2015 Speakers

Rep. Molly White, R-55

Molly has lived in Belton for over four decades. Molly graduated from Belton High School and from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. As the founder of the non-profit Women for Life International and as the legislative director for Operation Outcry, Molly has made an impact in both the US and abroad by advocating for the sanctity of Life and for the importance of motherhood. Her activism in Texas has been instrumental in the passage of many Pro-Life laws including parental consent, Planned Parenthood defunding, mandatory ultrasound screening, and woman’s right to know. Molly has been a GOP precinct chairman, an election judge, a member of the Central Texas Republican Women’s Club, a delegate to the Texas Republican Convention, and a delegate to the Republican National Convention. She has volunteered as a Pro-Life and women’s health consultant for congressional campaigns and worked on both Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004 and on John McCain’s in 2008.

Molly serves on volunteer state leadership committees with conservative groups like the Liberty Institute, the Texas Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, Texas Values, and Texas Right to Life. Molly’s activism has given her the opportunity to interact and work with numerous conservative leaders across the state and country — legislators, ambassadors, and heads of state. Molly has now conducted training seminars on conservatism activism and Pro-Life advocacy in nine countries.

John Seago

John has worked  with Texas Right to Life for ten years, first as a legislative assistant during college and as the Legislative Director since 2011. He leads the research, writing, and lobbying for state Pro-Life legislation like the Pro-Life Sonogram Bill in 2011 and House Bill 2 that passed in 2013. Texas Right to Life led these historic Pro-Life victories and the efforts to keep taxpayer dollars out of the abortion industry in Texas.

John graduated with a double major in philosophy and biblical studies from Southeastern College in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He studied philosophy at University of Dallas for several years and is now earning his master’s in bioethics from Trinity International University. John lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Brandy and two children Nahum (4) and Sophia (2).

Arland K. Nichols

Arland K. Nichols is the founding President of the John Paul II Foundation for Life and Family. Formerly, he served as the Director of Education and Evangelization for Human Life International where he launched and was Executive Editor of the e-magazine, the Truth and Charity ForumPrior to his time at HLI, he was director of campus ministry and instructor of morality and bioethics at Pope John XXIII High School in Katy, Texas.

Mr. Nichols graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in philosophy, and he earned a Master of Divinity from the University of Saint Thomas Graduate School of Theology. He holds a certification in Health Care Ethics from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and is currently completing a Doctorate in Bioethics from Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy. Mr. Nichols is a highly regarded author and popular speaker dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Life and forming families as communities of love.

With a passion for speaking to various professional and lay audiences, Mr. Nichols has given presentations on virtually every topic that touches upon life, family, and religious liberty. Mr. Nichols speaks frequently at universities, medical schools, hospitals, conferences, and parishes throughout the country and is frequently interviewed by television, radio, and print media.

Jill Stanek

Jill StanekWhen it would have been easier to look the other way, Jill Stanek’s commitment to Christ led her to risk her job, reputation, and friendships to stop the terrible practices of abortion and infanticide.  Jill was a registered nurse in the Labor & Delivery Department at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois.  She discovered not only were abortions being committed there, but babies were being aborted alive to die without medical care. When hospital leaders said that they would not stop, Jill went public and has become a national figure in the effort to protect both born and preborn infants.

Jill is a member of Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois. She is wife to Rich; mother of Michael, Timothy, and Daena; and grandmother to nine grandsons.  She has addressed many groups at the national, regional, and local levels sharing her testimony and giving an insider’s view to the atrocity of abortion.  Jill oversees her own blog, www.jillstanek.com, one of the top ranking Pro-Life blogs in the U.S.

Natalie Davis

When Natalie Davis was 16-years-old, a difficult situation led to an unplanned pregnancy, but Natalie courageously chose Life for her child. She ultimately chose to place her daughter in an open adoption with a loving family.

Natalie now lives in Rockwall, Texas with her husband Josh and their two children, Laila (5) and Jack (born in October 2014). Natalie and Josh started their own business, Green Cleaning DFW, to offer environmentally friendly and home healthy cleaning services to the Metroplex. The Davis family attends Lake Pointe Church of Rockwall, which Natalie calls their “home away from home.”

Building a Pro-Life Culture on Your Campus – Peer Leaders

Ashlyn Rathburn is a junior at Texas State University in San Marcos and the President of Bobcats for Life. In 2013, she was chosen to be a Dr. Joseph Graham Fellow with Texas Right to Life. Ashlyn majors in Elementary Education and in her free time is a member of Mu Epsilon Theta and works part-time at Our Lady of Wisdom University Parish in San Marcos.

Joseph Francis is a recent graduate of Texas A&M University. While Joseph studied history at A&M, he was also involved with the Anglican Aggies and served as President of the Pro-Life Aggies during the 2013-2014 school year. Joseph became a Dr. Joseph Graham Fellow in 2012 and now, following graduation, works part-time for Texas Right to Life’s Outreach department.

Carly Burke is a junior Biology major at Texas A&M University and the President of Pro-Life Aggies. She became a Dr. Joseph Graham Fellow in 2013 and is currently working with her Pro-Life Aggies officers to plan the fourth annual Run for their Lives 5k to benefit recipients of their Pregnant and Parenting scholarship.

Julie Martin is a junior Business Management and Math double major at Southern Methodist University and is the President of Mustangs for Life. She is a Dr. Joseph Graham Fellow from the Class of 2013 and currently works as a Development intern for Texas Right to Life.

Trey Elmore is an Accounting major at the University of North Texas and serves as the Vice-President of Eagles for Life. He joined the Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship with the Class of 2013. In the fall, Trey helped organize a protest when Wendy Davis visited UNT during her campaign for governor.