Our Conference Team

Conference Chair

Rebecca Willen

Rebecca is a young professional and alumna of Christendom College. She is a nerdy Catholic, freelance writer and editor, book addict, Shakespeare fangirl, and musician. She currently works as Direct Mail Coordinator for the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

Tradeshow Coordinator

Ellen Gable Hrkach

Ellen is an award-winning author, publisher, editor, marketing director, self-publishing book coach, speaker, book reviewer, and Marriage Preparation instructor. She is the mother of five adult sons,  past president of the Catholic Writers Guild, and lives in Pakenham, Ontario Canada with her husband.

Programming Coordinator

Erin McCole Cupp

Erin is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican. She co-hosts the monthly YouTube series Sabbath Rest Book Talk and writes the monthly “Adventures of a Rosary Family” column found at CatholicMom.com. Get to know Erin and her books at erinmccolecupp.com.

Volunteer 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. 

Communication Liasons

Carolyn Astfalk

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

Karina Fabian

Karina Fabian is one of the founders of the Catholic Writers Guild. A cradle Catholic and science fiction/fantasy writer with 16 books published as of 2018, she believes strongly in telling stories about bright futures where people live lives of active faith. She’s also a humorist who is never afraid to use a pun or twist a cliché. In addition to writing fiction and devotionals, she teachings writing via webinars and live seminars and is active working with new and established writers. She lives in Florida with her husband who is working to make science fiction real in the field of space. Learn more about Karina at http://fabianspace.com.

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