation, what it is (and is not), and examine the value of a third party accreditation agency which meets current medical standards of care.

Tammy De Armas

Tammy De Armas joined the staff of Alternatives Women's Center in July 2010, and became CEO within a year. She became involved with Alternatives because of a personal experience with abortion, and she wanted to be a part of providing for women contemplating this choice. Her goal is to help them make the most informed decision possible and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.


The Latest on Abortion Pill Reversal*

Dr. George Delgado reviews the current state of reversal of the effects of mifepristone (RU-486) using progesterone in women who have changed their minds. Dr. Delgado explains why abortion pill reversal is safe, effective, and appreciated by the women who have the opportunity to reverse the effects of mifepristone (RU-486).

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

Dr. George Delgado, M.D.

Dr. George Delgado is the medical director of APR and Culture of Life Services (COLFS) in San Diego County. He received his medical degree from the University of California, Davis and completed his residency at Santa Monica Hospital/UCLA. He is board certified in family medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, health care ethics, NaProTechnology, and the Creighton Model for Natural Family Planning (NFP). He has been practicing family medicine since 1988.


Using Our Abundance for International Impact

Abortion rates outside the U.S. are 50 million or more annually while less than 1% of the worldwide resources to help women facing unexpected pregnancy are available outside the United States. Pregnancy help organizations can have a tremendous impact on hundreds of lives for minimal resources of time and money by utilizing our abundance to meet the needs of like ministries in other parts of the world. 

Rev. Phil Holsinger

For over 27 years, Phil has served as a pregnancy resource ministry leader. Currently president and CEO of Blue Ridge Women's Center in Roanoke, Virginia, and the founder of Mission Partners PRO with partner centers in Macedonia, Phil coaches a number of leaders both here and abroad.


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

Trauma impacts your client in lasting ways - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Discover tips, tools, and resources to have a stronger impact of healing for your client in all of those aspects. 

Suzanne Burns, MA-MFS

Suzanne Burns is founder and executive director of Foundation House Ministries, a maternity home and training program for pregnant and parenting women in critical situations. She is a Certified Family Trauma Professional and has spoken regionally on the impact of chronic trauma, chronic poverty, and Jesus in the lives of the young women Foundation House serves.


Intimate Partner Violence: Screening and Intervening*

Nurses/attendees will learn to identify clients who are victims of intimate partner violence (domestic violence) and/or reproductive coercion which is a type of intimate partner violence); how to conduct universal screening and education; evidence based screening tools; and best practices for responding and referring patients for further services to increase patient safety and improve bio-psychosocial health outcomes.

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

Martha Shuping, MD

Martha Shuping, MD is a psychiatrist and former pregnancy center director. She has trained leaders for abortion recovery ministry on four continents. An author of published research on the effects of abortion on mental health, she is a graduate of Harvard Medical School’s Global Clinic Scholars program.


Identifying and Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking

Understand, Identify, and assist our clients who may be at risk for, or victims of, human trafficking. This workshop will also provide resources and ideas about how to partner with organizations in your community to help victims and bring restoration to survivors.

Laura Lederer, Ph.D.

Laura Lederer is president of Global Centurion, an NGO fighting trafficking by focusing on reducing demand. Prior to her work there, she served for eight years in the U.S. Department of State as Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons. She is also the primary investigator of a study entitled, "The Health Consequences of Human Trafficking," in which she interviewed over 150 domestic survivors of sex trafficking about their physical and mental health status. 


Meeting the Needs of Post-Abortive Clients

Identifying the impact of abortion on the mind body and spirit of a client can be a challenge. Learn to help your post-abortive clients connect to their emotions, to Christ, and to the community through mercifully engaging with them and choosing the resources that will best meet their individual needs.

Karen Hildreth, MA, LMHC

Karen Hildreth is a licensed mental health counselor practicing for 10 years in Sarasota, Florida. Karen specializes in grief and loss. An owner of Sarasota Grief Counseling, Karen provides free counseling services for post-abortive women through Pregnancy Solutions.


Healing Wounded Fathers

A healed father can bring the positive impact God intended him to have to his world, but often, fathers hide the pain they feel after an abortion. Become empowered to address the hidden wound of abortion in fathers so they can be freed to positively impact their world.

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

Scott Miller works in an addictions recovery center where he encounters many men wounded by their involvement in an abortion. He has seen how direct intervention in this area can have a positive influence on the father, and on all of those around him. As part of his own personal healing journey, he has become a board member of Hope Now Family Concepts Maternity Home in Central Canada.


