Allison Gingras works for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization as a WINE Steward tending the Virtual Vineyard including facilitating WINE book clubs and social media. Her ministry: ReconciledToYou.com. Allison authored The Gift of Invitation: 7 Ways Jesus Invites You into a Life of Grace, and is the host of A Seeking Heart with Allison Gingras on BreadboxMedia.com.
Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her book, Small Mercies is about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Alyssa Bormes is an educator, author, speaker, and retreat leader. She currently teaches at the Chesterton Academy in Edina, Minnesota, writes for the Catholic Spirit, and the W.I.N.E 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. You can find her at alyssabormes.com.
Sarah Damm is a Catholic wife and mother of six children, living in Minnesota. She spends her days running errands, helping with homework, and keeping up with laundry and the family schedule. Sarah loves her faith, coffee, and good books. You can find out more about her at sarahdamm.com.
Karen Sheehy is a devout Catholic, wife and mother, motivational speaker, blogger, president of a not-for-profit, and developer of spiritualsafariguide.com, your passport to a world of spiritual inspiration and understanding. To learn more about Karen Sheehy and her newly released book entitled, The Healing Eyes of Mercy. A Trinity of Love, please visit www.spiritualsafariguide.com
Sarah Christmyer is author of Becoming Women of the Word: How to Answer God’s Call with Purpose and Joy and parts of Walk in Her Sandals and Gaze Upon Jesus. She is co-developer of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program and writes and speaks on topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith. Follow her blog at www.ComeIntotheWord.com.
Kate Anderson is a young woman with an old soul. She spends her days communicating and marketing for a Catholic school. Kate enjoys conversing with kindred spirits over warm beverages, reading spiritual books, and returning to her rural roots. Kate is a WINE specialist lending her amazing talents to the Virtual Vineyard, particularly with the WINE Book Clubs.
Lucy Johnson lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband, Jeff. She has 7 children and 9 grandchildren. She is a pharmacist at Children’s Hospital and past-president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. (ACCW 2013-2015). Her love of travel has taken her to 5 continents including Africa and Australia. A “Martha” working on her “Mary”, she walked the Camino in 2018.
Emily Cavins received her BA in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Minnesota. She is a tour leader of annual pilgrimages with husband Jeff Cavins. www.jeffcavins.com The Great Adventure Storybook: A Walk through the Catholic Bible introduces children and educators to salvation history and makes a vital link between the Bible, Mass, and the Catholic Faith. Learn more: www.catholicfamilynight.com
Melanie Rigney is the author of books including Woman of Worth: Prayers and Reflections for Women Inspired by the Book of Proverbs and Sisterhood of Saints: Daily Guidance and Inspiration. She is a Catholic Digest columnist and a regular contributor to Living Faith. Learn more about her at www.rejoicebeglad.com.
Stephanie Landsem is a wife, mother, lifelong Catholic, and author of authentic biblical fiction. The Living Water series (The Well, The Thief, and The Tomb, A Novel of Martha) published by Simon & Schuster, is based on encounters with Jesus in the Gospel of John. Stephanie contributed her biblical fiction to WINE originals Walk In Her Sandals and Gaze Upon Jesus.
Deborah Kendrick came into the Catholic Church in 2011 through her interaction with Catholics in ecumenical meetings throughout Europe, where she was a conference speaker and led retreats for twenty years. Deborah’s heart is to see people know and receive the love God has for them which encompasses a New Pentecost for the new evangelization. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Hilary Scheppers is a religious poet and writer from Minnesota. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a B.A. in Humanities/Theology from Loyola Marymount University. Her poetry and nonfiction appear or are forthcoming in Parabola, Apofenie, Breadcrumbs, and elsewhere. Her favorite bird is either the mourning dove or the oropendola. Twitter: @hiloschpprs
Anni Harry is a proud Army wife and mom. She currently works as the Catholic Religious Education Coordinator her family’s military chapel. She can be found on social media at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life on FB, @beautifulcamouflagedmess on IG, and @BeautifulCamoMe on Twitter. She also writes for her own blog, in addition to other Catholic women outlets.
Rhonda Zweber is a Catholic wife, mother of three daughters (two are married), and a proud grandma of Lucy! Rhonda’s mission in life since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 has been to bring others to Christ. Rhonda enjoys speaking to groups and sharing how her relationship with Jesus has grown and has sustained her throughout her journey. Reading Between the Signs is Rhonda’s second book. Her first book, Mommy’s Hats, explains her first year of cancer treatment through the eyes of her youngest daughter when she was just 5 years old. Rhonda has created her own blog: relaxinHislove.com.
Lori Ubowski is a Catholic musician, speaker, and author. She is part of the duo, Out of Darkness, leading worship with her husband, Adam. She recently co-authored Side By Side: A Catholic Mother-Daughter Journal (Ave Maria Press) with her daughter, Ava, and is a contributing writer in Our Friend Faustina (Marian Press).