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Keynote Speakers

Steve and Megan Scheibner

Steve and Megan Scheibner share a strong desire to equip today’s parents to raise the next generation of character healthy leaders. They have developed a parenting course entitled Parenting Matters: The Nine Practices of The Proactive Parent. Their ministry, Characterhealth, aims to equip parents to train the next generation of character-healthy leaders.

Davis and Rachael Carman

Davis and Rachael Carman Davis and Rachael Carman are international speakers and advocates for home education, but they got started on this adventure of a lifetime quite reluctantly. Twenty years, seven kids, and four graduates later, they hope to share some of the lessons they’ve learned along the way to help other families enjoy the most successful, satisfying, and Christ-centered homeschool possible. They lead Apologia Educational Ministries, the #1 publisher of Creation-based science and Bible curriculum. Davis is also a founding board member of Homeschool Now USA and author of four illustrated children’s books. He blogs at Rachael is the author of two books and blogs at


Featured Speaker

Kristi Clover

Kristi CloverKristi is a Christian, homeschooling mom to five blessings ranging from teens to tots and wife to her high school crush. Aside from her family, she’s passionate about encouraging and inspiring women in their daily lives as moms, wives, and homeschoolers by offering “simple solutions for a more joy-filled life.” You can usually find her at home trying to bring some order and fun into the mayhem of daily life. Kristi is a down-to-earth, energetic speaker who loves to share insights from her wonderful, yet sometimes challenging, experiences of being a homemaker and homeschool mom. She offers advice that goes beyond your typical how-to’s. Her tips are creative, practical, and help bring back some simplicity in the chaos of life and homeschooling—helping moms to let go of the mommy guilt they often feel in this “Pinterest-perfect” world. She blogs about her adventures in wifehood, mommyhood, and the fun to be found in homeschooling at

General Workshop Speakers

Susan Beatty

Susan Beatty and her husband Larry began homeschooling their three children in 1982. They graduated all three children from high school at home. Susan is the co-founder of CHEA of California, a member of its Board of Directors, its communications director and the author of An Introduction to Home Education manual. Susan is a professional writer/journalist with a BA degree (1971) from Cal State University Los Angeles, and a graduate of CLASS seminars.

Chuck and Pam Geib

Chuck and Pam Geib began researching home education in 1982. They began teaching their two youngest sons in 1985. Both sons have since graduated from homeschooling. The oldest son and his wife are homeschooling seven of their own children. Over the years the Geibs have spoken to countless groups and conferences. They have also served on several homeschooling support group leadership boards. They currently serve on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board.

Naomi Goegan

Naomi Goegan lives with her husband Chris and four children in Southern California. She is an auxiliary member for the curriculum and blogs at

Susi Khan

Susi Khan is a critical care RN who has practiced for the past 28 years. She has three school-aged children who attended a private Christian school until 2013 when she first noticed some concerning changes in the curriculum. She found these resulted from the current education reform, Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Susi decided to homeschool her children after learning that her private school would continue to integrate these new standards, which were untested and unproven. She is very involved in educating parents about CCSS and has spoken with hundreds of parents, parents, and elected officials on the subject. Susi enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and husband of 31 years.

Rebecca Kocsis

Rebecca and her husband Ed taught their five children at home for 22 years. All of them graduated from their homeschool. They are now the proud grandparents of four rambunctious boys and three gorgeous girls. Rebecca, a former PSP administrator, currently serves as CHEA’s Support Network director and on the CHEA Board of Directors. She is the author of the devotional Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled.

Beth Mora

Author, blogger, Beth Mora is wife to Forrest, mom of eight, nana of one, and homeschool mom. She is the creator and teacher-on-camera for Here To Help Learning, where she is affectionately known as, “Mrs. Mora.” Everything she does, whether laughable or heart gripping, is done to honor One, without apology. God’s grace is the salve that has healed her own life, and God’s grace is what she offers liberally to others.