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

The work of building solid foundations is critical to maternity housing in everything from organizational structures for administrative health to programmatic guidelines that help build stability in the lives of residents. Join us for a "how-to" guide for homes in the early stages of development.

Callie Neff

Callie Neff serves the residential housing community in a variety of settings and roles including serving as leadership live-in staff for House of His Creation in Lititz, Pennsylvania. She is well-versed in the needs of women coming out of human trafficking as well as those facing unexpected pregnancies and walking through adoption.


Staffing Challenges in Maternity Housing

This panel-style workshop will present key lessons and insights from a variety of staffing models on topics like recruitment, retention, scheduling, and benefit packages.

Mary Peterson & NMHC Panel

Members of the leadership team of the National Maternity Housing Coalition will draw from their experience to present information on a wide array of staffing models. Mary Peterson, Heartbeat International's Housing Specialist, will serve as facilitator.


Serving within a Culture of Generational Poverty

In order to serve within a culture of generational poverty, maternity homes and pregnancy help organizations must understand the hidden rules and guidelines that their clients live under. Overcome the unique challenges of serving clients experiencing generational poverty with tools from this workshop.

Brianne Hansen

Brianne Hansen is the executive director at New Beginnings - A Home for Mothers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a certificate in child and adolescent studies.


Is It Time to Hit Refresh?

Join a panel of maternity housing leaders to see how they have discerned, planned and executed a program refresh. You will walk out knowing when it is time to rebuild your program from the ground up and how to do it.

Stephen Wallace, Esq. and Panel

Stephen Wallace is the executive director of Gabriel Network. Mark McDougal is the executive director of Ruth Harbor. Callie Neff is the executive director at Family of Restoration Ministries.


Determining Needs and Goals for Your Residents

This session will discuss using a standards and outcomes based measurement to determine needs and goals for your residents. The results should then guide your staff to design the learning environment of the home so that the residents are set up for success!

Vicki Krnac, M.Ed., CALT, QI

Vicki Krnac spent nearly 20 years in education teaching dyslexic students and training teachers. In 2015, she began serving on the board of directors of Hannah's Home in Ohio and shortly became the executive director. 


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

In the ever-changing world of technologies and web strategies, it's important to stay up to date in what will create an effective online presence for your organization. Discover ways to create and maintain an effective digital presence that will not only reach women in need, but invite them into your organization.

Tim Stephens

Tim Stephens is an employee of Heartbeat International and Extend Web Services and has served the non-profit community through web and digital design and development, graphics and illustration services, and digital marketing solutions for over six years.


Using Digital Advertising to Save Lives

Drawing from experience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where abortion rates have dropped significantly, learn how to use Facebook advertising and measure the results of digital advertising in your community. Women you want to reach are online. Help them become your clients so you can care for them and save lives.

Chris Humphrey, Ph.D.

Chris Humphrey has been executive director of Vision for Life - Pittsburgh since 2010, and has been involved previously in the organization of pro-life advocacy groups, in sidewalk counseling, and in pro-life lobbying. He has been on the board of Heartbeat International since October 2016.


Effective Marketing for Mobile Devices

One way to be sure you reach your client base is to show up on her mobile phone. Here are some tips, tricks, and hacks for navigating social media and internet advertising.

Dawn Marie Perez, LAS

Dawn Marie is in her 8th year as executive director of the StandUpGirl.com Foundation. She is a Certified Google AdWords Specialist, Life-Affirming Specialist, Certified Christian Educator and has an extensive background in computers. She is the key internet marketing strategist for StandUpGirl.com and two other Oregon-based organizations.


The Basics of Google AdWords

Have you ever used Google AdWords? No? Then this workshop is for you. Learn how to set up, organize and manage a Google pay-per-click campaign, which keywords have been most effective for pregnancy help organizations, and how to apply for a Google AdWords Grant.

Bri Laycock, LAS

Bri Laycock is the senior director of ministry solutions at Heartbeat International. She regularly speaks at conferences around the world on topics like answering the hard questions about abortion and reaching and engaging young women through technology. She is a Google AdWords Certified Professional and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their 9-year-old son.


Advancing Your AdWords Efforts

Already working with Google AdWords? Take this chance to expand your efforts with ad extensions, location and device bid adjustments, ad scheduling, and troubleshooting when your campaign isn't performing the way you would like. When you leave, you'll have all the tools you need to make the most of even a small advertising budget.

