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Cynthia Kush Haehnel is an attorney in private practice who lives in St. Charles, Missouri, with her husband, Fred, who is also an attorney and a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Haehnels have five children. They have been members of St. Charles Borromeo Parish for the past 20 years.

A native of Chicago, she has a JD from John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a BS from Western Illinois University.  She has frequently lectured on pro-life and embryonic stem-cell related issues on radio, TV, and appeared with Archbishop Raymond Burke (archbishop of St. Louis 2003-2008, now prefect of the Apostolic Signatura) on a video supporting limitations on funding embryonic stem-cell research.

She is a former co-chair of the Archdiocese of St. Louis Pro-Life Committee, and past chairman of the Public Policy Committee of the Missouri Catholic Conference. While a member of the PPC, she assisted the Missouri bishops in formation of policy on issues of importance to Missouri Catholics.  She assisted in the drafting and development of a Catholic Health Care Directive that is widely used in the Saint Louis area.  Cindy also likes to hike, needlepoint and read.

Victoria Welling, a native St. Louisan, lives in Webster Groves, Missouri. Tory and her husband Ron have been married for 34 years and have four children: Charles, a theater technologist; Theo, a photography student at Webster University; AnnaRose, a high school junior (and family princess) and Stephen, a rambunctious twelve-year-old.

Tory works as the Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs for Kenrick-Glennon Theological Seminary in Shrewsbury, Missouri, the archdiocesan seminary. Prior to working for the seminary, she facilitated several children’s ministry programs for her parish, Holy Redeemer, in Webster Groves. She also led a Catholic weight-management group, The Light Weigh, and a women’s faith study group, Women of Grace. She has certification from the archdiocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program, and many hours of study through the Paul VI Pontifical Institute for Catechetical and Pastoral Studies. Tory is an avid reader of mostly apologetics — with an occasional diversion to a home decorating or craft magazine. Gardening and working for the Church are her passions — as well as evangelizing, as opportunities present themselves.

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