Meet the expert speakers of the
A New Year, Your Best Year 2019 Conference for Moms!
Heather Bowen is the founder of A New Year, Your Best Year: 2019 Conference for Moms. She is also the founder of the 2018 Homeschool Moms Conference. Heather is a former Labor & Delivery nurse turned professional blogger. Heather is the founder/owner of the popular blog, Life of a Homeschool Mom, where she encourages and equips thousands of homeschooling moms daily. She is also the owner of HomeschoolBlogging.com. Heather and her husband, Scott live in southeastern NC with their two daughters.
Heather’s conference workshops include: How Sunday Saves my Week, Reset Your Budget with a Spending Fast, and Why Balance is a Myth.
RACHEL MARIE MARTIN, having pulled herself up from poverty to being named one of Inc.magazine’s top 40 entrepreneurs, has been writing Finding Joy full time for several years and writing online for over a decade. She has always had a passion for a daring, adventure-filled life and is often requested to speak and motivate others with her vivacious energy and deep belief that life is a gift. Rachel is also a partner in Blogging Concentrated, the world’s largest training and development company for bloggers, vloggers, and podcasters. She travels worldwide teaching marketing, voice, messaging, social media strategy and more. Rachel is a single mom of seven and lives in Tennessee.
Rachel’s conference workshop is titled: Breaking the 3 Excuses That Keep You From Achieving Your Goals
Rachael Carman– She had it going on—or so she thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And she’s here to encourage you to do the same! She loves encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.
In her books How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? and How to Have a HEART for Your Kids, she challenges mothers to surrender their will and draw closer to the Lord. She invites moms to join her in loving God passionately and worshiping Him fully while sweeping up Cheerios, doing laundry, and planning dinner. You will be affirmed in your role as a mother as she speaks of her own struggles with perfectionism and impatience and shares her challenges, failures, and victories amid the ever-changing seasons of life. Her honesty will surprise you, and her humor will put you at ease.
She has been married to her beloved, Davis, since 1986; their life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. They have seven kids and her family loves to laugh! She enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. She and her husband own Apologia Educational Ministries, she’s an author and speaker – she am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.
Rachael’s conference workshops include: That Child and How to Die to Yourself and Live to Tell About It.
Michael + Carlie Kercheval have been smitten by one another for over 2 decades. They were college sweethearts before marrying one another in June of 2000. Mike + Carlie have 3 children and are currently in their 14th year of homeschooling. They are the masterminds behind the course, Goal Setting for Couples, and co-authors of the best-selling marriage devotional: Consecrated Conversations. Together they founded Fulfilling Your Vows™ in 2012 and have since reached hundreds of thousands of couples around the world for Christ.
Mike & Carlie’s conference workshop is titled: Marriage Goals: The Why & How
Arabah Joy is a wife, adoptive and biological mom to 4, missionary, and world traveler. Her adventures span far and wide, from eating pig snouts to giving birth in three different Asian countries. Her recent adventures finally include settling down in small town USA. AJ has experienced the life transforming power of grace, something she writes about in her books, resources, and prayer challenges, including her best-selling 40-day devotional, Trust Without Borders. You can connect with Arabah and sign up for her free resources at ArabahJoy.com.
Arabah Joy’s conference workshops include: How to Create a Spiritual Growth Plan & The Meditation Miracle.
Dr. Melanie Wilson is a Christian psychologist turned homeschooling mother of six. She is the author of The Organized Homeschool Life book and planner, Grammar Galaxy, a story-based, elementary language arts curriculum that has earned rave reviews, and A Year of Living Productively. She also hosts a popular podcast for homeschoolers, The Homeschool Sanity Show. She enjoys leading several Facebook groups, including the no-drama-mama Facebook community, HomeschoolScopes. Melanie is passionate about encouraging mothers in their homeschooling, family life, and faith.
Melanie’s conference workshops include: How to Stop Procrastinating and Finally Reach Your Goals, So You’re Not Wonder Woman?, and How to Quiet Your Crazy-Makers.
Leslie Nunnery, a homeschool mom of 4, is the co-founder of Teach Them Diligently along with her husband David. God has given her a strong burden to minister to Christian families to help support, encourage and equip them to disciple their children, protect their marriages, and serve God in the ways He has planned for them. She is the author of Teach Them Diligently, Raising Children of Promise and co-author of How To Homeschool with Confidence.
Leslie’s conference workshops include: The Way You Pray Will Change The Way You Parent– and how you live, and How Do You Teach Them Diligently? Tips for Discipleship-Focused Parenting.
Katie Kimball is a blogger, former teacher, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. She started her online life at her blog, Kitchen Stewardship where she helps families stay healthy without going crazy. Katie’s original goal with the cooking classes for kids was to help parents get a little help in the kitchen, build life skills, and hopefully even get some kids to eat vegetables. But through her work and research she realized that teaching kids to cook is the best way to show kids that they matter and can make a difference in the world. She believes if every child in America was taught to cook, we would smash statistics on childhood obesity, depression, behavior disorders and more.
Katie’s conference workshop is titled: Creating Confident Kids Through Healthy Food: Beyond the Kitchen.
Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning authors of Raising Real Men, No Longer Little, and Love, Honor, and Virtue, an Amazon bestseller. They are publishers, writers, bloggers, and popular conference speakers internationally, known for their Christ-centered focus and practical, real-life stories. They are the parents of six real boys (four grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.
Hal & Melanie’s conference workshops include: No Longer Little and Not Quite Teens, Romance for the Exhausted, Practical Discipleship, and Teaching Our Boys to Avoid Even the Appearance of Evil.
Ed Miller-Being a good father, husband and follower of Jesus Christ are important values in Ed’s life. Ed has been married to Joanne for 36 years and they have 2 adult children, Dave and Tim. Dave is married to Amanda and they have 2 young children, Madison and Nathan. Joanne and Ed have worked closely with Scott and Carrie Turansky for more than 25 years to develop a ministry to encourage and equip parents. The National Center for Biblical Parenting equips parents around the world to train the hearts of their children so that they will thrive as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Ed has also invested 30 years working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship –USA. Ed has led students to give their lives to Christ; discipled young believers; mentored young leaders and led numerous training programs. Ed is now investing his life in mentoring young people and coaching parents.
Ed’s conference workshops include: Trifecta for Teens and Those Who Care About Them, Thrive- a Family Learning Experience, and Honor- the Secret Ingredient in Family Life.
Katie Hornor- The founder of TheBlogConnection.com, and the only literature based homeschool curriculum for Spanish speakers in the world at Lemonhass.com, she is better known these days as “The Movement Maker” and is also the author of over 40 self-published books, including three Amazon best sellers. Katie’s gripping tale of leaving behind everything she knew to learn another language and serve in another country, to being betrayed by leadership and bootstrapping her way to founding an international business and leading an international movement will leave you inspired and motivated to take action with your own transformational message that will change lives in our world for the better wherever you are. Katie lives and breathes that “your message matters” and will leave you inspired, challenged and equipped in each session.
Katie’s conference workshops include: Your Message Matters- a Practical Guide for Changing the World, How Knowing Who God is Can Make This The Best Year Ever, and My Story for His Glory- Redeeming the hard times in life and rejoicing in spite of them.
Abbey Phipps is first and foremost a servant to Christ, and she’s also a wife, mom, and homemaker
from Texas. She is passionate about living a natural lifestyle, raising godly kids, and being a faith-filled wife and woman of God. On a more relaxed note, she loves Hallmark movies, vacationing in the mountains, and all things planning-related. You can find more of her writings at smalltownsoul.net.