Bri Laycock, LAS

Bri Laycock is the senior director of ministry solutions at Heartbeat International. She regularly speaks at conferences around the world on topics like answering the hard questions about abortion and reaching and engaging young women through technology. She is a Google AdWords Certified Professional and currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and their 9-year-old son.


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*

Looking for the next step to providing pregnancy help for your clients? Nurses/attendees will learn from a firsthand account of developing a prenatal clinic in conjunction with a pregnancy medical clinic. Discussion will include: evidence based data regarding barriers to prenatal clinic utilization, reasons to develop a prenatal clinic, readiness to develop a prenatal clinic, benefits of developing a prenatal clinic and best practices in developing a prenatal clinic.

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

Christine Reyes and Michelle Tussing, BSN, RN, RDMS

Christine Reyes has over 35 years in the pregnancy help movement. Her experience includes being a founding board member, executive director and president/CEO in St. Petersburg, Florida, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Phoenix, Arizona. Michelle Tussing BSN, RN, RDMS has been the Director of Nursing Services at CPC of Greater Phoenix for over 11 years. She enjoys teaching small and large groups.


Pregnancy Support after a Lethal Antenatal Diagnosis*

When facing an Antenatal Lethal Diagnosis, often the couples are counseled regarding the available support services by the nursing staff of the Obstetrician or Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist. Attendees will learn about the pregnancy management options most often offered to couples after a lethal diagnosis is made and the support teams available within the community.

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

Dr. William Lile, D.O.

Dr. William Lile proved his pro-life commitment from the start of his career, buying the practice of the largest abortion provider in his area and ending abortions immediately in 1999. He speaks nationwide on patient care of unborn children, including prenatal surgeries and blood transfusions.


Treatment of Opioid Addiction in Pregnancy*

Nurses/Attendees will learn to identify symptoms of drug withdrawal, how to quantify with the COWS scale (Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale), and treatment in pregnant women with Medication Assisted Treatment. We will review medications used and other options for treatment in pregnancy.

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

Marilyn Kindig, D.O.

Dr. Marilyn Kindig is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Lima, Ohio and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area. She received her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She also serves as the medical director for Heartbeat of Lima.


Expanding Your Clinic's Medical Opportunities*

The goal of this workshop is to expand your medical outreach beyond the normal venues of ultrasound and clinic. Programming ideas will be presented to help address the modifiable risk factors associated with infant mortality. Intentional partnering with community agencies to more effectively meet client needs without duplicating services will be discussed.

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

Candi Durbin, RN, BSN

Candi is the Medical Services Director at Pregnancy Choices in Canton, Ohio, where she oversees the clinics at three locations and has implemented both Centering and “VITAL” classes for long term client education and quarterly childbirth classes.


Teens, STDs, and Healthy Choices*

This course will cover current evidence-based information on the prevalence, symptoms, treatments and potential long-term consequences of twelve common sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, nurses/attendees will explore the use of games/activities to create an interactive learning environment in which teens can learn about STDs, the importance of testing/early treatment and methods to encourage teens to set guidelines for both healthy relationships and positive life choices which will impact them throughout their lives.

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

Gail Littlefield, RN, BSN

Gail has served at Options Pregnancy & Sexual Health Resources since 1991, first as a volunteer, then a staff nurse, and currently as Nurse Manager. With an educational background in biochemistry and microbiology, Gail's passion has always been in the medical field. She has been able to home school each of her 5 children through high school and is still regularly involved with a home school co-op where she teaches classes, which has prepared her well to work with the young women and men who come to Options. 


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

In California, as is the case in many states, messages of sexual integrity are no longer welcome in the classroom, which means we have to get creative. #ihavehope is a social media and real life social movement for young people. It is a pilot program begun in Fresno with the HOPE Team (Sexual Integrity program for Pregnancy Care Center) where young people learn about healthy relationships in a church or youth group setting and use the information they learn to share with their peers in a non-church setting.

Shannon Campbell

Shannon Campbell is an experienced high school educator and school principal with a desire to reach young people where they are and equip and empower them to be leaders among their peers.


How "Theology of the Body" Helps Us Today

Rediscover, or discover for the first time, love and intimacy through John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Engaging the culture with Christian sexual ethics requires us to recover the true sense of our worth as embodied persons. This allows us to love freely and truly, and we can share that when we recognize the heart of the matter.

