2014 Convention Speakers

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Heidi St. John

Heidi St. JohnHeidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children from toddler to adult and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference, radio speaker, and author, Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you. 

Heidi St. John Workshops

Andrew Pudewa

Andrew PudewaAndrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a homeschooling father of seven. He addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity and insight, practical experience and humor. He and his beautiful, heroic wife, Robin, currently teach their two youngest children at home in northeastern Oklahoma.

Andrew Pudewa Workshops

Israel Wayne

Israel WayneIsrael Wayne is an author and conference speaker who has a passion for defending the Christian faith and promoting a Biblical worldview. He is the author of the books Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview and Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship

Israel Wayne Workshops

Peter Heck

Peter HeckPeter Heck is one of the most engaging and energetic speakers in the country. With a powerful blend of humor and passion, Peter is entertaining and enlightening audiences across the United States. An author of two books, an opinion columnist published in The Washington Times and a talk radio host who has been heard on over 200 radio stations throughout America, Peter Heck has shared the stage with some of the country’s most recognizable names – from best-selling author and television personality Glenn Beck to comedic genius Tim Hawkins. With a style that can be described by audiences as like trying to take a drink from a fire hose, prepare for one of the most inspiring, motivating and uplifting speaking talents in the country. 

Peter Heck Workshops

Bill Federer

Bill FedererWilliam J. Federer is a nationally known speaker and author. His AMERICAN MINUTE radio feature is broadcasted daily across America, and read by thousands via the Internet. His daily Faith in History TV program airs via the TCT Network and DirectTV. He has appeared on major news programs and interviewed and quoted by well-known media outlets. Bill has authored multiple books. His first, America’s God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations has sold over a half-million copies. Bill had worked in real estate, oil & gas industry (Santa Fe Industries `81-`84). Bill married his high school sweetheart, Susan Maria Misko in 1981, and they have four grown children. 

Bill Federer Workshops

Carol Topp

Carol ToppCarol Topp, CPA is a retired homeschool mother, an accountant, and author of the Micro Business for Teens series The IRS and Your Homeschool Organization and Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out, as well as several ebooks and magazine articles helping homeschool families. Carol runs a home-based accounting practice specializing in tax preparation, small/micro business accounting, and nonprofit accounting. She has presented numerous workshops on money management, business start up, taxes, budgeting, nonprofit management and homeschooling to various groups. She is also the host of the PBS television show Starting a Micro Business and a podcast called “Dollars and Sense” on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. 

Carol Topp Workshops

Cindy West

Cindy WestCindy West seriously loves homeschooling and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm with others. She has many years of experience teaching both gifted and struggling children using a Charlotte Mason approach with a bit of Classical education and unit studies thrown in for good measure. Her workshops are fast-paced and highly practical, which means you’ll go home with tons of easy-to-implement ideas for your homeschool. Cindy is the owner of Shining Dawn Books, where she publishes the popular NaturExplorers studies, among other books. She’s also the author of Homeschooling Gifted and Advanced Students and blogs regularly at Our Journey Westward.

Cindy West Workshops

Becky Cooke

Becky CookeBecky Cooke and her husband Jim live in Northern Virginia where they homeschooled their three children from kindergarten until college. Today her children are enjoying careers in law, software development, and medicine. Becky now enjoys equipping parents to teach their children through the high school years and to encourage them in the process. As an HSLDA High School consultant, Becky primarily provides personal consultation and friendly advice with a listening ear to HSLDA members who have homeschool questions and concerns. In addition, she has spoken to numerous local homeschool meetings and dozens of state-wide and regional conferences. She co-authors articles on high school topics for homeschool magazines, “how-to” brochures, and monthly high school email newsletters that reach homeschooling families nationwide.

Becky Cooke Workshops

Darren Jones

Darren JonesDarren Jones is a homeschool graduate who received his J.D. from Oak Brook College of Law. While enrolled in law school, he first worked for Christian Solidarity International, a human rights organization assisting persecuted Christians around the world, and later came to work for HSLDA as a legal assistant. Today, as a litigation attorney, Darren assists Jim Mason in preparing cases and defending members who are experiencing legal difficulty. He is married to Sara, and they homeschool their four children. 

