Meet the Team

Bekah Knobeloch

Founder and Director of Feminine Genius Ministries, Instructor

I’m Bekah, a Catholic mama of three little gentlemen (in training) and wife to an incredible man from the glorious mountain state of Colorado. We are just doing our best to raise these tiny rambunctious saints while keeping our levels of coffee and wine therapeutic and praying for an abundance of grace daily.

I am proud to be a mother who is also an educated, professional woman. I am a registered nurse with a passion for women and children’s health as I maintain a national certification in pediatric nursing. I felt a calling to become a natural family planning instructor when I realized how many of my friends had NO idea how their bodies naturally worked. We have done generations of women a disservice in lack of education, and it's time to change that! 


I chose to study the Marquette Model because of their emphasis on NFP as healthcare. Only licensed healthcare professionals (nurses, PAs/NPs, doctors) can teach the Marquette Model, which is based out of the College of Nursing at Marquette University. The focus on research, respect within the medical community at large, and utilizing the newest technology spoke to everything I wanted to see for the future of NFP.
For couples, Natural Family Planning provides an opportunity for a wealth of benefits. Fertility becomes a shared responsibility as it should be. With mutual respect and healthy communication, marriages become stronger. 


I’d be honored to help you understand your unique biology, your gift of fertility, and the truth of the feminine genius alive in you.

 

Megan McDermott

Instructor

Hi! I’m Megan and I am a Catholic wife, mother,  and registered nurse. My newest title is that I am a Marquette Method of NFP instructor! My husband Zach and I live in Lincoln, Nebraska and we have two beautiful, energetic and at times (well, most of the time) crazy toddler girls. I am a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s hospital, but work part-time so that I can spend most of my days raising our kiddos.

 

I became interested in the Marquette model after taking Bekah’s class and right away I absolutely loved the research, science and objectivity behind the method. Once we began using the method, my husband and I felt a level of confidence we had never had before with NFP. Marquette has brought a new joy to our marriage, allowing us to feel like active participants in the discernment of family planning. Zach and I met while serving as FOCUS missionaries, and we want our number one desire to be to do God’s will. For us, that means that at times we are called to be totally open to life, and at other times we are called to strengthen the muscle of temperance and abstain for reasons that we have discerned through our relationship with Jesus.  

The last piece that led me to teach Marquette is my passion for empowering women. Ever since God called me to FOCUS, I have had it on my heart to try and lead women to discover their true identity as daughters of God, completely worthy of unconditional love. Now, I get to teach women and empower them through knowledge of their bodies, to become the woman that God created them to be, free and fully alive.

 

Evie Howell

Instructor

Hi there! I am Evie Howell, and I live in Hastings, NE with my amazing husband of one year! We met right before college and grew in our faith and our love for one another at the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Newman Center, where we also got married in October 2018! We are expecting our first child around this coming Easter! I am an registered nurse on a hospital's medical/surgical/oncology floor, where I have an affinity to the geriatric population. 

I fell in love with the Marquette Model of Natural Family Planning when I was only a few months into practicing mucus-only methods of natural family planning during my engagement, and said to myself "there HAS to be something better!" My nursing mind loved the objectivity and up-to-date scientific technology that the Marquette Model offered. After an introductory session with Bekah, I was sure I wanted to learn more and bring this technology to my region of Nebraska! I desire to teach women about the beauty of their bodies and how to embrace the way God created us, rather than our culture’s answer of covering up the gift of fertility, as well as helping couples to learn to discern God’s will for them and their family through prayer, knowledge, communication, and being co-creators of life! 

 

Jessica Ahern

Instructor

I’m Jessica, a Catholic mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband since 2008. AJ and I live on a farm southeast Nebraska where our girls can enjoy God’s beauty as fast as they can run. I started my career as a registered nurse on a medical surgical floor and worked in ER and OB, as well. I am a Certified Breastfeeding Educator, and I currently work in an Outpatient Clinic and have found the hours give me much more time to spend with our girls!

I became interested in teaching the Marquette Model because of the technology behind the method along with the continuous advanced research. I wanted to bring this model to our community and into as many homes as I could. It really can provide an opportunity for respect and a healthier communication in marriage which can in turn open your hearts to discern what is best for your family.

While working with women earlier in my career, I came to realize that many fell short of their fertility awareness. I want to improve access and education on women’s health and teach women how to embrace and know their bodies in the way God created us to.

 

Kristina Poce

Instructor

I’m Kristina! I love chocolate chip cookies, red wine, memoirs, the occasional winged eyeliner, and all things wholesome goodness. 

I practice Marquette Method NFP with my husband, an active duty Army Officer and karaoke machine. We are doing our best to get each other to heaven and maybe bring a few people with us. My main job these days is being a mother to our two small children, but after earning my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Franciscan University, I practiced as an RN in Oncology and in the ICU. I have a heart for Palliative and end-of-life care. I’m originally from CA, but have lived in TN, MA, KS, and we are moving again next month!

I embrace a vision of authentic feminism – a vision built on empowering women to know and appreciate the natural functioning of their fertility, and to use this knowledge to make healthier decisions. I am also a firm advocate that this vision of authentic feminism is not restricted to women. It is as necessary as it is rewarding for the men in our lives to be active participants in this vision – equally aware, responsible, and intentional with their actions. As such, Marquette Method NFP is a powerful tool for gaining self-awareness and for expanding the responsibility for reproductive decisions to both men and women.  

I discovered Marquette Method NFP by word of mouth during the confusing postpartum transition after my first child was born. I loved the fact that it was objective, backed by research, taught only by licensed healthcare professionals, and over 98% effective at avoiding pregnancy. It has been such a relief to have confidence as we continue to grow our family and I would be honored to help you understand and optimize your reproductive health.

 

Maritia Hotovy

Instructor

I’m Maritia! I love all things lemon flavored and Husker Volleyball. I am a proud wife to a home-renovating Data Scientist, mom of three beautiful virtue-strengthening children and a Family Medicine Registered Nurse here in Omaha, Nebraska. My husband, Nate, and I met on a mission trip through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln’s Newman Center and got married two years later. When I’m not chasing after my kids, I’m probably on the trail running or in my kitchen baking. 

As a nurse I have always gravitated towards maternal-child healthcare. After graduating, I worked in the NICU but then switched to outpatient care for a more flexible schedule with my family. I have since worked with OBGYN/Infertility and now work part-time at Sancta Familia Medical Apostolate in Omaha. 

I was first introduced to NFP as an engaged couple and practiced a mucus-only NFP method for several years. I instantly saw the benefit of NFP but was still unaware of the tremendous impact it could have on a woman's health, marriage and faith. Then through my work as a nurse working with patients charting NFP, I witnessed women suddenly gain a voice in their healthcare team and their own marriages and  develop a strengthened resolve in their faith lives. NFP is a beautiful representation of true feminism because it draws attention to- and does not distract from -a woman’s natural physiology. 

I became more familiar with the Marquette Model of Natural Family Planning in the wonderful, but complex, postpartum time after my son was born. I was instantly attracted to the objectiveness, research-based protocols, and customization with the Marquette Model.  I am excited to guide you on your journey with the Marquette Model and celebrate authentic feminism!

 

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