Presenters

Speaker Website(s): Brave Writer
Julie Bogart is the creator and owner of Brave Writer, an online writing and language arts program. She has five kids and homeschooled for seventeen years. Her credentials include ghostwriting, freelance writing (such as a weekly column for UPI),... Read More
Author, Educator, Homeschool Mom
Speaker Website(s): Susan Wise Bauer
Susan Wise Bauer was educated at home by pioneering parents back when home education was still unheard of.  She is the author of The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, and co-author, with her mother Jessie Wise, of... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Justin Young
As an author, speaker, and entertainer with 25 years of professional experience in the entertainment, media, and creative arts industry, Justin has lent his voice as an announcer/actor to companies such as ESPN, Liberty Tax, Blue Cross/Blue Shield,... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Engaged Homeschooling
Jeanne Faulconer and her husband have homeschooled their sons for 18 years in three states, with the youngest now in high school and the older two through college and working. Jeanne conducts homeschool evaluations for annual evidence of progress in... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Libraries of Hope
Marlene Peterson is thoroughly enjoying being a grandma after having raised eight daughters and one son with her husband, Brent. Marlene is the founder and president of Libraries of Hope, which is bringing many of the forgotten old treasures of... Read More
Mark started his first company at the age of seventeen to fund his missionary service in Japan. Following his mission, he attended BYU and taught at the MTC. During summer break, while back in his home-state of Oregon, he met his eternal companion,... Read More
As the mother of six and the mentor to hundreds of youth, Kathy has been homeschooling since before it was cool. Like you, she has felt the tremendous highs and lows as her children have self-educated and searched for their passions. For the last... Read More
Derek will graduate from BYU with a degree in Applied Math. He was recently hired to work for the coolest company in the world. His curiosity gets him into all kinds of trouble because he loves trying a little bit of every subject. In college, he... Read More
Speaker Website(s): BYU Independent Study
Joseph Roberson was born and raised in eastern North Carolina. After finishing high school, he attended BYU for a year before serving a full-time LDS Church in southern Italy. Upon returning home from his mission, he continued his studies and... Read More
David Softley is an award-winning director and speaker, a banker and most importantly a homeschooling father of seven who is very excited to be at LDSHE. He draws upon a wide array of experiences that span multiple industries and zany family... Read More
Speaker Website(s): The Struggling Reader
Kristen Eckenwiler graduated with honors from the University of Central Florida, where she earned a Masters degree in Reading.  She has taught first-, second-, and fourth-graders in the public schools, as well as a variety of courses in Elementary... Read More
Chairman
Dana has always enjoyed teaching. In high school she had the opportunity to be a student teacher, but found the experience frustrating as she was constantly told “you can’t do that in a public classroom- there are too many kids.” After that... Read More
Debi is a mother of four active kids with separate, strong personalities.  When she found herself homeschooling these four very different children in her in-law's basement during her husband's unemployment, she knew she had to find a way to get on... Read More
Speaker Website(s): www.promisesoftheconstitution.com
Pamela Romney Openshaw, an avid student of the Constitution, developed her love of government and citizen involvement as an elected delegate from Nebraska to President Jimmy Carter’s White House Conference on Families in 1980. She is an avid reader... Read More
Venue Director
Erin Kokinda has always loved serving in any way that she can. After the birth of her first child, she has been a stay-at-home mom, but has continued to serve in any capicty that she could. She has served in her community, at the local elementary... Read More
Youth Conference Director
Jennie Jones has always loved learning but often felt restricted in the expectation of being what everyone else was. She earned a degree in Legal Administration from LDS Business college and planned to continue on to law school in the hope of... Read More
Mark and Bridgette reside in Georgetown, Kentucky, and both are graduates of Eastern Kentucky University, where he majored in business and she in psychology. Though they had no previous intentions, they began the homeschool journey with their two... Read More
Wendy is a mother of three with twenty-one years of homeschooling experience. She is passionate about homeschooling and feels it is part of her mission to help others in their homeschooling journey. Her two sons were both accepted to BYU. One is... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Thomas Blackwell
Thomas’s greatest accomplishment thus far is marrying the right person in the right place for time and all eternity. Thomas and Kimberly have four beautiful girls. His second greatest accomplishment is serving a full time LDS mission to Cali,... Read More
