Workshop Presenters

Right to Life of North Central Indiana

2023 Pregnancy Resource Center Networking Day

Friday, November 3, 2023

Pregnancy Resource Center Networking Day

We are excited about the line up of workshop presenters we are putting together for this year’s Pregnancy Center Networking Day. We’re bringing back several popular presenters from previous years and adding some new ones. Below is the list of presenters and their workshops. Click on the links for more details

Workshop Presenters

  • Connecting With Your Hispanic Community – Lucas Fonseca: Founder and Director of Language Matters
  • Healing the Abortion Wounded Heart – Lisa Davis: Founder and Director of Deeper Still of Northern Indiana
  • Developing Your Father Program – Jeff Fater – Men’s Coaching Manager at RETA
  • Adult Attachment, ACEs, and Parenting Skills and Risky Behaviors – Stacey Gagnon – Co-Founder: Trauma Lens Care & Lost Sparrows,
  • The Cross-generational Workplace – Jim Swanson – Kosciusko County YMCA Director
  • Mail Order Abortion and Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) – Dr. Nancy Wozniak

Workshop Topic – Connecting With Your Hispanic Community

Presenter: Lucas Fonseca – Founder and Director of Language Matters

Workshop Description: Our focus through this training is to equip learners with clear, practical strategies for branding their organization to connect with the Hispanic community. Attendees will be given strategies that will allow them to interact confidently with the Hispanic demographic they intend to serve. Participants will walk away with clear takeaways, such as the best channels for connecting with their audience, and how to make the most out of each interaction. We want this workshop to be informative and encouraging for you and your team!

Bio: Lucas Fonseca founded Language Matters in college in 2018. Since then, he has built an outstanding international team that is highly respected for their work in the community.

Some of his most rewarding projects to date have included work with municipalities, economic development corporations, chambers of commerce, colleges, and nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

In early 2022, Lucas developed a language-access plan for the City of Warsaw, which he continues to implement. He has recently expanded this innovative model to the City of Logansport, Indiana, and is actively connecting with mayors across the state, equipping municipalities to connect with the growing immigrant population.

During his company’s five years of operation, his work has also made entrepreneurial programs accessible to Latino business owners and provided interpretation for COVID testing sites. His company was also selected as a 2021 gBETA company at gener8tor, a nationally ranked accelerator. In the same year, Lucas was awarded KEDCO’s Rising Leader Award for outstanding leadership in Kosciusko County. In August 2023, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation nominated Lucas for Forbes 30 under 30 North America for his impactful work in the state of Indiana.

Since the onset of the business, Lucas and his brother also co-founded Aiming Toward College; a recruiting agency that helps international students obtain scholarships in the United States.

Workshop – Healing the Abortion Wounded Heart

Presenter: Lisa Davis – Founder and Director of Deeper Still of Northern Indiana

Workshop Description: We will review the characteristics of an abortion wounded heart and the process for healing.  We will talk about the importance of early intervention for the newly post abortive woman to (hopefully) prevent a repeat abortion, adverse coping skills, and relationship decline.

We will also discuss the impact of abortion on relationships, especially with the father of the baby. Adverse impact on men will be reviewed and the rationale behind helping fathers heal. We will also discuss the impact of abortion on the culture as a whole and why healing for the abortion wounded heart is key to bringing healing to our nation.

Bio: Lisa has over 20 years of experience working as a psychiatric nurse and another 20 years working in pregnancy resource centers helping women and their families with unplanned pregnancies. Additionally, Lisa has extensive training in dealing with the trauma of abortion, as well as personal experience with abortion and personal/spiritual healing. For nearly 20 years, Lisa facilitated Bible study/support groups addressing the specific grief and pain from a past abortion.

In 2017 Lisa established Deeper Still Northern Indiana, a not-for-profit which provides Biblically based healing retreats for men and women with abortion wounded hearts, offered free of charge to participants. DSNI is a chapter of Deeper Still (national) founded by Karen Ellison in Knoxville Tennessee. Deeper Still has 27 chapters nationwide. Lisa and her husband, Mike publicly share their abortion experience, which occurred in 1985, to help others overcome their grief and shame and to help Christians develop a helpful response to their abortion wounded family and friends. They co-facilitate Deeper Still Retreats in Indiana.

Lisa and Mike are the parents of two fine adult children and grandparents to two beautiful granddaughters. They attend Harvest Fellowship Church in Fort Wayne, IN

Workshop Topic – Developing Your Father Program

Presenter: Jeff Fater – Men’s Coaching Manager at RETA

Workshop Description: We will discuss areas of learning and fruitfulness in fatherhood ministry and with couples. Topics will include client connection and retention, curriculum, volunteers, and how men see progress as they “Level Up”. We will also share about areas of concentration for clients to choose: New Baby Prep, Parenting Challenges, Life Skills, Relationship Improvement, The Path to Marriage, and Marriage Enhancement.

