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2008 MARRIAGE COMISSION SUMMIT
Richard Albertson
 Richard Albertson is the Founding President of 
Live the Life
in Tallahassee, Florida
.
The mission of 
Live the Life
is to strengthen marriages and families. In 2003,Governor Jeb Bush appointed Richard to the Florida Commission on Marriage andFamily Support, and he was elected Chairman. He serves on the City Mobilization Team for theMarriage Co-Mission, and the national Board of Marriage Savers. Richard served as Chairman of the Florida Commission on Responsible Fatherhood from 2001-2003. He is the author of the
Start Smart 
premarital curriculum. Richard organized 70 pastors to come together to adopt aTallahassee Community Marriage Policy in 1999. Since the implementation of the policy, thedivorce rate in Leon County has dropped 27%, the number of annual divorces filed is at thelowest point in over 20 years, and the number of couples receiving premarital preparation hasincreased 28%.
Richard’s backgr
ound includes working for two U.S. Presidents: Ronald Reaganand George H.W. Bush.
Ted Baehr
Ted Baehr is the founder and publisher of Christian Film & Television Commission®and
Movieguide
®, as well as a noted critic, educator, lecturer, and media pundit.
His life’s purpose is to educate audiences on how to use discernment in selecting
their entertainment. Ted has written numerous books. He was president of the organizationthat produced the CBS television version of 
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and theWardrobe
, boasting 37 million viewers and winning an Emmy Award. Ted produces at least 430radio and television programs every year and sends MOVIEGUIDE(r) TV reviews to 11 millionsubscribers. He also produced hundreds of programs for PBS television. He presents the $50,000Kairos Prize to the best new writers of redemptive scripts and the Epiphany Prizes for finishedmovies and television programs every year at the Annual MOVIEGUIDE(r) Faith & Values AwardsGala and Report to the Entertainment Industry. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of theChristian Institute for the Study of Media, at the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education(CARE), at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at the University of California at Berkeley. Hehas received many renowned awards.
Julie Baumgardner
Julie Baumgardner, MS, CFLE, is the Executive Director of First Things First,a one of a kind, grassroots organization dedicated to strengthening families inChattanooga, Tennessee. The success of the FTF initiative has sparked interest induplicating the FTF model in cities across the country. Julie has worked in the fields of marketing and counseling for more than 20 years. Prior to joining First Things First, she was themarketing director at East Ridge Hospital and Valley Hospital where she was also a social workerand program director for the child & adolescent program.Julie frequently speaks on family, parenting and marriage issues. Her weekly column onfamily issues in the Chattanooga Times-Free Press reaches thousands. Julie serves on the boardsof a number of community and national organizations. She and her husband Jay have beenmarried for 19years and they have a fifteen year old daughter, Ashley.
 
 
2008 MARRIAGE COMISSION SUMMIT
David Blankenhorn
David Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values, anonpartisan organization devoted to strengthening families and civil society in theU.S. and the world. Blankenhorn is the author of 
Fatherless America
(Basic Book,1995),
The Future of Marriage
(Encounter Books, 2007), and the recentlypublished
Thrift: A Cyclopedia
(Templeton Foundation Press, 2008) and the co-editor of eight. A
frequent lecturer, Blankenhorn’s articles have appeared
in scores of publications, including the
New York Times
, the
Washington Post 
, the
Los Angeles Times
,
USA Today 
,
The Public Interest 
,
First Things
, and
Christianity Today 
. He has been profiled by the
New York Times
,
USA Today 
,CBS
Evening News
and other news organizations, and has been featured on numerous nationaltelevision programs, including
Oprah
,
20/20,
 
