Authors and Presenters
Danielle Bean is editor-in-chief of Catholic Digest. She is also author of My Cup of Tea: Musings of a Catholic Mom, Mom to Mom, Day to Day: Advice and Support for Catholic Living and (with Elizabeth Foss) Small Steps for Catholic Moms: Think. Pray. Act. Every Day.
Rachel Balducci is first and foremost a wife and mother. Rachel is a newspaper columnist for the Southern Cross and writes online at her personal blog, Testosterhome.net. She is a co-host of The Gist, a talk show for women on Catholic TV and the author of How Do You Tuck In A Superhero? and Other Delightful Mysteries of Raising Boys. She writes about the intersection of faith and family as she tries to figure out how keeping her bathroom clean will help make her a saint.
Crystalina Evert is the founder of Women Made New and the author of Pure Womanhood, How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul, and Theology of the Body for Teens. She has spoken nationally and internationally to hundreds of thousands of people about the virtue of chastity and God’s plan for human sexuality. Crystalina is also on the Board of Advisors for the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. She is a frequent guest on radio programs throughout the country, and her television appearances include MSNBC, the BBC, Donahue, WGN-TV news, and EWTN. She and her husband Jason have hosted a pair of TV series for teens on EWTN and run the websites womenmadenew.com and chastityproject.com
Lisa M. Hendey is the Founder of CatholicMom.com and the author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. Lisa speaks around the country on Faith, Family, New Evangelization and Technology and is a contributor to Patheos.com, Our Sunday Visitor and numerous other publications. She resides in California with her husband Greg and their sons. Visit Lisa at LisaHendey.com.
Linda Padgett has been married to her high school sweetheart for almost 23 years. Her family converted to Catholicism in 1999 and have loved it every since. Linda co-authored a book on chastity with her husband Chris, and often travels with him giving talks on chastity, marriage/ family and women issues. Basically, she is a busy mom who loves her family and can’t imagine doing anything else.
Grace Patton is a Catholic stay-at-home wife and mother, living in St. Louis. She blogs at Camp Patton about her deep affection for minivans, grocery store odysseys, and visits to the hospital in search of cafeteria donuts and quality time with her husband, who is in his OB-GYN residency.
Abby Sasscer was born in the Philippines and came to the United States in 1986. She is a wife, homeschooling mother, author, writer and speaker. Abby is the author of Simplifying Your Domestic Church: A Spiritual Journal To Help Declutter, Organize and Systemize The Home and Sophie’s Stuff, a children’s book teaching little ones to declutter and share with others. In 2004, Abby’s family moved to a cottage in the mountains in order to practice voluntary simplicity and founded Project Nazareth to inspire and encourage families to live simply and generously even if the world says otherwise.
Sarah Swafford is national speaker and the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries at EmotionalVirtue.com. Sarah works part-time as the Director of Special Projects for Catholic Identity at Benedictine College. Sarah has appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock, has been featured in the National Catholic Register and as a speaker for the Steubenville Youth Conferences. Sarah currently resides in Atchison, Kansas with her wonderful husband and their small children.
Kate Wicker is a wife, mom, speaker, and the author of Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body. Kate is regular guest on Relevant Radio and a health columnist for Catholic Digest. She also has a novel in the works that she cobbles together in between searching for rogue socks, keeping her home one step ahead of a health hazard, and reading storybooks to her young children. Learn more about her speaking, writing, and life at KateWicker.com.