Abbey’s conference workshops include: Why Recreational Intimacy is Key to a Happy Family, and The Blessing of Sabbath- Learning to Breathe as a Busy Mom.
Katie Sheasby is a 33 year old who lives in sunny Southern California with her mom and her 15 year old cousin Amethyst. Almost nine years ago Katie’s world changed when she was injured at work. She was left with a chronic pain condition, but has tried to make the best of things. Until a few months ago, Katie and her family were helping to take care of her grandmother who had Alzheimer’s. With her grandmother’s struggle and eventual passing, Katie learned a lot about care-giving. She blogs about homeschooling, care-giving, and various reviews at www.KatiesDailyLife.com
Katie’s conference workshops include: Taking Care of Yourself in the Sandwich Generation and Thriving not Just Surviving While Living with Chronic Pain.
Amy Wyler, homeschooling mom of 7, business owner, and multi entrepreneur….she helps entrepreneurs and small business owners become unstuck. With humor and a dose of tough love, she teaches goal setting, and how to believe in yourself! It’s OK to have a defined roll outside of motherhood and make money. But don’t call her superwoman, because there is no such thing!! You can find Amy on Instagram where she gives you a glimpse into her crazy life.
Amy’s conference workshop is titled: Superwoman Has Left the Building.
Gena Mayo is a Texas native who now lives in Illinois with her husband of 20 years and 8 children, ages 18 down to 6. She is a homeschooler, music teacher, and curriculum writer. Gena loves encouraging and equipping other moms at her websites I Choose Joy! and Music in Our Homeschool. Find her easy-to-use online courses at Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com. She’d love to connect with you on Instagram and Music in Our Homeschool Facebook group.
Gena’s conference workshops include: The Surefire Way to Lose 20 Pounds This Year, and How to Use Music to Bring Peace and Joy to Your Home.
Katelyn Fagan is a Christian, wife, and homeschooling mom of five young kids. In her own unique, laid-back, and honest way, she writes about all things home and family on her website What’s Up Fagans?. From mattress pee stains to creating family mottos, she has great solutions, ideas, and how-to’s for families trying to raise great kids and stay sane in the process.
Katelyn’s conference workshops include: Parenting When Poor: How to Rise above the Hurdles When Living Paycheck to Paycheck and Raising Kids, Cleaning with Kids – The Secrets of Parents Who Maintain a Clean Home, and From Dream to Business Plan- Planning Guide for Launching a Profitable Blog.
Aimee Smith is a second-generation homeschool momma who lives in daily tension between God’s call to work in the trench of motherhood and His call to rest as His daughter. She faces each day with tenacity as she disciples her four children (ages 9-15) and leads in her local homeschool community, all while fighting chronic illness. Join Aimee at www.aimeesmith.com for strategies to cultivate victorious rest in the midst of your trench.
Aimee’s conference workshop is titled: Seeds of Rest for Moms.
Joanie Boeckman is a busy wife and homeschool mama to six kids, so she knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by housework. After trial and error, she developed a system that finally works. She blogs at Simple Living Mama where she hopes to encourage other moms who need some help in the home, too. Her free monthly cleaning calendars have helped thousands of women finally developing a functional cleaning routine.
Joanie’s conference workshop is titled: How To Simplify Your Cleaning Routine So Your House Stays Mostly Clean.
Melanie Krahn is a homeschool mom whose passion is to encourage moms to be who God has called them to be through all the ups and downs of life. She also finds joy in helping moms confidently manage small to large projects with success. You can find free 30-day scripture challenges, worksheets and much more from Melanie at Wildly Anchored.
Melanie’s conference workshops include: How to Overcome Being a People-Pleaser and Perfectionist, Trusting God Through A Dry Season, and How to Successfully Manage a Project From Start to Finish.
Lara Molettiere’s passion is to help homeschool mamas not grow weary in well-doing. The small, seemingly mundane tasks of the day to day living and learning are where the grace and beauty of this remarkable homeschooling life is found. Find Lara at Everyday Graces Homeschool, the Cultivating Grace podcast, and helping busy homeschool families thrive with The Homeschool Garden morning time.
Lara’s conference workshops include: Building a Home that is a Haven, and Raising Readers in a Digital Age.
Angela Taylor is a lover of God, people and coffee. Her passion is helping moms realize that they are equipped for the job God has called them to. She is the wife to Steven, her want a be Ninja Warrior husband, mother to her four highly entertaining children and writer at www.schoolingwithgrace.com and in her free time can be found…wait… free time??
Angela’s conference workshops include: Mothering with Grace- Even amidst the chaos, and Practicing Hospitality (with a sink full of dirty dishes).
Kathie Morrissey is the mother of 8 children, wife to Alan for 39 years, and a committed homeschooling mom of 31 years. She is the founder of The Character Corner, where she loves to blog about parenting, family life, homeschooling, and life in general. You can also find daily encouragement on her Facebook page. Kathie is a popular speaker at home school conventions and support groups, as well as ladies retreats. Her heart’s desire is to help and encourage parents to be purposeful in raising Godly children with strong Christian character, who walk in purity, and have a heart for God. She is also the author of two popular character curriculums, and several other books written to encourage Biblical parenting.
Kathie’s conference workshops include: Marriage Secrets from 40 Years, 10 Tips for First Time Obedience, and How to Get it All Done as a Busy Mom.
Melissa Langford is the owner and writer of the blog BlessedSimplicity.com
Melissa’s conference workshop is titled: Team Cooking: How to feed your family healthy meals at home for $100 per person per month.
Kerry Beck helps you get past the perfect Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook image and get on to real life…real life ways to inspire your kids to grow in Christ and love learning. She enjoys meeting with moms to encourage them as they raise, educate and encourage their own kids. Kerry wants to help you inspire your kids to love learning, giving them a superb, Christian education . . . where they will think critically & Biblically.
Kerry received her Masters of Education and authored several books, including Priorities of Peace: How to DeStress Moms, Making Biblical Decisions, Raising Leaders, Not Followers, Teach Your Child “How to Think” with Mentoring, as well as Star of Bethlehem and Skies of the Cross Family Bible Studies. She offers free online workshops to help moms each month. She wants to give you a free ebook, Stay Consistent with Your Family at HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com
You can connect with Kerry on her blog and at Mom’s Monday Lunch Bunch weekly Facebook Live. She also hangs out at Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram. Feel free to email her at kerry@HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com
Kerry’s conference workshops include: Teaching Your Children About Finances and Debt, How to Be Consistent with your Family, Raising Christian Leaders Not Followers, How to Destress Moms with 3Rs, How Busy Moms Can Stay Connected to God, and Making Biblical Decisions in Your Family: Identifying and Implementing God’s Priorities.
Krissy Scoon is a Jesus girl first, a homeschool mom, graphic designer, blogger, and encourager. You can find her at SweetSavvyMamma.com where she blogs about real life, faith, homeschooling and offers graphic design and marketing services to happy clients.
Krissy’s conference workshop is titled: The Process of Identifying Your Purpose.
Terri L. Hedrick, M.S. is a Catholic homeschool mom to two teens. She works for a private company as an online instructor to hospital-homebound students, and runs her own business as a homeschool consultant and curriculum creator at Our Happy Medium Academy. She blogs about homeschooling and homesteading at Our Happy Medium. When she’s not working, you can find her in her garden, up on top of her horse or tending to her bees!
Terri’s conference workshops include: Why Self-Care is a Matter of Life or Death, Practical Ways to Make Your Life Simpler When Your Life is Crazy, and The Beauty of Being an Older Mom.