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

Fr. Joel Jason is a priest of the Archdiocese of Manila. He earned his licentiate degree on Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and has served as a resident professor, formator and Dean of Studies of the San Carlos Seminary Theology Department. He is presently the Commissioner of the Archdiocese of Manila Commission on Family and Life, member of the bioethics committee of Makati Medical Center and Board of Advisors of Heartbeat Pregnancy Support Services of Asia. He is also the author of a book called Free Love, True Love.


Engaging Students to Strengthen Future Families

It's time to change the world by learning how to teach students in schools and clients in your center the blueprint for strong future families. Discover the essentials to take your program to the community, gain entrance to public schools - and stay there - and keep clients coming back for more opportunities to learn about building healthy relationships and families.

Catherine Wood, LAS, SRA

Catherine Wood is the founder and President of Relationships Under Construction. She serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Ohio Adolescent Health Association and is the Fiscal Agent for the state initiative called Ohio Adolescent Health Centers Project. Since 1987, Catherine has worked in the relationships and marriage education field. Catherine has authored many curricula which have served hundreds of thousands of students in Ohio since 2002, and have spread across 30 states and several countries.


Fertility Awareness in the PRC

How can your clients benefit from fertility awareness programs from your pregnancy center? Find out in this workshop where we will talk content, promotion, and the importance of follow-up after classes end. 

Leslie Moyer, M.Ed., SRAS

Leslie Moyer is the Director of Sexual Integrity Programs at Morning Star Pregnancy Services in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has had ten years of experience speaking to students on Sexual Risk Avoidance as well as thirteen years working as a counselor and instructor at Morning Star.


Changing the Conversation from Sex to Love

Looking for a fun and interactive way to teach relationship development skills to clients? Look no further. In this workshop, we'll learn to identify at least four new trends in sexuality education, articulate the latest research to advocate against trends in sexuality education, and establish a new language to work with schools and the community regarding a change in conversation from sex to love.

Joneen Mackenzie, RN, BSN, CPSII, SRAS

Joneen Mackenzie graduated from the University of Texas, School of Nursing. She is a former 1st Lt. in the USAF Nurse Corp and is a credentialed and certified prevention specialist and a credentialed sexual risk avoidance specialist. Currently, she is president/founder of the Center for Relationship Education. Joneen also serves on the boards of the Ascend, the Medical Institute, and the National Association for Relationship and Marriage Education.


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

In dealing with clients, some things simply seem impossible. We constantly must turn from worry to trust God in the most difficult of circumstances, knowing that there is no heart so dark He cannot penetrate and no need so great He cannot supply. Here's where we learn to view impossibilities as opportunities to put the God of the impossible on display.

Pastor Andy Merritt

Andy is the pastor of Edgewood Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia, where he has served for 40 years. In addition to his pastoral duties, Andy is one of the early pioneers and leaders in the Pregnancy Center Movement. In 1981 Andy led his church to establish the nation's first church sponsored Pregnancy Center, which now has had the opportunity to minister to 65,000 different woman.


God, Are You Still There?

Leaders need spiritual strength in the midst of ministry madness. Here's how we learn to come back from the brink, refreshed and restored. 

Kerry Jepson

Kerry Jepson is the CEO of Assure Pregnancy Clinic where she has served in many capacities since 1993. She also serves as a site consultant with Focus on the Family's Option Ultrasound Program. Since 2005, she has helped over 180 pregnancy help medical clinics qualify for OUP grants. Kerry and her husband Scott live in Southern California and have two children and three grandchildren.


How God Prepares Us to Serve

Using Colossians 3:12, we will look at the attributes of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience to examine our own gifts and challenges. With this understanding, we can see the call of God and His ability to provide everything we need for the journey.

Anne Pierson

Anne touches the heart of her audience to help them see things form Christ’s perspective. Anne is director of ministry services for Loving and Caring. She has lived with over 200 pregnant women and continues to serve them in various ways. She is the author of the My Baby and Me workbooks.


Spiritual Warfare in the World of Promoting Life

When you're facing a spiritual battle, it's important to have a foundation to stand on. In this workshop, we will lay a foundation of the life and blessings standards given to us by God and how we can apply them to the work that we do in order to make a positive change.

Mari Wingate

Mari Wingate serves as executive director for the Living Help Center, a non-profit organization that helps women experiencing unexpected pregnancy, relationship issues, and trauma. She received her Master’s in Human Development and Mediation and is a licensed minister with special training in healing the inner self and helping others reach emotional and spiritual freedom.


