April Readlinger - Executive Director

As Executive Director of CanaVox, April is responsible for managing all aspects of CanaVox’s reading group program, as well as creating and implementing new opportunities to move our organization into the future. She ensures that the many functioning parts of our group are operating in harmony to better accomplish our mission.

Prior to joining CanaVox in September 2014, April worked as an attorney in New York, where she focused on International Litigation. A native of New Jersey, she earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Communications from Boston University, where she also developed an unrelenting passion for the Red Sox.  After earning her law degree at Tulane Law School, April spent eight years working in the federal courts in New Orleans before moving back to the Northeast. She currently resides in central New Jersey with her husband, her two beautiful and energetic young daughters and one boisterous yellow lab named Daisy.

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Ana Samuel, Ph.D. - Academic Director

Ana ensures that the readings and stories we promote in CanaVox reading groups meet strong academic standards and conform to our principles and cheer points. She also coaches leaders on the conversational style of study we use in reading groups.

Ana is Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute.  A graduate of Princeton University’s Politics Department, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame where she focused on early modern liberal natural law theories. In 2013, in an effort to include mothers in the national conversation on marriage, she helped to start CanaVox. She and her husband have six children and live in New Jersey.


Katy Doran - Operations Manager

Katy serves as CanaVox's Operations Manager, attending to the daily needs of the organization, coordinating outreach, and assisting the academic and executive directors.

Katy received her undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Business Administration from the University of Florida. After graduating, she interned in Washington, DC, and shortly after worked for the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Learning the ins and outs of small nonprofits has equipped Katy to support the work of CanaVox, whose mission coincides with her own passion for the care of infertile couples and of those who are donor-conceived. She enjoys the Princeton area farmlands, its local coffee shops, and the snow she never saw in her sunny South Florida upbringing.



Holly grew up as an Idaho farm girl, but discovered her passion for philosophy as an undergraduate at the London School of Economics. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and holds a BA in Economics from Wellesley college and an M.Phil and PhD in Intellectual History and Political Thought from the University of Cambridge.  She and her husband, Tim Bleakley are the grateful parents of six children. She blogs at Philosophy for Parents, loves history, music, sightseeing, and cooking, and pleads guilty to the charge of being a political junkie.

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Colleen is married to one of the most amiable and fun-loving men on the planet. While they love to vacation anywhere that has a beach and a piña colada, they are happy to raise their five sons in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. All of these men help Colleen to balance out her legalistic mind, as she takes an extended sabbatical from the world of law to raise her children. Colleen graduated from the University of San Diego and received her law degree from Notre Dame Law School.



Andrea lives with her family in Guatemala. She received her undergraduate degree in communications, and she has a master's in education. She loves writing and started a blog in 2010 where she writes about her life with six children. In her free time, she enjoys reading and deep conversations.



Annie and her husband have two precocious young children and a 65-pound bulldog. Annie is a stay-at-home mom and finds her skills as a former litigation attorney useful with her five-year-old. She worked as a press secretary on Capitol Hill, earned a J.D. from Catholic University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology. Annie also enjoys writing the occasional piece on religious freedom, family and life issues.  Her essays  have been published at The Federalist, Crisis Magazine, OSV Newsweekly, and The Courier-Journal.


Elena is a wife and mother to five children. She met her husband when she was 8 years old. She bravely crossed the Potomac River to settle in Maryland when she got married after spending much of her single life in the state of Virginia. She enjoys finding outlets for creativity in her daily tasks, often making her husband and children the subjects of experimentation. She has a degree in Theology from the University of Dallas.


Katharina and her husband Enrique are happily married with three children, who are growing up in a colorful German-Mexican household. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Sociology, Economics and Public Law and a Master’s in Government and Public Policy. Katharina has dedicated most of her life to working in defense of human dignity, life, marriage, family, and religious freedom, both with NGOs and legislators at local and international levels, working especially with the United Nations and Organization of American States.

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Krista is the proud wife of a U.S. Marine, the mother of four children and a Montessori Directress. She spends her days as director of household operations and nanny while trying to steal away moments to read mountainous novels, like Anna Karenina or War and Peace. Krista grew up in Maryland, studied literature at Ave Maria University and  received a  Montessori teaching certification in Early Childhood in Florida. She  now lives in Michigan with her family.


