Speaker Bios - Teen Talks


EricSzatkowski.jpgEric Szatkowski How do we keep our children safe in a digital age, with the Internet, cell phones, and cyber bullying? Eric combines decades of law enforcement experience, fatherhood, and a lifetime of Catholic values to provide answers.  He has been a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/ Division of Criminal Investigation for 20 years.  In 1999, Eric joined the state’s task force to fight the online exploitation of children, becoming an expert in his field.  Eric’s dynamic presentations on Internet and cell phone exploitation of children have been seen by nearly a quarter-of-a-million people in Wisconsin and the U.S.  Audiences include parents, middle school and high school students, police officers, detectives, prosecutors, judges, child welfare advocates, correctional and social workers, civic groups, business professionals, doctors, and countless other groups dedicated to helping children. He has been a guest on the Tyra Banks Show in Los Angeles, and CNN Tonight in New York City.  Eric has also appeared on “Living Our Faith” with then-Milwaukee Archbishop (now Cardinal) Timothy Dolan. and has been interviewed by countless newspapers, radio and television stations across Wisconsin and the Midwest. Eric’s work has been recognized by many organizations, including the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Association of Homicide Investigators.

Eric graduated with honors in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication.  He is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Christian Doctrine at the Graduate School of Theology at Marquette University in Milwaukee. 


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Fr. John Putzer comes from a devout Catholic family, growing up near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He came to the University of Wisconsin – Madison to study chemical engineering, and became very involved at St. Paul’s University Catholic Center. After two years of studying engineering, he discerned a call to the priesthood and transferred to Seton Hall University in New Jersey where he attended college seminary. After graduating, he went to Belgium to complete his major seminary studies at the American College at Louvain.

Fr. John has attended several World Youth Days – Köln, Germany in 2005, Sydney, Australia in 2008, and Madrid, Spain in 2011. His latest experience included a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and an opportunity to concelebrate Mass with Pope Benedict, together with 14,000 other priests and 800 bishops.

Fr. John was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Madison on December 10th, 2010. He is currently Parochial Vicar at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary parish in Sun Prairie. Fr. John will give a talk to the teen boys on Friday evening.


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Mary Sheehan Warren has been a fashion consultant for over sixteen years and has provided personal consultations to women all over North America, and seminars, workshops, and motivational talks to businesses and schools all around the world. She will give a talk to teen girls on Friday evening.

Mary's philosophy is that good fashion is fashion which is good for the person wearing it. It addresses both her tangible and intangible needs including, for example, her need to physically address her dignity as a human person, her need to be treated with respect, her need to feel attractive, her need for self confidence, and her need to dress appropriately for her various roles and vocation.

Mary was co-founder of Elegance In Style, an organization dedicated to fashion education for women from all walks of life. EIS was founded in 1996 and began by providing fashion seminars and workshops to women's groups, companies, and schools. Its sister organization, the Baltimore area Success In Style, was founded in 2000 by her partners to provide business attire to women in need. Mary published It's So You! Fitting Fashion to Your Life in early 2007. She has been featured on both radio and television programs and has clients throughout the U.S. and Canada. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband of twenty years and their five children.


Grace Gleason is a stay-at-home-mom who lives with her husband, Michael and their seven children in Waukesha, WI. Both Michael and Grace began married life as Montessori Teachers. For a number of years, they operated their own Catholic Montessori School in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. As their family grew, Grace spent less and less time in the classroom, and more time being an "at home mom". Grace and Michael decided to join the homeschool community here in Milwaukee after they moved here from Northern California in the summer of 2009. In addition to homeschooling, Grace works part time in a home-based business, raising funds for charitable organizations in a way that builds solidarity with local small businesses. She is eager to share her knowledge about how money affects your vocation with our teenagers during her Saturday presentation with Jackie Wild. 


Jackie Wild is a homeschooling mother of three children ages 18, 14, and 9. She is no expert on financial planning. However, her journey in life has led her to some helpful information and some experiences regarding finances that she would like to share with others, especially teens and young adults just starting out. In particular, Jackie and her husband have found that Dave Ramsey's step-by-step process to understand and managing personal finances has been a very helpful tool. She hopes to share some of those insights with the teens on Saturday.