Kim is a Daughter of God and is grateful for this eternal truth. She has been married to her high school crush for seventeen-and-a-half years and is mother to four beautiful daughters, who are her greatest joys in life. She has homeschooled her... Read More
Kari Brimhall is the mom of five fabulous kids. Four of the five are in college. She graduated from Brigham Young University in education with an emphasis in teaching the gifted and talented. She loves to create in the kitchen, teach classes, write... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Seedpod.yoga
Jessica is a mom to six kids ages six to eighteen and has been on the path of home education since her first baby was born. She loves watching how naturally little children learn, the bond that being together day in and day out fosters among her... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Vision Academy Publishing
Jennifer views homeschooling as her life's mission, and she's been loving it for twenty-four years now. She believes that raising righteous, intelligent, freedom-loving children - and helping others do the same - is a powerful way of contributing to... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Peaceful Valley Maps
David Glassett is a cartographer. He makes maps. (Sometimes he has to clarify what his profession means. He doesn’t photograph cars.) His life outside of maps revolves around his wife and six children. They keep him happy and busy. He loves... Read More
Speaker Website(s): www.truthinsciencerevealed.com
Carlton Hall retired from a career in computer technology and spends his “golden years” seeking truth in science. He applies his passion for truth in science with a desire to share this knowledge with the upcoming generations. Carlton graduated from... Read More
Melanie Hoffman is a mother of four. She and her family live in New Jersey, no matter how hard they have tried to leave. She graduated with an Associate Degree in Music from Utah Valley State College. She currently teaches private voice and piano... Read More
Ryan Howells lives in Cumming, GA with his beautiful and talented wife Alison, four stinky boys, and one wonderful girl. His ultimate goals are to one day be in a boy band (after he learns how to carry a tune) and write the next great Deseret Book... Read More
Monica Irvine, president and creator of The Etiquette Factory, LLC, is a master motivator and dedicated instructor who loves to help children and adults see the benefits and rewards of having proper etiquette, mastering professionalism, and... Read More
After meeting at youth dances, Heidi and Aarron parted ways. Heidi went to Barcelona, Spain, her senior year, as an ambassador with Rotary International and attended Ricks College and BYU studying Geography: Travel and Tourism. Aarron served a... Read More
Sarah Kay graduates from the graphic design program at BYU with honors this June. She'll start work in a few months using her data visualization and user experience skills. While in college she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Now... Read More
Speaker Website(s): Fun-da-Mentals of Bright Minds
Kathryn retired from the Air Force having served in organizations such as the Space Shuttle program and on flight test engineering projects.  With three engineering degrees and experience teaching college level math and engineering courses, she also... Read More
Amy Palmer lives in northern Virginia with her husband and three of her children. She attended BYU, where she met her husband and got her BS degree in civil engineering. She worked with a small engineering firm until her first child was born. She... Read More
Barbara Ritter and her husband Len have been on the parenting journey since 1977 and the homeschooling track since 1989. Many methods of homeschooling and many ups and downs have come her way since that time. At present, only one of the Ritter's... Read More
Ariel Rodriguez received his bachelor's and master's degrees in family science from BYU. He then attended Utah State University, where he received his Ph.D. in family and human development. Ariel has taught classes at BYU and USU as a... Read More
Allison Rose lives in northern Virginia with her husband and four young children (three boys and a girl) whom they began homeschooling three years ago. Although she loves her family greatly and wouldn't trade her life right now for any other time,... Read More
Tena Snider is a mother of 9 and grandma of 4 (5 in June!, who is in her 26th year of homeschooling. She loves children in all their infinite variety. She is currently serving as a counselor in the Stafford, VA Stake Primary. She has recently... Read More
Like many, Kristen has come to appreciate how life doesn't turn out how you thought it would. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, she dreamed of getting married in the Salt Lake temple. But while at BYU a young man from England swept her away... Read More
Louisa Wells is the mother of seven (soon to be eight) children. She and her husband, Patrick, have been homeschooling for ten years- beginning after an unimpressive parent meeting at the local elementary school prior to their oldest daughter... Read More