2016 OneLife LA Speakers

We are thrilled to have such outstanding speakers and performers at OneLife LA! In addition to a fantastic program, we will be featuring live music, community partner booths, activities for children and families, and so much more! Read more about our talented line-up below.

Keynote Speaker

Nick Vujicic
OneLife LA keynote speaker, Nick Vujicic will share his story about being born without limbs, his strength and passion for life, and achieving victory over his struggles through faith. “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands and feet, then he will certainly use any willing heart,” said Vujicic. His deep-rooted faith helped him see his disability as a blessing and formed the nonprofit organization Life Without Limbs when he was only 17 years old.

 

Presenters & Speakers

Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton is an Emmy­ award winning actress of Everybody Loves Raymond and currently stars as Frankie Heck in the ABC sitcom, The Middle. She is the star of the movie, Mom’s Night Out. Her brilliant career includes starring roles in film, television, and stage. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Patricia is an outspoken advocate for life. Patricia will be presenting at OneLife LA.

Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, parents of the Bucket List Baby
Known as the parents of the “Bucket List Baby”, Jenna and Dan learned that the baby they were expecting, Shane Michael, had a birth defect called Anencephaly. Although the diagnosis was dire, they weren’t going to wait until his birth to celebrate his life, which they chronicled on the Facebook page, “Prayers for Shane​.” Jenna & Dan will be speaking at OneLife LA.

Mama Hill
Mama Hill is a retired school teacher with LAUSD. Over her 45-year career, she won numerous awards as an educator, poet, and activist. In 2000, she founded Mama Hill’s Help to help her youngsters who often live under the clouds of violence, grief, abandonment or abuse. She has changed the lives of thousands of youngsters through her innovative teaching style. Mama Hill will be speaking OneLife LA.

James J. Hanson, MPA
James’ family motto is “You can’t hurt steel.” He was diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer and has survived long after his doctors predicted. He is committed to helping others by sharing his story. JJ will be speaking OneLife LA.

Lianna Rebolledo
Lianna was born in Mexico City and now lives in LA. A graduate of UCLA, she is an international pro-­life speaker, journalist, and integral counselor. She has been a diligent defender of human rights for more than 10 years in various Latin-­American countries and in the United States. Lianna is Founder of the organization Loving Life, which offers support and prevention programs to people in risk of violence. Lianna will co-emcee with Danny Jacobs at OneLife LA.

Danny Jacobs
Danny Jacobs is an Emmy-award winning voice actor, a screen actor, and a singer. He studied Musical Theatre at the University of Arizona and started his own theatre company in Detroit. After moving to LA Danny did voiceover work for many animated television and movie productions, video games, and commercials most notably for the role of King Julien on The Penguins of Madagascar and Admiral Watson in Miles from Tomorrowland. He has acted in numerous films and television series including Mad Men, and as a singer he has performed live with countless composers including Hans Zimmer, Steve Jablonski, John Powell and has been featured on the Madagascar soundtracks. Danny will co-emcee with Lianna Rebolledo at OneLife LA.

Karyme Lozano
Karyme Lozano is one of the most prominent international television stars today, three times chosen as one of People in Español’s ’50 Most Beautiful People’. She co-starred in the Epic movie, For Greater Glory, and is a diligent pro-life advocate working with the Guadalupe Medical Center in Los Angeles and has significantly helped many young women choose life for their unborn children. Karyme Lozano will be presenting at OneLife LA.

 

Music

Natalie Herrera
Originally from the heart of East LA, Natalie Herrera knew from an early age she was born to perform. Her career began at age seven and since then, Natalie has been featured in festivals, radio programs, and TV shows including Univision’s popular reality show “Objetivo Fama.” Recently, Natalie fulfilled her lifelong dream of performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Alexander Acha
International platinum selling singer-songwriter, Alexander Acha is recipient of the 2009 Latin Grammy for “Best New Artist,” the 2009 Oye awards’ “Surprise Artist of the Year” and Ascap award for “Best Pop/Ballad Song of 2010.” He had a profound spiritual conversion that brought him back to his faith. Now a devout Catholic and a proud new father of a baby boy he enjoys performing at events that support his mission: “Music is beauty that inspires man to love and be loved in truth. This is happiness”  Acha will be our musical guest at OneLife LA.

Trio Ellas
Trio Ellas, Latin Grammy nominated sweethearts of Los Angeles have been making waves with a unique concept. Their sound is a result of years working with traditional mariachis blended with each member’s own personal musical background. There are elements of jazz, pop, country, as well as vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters era. They describe themselves simply as “three chicas exploring the music we can make with a violin, a guitar, and a guitarron”. The young trio is composed of Suemy Gonzalez, Nelly Cortez, and Stephanie Amaro. They will be performing at OneLife LA.