Ana is the Graphic Designer and an outreach intern for the Southwest Coalition for Life. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design and a minor in printmaking. Ana has been pro-life since she knew what the word abortion meant, but she never thought she would be involved in pro-life ministry. After a few months of struggling to find a job where she could not only use her design skills but also see the value of her work, she felt disheartened that maybe the career path she chose was not something God called her to do. After praying and speaking to God, she then understood that God closed a few doors because He needed her somewhere else. Ana has been working for the Coalition team since February of 2020 where she can now see the value of her work by using her artistic skills but also at the same time empower women to choose life. She believes God blessed her by combining both of her passions into one. Ana plans to keep growing with the Coalition, and is very excited for the plans God has for this organization. When Ana is not in the office designing or out doing outreach she loves sharing about what Christ has done in her life with others. She also enjoys watching “The Chosen” series, hanging out with her dogs, working on side projects and reading.
Paola Rocha is an outreach intern for Southwest Coalition for Life. She and her brother Joel, promptly joined the Coalition after moving to El Paso from Southern California. They had been involved in pro-life work in their home state in the past, so they felt called to continue. When asked why she got into pro-life work Paola frequently replies, “I felt a strong conviction to do something. It’s not enough to say you’re pro-life and not do anything about it. The abortion debate is unique in the sense that it ends an unborn human life and then leaves the mother embittered or in shambles psychologically speaking. Both deserve better.”
Paola is a psychology major and French minor at the University of California Los Angeles. In her spare time she enjoys dancing, Tridentine mass, boba, reading, Mexican food, crêpes, and watching Star Wars. She is honored to be working with the Coalition and thanks God for such an amazing team.
“God has blessed me with many gifts throughout my life,” Kylee says. “He knows where I am meant to be even if I cannot see the work he is doing myself, which is how it feels sometimes when we are on the sidewalk. Even when we may not get to talk to someone, as long as we can get them a brochure God can have something beautiful planned for that person.” In her free time, Kylee enjoys painting, spending time with my family and helping others. Because of her time with the Coalition, Kylee is excited to pursue sonography. She explains, “The Coalition made me want to do this so I can help empower moms to choose life for their baby and help them know that YOU CAN DO IT!!!”
Valentina was homeschooled from 1st grade through high school, and graduated in the Fall of 2020. She is now studying at DACC and hopes to transfer to NMSU to become a nurse or a medical assistant. Valentina grew up in the pro-life movement when at the age of 11 years old, the abortion facility in Las Cruces opened, and from that point she watched the growth of the Southwest Coalition for Life. When she heard about our sidewalk internship, she instantly knew she wanted to join. Around the same time she was inspired by one of Stephanie Gray’s talks who said, “If abortion workers can work full-time for abortion, can’t we do the same to stop abortion when we know it’s wrong?” That stuck home with Valentina, and settled her choice of career. Her greatest wish is to become a Saint in heaven, and she attends the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in downtown El Paso where she feels privileged to sing in the choir. In her free time, Valentine enjoys being with her friends and family, sketching, reading, photography, bike riding, traveling, and art journal.
Christina has been involved in the Pro-life movement ever since she can remember and has prayed with 40 days for Life since middle school, and has been a volunteer for the Binational Pro-Family Pro-Life League since 2015. She is currently studying Creative Writing at UTEP and is the Secretary for Students for Life at UTEP, the pro-life group on campus.
After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion, Laurin strives to help expand education about abortion and the various factors that contribute to the culture we live in today while promoting a culture of life and truth. “God has led me to where I am now, and while it can be challenging, I find peace and comfort knowing that I can be a vessel for the His work,” Laurin says. “I reflect on the ways that God has worked in my life and how they all led up to where I am now and the work that I do, and each time I am left in awe by His greatness. While I may have lost friends and hindered relationships with family throughout this journey, I have gained a community of individuals who are filled with love for Christ and obedience to His will.” In her spare time, Laurin enjoys watching movies, attending Adoration, puzzles, painting, baking, working out, hiking, and trying new foods.
Hannah Fleenor is an Outreach Intern at the Southwest Coalition for Life. She became a part of the Coalition in the Spring of 2020 after her family joined our local 40 Days For Life prayer vigil. She loves serving the men and women she meets on the sidewalk, as well as her family, music, and the gift of life!
Andrea recently graduated from UTEP with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences and loves the biology of the human body, especially the brain! She also enjoys learning French, running, and trying new food. Andrea’s goal is to earn a PhD in neuroscience to become a researcher and use science to clearly reveal the truths about abortion, which neglects the dignity of human life and hurts women physically, emotionally, and spiritually every day. She is honored to be part of the Coalition over the Summer, using Christian values to directly empower women to walk away from this reality.
Joel says that he has always wished to participate in the pro-life movement and bring transformative change to our country for both the preborn stripped from their mother’s arms and mothers who find themselves in these difficult situations. “Since abortion is, of course, the preeminent issue of our time,” Joel explains, “I chose to work for the Southwest Coalition for Life because, indeed, it would be foolish to recognize that abortion directly takes the life of an innocent person and yet willfully choose to do nothing about it.” In his spare time, Joel enjoys reading, working out, listening to music, and deepening his understanding of his Catholic faith. Because of his interest in metaphysics, Joel plans to earn a doctorate in philosophy and then raise a large Catholic family. “I want to help end the horror that is the laceration of our children, and also maybe learn how to swim,” Joel adds.