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, mother, motivational speaker, author and certified spiritual director. She obtained her Masters in Theology from the University of Holy Cross in New Orleans. Karen’s ultimate goal and calling is to guide others towards a deeper relationship with Christ, the ultimate source of true healing, happiness, joy and peace.
Sarah Christmyer connects Catholics to Christ through Scripture with her writing, teaching, and speaking. Her latest book is Becoming Women of the Word (Ave Maria Press). She teaches Scripture to seminarians and is co-developer and founding editor of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible study program. Follow her blog at ComeIntotheWord.com.
Kate Anderson is a young Catholic with an old soul, serving the Vineyard as a WINE specialist. She spends her days overseeing communications for a vibrant parish in the Twin Cities. Beautiful liturgies, cinnamon tea, being an auntie, and all the St. Teresa's are a few of her favorites.
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 is an author and holds an MA Degree in Near Eastern Archaeology and Biblical History. She has participated in several excavations in Israel. She is a tour leader of annual pilgrimages to Israel and other Bible-related destinations with husband Jeff Cavins.
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.
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).
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.
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
Marge Fenelon is an author and journalist, speaker, and Catholic radio and TV personality. She’s the author of My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena (A Marian Pilgrimage Across America), Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace, and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots: A Living Novena (Guided Reflections from the Holy Land). Her podcast, Simply Holy (BreadboxMedia.com).
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.
Lindsay Schlegel is a daughter of God who seeks to encourage, inspire, and lift others up to be all they were created to be. Lindsay is a writer, editor, speaker, author, and podcast host. She lives in New Jersey with her family and would love to connect at lindsayschlegel.com.
Joelle Maryn is a Catholic Speaker, Evangelist, and Actress. In 2012, she had major reversion back to the faith and now spreads a message of God’s healing love that has radiated hope and purpose in life to many around the world. Learn more at JoelleMaryn.com.
Angie Koenig is head over heels in love with Jesus and she blogs about her love story with Him at www.spirituallyspokenfor.com. She’s a Midwestern girl who recently headed East in an effort to fully trust God and His masterful plan for her life.
Kara Johnson lives in Idaho, is a Catholic convert, wife, and homeschooling mom of three. She is the co-founder of www.catholicmomsocial.com, www.madeforgreatness.co, and loves to encourage and coach Catholic women to fully embrace their beauty, vocation, and unique call to sanctity!
Lynda is a blogger and author of one book (so far!) who loves Jesus! A graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology with a Master of Theological Studies, Lynda’s fondest desire is to glorify God and to advance His Kingdom!
Her reflections on faith can be found at www.drowning-in-lemonade.com
Sharon Wilson a Wife, Mother, Writer, Catholic Speaker, and a WINE Specialist. Sharon has a degree in education and has worked as a freelance writer, Respect Life Coordinator, a teacher, in advertising, radio, buyer and in youth advocacy. Sharon speaks, writes and shares about God’s healing and about the great gift of being Catholic at SharonAgnesWilson.com
Maria Morera Johnson is the author of Our Lady of Charity, Super Girls and Halos, and My Badass Book of Saints (Ave Maria Press). She also contributed to Gaze Upon Jesus. Johnson is a native of Cuba. She and her husband, John, have three grown children and live in the Mobile, Alabama, area.
Roxane B. Salonen, a wife and mother of five from Fargo, N.D., is an award-winning children’s author and writer who also enjoys Catholic radio hosting and speaking. Roxane co-authored former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Trevino’s memoir, Redeemed by Grace. “Peace Garden Passage” at her website, roxanesalonen.com. Find her on Twitter @peacegardenama
Sherry Antonetti is a Catholic wife/mother and teacher. You can find her work at the Catholic Standard and National Catholic Register. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Author of The Book of Helen, freelancer and blogger at www.patheos.com/blogs/chocolateforyourbrain
Annie Karto is a Catholic award-winning singer/songwriter and evangelist. She has written songs for Mother Angelica, Rwandan genocide survivor, Immaculee Ilibagiza, and a song to honor priests which is played regularly on EWTN. www.AnnieKarto.com Sr. Briege McKenna writes, “Annie’s music touches the deepest part of our souls"
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.
Melanie Baker Trimarco published her first book in 2020, And I Love You So, honoring her late husband, Mark. She lives in the New Orleans area and is Senior Human Resource Manager for Panera Bread. Melanie is involved with Beginning Experience, a ministry to help those grieving loss of a loved one.
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.
Sherry Kennedy-Brownrigg is a 1992 convert to Catholicism and devoted to her faith. She runs a classical music radio station in Omaha, NE and is a certified appreciative coach. Sherry and Steve, her husband of 28 years, dote on their many nieces and nephews and golden retriever Gilly.
Katie Taylor is passionate about helping you reach new heights through living awesome lives, building young adult communities, and developing faithful family cultures. She is a mom of three, an Air Force veteran, and holds a Master's in Marriage and Family Counseling. Learn more at Catholic-Link Org YouTube and totheheightsministry.com.
Donna Luna-Hernandez is a wife, mother, and grandmother who loves to spend time with family and friends. After years in the Cursillo and ACTS movements, she began a Women’s Organization at her parish. She is currently introducing WINE in the Midland, Texas area, by hosting Book Clubs and planning WINE events.
Sonja Corbitt is the Bible Study Evangelista. Her Scripture study resources are created with you in mind—bites of spinach that taste like cake—to help you create a space in your busy heart and schedule for God to love and lift you all the way up into His great lap. What’s an evangelista? Find out here.
Dianne Davis serves as the Director of Mission Expansion for ChristLife, a Catholic ministry of evangelization and she longs to see revival in the Church. She is a conference speaker, teacher, and co-author of Share Christ. She is also available to speak at parish missions. Follow Dianne on Twitter @diannedavisNY
Dr. Carol Younger is a Senior Fellow (St. Paul Center), Advisory Board Member (Great Adventure Bible Studies), author (Study Guides, St. Joseph Communications) (Retreat Companion for 33 Days to Morning Glory, Marian Press). Career leader in K—12 public/private education, adjunct graduate professor at Catholic and Christian universities. Leader in parish RCIA, Catechetics, Bible Studies.
Susan Klemond is a Minnesota writer who loves delving into faith, Church, vocations, family and life issues for articles she writes in Catholic publications. She especially enjoys interviewing inspiring people of all backgrounds for her stories. When she’s not writing she’s usually cooking, reading or gardening.