Molly is a native Montanan, so one of her greatest joys is sharing her love of the Big Sky Country with her husband Jay and their three children. You can often catch her with a camera in hand, photographing the beauty of the mountains and sky. Molly has degrees from Hillsdale College and Westminster Theological Seminary, and has worked for a nonprofit that taught conflict resolution skills to lawyers, pastors, and laypeople around the world.


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Muslim Liaison

Sabiha was born in India and moved to Chicago when she was 2. Although she now claims New Jersey as home, she will always consider herself a Chicago gal. She and her husband of 23 years have two sons, and she considers herself fortunate to be able to blend her South Asian heritage, Islamic faith and American values in her everyday life. Sabiha has a degree in psychology, is a Certified Empowerment Coach, and co-founder of a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the American Muslim Consumer market.


New Mexico

Mamie is the mother of eight children: four boys and four girls. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and enjoys writing and gardening, which is a constant challenge in New Mexico. She and her husband share a deep love for reading. Sometimes they take turns reading aloud while the other completes the more mundane tasks of family life.


Heather and her Mr. Incredible have four children. When she’s not facilitating and admiring the diverse interests of her growing kids, she is belting out Broadway show tunes, playing games with friends, losing her voice cheering on Oregon Duck Football, or curled up with a good book. Heather is a night owl, but she is learning to be an early bird so she can join her husband for morning coffee.


Gloria and her husband are the parents of four lively children. She has a Master’s in Marriage and Family from Universidad de Navarra and a degree in Communication from Universidad de Piura (UDEP). She is currently a UDEP professor at the Institute of Family Sciences, where she teaches undergraduates. In her capacity as professor, she has seen first hand the great desire and need young people have to learn about love and sexuality. In her capacity as wife and friend, she has seen the deep need there is to provide social and mutual support for the marriage culture. 



Mercedes is a therapist based in Barcelona, Spain. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master's degree in Couple and Family Therapy.  Mercedes and her husband have two beautiful children. She likes taking long walks on the streets of Barcelona, traveling, and cooking with her husband.



Katrina and her husband are the parents of four. After living overseas and in many parts of the country, Katrina is happy to call Texas home. To her dismay, her children firmly believe that Texas is its own separate country. Katrina finished her undergraduate studies in psychology at Princeton University and received a Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. Katrina is also a founding mother of CanaVox.



Claire lives in Venezuela with her husband and four kids. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Universidad Monteávila. In 2014 she launched her blog, Hablemos Sobre Familia, where she writes about family life and motherhood. She enjoys swimming at the gorgeous Venezuelan beaches and contemplating the prominent Avila mountain that surrounds her city.

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Katy is the mother of four energetic children. With her spare moments, she enjoys date nights with the mister, coffee, and maybe too much social media. In late 2012, she began writing about how marriage benefits children, which lead to the founding of the children's rights organization Them Before Us. Asian Studies and Political Science earned her a Fulbright Scholarship in Taiwan, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese. This experience eventually led her to work for the largest Chinese adoption agency in the U.S. 


Marcela and her husband met and married early in life. They have three beautiful children, a girl and two boys. Inspired by her love of pastry-making with her family, Marcela started her own homemade pastry business, it's name inspired by her daughter, Sofia. She also enjoys movies and going to the beach.




Mary is a wife and the mother of five. She spends the majority of her time helping right-brained children with math homework, dreading the next round of stomach bugs, and plotting for date nights with her husband.  She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in English at the University of Dallas and is a founding mother of CanaVox.


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Anna lives in Dublin with her scientist husband and their seven free-range home schooled children. She has a degree in music and religious studies and is a qualified high-school teacher. Anna worked for years with a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support organisation and was a public figure with Mothers and Fathers Matter, a group that defended marriage in the 2015 marriage referendum in Ireland.


Alana is a musician/writer/art-school drop-out turned children's rights advocate. She grew up in the San Francisco area, found her voice in NYC and is currently figuring out how to make a home in Louisiana with her Swedish ex-pat husband and three small children. She is the founder of Anonymous Us Project, a co-founder of Louisiana's Coalition Against Reproductive Trafficking, and a member of The International Children's Rights Institute.



