Our Conference Team

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Conference Chair

Joe Wetterling

Guild President Joe is serving as chairman for this year's conference. He's a professional educator, writer, and homeschooling dad with a passion for lifelong learning. Joe has taught natural theology for Holy Apostles College & Seminary's MOOC program and for the Dominican Institute (now SignumDei.com). You can learn more about him at JoeWetterling.com.

Programming Coordinator

Laura Lowder

Laura Lowder swam the Tiber on November 3, 2002, after more than 25 years as an evangelical Protestant. She has been blogging since 2004.

In 2012, she began the blog Surviving the Rainbow, devoted to writing about being the wife and ex-wife of a man with SSA (Same-Sex Attraction). Laura has served as co-organizer of the Catholic Writer’s Guild’s online writers’conference and president of the NC Chapter of the Guild, She continues to blog, as well as work on a novel and a book about living a better-grounded life, using the Rule of Benedict as a guide.

Laura is a piano teacher and church musician, a Benedictine Oblate, and secretary of the Catholic Writers Guild & of the NC chapter.

Tradeshow Coordinator

Barb Szyszkiewicz

Barb is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, and freelance writer. She serves as Managing Editor at Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine and Editor at CatholicMom.com. 

Volunteer Coordinator


Communication Liason

Carolyn Astfalk

Carolyn writes contemporary Catholic romances, is a CatholicMom.com contributor, and freelance writer. She lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania with her husband and four children.

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