***2014 Information for Reference Only - 2015 Convention dates are May 15-16, 2015***

ENOCH of New Jersey presents the 24th Annual Homeschool Convention

Friday & Saturday, May 16-17, 2014 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Edison, NJ

BIOGRAPHIES 2014



Andrew Pudewa - Keynote Speaker

Andrew Pudewa is the founder, principal speaker, and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses—with clarity, insight, practical experience, and welcome humor—issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music. His seminars for parents, students, and teachers have helped transform many a reluctant writer and have equipped educators with powerful tools to dramatically improve students' skills.

Although he is a graduate of the Talent Education Institute in Japan (Suzuki Method) and holds a Certificate of Child Brain Development, his best endorsement is from a young Alaskan boy who called him "the funny man with the wonderful words." He and his beautiful, heroic wife Robin are parents of seven, grandparents of five, and educators of their two youngest children at home in Oklahoma’s Green Country.

Diane Kummer - Keynote Speaker

Diane and her husband Tom homeschooled their two children from kindergarten through 12th grade using a variety of teaching options. Both of their children went on to college, and are now well into their careers.

She joined the staff of Home School Legal Defense Association nine years ago to help develop HSLDA’s Homeschooling Thru High School program and website (www.hslda.org/highschool ). As an HSLDA High School Consultant, Diane regularly speaks nationwide at homeschool conferences and high school symposiums where she shares from her experiences and her imperfect (but real) homeschooling days! Her practical and encouraging high school seminars provide information that inspires parents to continue teaching their teens at home with confidence.

Diane enjoys writing articles (such as regular columns for the Homeschool Enrichment and Court Report magazines as well as other publications), brochures on high school topics, and a monthly high school newsletter filled with helpful tips.  She reviews new resources, provides personal consultation to HSLDA members, and has been a guest speaker on HSLDA’s Homeschool Heartbeat radio program. Her weekly entries to HSLDA’s Homeschooling Now Teaching Tips blog (http://www.hslda.org/cms/?q=blog/teaching-tips ) provide parents with timely high school information and advice.

Diane loves math and she continues to tutor and teach high school math classes for homeschooled students. In her free time, Diane enjoys teaching ladies’ Bible studies and being involved in pro-life ministries.

Liz Moore - Featured Speaker

I have been intensely involved in the pursuit of “health” since 1992 when I was diagnosed with Late Stage Disseminated Lyme Disease. I spent 16 years and countless 10′s of thousands of dollars searching for a “cure”. The cure came in the form of redefining my nutritional foundation and adding high quality whole food supplements by GNLD International. Since 2008 I have been free of the disease and enjoy a level of health that had evaded me for more than a decade. I considered myself cured of the disease!

I am a board certified Nutritional Consultant and I completed all coursework for a Doctorate of Naturopathy in 2011.

I am also a Director with GNLD/NeoLife Whole Food Supplements. GNLD is the only company in the industry that has your “back”, they have rigorous scientific standards, No GMO’s, and free of chemicals. If you would like more information about these products please visit my product website.

Mangelson, G.K. - Special Constitutional Scholar

G.K. Mangelson is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer. For the past 30 years he has lectured to thousands of attendees at hundreds of conventions, conferences, and seminars with rave reviews. Mr. Mangelson is currently writing the book Independence Forever! 4 Steps to Save America. During years of extensive travel throughout America, Mr. Mangelson has become a true patriot. He is now dedicating his time, talents, and career to training and enlightening audiences everywhere on how to protect and save our constitution and America’s future. Mr. Mangelson is a founder of The Glorious Cause of America Institute and serves on its board of directors. G.K. and his wife, Chris, are the parents of seven children and presently reside on Amelia Island near Jacksonville, Florida.

Alton, Bethany

Blogging, discipleship, and encouragement, three very important aspects of Bethany Alton’s current ministry. Being the oldest and the “experiment child” in her family, Bethany was homeschooled from the age of 5 until being dual enrolled at her local community college at the age of 17. Now, currently serving with Word of Life Fellowship, more specifically the Bible Institute, Bethany uses her experiences to help and encourage homeschooling parents make easier transitions from home to college. According to her, being available for God to work is one of the most valuable things you could teach your children, or even your peers.