Tiffany Andrews is a VERY outmatched mama to four crazy amazing kiddos, a Jesus follower, homeschooler, and blogger. She is the creator of Outmatchedmama.com. Her goal is to encourage and equip other moms to rely on Jesus’ strength when homeschool life gets tough, and to be more of the mama God made them to be! You can find her socially on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram! You can also catch her sharing tips, freebies, and recipes over on her Facebook Group, Homeschool Moms Hideout — she’d love you to join!
Tiffany’s conference workshops include: Financial Fitness: 7 Exercises to Whip Your Finances into Shape, Dump, Dish, Done!, Planning with Purpose, Parenting Peters- Discipling the Strong-Willed Child Like Jesus Did.
Lee Felix is a Faith Blogger and Lifetime Encourager. Her heart is to encourage and equip Christian women to embrace the imperfect and radiate Christ! She is a Wife of 20 yrs, Mom to 5 Treasures, Imperfect Christ Follower, Unexpected Homeschooler, Avoider of Small Talk and Coffee’s Best Friend. Join Lee in the journey through imperfect yet intentional parenting in their private Facebook Community or connect on social media below!
Lee’s conference workshops include: How to Handle Tween Girl Emotions in a God-Honoring Way, and No Time for Quiet Time? 3 Keys to Daily Bible Study for the Overwhelmed Mom.
Mandi Ehman is an online entrepreneur and work-at-homeschooling mom whose mission is to encourage other women to live intentionally. She and her husband have four beautiful daughters and two little boys. When she’s not working, homeschooling or chauffeuring her crew, Mandi can usually be found curled up with a good book and a hot cup of coffee. She also enjoys biking with her family and exploring the U.S. one state park at a time together in their RV. Learn more at WorkAtHomeschoolingMoms.com.
Mandi’s conference workshop is titled: How to Work at Home with Kids Underfoot…and not lose your mind!
Aimee McKee is a certified personal trainer, whole food ambassador and is currently training to become certified as a health coach! This mom on a mission realized the power that real, plant foods could have in our lives when she was able to heal from her chronic pain and fatigue over 3 years ago. Since then, she’s made it her mission to inspire healthier living in individuals, children and families throughout the world! Aimee and her husband Jeff reside in southern Utah with their one year old son Hayden and are expecting another baby in May!
Aimee’s conference workshop is titled: Healthy Kids, Happy Lives!
Alicia Simon writes at My Workbasket.com She has been crafting her whole life and loves to encourage others to do the same. When she’s not crafting she’s usually teaching crafting, writing about crafting, or teaching her son (not always about crafting.) She would rather craft then clean and regularly writes about how to find balance and do both. Two days a week she volunteers at a special school for homeschoolers.
Alicia’s conference workshop is titled: Crafts- Good for the Brain, Good for the Budget
Kristi Bothur writes on This Side of Heaven where she delights in encouraging women as they serve their families, embrace their femininity, and deepen their faith in Jesus. She also leads Naomi’s Circle, the pregnancy loss ministry she and her husband began after the second trimester loss of their second daughter in 2009. A pastor’s wife and former public school teacher, Kristi is now a homeschool mom of two and active in ministry to women in her community. She is a transplanted northerner living in the South, and especially loves the one week in the spring and the fall when it is not too hot and not too cold. In her spare time, Kristi enjoys watching old episodes of the Waltons with her family while eating popcorn – the more buttery, the better.
Kristi’s conference workshops include: Finding Your Sphere of Influence for 2019, Worldview: What it is, and why it matters to moms, Praying with Jesus for My Children.
Latrenda C. Bailey-Rush, ED.S. is a mother of four beautiful children and married for 15 years to her college sweetheart. Latrenda home schools her four children and supports each of their entrepreneur endeavors. In her spare time she loves to sing, play the piano, travel, and cook and spend time with her family. She is a Cancer survivor, author and co-author of the best seller “Chronicles of the Chronically ILL.” Latrenda, is an advocate of families that are faced with obstacles such as cancer and other health issues. Mrs. Rush is a former teacher of 15 years in the public schools. She presently contract with the Texas Early Childhood Education Professional Development were she trains teachers, caregivers and administrators. Latrenda is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC). Mrs. Rush’s goal is for all families learn to take the time to understand that the “Rat Race,” is ongoing however, raising, molding and pouring into your child will last a lifetime!
Latrenda’s conference workshop is titled: In the Place of Humility.
Teacher, mom, and director of Yellow Wood Success Academy in Lexington, KY, Laurie Geary, is passionate about strengthening her students’ ability to learn by giving them tools to help them overcome learning challenges. She began Yellow Wood Tutoring in 2013 and has helped many children find success through her holistic and unique approach to education, which she calls “Success Training”, in her cottage school and tutoring center. Laurie has also developed online workshops on Success Training and provides workshops and trainings for other teachers, moms, dads and administrators.
Laurie’s conference workshops include: Parenting Young Kids with Special Needs, and Goal Planning with your Teen.
Marcy Loveless is a mother of 5 handsome, crazy boys and a wife to the biggest boy of them all. She is a blogger at UpliftingMayhem.com where her focus is to help moms along this rollercoaster journey we call motherhood. She loves spending time with her boys hiking, exploring, building, playing games or even just reading a book together. She is a firm believer in a loving Heavenly Father who is involved in the little details of our lives. She and her husband homeschool their 5 boys. Their family mantra is, WORK HARD PLAY HARD!
Marcy’s conference workshop is titled: To Do or To Be: Motherhood Redefined.
Marjorie Lou– As a wife and homeschooling mother of two children, Marjorie has a tenacious determination to see her family and all Christians set free in the truth of God’s Word and operating effectively in God’s Kingdom. Marjorie fulfills her calling through powerful speaking engagements, dynamic retreats, and various writing venues, including KingdomPurposeLife.com. She is the author of
the Amazon #1 Best-Selling book Becoming a Powerful Christian – 7 Secrets to a Life of Miracles
and Answered Prayer. Learn more at MarjorieLou.com.
Marjorie’s conference workshops include: A Focused Parent Can Single-Handedly Change the World, and The Heart of Parenting.
Micah Klug loves being a mother and helping other women DIY their home on a budget, grow their faith in Christ, love their marriage, and strengthen their family relationships by living simply without losing their quality of life or sanity. She is the author of, “50 Freezer Meals: Easy Dinners for the Busy Family.” Micah and her husband, Travis, currently have four children. She resides in Washington happily at home raising her kids. To learn more about Micah and her latest projects, please visit her website: www.HomeFaithFamily.com.
Micah’s conference workshops include: Thriving in Christ in a Spiritual Desert, and Laughing Again in Your Marriage: How to Communicate with your Spouse When It Feels Like You Speak Different Languages.
Michelle Huddleston is an Author, Speaker, Mentor, and Home Education Specialist who is passionate about helping other moms learn to live unapologetically authentic. Together with her husband, Bryan, they began their ministry, With the Huddlestons, as a thriving virtual community for homeschooling families, offering innovative tools, resources, and support. Their first ministry is raising and homeschooling their four blessings, ranging from 1 year old to 11 years old. Michelle (and Bryan) would love to connect with you and help take the pressure off home education – normalizing it one family at a time.
Michelle’s conference workshops include: When Parenting Gets Tough, How to Help Your Spouse When You Have No Clue What To Do, Setting Goals that Work, and For We Are Known: A Fresh Look at the Fruit of the Spirit.
