2015 CHEF Convention - Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers:  Hal & Melanie Young
Hal and Melanie are the parents of 6 boys and 2 girls and have served on the Board of Directors of North Carolinians for Home Education for over 14 years, including three terms as President.  They have published articles with The Foundation for Economic Education, Homeschooling Today, the John Locke Foundation, Homeschool Digest, TEACH Magazine, and more.  They have co-authored the award-winning book Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys.  Find out more about them on their website.
Featured Speaker:  Heather Haupt
Heather's homeschool journey began after it appeared she was going to fail first grade at a traditional school. She flourished at home and, from an early age, advocated for homeschooling in radio, TV, and newspapers. Heather pursued a degree in biology and taught students of all ages, from hands-on preschool nature classes to college biology. She graduated summa cum laude from
Arizona State University in 2001, a year after marrying the love of her life, Rich. Since 1997, she has encouraged families through her workshops. Drawing on her unique perspectives in biology and as a home school graduate who is now in the trenches educating her four children, Heather inspires parents to pursue a loving, holistic, and developmentally appropriate approach to education. Her heart is to encourage and equip parents towards intentional parenting, pursuing God and delighting in the adventure of learning. She is the author of the new book The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks. She and her husband are now thrilled to be funneling their passion to support homeschool families into their involvement with the board of Arizona Families for Home Education. Check out her blog.
Featured Speaker:  Cindy Nicolai

Cindy Nicolai is a retired homeschool mom that just can't seem to get away from the call and conviction of parents training and discipling their children at home. Having trained her children at home from early childhood through high school, Cindy now has the passion of helping other moms in this sometimes overwhelming journey of educating their children at home, while still running a household and maintaining sanity. A published author since the age of 12, Cindy has written numerous articles for The Informer as well as various Christian publications and websites.  She is a trustee for the Oklahoma state homeschooling organization OCHEC, as well as their Legislative Liaison and Capitol Day Coordinator.