Alyssa Bormes, Catholic Educator, Author, Speaker, and Radio HostThrough humor, analogy, and an innate gift of storytelling, Alyssa Bormes helps ignite in her audiences a newfound sense of wonder in the Church. Her passion is to inspire others to take on greater personal responsibility for their faith and to grow in spiritual maturity.In her most recent book, The Mother of Jesus is Wonderfully Real, Alyssa orchestrated the coming together of a letter from her young niece who doubts the reality of Mary, and the letter in response from Fr. Paul Murray, OP, the Irish Dominican. The book includes a foreword is written by Alyssa, Bernadette Gockowski illustrated the book, and Bishop Robert Barron endorsed the book.In The Catechism of Hockey, Alyssa uses the metaphor of hockey and sports devotion to encourage Catholic parents to embrace their God-given responsibility to teach their children the Faith. The accompanying Study Guide allows groups to enter more deeply into Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.She is the host of “Catholic Kaleidoscope” on Radio Maria, a show dedicated to the wonder of the Catholic Church. Alyssa has interviewed a wide variety of guests of the seven-plus years of the show. Alyssa wrote the introduction to Contraception and Persecution, which was the last book of the late Prof. Charles E. Rice, who was Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame Law School.A popular public speaker and retreat leader on a range of Catholic topics, Alyssa brings to audiences her experience teaching Scripture, theology, and catechism gleaned through experience as a director of religious education and a founding faculty member at Chesterton Academy, where she teaches Scripture to freshmen and sophomore high school students. Alyssa received her master’s degree in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, which included study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Debbie Georgianni, M.A. is a writer, inspirational speaker and certified health/wellness coach. She dedicated 25 years to Catechetical Ministry in the Diocese of Phoenix working with all age groups. Debbie studied angels for over 13 years and she is very enthusiastic about sharing what she knows and lives, especially about guardian angels. Debbie spent 5 years in Community Relations and as an announcer for the former Immaculate Heart Radio, now Relevant Radio. Currently, Debbie co-hosts with Jerry Usher, Take 2, a live weekday radio show on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. This interactive, fast paced show takes a fresh look at life from a whole new perspective. Take 2 with Jerry and Debbie received a Gabriel Award for outstanding radio in 2018. Humbly accepted, this award just demonstrates that people learn from one another and that we all need each other. Debbie is also committed to her work with Third Millennium Media and Stand Tall Retreats. Her lifelong passion has always been to assist people in nurturing their mind, body and spirit so that a healthy balance will lead towards a blessed life. Debbie has two married sons and two precious grandchildren. Debbie and her husband Marty enjoy life with family, friends, and a great game of golf! Debbie has a passion for our Catholic faith and a deep commitment to spreading that faith using the media to its greatest potential.
Dr. Ray Guarendi is a Catholic father of ten, clinical psychologist, author, professional speaker, and national radio & television host. His radio show, “The Dr. Is In” can be heard on over 440 stations and SiriusXM® channel 130. His EWTN television series, “Living Right With Dr. Ray” is aired in 140 countries. Dr. Ray has given over 3,000 talks on various topics including parenting, marriage, family and the Catholic faith. He captivates audiences with his compelling humor-laced presentations providing practical advice and proven techniques. A clinical psychologist for over 40 years, Dr. Ray has a wide variety of experience working with parents, families, educators, substance abuse programs, in-patient psychiatric centers, juvenile courts, and private practice. He has witnessed the common time-tested factors that consistently contribute to success in marriages and families. As a practicing catholic, Dr. Ray’s in-depth experience has led to his discovery that the so-called “experts” are undermining parental authority and preventing parents from following their God-given instincts to raise their kids for Heaven. This guiding principle led him to write his first best-selling book, You’re A Better Parent Than You Think. By putting the power, knowledge and authority back in to the hands of parents, Dr. Ray has helped thousands eliminate parenting frustrations by replacing them with proven parenting techniques that result in happy, well-adjusted children. Throughout his vocation and career, he has expanded on this theme to empower families to confidently take charge of the many challenges that arise with respect to marriages, families, raising teenagers and more. Other book titles of Dr. Ray’s include: Good Discipline, Great Teens; Back to the Family; Discipline that Lasts a Lifetime; Winning the Discipline Debates; Adoption and Fighting Mad. In addition to the Parenting and Family genre, Dr. Ray speaks on many topics concerning the Catholic faith. As an adult “revert,” he has written and spoken extensively on Catholic Apologetics. His ecclesiastically approved books, What Catholics Really Believe and Why Be Catholic are a basis for many of his presentations designed to help Catholics understand and defend the wisdom and beauty of the one, true faith. His book, When Faith Causes Family Friction, addresses many issues of faith that are surprisingly common causes of division among family members and relatives.