Prayer Changes Things

Prayer is an essential part of our lives, but also of every aspect of our ministries. In fact, it is the most important piece of the ministry and applies to not only clients, but donors, volunteers, and staff.

Melissa Heiland

Melissa Heiland is the founder of Beautiful Feet International, a ministry that starts international pregnancy centers. Melissa has worked in pregnancy help ministries for over 20 years. She trains staff and volunteers in pregnancy ministries in the United States and abroad.


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

From recruiting and hiring talent, to developing your staff and fostering sound people practices, we'll address hot topics in managing your staff, as well as the legal cautions associated with each. We will also provide any timely legislative updates and address the HR challenges you’re facing.

Betsy Wetherby, Danielle White, J.D.

Before joining Heartbeat International in 2015, Betsy Wetherby served as Chief Human Resources Officer for highly rated law firm, Bricker & Eckler LLP, and has over 25 years of HR experience. Danielle White, a former Blackstone Legal Fellow, joined the Heartbeat team as Legal Counsel in July 2015.


A Biblical Guide for Staff Retention

When biblical principles inform our hiring, training, development, and leadership practices, staff retention improves. Learn to use Behavioral Interviewing practices in staff selection as well as lead and motivate using a biblical business model.

Sonya Hartburg

With more than sixteen years of service in leadership and management, Sonya Hartburg currently serves at ICU Mobile where she helps affiliates effective serve women, save lives, and share Christ.


Managing a World-Changing Team

Changing the world starts with changing ourselves, then changing others so they can change others - and so on. This workshop will provide concrete steps to creating a world changing team.

Raul Reyes

Raul has been married to Christine for 35 years, and they have five children and seven grandchildren. For more than thirty years, he has served locally, nationally, and internationally in the mission field created by abortion. He currently leads CPC of Greater Phoenix, the largest pregnancy center ministry in Arizona with multiple locations and a number of programs and services caring for over 13,000 women annually.


Creating a Healthy Emotional Culture

Pressure, stress, and spiritual warfare in pregnancy help organizations often cause emotions to run high, and uncontrolled emotions can wreak havoc within an organization. Emotional accountability can change the culture of a pregnancy help organization to one of peace, unity, and success.

Tracie Shellhouse, MBC, CMCLC, LAS

Tracie began serving pregnancy help organizations in 2003 as a satellite office manager and client services director. In 2009, she accepted an executive directorship of centers in the Houston, Texas area. Tracie joined New Hope Pregnancy Care Center of Cleveland, Tennessee as their CEO in 2011, where she continues to serve today.


Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout*

Pregnancy care ministry can be immensely enjoyable and rewarding, but it can also be stressful, frustrating, and just sheer hard work. Learning to cope with the stresses and sources of discouragement can make the difference between thriving in ministry and merely surviving. Gain the skills to identify anxiety symptoms, strategize to reduce stress, and maintain peace within the pregnancy center.

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

Christa Brown, RN

Christa is a registered nurse and has worked in pregnancy care centers for over twenty years in many roles including resource director, nurse sonographer, marketing director, and as the director of three medical centers. Christa now serves as a medical specialist with Heartbeat International. She has been married for twenty-seven years and resides in northwest Indiana with her husband Jody. They have five children and seven grandchildren.


Ultrasound Advancement 

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

When All is Not Well*

From miscarriages to ectopic pregnancies, we can quickly go from ‘not so well’ to ‘not well at all’. From there, the typical exam turns into something completely different. This presentation will focus on the most commonly encountered abnormalities within the first trimester.

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

Tammy serves as a full-time missionary in Nicaragua as the Director of Women's Ministries and a sonographer serving the poorest of the poor. Early in her professional career, she served as the program director of an accredited Diagnostic Sonography program and deployed the first medical mobile unit for the Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield, MO. She also serves as a consultant and ultrasound trainer for Heartbeat International.


Hot Topics in Ultrasound*

We seem to always find ourselves debating over key hot topics to improve our outcomes in nursing and ultrasound. These topics can inflame emotions to unhealthy levels at times. This workshop will focus on the importance of these debates as we work together to determine which practices are best for our patients and our mission.

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

Bryan is a sonographer who manages a large multi-specialty clinic and multiple imaging departments in a hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He volunteered with the Pregnancy Care Center in Springfield for three years before shifting his focus to imaging education with Heartbeat International. He began his imaging career in 2001 as a Radiologic Technologist and then went on to complete his education in sonography in 2003. He is registered in Abdomen, OB/GYN, Vascular Technology, and Adult Echocardiography from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical sonography.


