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33rd Annual Leadership Conference
Thursday, July 7, 2015
Pasadena Convention Center

Don’t miss this special day of inspiration and motivation just for leaders!

Register at the door. At-the-door registration does not include lunch

Leadership Conference

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

Members of our Board of Directors and Regional Advisory Board will be on hand to say hello and visit.

8:45 – 10:00 a.m. Opening Session

  • Worship with the Nieves Family

  • Town Hall Meeting - All attendees are invited to participate.

10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Workshop Session 1

  • Helping Families in Trouble - Arleen Morris - FORUM

  • Embracing Marketing Shifts in the Homeschool Community Q & A - Beth & Forrest Mora

  • TBA 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Luncheon & Awards

  • Support Network Awards Ceremony

  • Leadership Lessons from the Trenches - Davis Carman - Keynote

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Workshop Session 2

  • Legislative Updates & Issues - Nathan Pierce & Mike Smith - General Session

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop Session 3

  • Competing in the Marketplace of Ideas - Penny Ross - FORUM

  • Recruiting, Investing in, and Inspiring Your Volunteers - Forrest & Beth Mora

  • Beyond FB: Using Social Media to Minister to Homeschool Families - Kristi Clover - FORUM

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Closing Keynote

  • Let’s Not Weary in Well Doing - J. Michael Smith - Keynote

Workshop Descriptions

Davis Carman

Leadership Lessons from the Trenches
Being in a leadership position is tough work. Your heart desires to see great things happen for homeschooling families in your area, but the enemy throws so many flaming arrows your way. Often these come in the form of conflict with people. How can you as a leader build trust among your team members and constituents, maintain healthy relationships when facing conflict, and confront difficult issues effectively? In this workshop, Davis gives four leadership lessons he has learned first-hand from the field (aka trenches), and you will learn how to be more effective in your leadership role.

Kristi Clover

Beyond FB: Using Social Media to Minister to Homeschool Families
Today’s homeschool families are online now more than ever before. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Periscope, Blab–the list goes on. There are now more ways than ever to encourage and reach homeschoolers (and future homeschoolers). Instead of fighting this change, let’s embrace it. Kristi will be sharing strategies to engage more effectively with other homeschool families–especially millennials. Come join the conversation and ask your questions. Social media doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

Beth & Forrest Mora

Embracing Marketing Shifts in the Homeschool Community
We all know it. We all must face it and embrace it. The new homeschool family is an online family shaped by budget constraints and cyber culture. In this workshop, we’ll explore new ways of meeting the needs of the next generation of homeschool families.

Recruiting, Investing in, and Inspiring Your Volunteers
Volunteers are the backbone of nonprofit organizations. Without volunteers, visions crumble. How do you recruit qualified volunteers? How can a leader strengthen a volunteer to go the distance? How do you inspire your volunteers to serve with passion? Forrest and Beth Mora will share 10 key principles to help you form a team that will thrive and create a lasting impact.

Arleen Morris

Helping Families in Trouble
As homeschool leaders, we often have the opportunity to assist or offer guidance to families experiencing challenges in their homeschooling: divorce, abandonment, special education needs, caring for both children and aging parents, homeschooling through major illness, or just having too much on their plate. Arleen will present some scenarios she has had in her school, followed by an opportunity to share what you are experiencing in your groups, discussing ways the homeschool community can respond.

Nathan Pierce & J. Michael Smith

Legislative Updates & Issues
Nathan and Mike will give the latest report on what is going on in Sacramento at the California State Capitol regarding homeschooling and parental rights. They will cover what must be done to protect our private home education and family freedoms, and give an update on the underlying worldviews and trends of the war against the God-ordained family in California.

J. Michael Smith

Let’s Not Weary in Well Doing
The homeschool leadership is responsible for forging one of the greatest freedom movements in America since the revolution. But, leaders get tired and complacent, believe or not. Why can’t we afford to slack off a bit? Because our freedom is under fire. Mike will lay out the challenges in the future, the solutions, and the benefits to you for not getting weary in your well doing.

Penny Ross

Competing in the Marketplace of Ideas
Charter schools, resource centers, hybrid schools, franchise educational models – there’s a whole new world of homeschooling options out there. Let’s brainstorm together and share ideas as to how we can effectively make the case for private Christian home education to today’s home educating families. How do we become more than just “another alternative”? How can we make our message heard in a noisy marketplace of ideas and philosophies?

About Our Speakers

Davis CarmanDavis Carman

Davis is an international speaker and along with his wife, Rachael, 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

Kristi CloverKristi Clover

Kristi 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

Forrest & Beth MoraForrest & Beth Mora

Forrest and Beth are the owners and creators of Here to Help Learning. Over the last 18 years, they have served in many leadership roles including directors of their church’s marriage ministry and as homeschool co-op leaders. They also have served as leaders for children’s ministry, as well as women’s and men’s ministries. They are real, practical, and not afraid to laugh at themselves. The Moras rely on a firm Biblical foundation and share a passion for equipping Christian leaders to serve the world.

Arleen MorrisArleen Morris

Arleen Morris has been the administrator of Christian Heritage School (CHS), a large PSP in Corona for 25 years. With CHS at times having as many as 400 families enrolled, she has worked with people in a wide variety of difficult situations. She taught her own children at home, her son for four years, and her daughter from kindergarten through high school. She has been married to Jim for nearly 46 years. She enjoys ministry, quilting, and playing keyboard with her church worship team, and learning/teaching about improving health through nutrition.

Nathan PierceNathan 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.

Penny RossPenny 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.

J. Michael SmithJ. Michael Smith

For the last 33 years, Mike Smith, president of the HSLDA** 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. When homeschoolers in California found out that Mike was a homeschooling father and lawyer, he 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*. The rest is history. Homeschooling is legal in every state today.

Special Information


  • The 33rd Annual Leadership Conference is open to all who are interested in leadership of private Christian home education groups. If you know of leaders who are not CHEA Support Network Members but who may like to attend, please feel free to invite them.
  • Children are not allowed at the Leadership Conference. Nursing infants whose parents are considerate of others are welcome.
  • 33rd Annual Leadership Conference registration will be available at the door for an additional fee, however, luncheon is not included.
  • The 33rd Annual CHEA Convention opens Thursday at 5:00 p.m with the Exhibit Hall Preview for Premium Members and our FREE Homeschool Mini Conference for New Homeschoolers at 5:30 p.m. Separate registration and admission fees are required for entrance to all areas of the 33rd Annual CHEA Convention.
  • Refund Policy: CHEA contracts and pays for space ahead of time so refunds are not possible.
  • Current CHEA Members who are attending the Leadership Conference but not attending the Annual Convention may buy an Exhibit Hall Pass to attend the Thursday evening Exhibit Hall Grand Opening. This is available only with your Leadership Conference registration. An Exhibit Hall Pass is not needed if you are registered for the Convention.

*Home School Legal Defense Association


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