Chudkowski, Carrie

Stephen and Carrie Chudkowski have been homeschooling their 2 children for 10 years. They had decided before their first child was born that they would homeschool, in order to preserve their family values and Christian beliefs in their children. Stephen is a doctor of Chiropractic who is known in the community as a compassionate and caring doctor who prays with his patients. His passions are the Lord, his family and Chiropractic. The Lord called Stephen to the mission field early in their marriage, which led to the founding of SONrise Missions, a non-profit missionary organization, 8 years ago. He and Carrie have traveled to Uganda every year to conduct ministry in a remote village on the Nile River. Carrie and her family have been attending Calvary Chapel Old Bridge for the past 17 years under the teaching of Pastor Lloyd Pulley, and have enjoyed serving the Lord to bless others. Carrie founded Open Arms Ministry, which organizes home cooked meals for those in need, and served as Overseer for Pioneer Clubs, the girls’ scouting ministry at CCOB, for 3 years. She served on the Board of REACH homeschool co-op and has served on the leadership team for CCOB Home Education Group for 6 years. Carrie is currently serving on the leadership team for CREATE homeschool co-op, a ministry of CCOB, where she teaches art to 4-12 grade students. She has also been serving on the ENOCH committee, designing the marketing materials for the ENOCH Homeschool Convention, for the past 4 years. Carrie has been a professional fine artist for 23 years, with a focus on commercial and private muraling and graphic design. She has poured her passion for art into her art classes at homeschool co-ops and private classes for 6 years, and has taught Kindergarten through High School levels, ensuring that her students have a thorough knowledge of the arts while enjoying the process. She will continue to serve as the Spirit leads, with a desire to see Art taught in every homeschool.

DeWees, Kerry

Kerry DeWees is a homeschooling parent with a passion for leadership.  Recognizing the need for developing young people into influential leaders, Kerry desires to use his background and interpersonal skills to equip parents for this monumental task.  Kerry has a Masters of Divinity from Biblical Seminary, over 15 years experience in youth ministry and has held senior leadership positions in both non-profit and business organizations.  In addition, he is a certified coach, teacher and speaker for The John Maxwell Team.

Dyson, Gregory

With Eternity in Mind”, Greg signs his correspondence with this phrase. Its how he enjoys life- Greg met his sweetheart, Gina over 29 years ago in upstate NY. As they raise their 3, homeschooled children, they are enjoying serving the Lord. A graduate of Word of Life Bible Institute and Cedarville University, Greg has pastored churches in NJ, MA and NY, Dean of Admissions at Word of Life Bible Institute and the Interim Pastor at FBC of Northcreek/Minerva NY. When not with his family, Greg enjoys ministering in diverse environments. Greg is the Founder of Lion's Den Outreach Center in Indian Orchard, MA reaching out to unchurched youth. When not sharing the Word of God, Greg loves riding his Honda Goldwing while singing at the top of his lungs (but he's not a very good singer).

Kemmerer, Susan

Susan Kemmerer is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Homeschool Supermom...NOT!.  She and her husband Dale have, by God's grace, been homeschooling their nine children for twenty five years - with 6 graduated and 3 to go (or 8 more years of homeschooling ahead!).  Susan has authored a number of textbooks, including "Apples Daily Spelling Drills for Secondary Students" and "Research in Increments."  She has had articles published in several homeschool periodicals, and has spoken at support groups conferences across the country.  In her spare time, Susan enjoys reading, writing, and needlework.  Besides being with their children and grandchildren, the Kemmerer's love spending time in fellowship with the believers in their local church, Grace Community Church of souderton.  Dale and Susan (along with their children) run their business, Schoolhouse Publishing, from their home in Franconia, PA.

Lynch, Cindy

Cindy Lynch has a degree in psychology from Rutgers University and specialized training in organization.  Cindy is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers and has been an Officer of the Northern New Jersey Chapter for several years.  She now serves as the Chapter President.  She is also a member of Faithful Organizers, a group of Christian organizing professionals.
 Cindy works with individuals and organizations through her company, HiTin Consulting, LLC, to help increase their productivity.  She also gives devotional presentations to groups.  Cindy’s passion is to help people serve the Lord in a more productive way, this may include helping to create a less stressful environment in the home, working with a Board to manage an organization more effectively, providing a ministry with strategies to use their space more efficiently, or helping an individual use their time more productively.
Cindy serves in a number of ways in her local church including coordinating a youth mission trip to inner city Philadelphia.  She is also a volunteer inner-city worker for an international children’s ministry and on its North Jersey Board of Directors. 

Meekins, Tom & Julie

Tom and Julie Meekins have a ministry called March Forth Family. They are also the Special Needs Specialists for the National Center for Biblical Parenting. They offer coaching to parents and a community where you'll find nurture, support, and care in your journey. Working with children who have specific challenges can be draining at times. Tom and Julie know what it's like to agonize over realizing that what they were currently doing wasn’t helping their kids. They know about sleepless nights wondering if they were going to make it through the next day with their sanity intact. They know the bone-weary exhaustion of keeping on when there was no ounce of strength left in their bodies. They know the loneliness of experiencing things their friends knew nothing about. They also had the privilege of participating in the miracle of their children making progress. Sometimes it was agonizingly slow - but they now have the privilege of seeing the results of their hard work. Their 3 children are vibrant and happy and growing young people able to do exceedingly more than could ever have been imagined. Tom and Julie have made a commitment to dedicate the rest of our professional lives to helping families navigate the scary world of raising a challenging child. What they did made a significant difference in the lives of their children and countless other children -- they are committed to bringing that to other families.