Carleen Paul

Carleen is the owner of Skills for Success Learning and former homeschooling mom. Her teaching experience includes over 25 years with regular and special education students in public and private educational settings. In 2005, she was endorsed by the Association of Educational Therapists by completing all of the rigorous requirements to earn the title Professional Education Therapist. Carleen has received specialized training in Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Barton Reading and Spelling System, LANGUAGE!, Project Read, Orton-Gillingham, RAVE-O and teaching strategies. She is also a Cogmed Working Memory Certified Training Coach, providing training and classroom intervention strategies for children and adults with working memory challenges.

Nathan Pierce

Nathan is now in his 12th year working full time at Family Protection Ministries to protect private homeschooling in California. He was himself homeschooled kindergarten through high school and received a BA in Political Studies from The Master's College. Currently he serves as the FPM California Director, Legislative Liaison, and conference speaker to homeschool leaders, parents and teens. He and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and have five children, ages 9 to baby! They are involved in their church, and homeschool their own children.

Nelson Prince

Nelson Prince has worked for Sony Corporation for the last 13 years and has been constantly taught security and safe business practices that he has collected over the years and applied at home as well.

David and Shirley Quine

David and Shirley Quine bring 30 years of experience raising and educating their nine children. Their presentations are immensely practical, real and encouraging as they share from their hearts the biblical vision and directive of child raising. In addition to discipling their own children, the Quines are committed to encouraging and leading other families to this high calling.

Penny Ross

Penny Ross runs Tools for the Home Educator in Torrance, selling used curriculum and providing consulting services and training to homeschool parents. She has served in leadership at Hope Chapel Academy, a PSP in Hermosa Beach, and spoken to homeschool groups throughout Southern California. Penny and her husband Greg have three grown children who were homeschooled from birth through high school graduation.

Tonya Salinas

Tonya Salinas is the PSP Administrator for Allegiant Christian School (ACS) and its co-op programs, both classical and traditional. Tonya developed ACS’s classical program for private Christian school students in grades pre-K through 12th after serving as a Campus Director, Foundations and Essentials Director, High School Literature & Composition Class Facilitator, and High School Philosophy Class Facilitator for a nationwide classical program. ACS’s classical program is much loved and highly regarded by students and parents. Tonya and her husband Ishmael are in their 16th year of homeschooling. They have graduated three of their four boys and are blessed to be teaching their youngest in the classical manner.

Mary Schofield

Mary and husband Paul began homeschooling in 1986.Their children graduated, married, moved into their own homes, got decent jobs, have great kids of their own, and are doing fine out in “the real world” despite the fears of homeschool naysayers. Mary wrote The High School Handbook based on years of experience, research, and prayer. She speaks at home education conventions, encouraging parents to seek God’s unique plan for their families. Mary has been enjoying her "retirement" from active homeschooling by continuing to serve on CHEA’s Board of Directors until this past year. She also found time to go back to school, get a law degree, and become an attorney, practicing in northern California and serving as “of counsel” for the Home School Legal Defense Association.

J. Michael Smith

For the last 33 years, Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has been defending and advancing the right of parents to teach their children at home. It began when his wife began teaching their children at home in 1981 after he heard Dorothy and Raymond Moore explain the benefits of homeschooling on Focus on the Family radio. As a homeschooling father and lawyer, Mike became well known as a person who could get you out of trouble for homeschooling. In 1983, he had a fortuitous meeting with Mike Farris, then a lawyer in Washington State. Mike Farris asked Mike to join him in an endeavor to make homeschool legal in America which led to the founding of HSLDA. Today, homeschooling is legal in every state.

Marie Stout

Marie, married to Don for 31 years, made the decision to homeschool prior to having their first child in 1986. They have five children, all of whom were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, ranging in age from 18-29. They have been active in the homeschooling community in various activities, including serving together on the board of a PSP for the last 25 years. Additionally, Marie was a founding board member for Stoa, a national homeschooling speech and debate league.

