Speakers

DONNA FITZPATRICK BETHELL

Donna F. Bethell is a member of the board of directors of Sandia Corporation, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, which operates Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy.  She is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, and of Imago Dei, Inc., which promotes study groups on the theology of the body. 

From 1990 to 2009, Mrs. Bethell was president and CEO of Radiance Services Company and a director and vice president of Cauldron Company, working in technology development and licensing. Prior to joining Cauldron, Mrs. Bethell held several posts at the United States Department of Energy from 1984 to 1990, including Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Renewable Energy, Assistant Secretary for Management and Administration, and Under Secretary. She was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Semiconductors and the National Commission on Superconductivity.  Before entering government service, she maintained her own law practice in Washington, D.C., after being an associate attorney at the firm of O'Connor & Hannan in Washington. 

In 1980 Mrs. Bethell received a Juris Doctor degree from the National Law Center of George Washington University and was admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia.  She received a bachelor of arts degree in physics from American University, Washington, D.C., in 1972.  Mrs. Bethell resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband Tom.

TOPICS:

“Theology of the Body - the Positive Vision of Catholicism and an Antidote to Abortion, Contraception, and Same-Sex Marriage”


JAMES PARK

James (Jim) Park was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area.  He has been on the Board of Director’s for Imago Dei, Inc. since 2007.  His initial experience with Theology of the Body (TOB) came during seminary studies in 2000 and 2001, which was later followed by involvement in an experiential TOB study group under the auspices of Women Affirming Life, the predecessor organization to Imago Dei.  Mr. Park has led TOB experiential study groups and given facilitator formation training presentations for Imago Dei.  In addition, he has given TOB presentations at his home parish, St. Louis in Alexandria, Virginia, both to RCIA groups and to parish-wide audiences.

Mr. Park works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  He is married to the love of his life, Geneva, and they have two beautiful daughters: Colette (age 6) and Anna Therese (age 4).

TOPICS:

“Introduction to Theology of the Body – the Basics and Details of What It Is”, “Applying the Theology of the Body to Everyday Life”


TARA PLYMOUTH

Tara Plymouth, B.S.N, M.T.S., R.N., is a registered nurse and writer with nursing and biology undergraduate degrees, and a master's degree in theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. She has written theology of the body and bioethics articles and pamphlets for Linacre Quarterly, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Ethics & Medics, Our Sunday Visitor, and Ascension Press. She has facilitated Theology of the Body study groups in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.  She has worked as a biologist, educator, and nurse.  She resides in Philadelphia with her husband Joe. 

TOPICS: “Theology of the Body” in general; "Theology of the Body and Health Care", or other related topics as requested.

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