CBS
 
This Morning
,
The Today Show 
,
Charlie Rose
,
 ABC 
 
Evening News
, and
C-
SPAN’s
 
Washington Perspectives
. In 1977, he graduated magna cumlaude in social studies from Harvard, where he was president of Phillips Brooks House, thecampus community service center, and the recipient of a John Knox Fellowship. In 1978, he wasawarded an M.A. with distinction in comparative social history from the University of Warwick inCoventry, England.
Michael Boerner
 Michael Boerner is the founder and CEO of Unity Media Group - an organization
established to provide safe and trusted video answers to life’s questions throu
ghmultiple distribution methods. His vision to creatively utilize the power of the
media to connect with people is culminated in Unity’s brand
-new Internet site,www.iQuestions.com. In addition, Michael is a national award-winning film and video producer who regularlyspeaks and trains at conferences in the arena of public relations and media communications. Hehas created media for a number of organizations, including Campus Crusade For Christ, PromiseKeepers and best-selling author, Dr. Gary Smalley. Michael was appointed by the governor of 
Idaho to the Governor’s Coordinating Council for Families and Children and has appeared
nationally on
CNN
,
Fox News
,
 ABC Radio Network News
, “Family News in Focus” and
CBN
inconnection with innovative media outreaches.Michael and his wife, Natalie, have been married for 18 years and live in Boise,Idaho. They have four daughters.
Wellington Boone
 As a nationally recognized platform speaker for Promise Keepers and the authorof the best selling popular Christian books, Your Wife Is Not Your Momma,Breaking Through, My Journey With God and The Low Road to New Heights,Wellington Boone's primary goal is to lead people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.Wellington Boone was ordained into ministry in 1973, the same year that he married hischildhood sweetheart, Katheryn, whom he met in Germany during his high school years. Heincorporated Living Word Evangelistic Association in approximately 1983, and later changed the
 
 
2008 MARRIAGE COMISSION SUMMIT
name to Wellington Boone Ministries with the encouragement of his leaders. His first churchthat is still in existence and under his covering is Manna Christian Fellowship of Richmond,Virginia which was incorporated in 1985. The Fellowship of International Churches was startedin 1994 when the founding pastors conferred on Pastor Boone the title of Bishop.Bishop Wellington Boone's goal is to please God by a lifestyle of holiness and humility, to teachand preach who God is through study and revelation from the Word of God, and to reproducehimself through planting churches and making disciples. He relates to pastors and leaders as afather to his children. In time, they come of age as leaders themselves and plant their ownchurches and establish ministries.
Ron L. Braund
Ron L. Braund
 
is a Family Business Consultant, Behavioral Health Professional andAuthor. As a consultant & life coach, Dr. Braund facilitates business leaders andtheir families in personal development, change management, and successionplanning. Clients include large privately held companies where the owners share a commitmentto purpose-driven goals and leverage their resources for service to others. He is the author orco-author of four books including
Understanding How Others
 
Misunderstand You,
a book andworkbook describing behavioral styles to improve relationships with others; and
The Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer?,
a book for parents to discern the crucial differences between a strong-willed child and a creative-sensitive child.Ron and his wife, Ginger, have two sons and a daughter-in-law, Rich, Adam & Anna. Allreside in Marietta, Georgia.
Ken and Dee CanfieldDee
Dee Canfield, M.S. is the Associate Director of the Love and Respect MarriageIntensives (LRI). Building on Dr. Eggerichs model, Dee has developed process based training tohelp couples identify triggers and identify strategies to address their marital problems. The Loveand Respect Marriage Intensives are delivered in a three day format with the primary focus of helping couples avoid divorce and enhance marital quality.
Ken
Dr. Ken Canfield, Ph.D. is the senior researcher for Love and Respect. Ken evaluates Love andRespect Conference and program effectiveness. In addition he has developed several measureswhich assess personal, couple and congregational strengths respective to the Love and Respectmodel. Ken is the founder of the National Center for Fathering and is director of the BooneCenter for the Family at Pepperdine University.Dee and Ken have been married 32 years and have five children, two sons-in-law andfour grandchildren. They live in Malibu, California.

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