Darren Jones Workshops

Ron & Vicky Broadfield

Ron & Vicky BroadfieldRon & Vicky Broadfield, co-founders of JoyQuest, Inc., have been enjoying the homeschooling journey for the past 14 years. The Broadfields have 2 daughters: the oldest is attending law school and the youngest is still at home. While ministering to their younger daughter who had learning challenges and special needs, the Broadfields desired to minister to other families by sharing encouragement, practical help, and hope through the ministry of JoyQuest (based on Psalms 16:11). The Broadfields have served in both secular work and full-time ministry, and have been foster parents to more than 20 children. They currently live in Region 14. 

Ron & Vicky Broadfield Workshops

Jodi Smith

Jodi SmithJodi Smith has been a practicing nutritionist for the past 35 years. She is the author of A Gift of Health and the video series Steps to Better Health. Jodi was the chef/nutritionist for the television show Mastering Your Health and has appeared on numerous television shows and radio programs locally and nationally. Jodi also hosted Jodi’s Cupboard, heard on WBRI and WXIR for 25 years, and was seen on WHMB TV 40 on her show Steps to Better Health. Jodi is the former Food Editor of the Saturday Evening Post and was the nutritionist for Mr. D’s Food Markets for 13 years. She teaches numerous cooking classes and has helped manage and create menus at health food restaurants. Jodi has a large private practice, is a nutritional consultant, and is a seminar speaker. She served for 15 years on the Crook Foundation with Dr. William Crook, MD. She has contributed to numerous local and national publications. Jodi resides west of Indianapolis with her husband, Dan. She has homeschooled since 1980 and has five homeschooled children. 

Jodi Smith Workshops

Cindy Brumbarger

Cindy BrumbargerCindy Brumbarger is the current Program Director of The Master’s Study, a private classically-minded homeschool tutelage in Indianapolis. A home educator of two sons of her own, she is driven to provide resources to other home-based educating families who embrace a classical approach. Along with Ron, her husband of more than 20 years, Cindy is committed to academic excellence which embraces the learning process with a mastery approach, stands on a Christian worldview, and fosters a love of learning. 

Cindy Brumbarger Workshops

Delaine Thomas

Delaine ThomasDelaine Thomas has a Master’s degree in Elementary Education.  She taught 10 years in public and private schools, the last two being in a school for children with dyslexia or other related learning differences.  Delaine is a former IAHE board member and is currently teaching her daughters Hope 16 and Rebekah 11 at home.  Hannah, 19 graduated from their homeschool and is taking college courses through Liberty University online.  Delaine has a heart for children with learning differences and desires to encourage and equip their parents with skills that will enable them to instruct their children.  Her desire is to share from her training and experience the strategies that can make your home education successful. 

Delaine Thomas Workshops 

Kathy Balke

Kathy BalkeKathy Balke and her husband Pat began homeschooling in 1986 when their firstborn turned five. They thought they would take it one year at a time….and twenty six years later they are still at it! They have since graduated five children from their homeschool and have one student left. Kathy loves to help new homeschoolers get started in this wonderful endeavor. She has given workshops for new homeschoolers, and has also spoken on Charlotte Mason education, as well as leads a small support group for moms. 

Kathy Balke Workshops

Sandra Frazer

Sandra FrazerSandra Frazer is a member of the Legislative Team for the IAHE. She is privileged to be part of a highly qualified legislative team representing home educators and working to protect homeschooling rights in the state of Indiana. Through home educating her own children and through coaching students in speech and debate, Sandra became passionate about studying our country’s history, governing documents, and foundational laws. Seeing life from the perspective of a Christian worldview, Sandra realized the crucial importance of Christians being involved in our government to ensure that home education continues to be legally supported. By working to support and maintain the legal rights of home educators, Sandra strives to ensure that parents continue to possess the opportunity to educate their children in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University. She and her husband reside in Morgantown and have three children, all currently attending college or graduate school. 

Sandra Frazer Workshop

Steve Barnes

Steve BarnesSteve Barnes has been married to Rebecca for 26 years and has 4 daughters. They have been homeschooling for 14 years and will graduate their second child this spring.  Steve is an Elder in his local church body and enjoys mentoring young husbands to be the leader of their homes. Professionally Steve is a Computer and Networking Specialist. 

Steve Barnes Workshop