At 40-something, Tricia Brookover is finally living life her way, from tackling a 20-year dream to really homeschooling her own way. And this 10-year veteran homeschool mom is on a mission to help others do the same. On her blog and on her YouTube channel, she has one mission—empower moms to create a homeschool life uniquely their own.
Tricia’s conference workshops include: From Non-Runner to Half-Marathoner: Tips & Tricks I’ve Learned Along the Way and Save More ($$), Waste Less (Food): How to Effectively Do a Pantry/Freezer Challenge.
Wanda Gibert is a busy mom of six adult children and five spunky grandchildren. She understands the demands of managing life as a wife, mom, leader and entrepreneur. Wanda has served in the forefront of the modern home education movement providing key advisory counsel in state and national leadership. She has learned the fine art of balancing her responsibilities at home while serving in key leadership positions in her church and managing her consulting business, Kingdom Vision Press and spearheading her intergenerational blog, www.proverbs14-1woman.com, for moms whom want to invest in their homes, relationships and families. Her presentations have been characterized as practical and inspiring.
Mentor, conference speaker and author, Wanda has written several books including, Influence, a 12 week study to strengthen marriage, The SMART Planner and My Selah Moment™, a Bible study method and devotional to assist women in a deeper study of the Word of God. Wanda utilizes her gifts to bring practical solutions to “problems” within the home and the educational and church sectors.
Wanda’s conference workshops include: 5 Key Strategies for Effective Meal Planning, Time Management: Getting Done What Really Matters, and Faith Resolution: From Resolution to Revolution.
Danielle Papageorgiou has been married to her amazing husband, Jon, for 19 years and they have three children on earth, Konur (17), Elleina (14), and Korban (7), as well as a baby girl, Myla Grace (born at 14 weeks) in heaven. She has been homeschooling, or “lifeschooling,” for 17 years and has run the WINGS Homeschool Group in Charlotte for the past 10.
She started the Lifeschooling Conference in 2016 with a desire to see more families set free from the world’s expectations of what education is and to discover that God has made each family unique and has also placed in each of their children special gifts and desires that He wants to use. The verse that guides the Papageorgious in their pursuit of lifeschooling is Matthew 6:33, “But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and ALL these things will be added to you.” (Emphasis mine).
Danielle’s conference workshop is titled: Finding Your 2019 Focus Through Fasting.
Tatiana Adurias is follower of Jesus, wife and mum of six. Her mission is to inspire and encourage moms to raise kids who long to walk with Jesus, by equipping them with the tools to strengthen their faith, and teach their children to stand up for theirs.
She is a compulsive organizer, neat freak, writer, bibliophile, self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur and homeschooler. She blogs about mom life, home education and organized living, at The Musings of Mum. You’ll find her on Instagram & Twitter @themusingsofmum.
Tatiana’s conference workshop is titled: How to Get Your Family & Home Super Organized the Easy Way.
Amanda Jensen is a marketing professional turned stay-at-home mom who hails from the frozen tundra of Minnesota where she lives with her husband, five kids, two dogs, one cat, two guinea pigs and six chickens. She is a homeschooler, runner, crocheter, chicken-lover, gardener, introvert and planner. A Type A brain trapped in a Type B house, she seeks to encourage moms, swap wisdom, and empower fellow weirdos. You can follow her exploits, laugh at her mistakes and find community on her blog, WeirdbyChoice.com.
Amanda’s conference workshop is titled: Caffeine Free Sanity Savers for Moms.
Lisa Nehring has been married for over 30 years, has five children, 2 graduate degrees and a black belt in homeschooling. She has homeschooled since 1991 and wrote a Master’s Thesis on Why Parent’s Homeschool, the Literature Review being, A History of Education in America. She has created class days and co-ops, brought national programs to her region and has written hundreds of curriculum and product reviews at her personal blog, Golden Grasses. where she has been writing about homeschooling since 2008. Additionally, she has worked for a large educational company as an Academic Adviser with high school students from around the world. Lisa has taught a wide variety of classes, both in the classroom and on-line including Composition and Literature, Poetry, Apologetics, Psychology, Geography, Latin and more.
Education as the Transmission of Culture has been a guiding principal for Lisa for many years. She is committed to transmitting a culture of truth, beauty and goodness, by the grace of God. Lisa Nehring and her husband, Dr. David Nehring, a Clinical Psychologist and Biblical Scholar, speak together on a wide variety of topics, including education, classical education, Vision & Mission, Parenting, Marriage and more.
Lisa’s conference workshop is titled: Vision, Mission, and Goals.
Others describe Alyssa Avant as an amazing writer and speaker while she believes her best qualities include her determination and perfectionism. Alyssa built a business alongside caring for her three small children. She is 90% self-taught and doesn’t let any business challenge stop her. She is tenacious in making sure that her clients are satisfied with every project she does for them.
Alyssa has 11 plus years of experience working with online professionals and business owners. She has helped many authors and to build their online presence from the ground up. As a published author and speaker, she knows what it takes to be successful.
She is published in the Inspired Women Succeed book, in numerous magazines, and on various websites. She is also the author of FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Passion, Purpose, and Profits, and FaithLeaps: The Christian Mom’s Guide to Starting a Virtual Assistant Business. Her course, How to Become a Virtual Assistant, has trained dozens of women who now
own thriving virtual assistant practices.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and a Master’s in Christian Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Alyssa loves Jesus, her husband, and three precious children. She and her family reside in Carrollton, Mississippi. You can find Alyssa on the web at http://alyssaavantandcompany.com and http://alyssaavant.com.
Alyssa’s conference workshop is titled: Making Money Online as a Virtual Assistant.
Amanda Koonlaba, Ed. S. is a mother and educator. She has over 12 years of experience teaching both visual art and regular education. Her career has been driven by the power of the arts to reach all learners. She is a published author and frequent speaker/presenter at conferences. Amanda was named the Elementary Art Teacher of the Year for the state of Mississippi in 2016 and received the Arts Integration Service Award from the Mississippi Whole Schools Initiative (Mississippi Arts Commission) in 2015. She holds an Elementary and Middle Childhood Art certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Amanda is on a mission to ensure every student has access to a high-quality arts-based education. She blogs at SimpleArtClass.com
Amanda’s conference workshops include: Integrating Art to Help Your Kids with Academic Skills and Pinterest-Worthy Art Projects That Don’t Break the Bank.
Angel Pennyman is a follower of Jesus, friend and a fun-loving “girl-next-door” who loves to encourage other women to embrace and fulfill their full potential in Christ. She is a firm believer of God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you…” and desires to help other Christian women believe and apply that truth to their lives.
Angel is a writer, speaker, counselor, and servant leader at heart. Connecting with other women and having deep conversations are a passion of hers. You can find her writing on her blog, Experience His Freedom, where she shares her thoughts and powerful, life-changing truths from God’s Word. Most importantly, Angel is a dedicated wife and mother of three sons – ages 20, 5 and 4. After many years in Atlanta, her family recently moved to Houston and so begins the hunt for the best cupcakes in their new city.
Angel’s conference workshop is titled Pursuit: A Mom’s Journey to the Promises.
Angela Legg is creator of www.thediligentwoman.com where she blogs about using God’s word to find the confidence to be a warrior for God and family every day.
She has been married for over 23 years and has five daughters. She is a stay at home mom, home schools her daughters, and blogs. Her favorite way to relax is to curl up with a good book, preferably one that is real paper and ink.
Her greatest love is for women to know the confidence of being the woman God made each to be. She loves studying the scriptures, sharing of the love and sacrifice given for us through the blood of Christ, and how that love translates into every aspect of our lives. She believes the Bible is a book of love from God that is to be used as a textbook for life.