Marianne Sunderland

Marianne has been married to her husband, Laurence, since 1991. She is a homeschooling mother of eight children ages 5 to 24, including adventurous and homeschooled sailors, Zac and Abby Sunderland, known for their world-record setting around the world sailing campaigns. Marianne is passionate about encouraging families to discover and nurture their children’s God-given gifts and talents, in and outside of the classroom. She also encourages women to joyfully love and serve their families. Her varied experiences homeschooling through difficult times and with kids who learn differently has taught her much about stepping outside the box in her own homeschool. Marianne’s website, Homeschooling With Dyslexia, provides weekly articles on homeschooling kids with ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia that will bless and encourage you:

Andrea Welch

Andrea Welch is an anointed worshiper and teacher chosen by God to bring His people into His presence. Trained in voice, dance and music, she currently serves on the Church Council and as a worship leader at the Resurrection Life Fellowship (RLF) Church in Westchester, California. Through her teaching and speaking engagements, she shares real-life stories of encouragement, hope, and finding a path to healing for both couples and individuals.

Barbara Bormuth Witt

Barbara Bormuth Witt is an enthusaistic Christ-centered, homeschooling mom, published author, entrepreneur for Jesus, and engaging conference speaker. She is passionate about Bible memorization and is fascinated by how we learn and process the Word. Barbara, her husband and two sons believe in the power of God's Word to transform lives. She wrote, and her younger son illustrated their recently published book, Who Says You Can't Memorize?! Fun Ways to Learn Bible Verses. Her older son has special needs and inspired her passion for helping children of all abilities to learn Scripture.

Teen Convention Speaker Bios

Roslyn Ballard

Roslyn Ballard served as South Bay Faith Academy's Junior High and High School Principal for the past ten years after 20 years of homeschooling. She is currently attending culinary school to fulfill her dream of becoming a chef. She still plans to support biblical home education as she assists in educating her grandchildren and through advising homeschooling parents. She resides in Westchester, California with her husband Rick and their dog Miss Buttons.

Edward Caballero

Edward Caballero is the pastor at Anaheim Community Church and a graduate of The Master's College and The Master's Seminary. He and his wife Monique have been married since 1989 and have four children: Robert and Timothy (homeschool graduates) and Tabitha and Joshua (homeschooled sixth grader and kindergartener). In addition to his pastoral ministries, Edward teaches junior high and high school electives for Whittier Christian PSP. He has taught classes on biblical theology, church history, the history and theology of music, Christian literature, and practical theology. As a parent, pastor, and teacher, Edward firmly believes and teaches that the spiritual transformation, training, and growth of his (and your) children is the key to seeing them living lives that honor God.

Mike Derichsweiler

Mike Derichsweiler's story is one characterized by God's grace and leading. He graduated from high school, but did not pursue college. He wanted to work, and went straight into the workforce. He prayed that God would open a door for a career and the ability to support a family. A friend loaned him the clothes to be interviewed which led to a job offer over many other more-qualified candidates with a multi-million dollar company, one that usually requires a degree, sometimes a master's degree. He's been with the company 10 years and sits in on many interviews because management seeks his opinion of the candidates. He and his wife have three girls and two boys under the age of eight and have been homeschooling four years.

Victor Leon

Victor Leon is the owner of Lions Automotive. He's been involved with automotive repair since 1978 as a freshman in high school. After high school he moved on to LA Trade Tech and graduated with a AS degree in Automotive Technology. From LA Trade Tech he worked for a small independent garage (Rick’s Automotive in Hollywood) then moved on to General Motors, Cadillac, and Ford Dealerships. He continued his education through factory training in both domestic and foreign auto repair and maintenance. Finally, he's acquired certification as an ASE Master Technician in all makes and models.

Dr. John Riel

John Riel, MD, graduated at the top of his medical class at Emory University and trained at UCLA. He is an expert at emergencies, cell biology and health. He will blow your mind and you will be entertained!

Maurice Welch

Maurice Welch serves as the Director of the Worship Ministry, leading people into the presence of God through anointed worship at the RLF Church. He is a sought-after speaker on the topics of marriage and parenting, with a specific emphasis on the issues and concerns of new and single fathers. His ongoing desire is to use his God-given gifts to exalt the Lord.


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