Miller, Ed

Ed is married to Joanne Miller and they have two grown sons. Joanne is the author of 12 books and co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting. Ed graduated from the University of Delaware with a BAAS in Arts and Science 1977. He started as a campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the fall of 1977. Ed has focused on leadership development, disciple-making, evangelism and ministry training on a number of college and university campuses throughout New Jersey. He also served as the Area Director for InterVarsity in Central/South New Jersey for 14 years before becoming the Assistant Regional Director for the New York/New Jersey Region. InterVarsity provided a number of sabbatical periods during Ed's 30 plus years of service. He was able to do Biblical and Theological studies at Regent College in Vancouver, Alliance Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Ed is a good friend of Scott Turansky. He and Scott pastored a church together for eight years and their families have enjoyed living in the same neighborhood and vacationing together. Ed leads the National Center for Biblical Parenting development of strategic partners. He also leads the team of family ministry consultants and speaks to parents.

Ridley, Heloise J.

Heloise Ridley helps parents and caretakers "Get off the crazy cycle...and onto a path of peace". She has been in ministry for over 20 years and holds a BS in Chemistry from Lincoln University and a MBA in Marketing and International Business from Penn State University.  She has also received significant training and hands-on experience in various forms of ministry including counseling, coaching, and children’s ministry.  Her “Parent and Family Support Services (PFSS)” helps families create and maintain a more secure CHARACTER-BASED Internet Safety Net. This safety net protects children online wherever they go. PFSS is one segment of the Ridley family's ministry called "SuperNatural Kids and Youth" (SNKY) that trains the next generation to BURN in their HEARTS for God with abandon. As a Parent Coach and Educator, Heloise loves to help caretakers who need inspiration and information on issues ranging from those "difficult teenage years" to the milder “potty training days". Her goal is to teach families to recognize and overcome parenting challenges with practical skills and tools and a clear understanding of God's role as Partner and "Heavy Lifter" in the process. As Children’s Pastor, “Auntie Lo-Lo” (as she is referred to by the kids), works with children and youth in Inner City Easton, PA to enable them to perform better in school, understand their identity and role as children of God, and develop a sense of purpose and achievement. Heloise and her husband Rodney reside in Pennsylvania. They have been homeschooling their 6 children for over 16 years. They have one child in college and two other teens aka “Maxis”, one "Captain of the Minis” an 8yr old son, and funny pre-school twins aka “the other Minis”.  For enjoyment, Heloise writes and occasionally teaches Marketing classes at Strayer University. Her most recent joy was her contribution to a bestselling book called God's Miracles: True Stories of Healing and Restoration.  She blogs at http://ParentingTwinsandMore.com, http://HeloiseRidley.com and http://Chrisitan-Children.com.

Roth, S. Moshe

Dr. Roth is an Optometric Physician and is certified by the New Jersey Board of Optometrists to prescribe topical and oral medications. He is Board Certified in Vision Development and Vision Therapy by The College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He sees patients of all ages, infants, children, adults, and seniors, for comprehensive eye health, treatment of eye disease, and for vision care.  He provides Vision Therapy to enable children and adults address vision problems that affect reading and learning, overcome strabismus and amblyopia (Lazy Eye), Convergence Insufficiency, Autism, and Brain Injury.   Orthokeratology enables individuals to obtain vision correction without surgery, even for children that are becoming rapidly more nearsighted. He prescribes special contact lenses for Keratoconus, post refractive surgery problems, dry eye, etc.  http://www.Beyond2020.com.

Schroll, Sandy

My degree in elementary education from Cedarville University has prepared me well for the academic rigor of homeschooling, however, much more has led me to follow God’s leading to teach our children at home.  My husband, Bryan, and I began this journey when our oldest, Laura, (a sophomore at Cedarville) entered fourth grade.  Her academic challenges triggered our decision, but we have continued to school our three other biological children (Alyson – 16, Matthew – 12, and Madison – 9) as well. Our four foster children (ages 10, 5, 4, and 2) cannot be schooled at home yet.  Public school is the only option for our 10 year old, and the 5 and 2 year old children are in a local preschool. The 4 year old is home with me.  I have taught all grades from preK through high school, though higher level math and science have been outsourced to private tutors or Christian school where we have been blessed to participate on a minimal basis in order to enjoy the privileges of sports, testing, field trips, and other class activities.   Our two oldest daughters have also enjoyed the privilege of dual enrollment classes through Cedarville.  Our academic method can be described as traditional, but eclectic.  Though academics are essential, discipleship has been imperative.  Having my children at home has led to innumerable opportunities for conversation, direction, and growth.  I consider it a privilege to use my ability to teach in our home to benefit our children.