Angela’s conference workshop is titled How to Stop the Blessing Killers: Doubt & Guilt.
Anne Campbell is the mother to three boys (in every sense of the word!). A former classroom teacher with a BA in English, she is a writer, editor, ESL teacher with VIPKID, and homeschool consultant. Homeschooling for 16 years, she recently graduated her first son, who learned at home from K5 to college. Anne enjoys customizing learning experiences to meet the needs of her 3 boys as they embrace the lightbulb moments of discovery every day. She teaches other homeschool teens through literature study, research paper writing, and living history experiences. When the Campbells are not in their schoolroom, they are outside soaking up God’s beautiful creation and looking for new critters to bring home. Visit Anne’s blog Learning Table for help navigating everything homeschool, from early learning to college admission. Follow Learning Table’s adventures on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Anne’s conference workshops include: Attachment Parenting into the Teen Years, and Self-Care for Busy Moms.
Michelle Osborn, a 21-year homeschool veteran and mom of four, is the owner and founder of Yellow House Book Rental. Her passions, besides being a wife, and homeschool mom include music and encouraging moms any chance she gets.
Michelle’s conference workshops include: Good Parents and Rebellious Teens and Parenting your Generation Z Children.
Misty Mendoza is married to her high school sweetheart. They have 5 children, ranging in ages from 5-19. Having a child off at college now, she has witnessed how fast the years fly by and inspires fellow moms to make memories with their children. She shares about motherhood, homeschooling, and foster/adoption at manyseasonsofmotherhood.com . You can connect with Misty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Misty’s conference workshops include: Establishing Traditions to Build a Stronger Family and The Family Health Challenge – Developing Better Habits and Making Memories Together.
Monique Boutsiv is a homeschooling mother to 3 kids, you can find her sharing resources to help busy moms with parenting tips, organization, recipes and healthy living ideas on Living Life as Moms. You can find her on Facebook or Instagram.
Monique’s conference workshops include: Bullet Journaling for Busy Moms, How to set 12 Week Goals to Get More Done in Your Year, How to Get Your Kids to Help!
Nicki Truesdell is a 2nd-generation homeschooler and mother to 5. She is a homemaker at heart, and loves books, freedom, history and quilts, and blogs about all of these at nickitruesdell.com. She believes that homeschooling can be relaxed and that history is fun, and both can be done with minimal cost or stress, no matter your family’s circumstances. Nicki is a member of the Texas Home Educators Advisory Board. You can follow her on , , , and .
Nicki’s conference workshops include: Guarding the Hearts of our Children and Simple Christian Discipleship in the Home.
Veteran homeschooler Pat Fenner feeds her passion for encouraging and inspiring homeschooling moms by writing at her blog BreakthroughHomeschooling.com. Catch her excitement about parenting and homeschooling middle and high-school-aged young people when you subscribe to the site and get practical tools for parenting teens, support for homeschooling thru high school, and lots of encouragement for moms.
Pat’s conference workshop is titled Blessing the Next Generation: A Contemporary Coming of Age for Christian Families.
Randi Smith is a mom of two boys. Most days you will find her homeschooling her boys or sitting in an ice rink cheering her son’s hockey team on. When she has a moment to herself, she will have a book in her hand or be walking the dog. She uses her background in child development to blog about homeschooling, especially children with learning differences over at peanutbutterfishlessons.com.
Randi’s conference workshops include: Calming the Chaos: Charts and Checklists to Get Your Kids Organized and Tips and Tricks for Taking and Editing Photos on your Phone.
T. Renai Ruiz is a homeschool mom of 15 years (and counting!) in a bilingual, bicultural home. She earned a M.Ed. while working as a teacher and continuing to homeschool bilingually. She now teaches Spanish classes online to children and families. Through her company, Adelante! Spanish for All, she creates materials and supplements to increase vocabulary and conversation in practical ways, uses proven methods to learn/maintain Spanish speaking and literacy, and helps families learn language together. Adelante also shares articles to help encourage families to continue with their language studies, whichever language it may be. Visit her website at AdelanteSpanishforAll.com, and follow her Facebook page for up-to-date resources and articles.
Renai’s conference workshop is titled Family Language Learning Made Easy.
Richele McFarlin is a homeschool mom who quickly learned her collegiate background in educational psychology failed to prepare her for grading math papers while making dinner. She can tip one of her many hats at her background for helping her create materials, at the Learning Difference, for children with dyslexia just like her own daughters. Her font addiction led her to create RM Design Services & Branding Stylist where she creates printables, media kids, design courses, and more to help women create their best online presences through design.
Richele’s conference workshops include: Keeping Cool When You Have Too Many Irons in the Fire, Calming an Anxious Heart: Strategies for Women Who Struggle with Anxiety, Gaining an Eternal Perspective: Stop Being Stuck in Temporary Trials and Move on to Victory.
Rosilind Jukic, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her Bosnian hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women at her blog A Little R & R where she encourages women to live for the glory of God.
Rosilind’s conference workshop is titled: 4 Keys For a Drama-Free Life.
Sara Jordan Panning is an author, speaker, and homeschooling mom of three girls who loves to encourage other moms with practical tips and inspirational ideas on her blog, Heart and Soul Homeschooling. She is passionate about helping moms find creative expression through writing and journaling.
Sara’s conference workshop is titled: Heart and Soul Journaling for Busy Moms.
Counselor Keith Dorscht is a registered psychotherapist specializing in marriage and family counseling. Keith has lead 500+ marriage intensives and counseled an additional 20,000hrs with families. Keith is a pioneer in multi-generational counseling with entire families. Counselor Keith has worked with up to 37 family members, uniting them and leading them to reconcile and restore relationships.
Keith is the creator of The Communication Cure/Meaningful Talk.com an online resource that builds strong relational connections through guided face to face conversation. Meaningful Talk has been used in the Army, Air Force, County, schools and churches with great success as an at-home tool that creates therapeutic results.
Counselor Keith has an office in Colorado Springs, CO. He delivers a large portion of his counseling services online using techniques for connecting clients with each other without the need of his physical presence. Keith also travels to clients to provide the most effective counseling for their situation.
Keith Dorscht is a husband of 23 years and the father of six children. He is a Canadian now a resident of Colorado. In Canada, Keith worked in children and adult mental hospitals as well as churches. He is an ordained minister with a Master of Theology degree. Counselor Keith Dorscht is a registered psychotherapist in the state of Colorado.
Keith’s conference workshops include: Meaningful Talk – How True Connection Can Transform Your Communication in Less Than a Second, You.. Me.. or Immaturity?, and What You Can Do Now to Keep Your Child Out of a Counselor’s Office Later.
Anne Marie Gosnell is a Bible Teacher and Bible curriculum writer with more than 25 years of experience. She has created Bible lessons and taught children about Jesus at churches, camps, Christian Schools, and conferences. She is the owner of FutureFlyingSaucers Resources where she helps busy parents and church leaders teach fun, flexible, multi-age, budget-friendly bible object lessons that enhance the spiritual growth of children. She lives with her husband and three children in South Carolina.
Anne Marie’s conference workshops include: Being an Excellent Bible Teacher for Our Kids, Discipleship in Our Homes: What Does it Look Like?, and Why Teaching the Bible to the Next Generation is So Important.
