Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) seeks to educate women toward a more profound understanding of their God-given dignity through study in small group communities of faith and friendship. Rooted in the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, Endow affirms the genius of women – the feminine genius – and empowers them to fulfill our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society.

Endow attracts women of all ages, races, nationalities, and vocations and brings them together to read and discuss papal and magisterial documents as well as the lives and writings of the saints. Endow group members encounter the Catholic intellectual tradition together, sometimes for the very first time, and learn how to recognize, cultivate and live the fullness of their feminine genius in their families, workplaces, and communities. 

THE STORY

Endow was founded in 2003 when three women – Betsy Considine, Marilyn Coors, and Terry Polakovic – encountered the writings of Pope St. John Paul II on the new feminism. They quickly realized the impact of these life-changing truths and wanted all women to learn them. With the aid of Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop Jose Gomez, and renowned Catholic scholar Sr. Prudence Allen R.S.M., they began writing study guides for small groups. These study guides have enabled our participants – wives, mothers, single, and consecrated women – to encounter the beauty and depth of the Church’s teachings on womanhood. From its humble beginnings as a lunchtime conversation in Denver, Endow has grown into an international apostolate in over 130 dioceses, reaching over 40,000 women all over the world. Endow was granted juridic personhood in Canon Law.

MEET THE TEAM

MARILYN COORS

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Marilyn Coors is Associate Professor of Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Denver. The foci of her research, teaching and professional service are the ethical issues in clinical genetics and genomics research. These interests, in conjunction with her Catholic faith, led her to co-found ENDOW in 2003, where she serves as the chair of the Board of Directors. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the St. John Vianney Seminary, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and the Augustine Institute. She and her husband Peter are the parents of six young adults and the grandparents of fourteen lively grandchildren.

Annette Bergeon
executive director

Annette is a cradle Catholic who was born and raised in Ohio. She earned engineering degrees from Purdue University and the University of Michigan, and an MBA in Finance and Operations Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

She previously held management positions at Chrysler Motors and BASF Corporation. Blessed by the birth of twin sons and a daughter, Annette took a professional sabbatical and moved to Colorado with her husband, Chris to raise their young family. During those years, she volunteered at her parish teaching Baptism Preparation classes and at her children’s school as a math enrichment teacher.

SIMONE RIZKALLAH

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM GROWTH

Simone Rizkallah previously worked at St. Mary’s Catholic High School in Phoenix, Arizona as Theology Department Chair and Senior Theology Teacher. She is also an Institute of Catholic Theology Fellow based on the campus of St. Thomas the Apostle in Phoenix, Arizona.

Her graduate degree is in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Systematic Theology from Christendom College. Her undergraduate studies and professional background include marketing communications, media, radio, and theatre before discovering her passion for the Faith and the call to evangelize through teaching and speaking.

As the daughter of immigrants from the Armenian Diaspora in Cairo, Egypt, she has a particular interest in matters of religious freedom and culture. In her free time she enjoys teaching RCIA, speaking and writing. She has been published in ChurchPOP, Aleteia, Verily, CatholicU, and Ethika Politika and was featured as a Guest Contributor in the book Road Signs for Catholic Teens published by Our Sunday Visitor. She blogs at www.culturalgypsy.com

LAURA ZAMBRANA
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT

Laura Zambrana, MDiv, is the Director of Content for Endow. As Director of Content, Laura brings our new studies to life through editing and overseeing the design and printing process. Laura also manages our website content.

She has been an Endow host since 2010 and has led several Endow groups in Pasadena and Hollywood, CA. Laura graduated from Thomas Aquinas College and studied Theology at the University of Notre Dame, then worked with Venerable Patrick Peyton’s ministry at Family Theater Productions in Hollywood, where she met her husband, James.

Laura and James have three kids, Peter, Helen, and Jane.

JANETH CHAVEZ

NATIONAL COORDINATOR FOR

MAGNIFICA

Janeth Chavez is the National Coordinator for Magnifica, Endow’s apostolate for the Hispanic Community. She joined the team as of December 2019.

Janeth was born in Mexico and was raised in Denver, Colorado. She has a degree in marketing and has received Catholic Spiritual Formation through InIpso Ministry, as well as Theology Formation from the McGrath Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame. Recently she received an International Diploma in Social Doctrine of the Church: Women in Public Life, from La Academia Latinoamericana de Líderes Católicos. Prior to us, she worked for the bishops of the Archdiocese of Denver.

For the past six years, she’s worked with the Hispanic community in various apostolates. Her passion is to help other women grow in relationship with the Lord and help them live out their true identity as daughters of God, rooted in faith and love.

She’s excited to help women in the journey of faith and has entrusted her mission to Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Juan Diego.

Kelsey Gunkel
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Kelsey is the owner of Star Lion Designs, and has been with Endow since December 2019. She earned an undergraduate degree in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since graduating she has worked as a full-time youth minister in Phoenix, Arizona, a missionary for NET Australia, design contractor, and sales representative for various brands.

She began working with Endow to engage women through social media platforms and provide digital designs that reflect the feminine genius.

TERESA HODGINS
ENDOW HOST & WRITER

She calls Indianapolis, IN home base for many adventures with her husband and three children. In her spare time, she serves as a host, writer, and grant manager for Endow.

Teresa attended Thomas Aquinas College for her B.A. and the University of Notre Dame for a Masters of Theological Studies in Moral Theology. She has served as both a youth minister and High School teacher before joining Endow.

She loves that Endow helps women to take on the rich intellectual tradition of the Church in a way that aids them to form authentic friendships.