Theresa and her husband live in the Boston area with their son, who is just as charming as his father.  Theresa spent a few years working for a nonprofit in Washington DC focused on the academic enrichment and mentoring of inner-city girls.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy from Boston College, and recently completed a Master’s of Higher Education Administration at Merrimack College.



Elizabeth has embarked on the great adventure of marriage with the man of her dreams for 18 years. Along the way they have been surprised, exasperated, stretched, and delighted by their eight children: four boys and four girls. They met at the University of Dallas, where Elizabeth studied political philosophy and thereafter received a Master’s of Theological Studies. Elizabeth always wants more time to sing and play music with her family, argue about politics and theology with her husband, and sit with a good cup of coffee and The Wall Street Journal.


Suzanne is a former classroom teacher turned author and cultural critic. She grew up in St. Louis, MO, went to school at Boston University, and lived in New York and New Jersey before moving back to St. Louis at age 30, where she currently lives with her husband of 18 years and their two teenage children. Suzanne is a columnist and Fox News contributor, as well as a trustee at Leading Women for Shared Parenting, an organization that recognizes children need both parents.

New Jersey

Margo lives in Maplewood, NJ, with her five children and husband, who works in "the City,” like almost everyone else in her commuter town. She enjoys gardening, music, literature and cinema, animated conversation, and the fact that life is possible with only one car thanks to the New Jersey Transit system. She struggles to find a balance between work and leisure for everyone in her family, and strives to build a home full of truth, beauty, and goodness. She attended the University of Dallas with a Theatre scholarship, and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.


Jewish Liaison

Sarah lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and four young children. She is an adjunct professor of English Literature and lectures on both Jewish texts and literary topics in a variety of contexts. She also recently began writing about the intersection of Judaism and literature for her website, The Book of Books blog. Sarah is a graduate of both Yeshiva University and Columbia University.


International Liaison

Ana and her husband live in North Carolina with their three boys. She was born and raised in Venezuela and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at The Catholic University of America. Ana is currently in graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a founding mother of CanaVox. She enjoys good wine, speaking French, date nights, and traveling.

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Maria Corina and her husband have two very charming boys. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education, and one of her favorite activities is to enjoy the beautiful Panamanian beaches on the weekends with her family. She and her husband also love cooking fancy dinners at home while enjoying a good glass of wine.


Lucía is married to an engineer with the soul of an artist, and together they have a son. A graduate of the Universidad de Navarra with degrees in Philosophy and Journalism, today she works at her alma mater in the Communications Department. She is the author of the young adult novel You Owe Me a Kiss (Me Debes un Beso), a public speaker on the topic of love and dating, and blogs at #MakeLoveHappen. In her downtime, Lucia enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family. 



Jessica is the wife of a college basketball coach and mom to three energetic little boys. She is also a CrossFit coach, a personal trainer and a PE teacher. A gym of any kind feels like home to her and her family. Her passions include improving life for others. either through training, encouragement, teaching or service. In her brief moments of spare time, she enjoys a good 20-minute nap, followed by a strong cup of coffee. While she has spent considerable time living in other cities and states, Jessica currently resides in Tyler, TX.



David is married to his best friend, Melissa. They are parents to four beautiful children, all ages 5 and under. David's previous experience of living in Malaysia gave him a love for Southeast Asia and the Chinese language. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University, where he studied political science, Asian studies and public administration. Between toddler hugs, date nights with his sweetheart, and wrestling car seats, David composes music about children's rights and researches for his Ph.D. in organizational behavior.



Ellen and her dashing husband, Mike, have four crazy kids. She admires the grit of My Antonia, the loyalty of Penelope, the humor of Claire Huxtable, the fashion sense of Kate Spade, and the multitasking abilities of Mrs. Incredible. Ellen studied theology at Providence College, has taught at private schools in Maryland and Virginia, and is a founding mother of CanaVox.


North Carolina

Fiorella and her husband have three precocious children. After a superlative career playing center for her high school basketball team in her native Peru, she migrated north and became the small forward for her college team in Ohio. She is a chemist with a PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy. She also received training from the John Paul II Institute for the Studies of Marriage and Family and is a founding mother of CanaVox.