April Cassidy has been married to her high school sweetheart, Greg, for 24 years. She is a part-time pharmacist, a Christian marriage blogger, an author, a YouTuber, and women’s conference speaker. The Cassidys live in the Columbia, SC area with their 17 year-old son and 12 year-old daughter where they are active members at First Baptist Church of Columbia.
April was a very strong Type A personality and thought she was the most amazing Christian woman and wife. She read her Bible and prayed every day, went to church three times per week, only listened to Christian music, and could quote dozens of verses.
But something was clearly wrong. She was lonely in her marriage, frustrated, resentful, and continuously worried and anxious. For over fourteen years, she begged God to change her husband. He was too passive, too quiet, and she felt he needed to be a better leader. If only he would do what she told him to, surely everything would be one hundred times better!
Was she ever surprised when God suddenly opened her eyes to a sizeable “beam in her own eye” that needed her attention in December of 2008. April learned a lot of lessons about being a godly wife and mom the hard way and loves to share the treasures God has given her to hopefully help spare other women some of the pain of her mistakes.
Check out April’s blogs, www.peacefulwife.com and www.peacefulsinglegirl.com. She has two Facebook ministry pages, “The Peaceful Wife Blog” and “Peaceful Single Girl.” April’s YouTube channel is called, “April Cassidy.” Her published books include “The Peaceful Wife – Living in Submission to Christ As Lord” and “The Peaceful Mom – Building a Healthy Foundation with Christ As Lord” which are available at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and www.christianbook.com.
April’s conference workshops include: 5 Keys to Real Peace with God and Becoming a Peaceful Wife.
Betsi Hill is a retired administrative assistant / financial assistant, who is now a freelance writer and travel blogger. She lives in South Florida with her husband Jim and their 10-year old Maltese Zach, who joins them on their travel adventures as often as they will let him. Both Betsi & Jim have been published in a variety of digital and print publications, including America in World War II, Lost Treasure, Confetti Travel Cafe, and Links & Libations.
After suffering a series of miscarriages early in their marriage this couple became missionaries to teenagers in a Korean church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. That experience coupled with their relationship with Jesus has prompted Betsi to share their story with others in the hope that it will demonstrate God’s power and love in spite of loss.
Betsi blogs at Betsi’s World (https://betsiworld.com), where she and Jim share their love of travel by land and by sea through Florida, the South, Bahamas, & Caribbean.
Betsi’s conference workshop is titled Empty Arms and a Broken Heart: How God’s Grace and Goodness Brought Me Through.
Bridget Childress is a work-at-home mom who knows the struggle of balancing homeschooling, blogging and all of life’s many twists and turns. Bridget has been blogging for 5 years and has been a virtual assistant to many other website owners for 4 years. She is the voice behind Little House in the
Cove where she talks about faith, homeschooling, homesteading, marriage and more. Bridget’s main goal is to inspire women to be all that God desires them to be both for themselves and their family. In her spare time, you can find her curled up with a book, cuddle on the couch with her littles or sitting on her front porch enjoying the scenery. You can follow Bridget on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.
Bridget’s conference workshops include: Organizing Your Home When You Are Also Maintaining a Crazy Schedule, How Minimizing and Simplifying Your Lifestyle is Beneficial to Self-Care, Living Out Your Faith in Your Marriage and Parenting.
Tauna Meyer is a Jesus follower, wife, mom, writer, and speaker. She is a self-proclaimed “type B” homeschooler and “domestically challenged” homemaker. Her fantastic resources will help you successfully overcome the learning curve. Tauna is also the founder of ProverbialHomemaker.com, where you’ll find Christ-centered encouragement and tools to help you thrive on your journey!
Tauna’s conference workshops include: Conquering the Toy Clutter: Part 1 – Perspective and Logistics and Conquering the Toy Clutter: Part 2 – Character Training and Q&A.
Sara Borgstede is a triathlete, speaker, writer, and 100 pound weight loss success story. She is a pastor’s wife, mom to 5 kids through birth and special needs adoption, and was foster mom to 35 children. She runs an online weight loss program for women called Faithful Finish Lines and blogs at www.theholymess.com.
Sara’s conference workshops is titled: From Couch Potato to Triathlete: How I Lost 100 Pounds Using 3 Weight Loss Secrets.
Sarah Bean is a Happy wife, and Mother of 2 kids on Earth, and 2 in Heaven. She hopes to share her secret to happiness, and purpose through this Motherhood and Parenting stuff- all through Christ’s Atonement.
Sarah’s conference workshop is titled: Finding Your Purpose Through Christ’s Atonement.
Dr. Scott Turansky and Mrs. Joanne Miller are the co-founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, an organization that offers Christian Parenting Conferences and biblical parenting resources for churches and individual parents. They also started Biblical Parenting University to provide online biblical training for parents, Sunday School teachers and Christian School teachers. Dr. Turansky and his wife Carrie have five children and four grandchildren and live in New Jersey. He works each week with families in his counseling practice and develops resources and solutions for parents that work.
Joanne Miller, RN, BSN and her husband, Ed, have two grown sons, Dave and Tim. Joanne has been a pediatric nurse since 1986 and is a public speaker. She is a co-author, with Scott of
“Parenting is Heart Work,” along with several other books on parenting. She delights in helping children change their hearts, not just their behavior.
Dr. Scott Turansky and Mrs. Joanne Miller’s conference workshop is titled Practical, Biblical Solutions to Selfishness in Kids.
Shelley Merchant is a former teacher and school administrator and the mother of three young adults. Upon returning to her hometown to help see to her dad, she started Taming Frenzy to help other women deal with the craziness of balancing work, motherhood, and caring for older parents. While chaos and stress may be constant companions, organization and planning can help us tame the frenzy and live calmer lives.
Shelley’s conference workshops include: Saving Your Sanity with Meal Planning, No More Orange Chickens!, and Are You the Source of Your Own Frenzy?.
Shaun Taylor is a mompreneur who has been married to her wonderful husband for 13 years, and a mom to their 3 beautiful children. As if homeschooling their children isn’t enough; they own a logistics business, catering business, and Shaun is a homeschool consultant. They were blessed to step out of the corporate world several years ago, and have not looked back.
Although Shaun is based in Texas, technology allows her to work with clients around the globe. She inspires parents to find ways to adapt their homeschool, to their desired family-life. But, really, she’s on a quest to help families transition from public education to educating at home. Her goal is to guide families forward in their homeschool journey using her experience, wisdom and vision. She understands that educating at home doesn’t look the same for everyone, and she’s passionate about helping families find their tailored fit.
Shaun’s workshop conference is titled Self-Care for the Exhausted Mom.
Stephané Burger is a former interior designer turned home-ed curriculum writer, consultant and Mompreneur. She left the design office, co-owned with her husband to bring their children home from private school. Putting the focus back on their family unit in line with God’s design.
As a designer, her passion for teaching and assisting design students to succeed at being creative while highly time-constraint, provided her with the chance to develop strategies to assist their own son, whom they realized after 5 years of various diagnosis and labels has Executive Functioning Disorder. Together with the occupational therapist, educational coach and educational psychologist, she addressed her son’s EFD. Through an in-depth study of both her and husband, Barry’s executive functioning skills, she identified defective habits in their daily execution tasks that related to their son’s. This discovery led to her decision to create a system they could implement as a family, to help them overcome the daily struggle.
They live in Darling, a small village, surrounded by farmland on the West Coast of South Africa. From here they manage their businesses, homeschool and escape the rat race in the city.
Stephane’s conference workshop is titled Your Teen’s Executive Functioning Skills= Success in 2020 and Beyond.