Each Uniquely Created: A Sonographer's Perspective*

Nurses/medical personnel will observe the uniqueness of each person scanned with focus on variations in anatomical structures seen in the Pregnancy Medical Clinic setting. The workshop will encourage growth in sonography knowledge and skills for performing limited OB scans in the PMC setting.

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

Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS (OB/GYN)

Audrey Stout, RN, RDMS, Vice President for Medical Services with NIFLA, and co-founder of SoundView Imaging Partners, a sonography training group. She has served with pregnancy centers since 1987, as a board member, a nurse manager, and facilitating medical clinic conversion, in addition to working in OB/GYN and high risk clinics. As an instructor for NIFLA's Institute in Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound team since 2000, Audrey challenges sonography students to always strive for excellence in knowledge, skills, and service. 


Disinfecting Transvaginal Ultrasound Probes*

In this course, nurses/attendees will learn how the current industry and Joint Commission standards are regarding high-level disinfection of transvaginal probes used during first trimester limited obstetrical ultrasound examinations. They will learn what methods are currently available, what procedures and compounds are safe for nurses, sonographers and patients. Most importantly, they will learn what the risks are to transmit disease from one patient to the other, or themselves, if improper device reprocessing procedures are being performed.

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

Kevin Rooker, RT(R), RDMS, RVT

Kevin Rooker is a Clinical Marketing Specialist for CIVCO Medical Solutions, field based in Poolville, Texas. He is a Registered Sonographer holding specialties in Abdominal, OB/GYN, Neurosonology, and Vascular technology. He has been a practicing Sonographer for over 34 years and has served as a faculty speaker and hands-on workshop leader at numerous educational events, including 2 previous Heartbeat International Conferences. Kevin feels called to be able to share his Sonography knowledge with the pregnancy center community.


Manipulating the Transducer for Better Images*

Ultrasound is operator dependent. This workshop will strengthen and reinforce visual definition of fetal and pelvic landmarks for the intermediate level nurse sonographer. Participants will learn landmarks, instrumentation, image optimization, transducer orientation and manipulation and structure characterization. Do you get lost when searching for the baby? Do you have difficulty centering your image on the monitor? Do you get lost in the vagina with transvaginal imaging? You will learn how to find the lie of the baby, the landmarks and manipulate the transducer to find whatever you are looking for.

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

Shari Richard, RDMS

Shari Richard founded Sound Wave Images in 1990 through which she produced the videos Ultrasound: "A Window to the Womb" & "Eyewitness to the Earliest Days of Life." Her ultrasound images have educated millions with over 750,000 distributed, broadcasted, and distributed. Shari continues to produce "The Next Generation" videos for public and private schools, pregnancy help organizations, medical centers, and church groups.




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 centers 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.

Life Perspectives' Provider ID: 886770056

Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing educations credits as required by the National Associations of Social Workers.

Life Perspectives is also accredited through CAMFT. Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing educations credits for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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.



Airport Information: Orange County/ John Wayne International Airport/ Anaheim - (SNA)

  • Taxi - follow the signs to Ground Transportation and there will be a taxi/cab line where you will get your taxi cab.  Approximate cost of a trip to/from SNA airport to the hotel is $45-$50 each way.  
  • Shuttle- Super Shuttle is available at $11 each way from SNA airport.  Please contact Super Shuttle directly to make your reservation at  800-258-3826 or  online at https://booking.supershuttle.com.
  • Uber – the Uber service is available in Anaheim and to & from the airport.  Just use your app and you’re on your way.

Parking: Self-parking is based on limited availability for a daily rate of $28-$30/day.

Weather and Attire: Dress for the entire Conference will be business casual and comfortable. Since our meeting rooms are air conditioned and temperature controlled, we recommend bringing a sweater/jacket during sessions. Average temperatures in Anaheim during this week will probably be between 74-76 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and in the mid-50’s at night.

Discount Disney Tickets: Interested in discounted Disneyland® Resort Theme Park tickets? Heartbeat has them! These tickets will be valid from Thursday, April 5, 2018 to Monday, April 16, 2018. The Ticket Store Closes at 9:00pm PST on Friday, April 6, 2018. If you would like more information on how to purchase these tickets, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a secure link to the discounted ticket store!


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