The Leadership Conference is designed to help equip and encourage those leading private home education groups, such as PSPs, co-ops, support groups, or more. We hope you can join us!
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“So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them by the skillfulness of his hands.”
Psalm 78:72​ (NKJV)

Thursday, May 9, 2024
8:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

What kind of legacy are you leaving for your homeschool group? Are you planning for the future? Do you find yourself looking around and wondering who will fill your shoes when God calls you away from your ministry?

When you are in the throes of leadership, trying to manage communication, programming, relationships, conflict, paperwork, and more, it’s easy to overlook or push planning for your departure to the back burner. Whether you have plans to stay in your position for just a few months or another decade, it’s vital to the future of your group that you be raising up the next generation of leaders.

So, how does one do that with all of the other responsibilities we have as leaders?

We invite you to join us this year for CHEA’s “Leaving a Legacy” Conference. Our knowledgeable and encouraging speakers will explore this theme of raising the next generation of homeschool leaders. Our prayer is that you will become better equipped and encouraged as you lead your homeschool community.


8:00 a.m. Registration & Check-In
8:30 a.m.

Opening Session

  • Town Hall Meeting
  • Legislative Update, Nathan Pierce
10:00 a.m.

Workshop Session

  • Finding & Equipping Mission-Minded Organizational Leaders, LaNissir James
11:00 a.m.

Workshop Session

  • Developing a Vision for your Homeschool Group, Vicki Stormoen
11:30 a.m. Group Debrief & Discussion
12:00 p.m.


  • State of CHEA, Andrew Vandever
  • Keynote: Supporting the New Generation of Homeschoolers, Hal & Melanie Young
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Afternoon Options


Biola University Sigma Hall
13800 Biola Ave., La Mirada, CA 90639

For more information about accommodations and to make reservations, view our Accommodations Information. This page also provides details for purchasing meal tickets, even if you’re not staying on campus with us.

Meet Our Speakers

LaNissir James

LaNissir James

A homeschooling mom and leader, LaNissir has a passion to serve the home-educating community. She provides social, spiritual, academic, and supervisory support for families in local groups in her state, and, as an HSLDA high school consultant, encourages and equips homeschool graduates to transition into colleges, careers, and vocational schools.

LaNissir is wife to Lorenzo. Together they have seven homeschooled children (five girls and two boys) with ages ranging from elementary to young adult.

Nathan Pierce

Nathan Pierce

Nathan began working at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) in 2002 to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled himself from kindergarten through high school and received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master’s University. Currently he serves as Executive Director and Legislative Liaison for FPM and as a member of the CHEA Board of Directors. He works behind the scenes at the State Capitol, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He and his wife Betsy are actively involved in their church and homeschool their own 8 children.

Vicki Stormoen

Vicki Stormoen

Vicki Stormoen has been privately homeschooling since 1994. She and her husband, Ron, have been blessed with nine children, seven of whom have graduated from Heritage Christian School, a Southern California PSP. She is still homeschooling her remaining two children through Heritage Christian School, where she currently serves as the school Principal. Vicki also teaches homeschool literature and writing classes and is a former Classical Conversations tutor. She is passionate about the vision of private Christian homeschooling as a means to raise a godly generation, for the glory of God.

Hal & Melanie Young

Hal & Melanie Young

Hal & Melanie Young are the award-winning, best-selling authors of Raising Real Men, No Longer Little, and Love, Honor, and Virtue and the hosts of the Making Biblical Family Life Practical podcast. 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 (all grown!) and two real girls and live in noisy, messy happiness in North Carolina.


Finding and Equipping Mission-Minded Organizational Leaders, LaNissir James
Equipping leaders while enhancing their strengths as you build your homeschool group is the heart of this workshop. Leadership may be demanding, but the call is steadfast to support homeschool families in your area. Learn the skills to identify and train volunteer leaders. Let’s dive into topics such as time management, boundaries, personality strengths, and strategies to help you equip these leaders as you guide your homeschool group.

Developing a Vision for your Homeschool Group, Vicki Stormoen
A wave of new homeschoolers has flooded the market, presenting homeschool leaders with a whole new generation of families who do not necessarily share our mission and vision. The question of how to best incorporate this new group of families within our organizations often involves needing to re-evaluate our own vision and mission statements. In this session, we will discuss how to develop a vision for your homeschool group that incorporates this new wave of homeschoolers without compromising our private, Christian homeschooling goals.

Supporting the New Generation of Homeschoolers, Hal & Melanie Young
Our support groups are changing around us, and we have to figure out how to minister to the new generation of homeschoolers! Younger families wrestle with many of the same problems veteran homeschoolers did, but the challenges are new and fresh to them – and their assumptions and framework for understanding them may be very different. Find out how to recognize the differences in the next generation (both homeschool grads and those coming out of institutional schools) and bring them the help they need in a way they’ll appreciate!

Conference Rates

Regular Rate CHEA Members
Individual $65 $55
Exhibit Hall Only Pass
Leadership Conference guests who are not attending the Convention may purchase an Exhibit Hall Pass in order to attend the Thursday evening Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
$10 $10


Free parking is available at Biola University.

At-the-door registration will be available; however, we encourage you to register by May 5 as we need to supply Biola University with a lunch count and prepare seating arrangements.

The Leadership Conference (including luncheon) is designed to help encourage and equip those leading private home education groups, including PSPs, co-ops, support groups, and more. Leaders do not need to be part of CHEA’s Support Network to attend Leadership Conference.

250 and 450 Support Network Members receive entrance to the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening, including the Premium Members Preview, as well as admission for two to the Annual Leadership Conference.

The Leadership Conference is for adults only. No childcare will be provided. Nursing infants whose parents are considerate of others are welcome.

CHEA’s Parenting & Homeschool Conference opens Thursday, May 9, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. Separate registration and admission fees (if applicable) are required for entrance to any part of the Parenting & Homeschool Conference or other parts of the Convention (Children’s Convention, Teen Convention, etc.). The Worldview Academy Mini-Con is included with your Leadership Conference registration.