A lover of the Lord and coffee. Just coffee. Plain ol’ coffee. Lesa Dale helps clients merge their aptitude, spiritual gifts and interests into the college major, career choice, or business that best suits and excites them. A contemporary Christian Life and Career Coach, Lesa is the founder of Discerning My Calling where she engages families in supporting young adults to their fullest potential. Certified in Spiritual Gifts/DISC training, Lesa believes that each of us has a divine and God-given talent. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable Romans 11:29.
Lesa’s conference workshops include: 5 Stones of Goal-Setting, Vision Boards: What They Are and How To Create Them, Know Yourself: Discovering God’s Unique Design in You.
Penny Rogers is a mom living in Autismland with her husband and children. Based on her own personal and often difficult experiences parenting a child with autism, she hopes to educate other families of children with autism on ways to navigate their own Autismland from pre diagnosis to adulthood. You can find her snarky humor at her blog, Our Crazy Adventures In Autismland. She shares tips and tricks on her Facebook page and group, Instagram, Pin
Penny’s conference workshops include: Need a Family Reboot? and Self-Care is Not Selfish.
Cheryl Carter is a busy work-at-home mother of five, She is currently homeschooling her twin eight year old sons. She is a speaker, author and counselor. She regularly writes on parenting, relationship and educational issues. Along with her husband, she regularly counsels couples, parents and adolescents. Cheryl is also co-creator of the Meaningful Moments journal series, which helps individuals and families connect in meaningful ways to one another and God. Active in her local church, Cheryl serves on the weekly prayer team. In addition to teaching college English and creative writing part time. She is the founder and CEO of Life Legacy Books and Collegiate Learning Center. Cheryl’s is always thorough and insightful. Her presentations are marked by candor, authenticity and wisdom. Everyone leaves her sessions with nuggets of truth and easy-to-implement ideas. Visit www.FamilySuccess.or and www.CollegiateLearningCenter.com.
Cheryl’s conference workshops include: Five Ways to Avoid an Argument, Avoiding Sibling Rivalry, and Chasing God and The Kids Too.
Christine Zell is the blogger behind This Bit of Life. Lover of Jesus and coffee, mom of three crazy kiddos, and wife of a United States Marine. She writes about relaxed homeschooling, roadschooling adventures, and real life. She’s also the creator of the Bible Study Journaling Plan for both women and kids. You can find her blog and Bible study over at www.thisbitoflife.com.
Christine’s conference workshop is titled Getting Your Kids into the Word.
Connie Deal is a credentialed teacher turned work at home mom of two little ones- a 4 year old girl and a 3 year old boy and their two dogs. Her family lives in mostly sunny northern California. When they’re not doing learning activities, Connie and her kids are gardening, taking pictures, going for walks, or enjoying time outside. Connie left the classroom when she became a mom, but she’s a teacher at heart and loves helping others. Her years in the classroom helped Connie see where children commonly struggle, which is why she created programs to help parents teach their toddlers and preschoolers the skills needed for success in school and beyond, all through playful learning activities. Connie understands the demands modern moms face, and also enjoys helping fellow moms create calm, peaceful homes in this fast-paced busy world that we live in. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook and Instagram (@LessonsAndLearningForLittles).
Connie’s conference workshops include: New Year, New Systems & Routines and Meal Planning Made Easy.
Katie Kimball is a blogger, former teacher, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. She started her online life at her blog, Kitchen Stewardship where she helps families stay healthy without going crazy. Katie’s original goal with the cooking classes for kids was to help parents get a little help in the kitchen, build life skills, and hopefully even get some kids to eat vegetables. But through her work and research she realized that teaching kids to cook is the best way to show kids that they matter and can make a difference in the world. She believes if every child in America was taught to cook, we would smash statistics on childhood obesity, depression, behavior disorders and more.
Katie’s conference workshop is titled Creating Confident Kids Through Healthy Food: Beyond the Kitchen.
Connie Stults is a Jesus follower, widow who was married to her best friend for 24 years, and homeschooling mom of five children, ages 25 down to 11 years old. She has a passion for story, so she began writing online at the daisyhead to encourage other women in their faith by sharing the stories God had woven into her life, along with the lessons that came with them. Eventually, that began to include homeschooling topics and encouragement for moms. She has walked through many hard life events— a genetic disorder and surgery for two of her babies; struggling to live on her husband’s meager bi-vocational pastor salary; a brush with death; being diagnosed with a rare disease and also rare, incurable cancer; walking her husband through terminal brain cancer then later facing his death. Throughout these hard days, Connie and her family have seen God move in amazing ways to care for them. It was in these days that God taught her the true nature of joy… and that sometimes you have to chase down joy in order to find it. She would love it if you would join her in #chasingjoyeveryday and has created a free resource, Chasing Joy in the Everyday and the Chasing Joy Journal, to help you get started on the journey.
Connie’s conference workshop is titled Growing a Steadfast Heart: Learning to Live with Peace and Joy.
Danielle Tate is not afraid of the tough topics no one wants to talk about in the church. Danielle is an author, blogger, speaker, and former budget coach with a passion for setting women free. Know as The Sex and money Mrs., Danielle. Danielle believes the church at-large needs to have honest, bible-based conversations about money and sexual integrity. Danielle, her husband Brad, and their son Wyatt life a minimal, semi-full time RV lifestyle and loe the outdoors. They currently live in the Gettysburg, Pa area. Find Danielle online at DanielleTate.org and on social media @TheDanielleTate.
Danielle’s conference workshops include: Bridging the Money & Marriage Gap, Stress-Free Downsizing for Kids, Finding Healing After Unhealthy Sexual Experiences.
Katie Credeur is the founder of Credeur Educational Consulting. She is a wife, teacher, and mother to three young children. After teaching for over 10 years as a regular and special educator in both public and private settings, Katie continued to see the need for more. More education. More knowledge. More tools. Credeur Educational Consulting was born to meet the needs of parents and children to ensure a successful future. A few services offered are parent education, advocacy, and help with resources/therapies/conferences.
Katie’s conference workshop is titled IEP’s and 504 plans: Fact vs. Fiction.
Manager of Domestic affairs, Deitra Baker, LMFT is wife of 9 years and mom to 3 of Gods greatest blessings. She is a Jesus follower, homeschooler, and blogger. She is also an online ESL Teacher and Children’s Ministry Lead. Deitra has served children and their families in many different capacities for over 10 years. She loves to encourage, inspire, and empower moms to parent with purpose and raise wise children. Whether through blogging, coaching or a counseling session, she works to provide moms with tips, strategies, and resources to help equip them to be more intentional with drawing their children into closer proximity with Christ. Deitra is the creative writer behind theteachingwife.com where she teaches, loves and inspires you in your parenting journey. Find Deitra on social media @TheTeachingWife.
Deitra’s conference workshop is titled Parenting: From Head-to-Heart Work.
Felicia Johnson is a daughter, wife and mama. She’s been blessed to homeschool for 16 years! She has eight kiddos ranging from 1 to 20 years old. Every child is unique and special, just the way God made them. She just happened to be blessed with a deaf child, a couple ADD kids, a sensory kiddo and four more incredibly unique individuals. She loves food and books, and in that order. She believes whole heartedly that friendships grow over amazing food! And she feels most comfortable in a room surrounded with friends and books. She’s a country girl that has adapted well to living near the city. And she dreams of monthly get aways with her family. She blogs over at The Zoo I Call Home, sharing homeschooling and zookeeping.
Felicia’s conference workshop is titled Time Management for God-following Mamas.