Bio: Jeff Fater has served as the Men’s Coaching Manager at RETA in Elkhart since 2013. He meets with men and fathers of all ages and with couples, leading them through materials on parenting, relationships, life skills, and spiritual content. He provides premarital counseling and performs weddings. Jeff also speaks at memorial services for the women’s abortion recovery program and has led three men through a similar program. He co-developed the curriculum for Risks & Boundaries, RETA’s abstinence education program; he co-teaches this in schools and leads 1-on-1 office sessions. Jeff has more than 20 years of pastoral experience and is passionate about the impact of fathers in their families and communities.

Workshop Topics:

Workshop #1 – Adult Attachment, ACEs and Parenting Skills

Workshop #2 – Risky Behaviors

Presenter: Stacey Gagnon – Creator and Director: Trauma Lens Care & Co-Founder: Lost Sparrows

Workshop #1 – Adult Attachment, ACEs and Parenting Skills

This training will look at our own attachment styles using a “soft” adult attachment interview. We will discuss how we are influenced by our attachment style in the way we parent, work, and relate to others. We will also discuss the in-utero experience and its long-term effects on future relationships and emotional regulation.

Goals for this training:

  • Examine the implications of the adult attachment questions.
  • Investigate the connection between adult maladaptive behaviors and early childhood adversity.
  • Understand the difference between low reflective functioning and high reflective functioning and its implications in relationships.
  • Develop skills to have a reflective stance in regard to behaviors in adults and children.

Workshop #2 – Risky Behaviors

Scared kids do scary things. When we work with children from hard places, we will often see them act out with maladaptive behaviors. This class will explore where some of these behaviors come from and how best to handle them within the home. If behaviors are a means of communicating a need, then we should be able to see past the behavior to the need.

Bio: Stacey Gagnon is a foster mom, adoptive mom, blogger, educator, published children’s book author, registered nurse, and international speaker. She is the creator and Director of Trauma Lens Care where she provides training on trauma-informed practices, substance abuse, and ACEs in schools, jails, and public forums. TLC was created as a way for first responders to communicate with schools when families are involved with the police. Stacey and her husband, Darren, founded Lost Sparrows, Inc. in 2016 to alleviate the flow of children into orphanages in Eastern Europe. She has traveled across the US and Europe speaking and training on the effects of trauma on children and families.

Workshop Topic – The Cross Generational Workplace

Presenter: Dr. Jim Swanson – Kosciusko County YMCA Director

Workshop Description: In today’s workplace, there are potentially 5 generations that exhibit unique personality traits and values. There are ways to bridge the generational gap. It begins with communication, humility, and a deep curiosity about the strengths and limitations of our team members as well as ourselves. Instead of perpetuating a culture of “us vs. them” leaders need to understand that every generation has something to teach and share with other generations. In this session, we will look at the most challenging aspects of a cross-generational workplace, as well as focus on the things that can unite colleagues and boost workplace engagement.

Bio: Dr. Swanson began his work as CEO at the KCYMCA in January of 2017 after 25 years as an administrator in Higher Education. What he has loved about his work at a non-profit has been a mission driven “dynamic” team of employees, fundraising and expansion work and experiencing firsthand the impact that the Y is having in Kosciusko County. Dr. Swanson is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the states of Indiana and Michigan, an adjunct professor at Huntington University (MBA and Grad Counseling programs) and Grace College (Master of Higher Education and Non Profit Management) and is currently a frequent speaker/trainer at various not for profits on personality, team building and culture. He has been married to his wife Patti for 36 years and has three adult children: John, Tim (Kris) and Katie (fiancé Drew). His personal time is tied up teaching, collecting vinyl records (mostly 1970’s classic rock), watching Katie play volleyball for Grace College, and reading mostly scholarly publications focused on social issues, counseling and workplace culture.

Workshop Topic – Mail Order Abortion and Abortion Pill Reversal (APR)

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Wozniak

This workshop will cover the topics of Mail Order Abortion and Abortion Pill Reversal (APR).  Dr Wozniak will address what the abortion pill is, how the medication abortion regimen is used, and its risks.  She will also discuss Abortion Pill Reversal (APR) .  As medical abortion accounts for >54 % of all abortions (2020) the public should be well versed on the risks of these medication regimens and why complications are under reported.  She will also provide a brief update on abortion laws in Indiana.

Bio: Dr Wozniak receiver her MD degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in 1998. She completed two years of Internal Medicine residency, then completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Following residency, she practiced at Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign-Urbana, IL for 11 years. During that time she was Associate Clerkship Director for Obstetrics and Gynecology and highly involved in medical education.  She has served on various hospital committees including Ethics committees and was Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology while at Carle. While living and raising her family in Champaign, she was also very involved and supportive of the pro-life organization, Living Alternatives. Currently Dr Wozniak’s practice is hospital-based obstetrics in the Indianapolis area. She is a board member of the American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She has been married for nearly 37 years, has three children, one of whom is a resident in a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics program.