Our emcee, Alyssa Bormes, is an educator, author, speaker, and retreat leader. She currently teaches at the Chesterton Academy, writes for The Catholic Spirit and the WINE blog, is the host of a weekly show Christian Witnesses in the Church on Radio Maria US, and is the author of The Catechism of Hockey. Alyssa is a frequent speaker at WINE events and always an entertaining emcee! (AlyssaBormes.com)
Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., wife, mother, and business owner has served the Church for twenty-five years as a Catholic evangelist, best-selling author, writer, radio host and Ignatian-certified retreat director. She is the President-Co-founder of Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org), an international apostolate of prayer and service for the holiness of priests. Often featured on Catholic media: EWTN Radio & TV, Radio Maria, The Catholic Channel, and Focus TV, she enthusiastically proclaims the joy of the Gospel.
ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded singer, composer, recording artist, and inspirational speaker. She’s an experienced college professor, a leader of worship and prayer, and a workshop presenter. She sings a broad range of styles from traditional to contemporary, with collections that include; You Gotta Move, Anointing, Psalms from the Soul, Give God the Glory, and Spirit & Soul. Learn more at: vallimar.com
Liz (Elizabeth) Kelly, a native Minnesotan, is a noted speaker, retreat leader and award-winning author, whose works include short stories, arts and music reviews, books on prayer and worship, and meditations on faith, spiritual struggle, and Christian womanhood. She has written seven books, including May Crowning, Mass, and Merton: 50 Reasons I Love Being Catholic, which won the Catholic Press Association first place award for Best Popular Presentation of the Faith in 2007. She is also the author of “The Wind,” a short story nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2001. Kelly contributes to various periodicals, including Our Sunday Visitor, and her written works frequently appear in the MAGNIFICAT’S Lenten and Advent Companions. Learn more about Liz at: Lizk.org
Kelly Wahlquist is a wife, mother of three, inspiring Catholic author and speaker residing in Minnesota. She is the founder of WINE: Women In the New Evangelization, Assistant Director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute, and contributing writer for Catholicmom.com. Her book Created to Relate: God’s Design for Peace & Joy encourages and inspires women to live fully their beautiful God-given gifts for building relationships. She is the creator and editor of Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women. Kelly travels the country speaking to all on topics that inspire us to live the New Evangelization, but has a special love for speaking at Catholic women’s events. (KellyWahlquist.com)
Our wonderful music minister, Caroline has been leading the women at the WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference in praise & worship for the past 4 years! A music teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School, Caroline was born and raised in Caboolture, on the East Coast of Australia, where she studied music at the Queensland University of Technology. She has a major in Classical Voice and a minor in Jazz Voice. Caroline moved to the U.S. in 1996 to serve on NET Ministries and is a founding member of the Catholic band Sonar which ministers to youth across the country.