Leslie Rutland and Katie Chancellor are a mother and daughter team with a passion for great books and helping connect others to them at LearningThroughLiterature.com. Leslie spent many years as a teacher, tutor, and homeschooling mom and loves to help children fall in love with reading. Katie spends much of her day reading aloud to her kids as they learn together at home and discover fabulous books, old and new.
Leslie and Katie’s conference workshop is titled Building Character Through Books.
Heather Gonzales is a Christian, wife, and mom to 5 beautiful children. She blogs at Fearless Faithful Mom about fearlessly facing the challenges of motherhood. She has been a mom for 9 years, cooking GF for 15 years, making allergy-friendly foods for 2 years, homeschooling for 5 years.
Heather’s conference workshops include: Gluten-Free Living 101 and How to Rock Motherhood with a Chronic Illness.
Kati Kiefer is a seasoned accountant and personal finance blogger who helps busy mommies get more for their money so they can pay cash for cars or take their family to Disney World without using a credit card.
Kati’s conference workshop is titled How To Ensure You Have Your Best Financial Year Ever.
Jan L. Burt is a 25-year homeschooling veteran, mother to five children, and has been happily married to Tony for 27 years. Her current ministry opportunities include 11 years of youth ministry alongside her husband, leading a weekly women’s Bible study, and being a part of a group of 30 women who serve the Christian community and meet together weekly afor Bible study and discipleship. Jan and her husband also serve on the board of ministry directors for their local church. She is the owner/operator of JanLBurt.com and blogs at MomsWhoHomeschool.blogspot.com, and has written articles and was a product reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. In addition, she is the author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study (available on Amazon) and the recently released Once-A-Year-Homeschool Planner (An All-In-One, All-Student, All-Subject Planning System). Her latest endeavor is an online Bible study member site aimed at the encouragement and discipleship of Christian women of all walks of life, with a primary focus on Titus 2 discipleship. Visit JanLBurt.com for more information about the member site.
Jan’s conference workshops include: Let’s Get in the Word – All Year Long! (A Bible Reading Plan for 2019), Help! How Do I Live Out This Christian Life, anyway?!? (Titus 2 Discipleship), Praying Your Way Through 2019 – Your Best Year Ever!.
Jeniffer Do Nascimento is a homeschool mom of six whose minimalist attitude helps her keep the house somewhat clean and fresh, delicious food on the table without breaking the bank. She stretches every penny, makes every moment count, and is never far from a good book and a cup of coffee. You’ll find her journey of frugal living and homeschooling her brood at Thou Shall Not Whine.
Jeniffer’s conference workshop is titled Designated Days: Getting it All Done, One Day at a Time.
Jessica Schneider desires for women to know that they are loved by a beautiful Creator, and in hopes to encourage women in their walks with Christ, she began blogging on her site The Path I Follow. Coffee, chocolate, and pink roses are her love languages, and she will use any excuse possible to make cupcakes. But above all she has a deep love for Christ, and a desire to follow where He will lead. Jessica currently lives in Norwalk, CT with her husband Mike, and two children, Charlie and Olivia.
Jessica’s conference workshop is titled What My Son Teaches Me About Jesus.
Joy Bryant has lived in several places around the world and is currently living with her family in Papua, Indonesia. Her hubby flies Kodiak airplanes for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Whether she is driving her scooter to the market, bumbling through communication in a second language, or navigating life with her teen, tween, & toddler, she strives to live with joy and grace. Her passions are curriculum writing, coffee, and Indonesian Batik. She finds fulfillment in helping others discover the right homeschool curriculum choices for their families, even if that means writing it herself! Joy uses her degree in elementary education, experiences overseas, and homeschooling her kids to inspire her blog, www.teachmejoy.com.
Joy’s conference workshops include: Becoming World Citizens in 2019: Practical Ways to Broaden Your Worldview and Organization & Life Skills to Prepare Older Kids for Success!.
Karen Carlton is music teacher and private school principal. She enjoys photography, reading, spending time with her husband and college aged daughters. Karen has had over 40 stories and articles published in magazines such as The Primary Treasurer, Our Little Friend, Creation Illustrated Magazine, Renewed and Ready, and Kids Ministry Ideas Magazine. Check out Karen’s blog for young moms at www.savoringeachmoment.com where you’ll find encouragement, tips and resources for the mom journey.
Karen’s conference workshops include: Using Post it Notes to simplify meal planning, Living Like Royalty on a Pauper’s Paycheck – Part 1 and Living Like Royalty on a Pauper’s Paycheck – Part 2.
Julie Mendez, a mom to two girls, and also a Career Coach with Working While Homeschooling (www.WorkingWhileHomeschooling.com).
Combining her passion for homeschooling and supporting mothers, under the new umbrella, Working While Homeschooling, Julie Mendez’s goal is to encourage all women, homeschooler or otherwise, to identify their dream and pursue it with ingenuity, passion, and determination. She believes her calling is to aid others in finding fulfilling work that utilizes their unique talents. One of Julie’s greatest rewards is hearing from excited clients about that new job offer they just received.
Julie Mendez has three career-related certifications, ten years as a Career Coach, five years in the recruiting industry in both New York and Washington, DC, and a degree from New York University. In addition, Julie’s background includes a bit of a gypsy lifestyle following her spouse’s career around the world, and even a stint working at the US Embassy in Rome, Italy. She is also a regular Event Speaker for multiple organizations including national career networking sites, regional career groups, employment-related teleseminars for US Embassy communities, and teleseminar presenter for the National Resume Writers Association. Her background has given her a unique perspective into the recruitment process and the job search strategy that gets women back to work (in a job they love) quickly.
Julie’s conference workshops include: Who Are You? – Your Identity is Not What You Do, But Who (and Who’s) You Are, Setting Goals and Actually Achieving Them, and Our Life’s Work: Mom/Wife is a Job, So Manage It Like One!
Joy Raciot has been at this Mom gig for nearly 26 years now! Having 6 souls that call her Mom, she has had her share of joy, trials, and heartbreak. Joy is passionate about encouraging others on this path called motherhood. She shares her experiences, and any wisdom she has gained along the way with all moms, hoping to lighten the load and lead them into a more joyful place.
Joy’s conference workshop is titled Giving Our Kids (Back) To God: Clueing Our Hearts Into The Fact That The All Powerful Creator Of The Universe Loves Them Even More Than We Do!
Sharla Fossen from Minnesota Country Girl is a single mom, Air Force veteran, blogger, homeschool mom to her 14-year-old son with ADHD & alopecia, avid gardener, and fibromyalgia conqueror! She provides tips, encouragement, resources, and inspires families to become self-sufficient on the homestead and in the homeschool. She also has plans to rebrand to “Healthy and Homeschooling” next year! If you’re looking for some guidance and resources on gardening, homeschooling, or taking control of your health, she’s got you covered! In this conference, Sharla wants to equip you to take control of your finances and your health! She will be speaking on two very important topics: “Taking Control of Your Autoimmune Disease Through Self-Care: A Personal Testimony” and “Establishing an Effective Monthly Budget and Sticking to It.” You can find her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!
Sharla’s conference workshops include: Establishing a Monthly Budget and Sticking To It and Taking Control of Your Autoimmune Disease with Self-Care: A Personal Testimony.
Renee Perez is a married mom of three boys. She has a M.S. in School Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Elementary Education from Towson University. She worked in public schools from 2005-2017. She is currently teaching online courses, writing, and homeschooling. She believes in helping families to become stronger and empowering others to have the tools they need to strengthen families.
Renee’s conference workshop is titled Coping with Anxiety: Skills for Parents and Children.