Heather Renshaw is a wife and mother of five living in the missionary territory of suburban Portland, Oregon. When not ferrying children in her overworked minivan, Heather loves deep conversations, loud singing, good coffee, and silent Adoration chapels. She is the author of Death By Minivan (out now!), Blessed Conversations: The Beatitudes, and is a contributing author to All Things Girl: Truth for Teens and various studies with Take Up & Read. Heather's passion is proclaiming God's greatness via conferences, social media, and any other venues the Holy Spirit brings her way. A revert to the Catholic faith, Heather has a special devotion to Divine Mercy and Our Blessed Mother. Connect with Heather via Twitter + Instagram (@RealCatholicMom) or her website: www.RealCatholicMom.com.
Erica Tighe is the owner of Be A Heart Design, a design studio based in Los Angeles. You may know her as the designer of your Blessed is She products. Erica grew up in Phoenix, went to school in Chicago, was a missionary in Brazil for a year and a half, lived in Brooklyn and finally found her way to Los Angeles 4 years ago. She shares openly about her addiction to alcohol and road through recovery and strives to bring beauty and inspiration to other women. Erica is engaged to be married to Paul on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception later this year!
Fr. Stephen Spencer O.S.J.
Fr. Stephen Spencer, OSJ is the 8th of 11 children. As a child, he aspired to the papacy, until he realized how much work it requires. He is a member the religious congregation of the Oblates of St. Joseph. On June 22, 2018, he was ordained to the priesthood. He currently serves as a parochial vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Bakersfield, CA. In his spare time, he has a hobby of collecting new hobbies (bread-baking, brewing, hiking, etc). Fr. Stephen especially enjoys working with youth, spreading devotion to St. Joseph, and singing and promoting chant in the Church.
Fr. Matthias Lambrecht
Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart is a Discalced Carmelite Friar who is originally from Washington State. After college, Fr. Matthias happily labored as a full time DRE and Youth/Young Adult Ministry Coordinator while playing in the Catholic Rock Band (yes, you heard that right) "The Thirsting." After becoming a Friar, he attended Mt. Angel Seminary, completing an MA Thesis on the role of contemplation in the Universal Call to Holiness. Fr. Matthias (who at the writing of this bio is still Deacon Brother Matthias) will have the "new priest smell" at the time of the Fiat Conference, being ordained Sept. 8, 2018! He continues to minister at St. Therese Carmelite Parish and School in Alhambra, while serving as school chaplain and teaching.
Karianna Frey is a wife and mother to four children. A former teacher with a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Karianna is a work-at-home mother who is active in serving her community, which includes her passion for public speaking. As a Catholic convert, she believes that authentic community is the key to the New Evangelization, and is quick to round people up (which is one reason why she adores the Fiat Conference!) She is a retired blogger, a former board member of The Junior League of Pasadena, a current lector at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, and runs on coffee, bourbon, and a whole lotta Jesus. She is devoted to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and is soaking up all she can about Saints from the African continent and of African descent. You can find Karianna on Twitter and Instagram by searching @kariannafrey.
Micaela is a wife, mother, teacher, and a writer. She homeschools her kids during the day, while writing for Take Up & Read and planning this conference by night. She’s supported in her night owl tendencies by her amazing husband, 7 kids, and a Catholic community chock full of fun and faith. Micaela loves the Lord and the Catholic Church, and especially appreciates opportunities share those loves with women around her. You can find much of her past writings at micaeladarr.com
Kendra Tierney is a wife and a mother of nine children from newborn to teenager. She's a homeschooler and a regular schooler, and an enthusiastic amateur experimenter in the domestic arts. She writes the award-winning Catholic mommy blog Catholic All Year, is a regular contributor to Blessed Is She Ministries, and is the voice of liturgical living at Endow Ministries. She is the author of A Little Book about Confession for Children, the Traditional Catholic Prayers for Awesome Catholic Kids series and, as of October 7th, The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life.