Speaker Bios (2017)
Angela Hibbard is a freelance writer and marketing consultant. She is a lifelong Catholic and a graduate of Santa Clara University, where she studied Communication and Business.
After a career in advertising and marketing that spanned San Francisco, New York and London, Angela now lives in Corvallis, Oregon with her husband and two children. She currently acts as Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of MOM Magazine, a parenting publication distributed across the Northwest and works with individual clients and companies to develop their messaging strategy.
When “off the clock” Angela can usually be found acting as chauffeur for her kids and volunteering for way too many boards and committees.
Maria Vargo, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is a Hollywood-based actress, singer/songwriter, director, and Catholic speaker. She most recently starred as St. Faustina in a one-woman North American tour having performed the show over 300 times. In June she finished a film of "Faustina" which is set to be released in the spring of 2018.
Her résumé includes numerous roles in film, television, and theater, in addition to work as an artistic director and producer for a faith-based theater in Los Angeles. Aside from her work on stage and screen, Maria Vargo’s many talents encompass a far-reaching spectrum from singer, songwriter to voice teacher for actors. Her passion for music led to producing an original Christian CD entitled Fire Tries Iron and most recently a Christmas CD entitled Coming Home For Christmas. She shares her talents with the Catholic community by cantoring at Mass, giving concerts and speaking at conferences across the US, Canada and Africa.
Because of her own deep spiritual conversion several years ago, Maria loves to share the message of God’s endless mercy with the world, particularly because she has experienced it first hand in her own life.
Maria is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, and ASCAP.
Sister Teresa Harrell
Sister Teresa Harrell has been a member of the Society of Mary since 2007, and is currently the US director of the Society of Mary, an order of consecrated missionary sisters dedicated to the New Evangelization. She currently serves at the PDX Newman Center, and has been working with college students since finishing graduate school in 2001, in the United States and in Argentina.
After beginning to study the topic of feminine virtues in 2006 at the suggestion of a spiritual director, Sr. Teresa became passionate about helping women learn their true nature and identity in Christ.
She has degrees in English from Corban University and Oregon State University, studied philosophy in Argentina, and is currently completing a master's in theology from Franciscan University.
God’s will for us is to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), but the challenge of accomplishing this is a real one. Karen Schaal has taken the challenge to heart and has committed herself to the research and study of gratitude, and is carrying that message forward. Today Karen sees gratitude as one of the most powerful gifts God has given us for peace, stability, and long lasting transformation; a transformation blessed in the eyes of God.
“You can’t always love or be happy”, says Karen, “but you can always be grateful”.
Karen Schaal is a native Oregonian and is currently completing her PhD researching the effects of gratitude on elementary classroom behavior.