Conference Speakers

We’re excited to announce speakers for the 2019 Conference! Check the Schedule page to find when your favorite speaker is presenting.

Pam Barnhill

Pam Barnhill believes that you don’t have to sacrifice relationships to homeschool strong. An award-winning educator, former journalist, and now homeschooling mom, she has a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps and getting to the heart of the stories her listeners want to hear.

She is the host of three popular homeschooling podcasts — The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, Your Morning Basket, and The Homeschool Solutions Show — and the author of Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects That Matter Most.

Pam lives in the Deep South with her husband of twenty-three years, three (mostly) awesome kids, and a passel of family dogs. You can find her online at

Friday Talk: Leaders Don’t Eat Their Young: How to Lead Well in Your Homeschool Without Sacrificing Relationships

Saturday Talks: If I’m Passing Out the Snacks, Whose in the Cockpit? Ten Steps to a Homeschool Plan to Put Your Homeschool Year on Autopilot and Roosters, Wonder Women, and the Rest of Us: A Realistic Approach to Mornings for the Weary Homeschool Mom

Martin Cothran

Martin Cothran is the Director of the Classical Latin School Association and the editor of Memoria Press’s Classical Teacher magazine. He is the author of several books for private and home schools, including Memoria Press’s Traditional Logic, Material Logic, and Classical Rhetoric programs, as well as Lingua Biblica: Old Testament Stories in Latin. He is a former Latin, Logic, and Rhetoric Instructor at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from the Simon Greenleaf School (now part of Trinity University). He is widely-quoted on educational issues and other issues of public importance, and is a frequent guest on Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Tonight,” a weekly public affairs program. His articles on current events have appeared in numerous newspapers, including the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Friday Talk: How to Save Western Civilization One Student at a Time

Saturday Talks: Respecting the Man the Boy Will Become: Observations About Raising Boys and Which Books Will Keep Them Out of Trouble (Mostly) and How to Get the Education You Never Had: A Crash Course on Classical Education

Gabriela Ross

Gabriela earned her B.A. in Religious Education from Marian University and taught Theology of the Body for two years before taking her role in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as the Coordinator of Catechetical Resources. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Catechetics and Evangelization from the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Her passion is sharing the good news of the gospel by reminding families of their dignity and mission.

Saturday Talk: The Importance of Discipleship in Homeschooling

Erin Jeffries

Erin Jeffries, MA

Erin has been involved in parish and Catholic school catechesis since 2007. Born and raised in Oregon, she is currently the Coordinator of Ministry to Persons with Special Needs for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, a position which allows her to blend her two passions of catechesis and working with persons with disabilities.

Erin is also the co-chair for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)‘s Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disability (CIDD). If you ask her why she’s here today she’ll say first and foremost, to help make possible an encounter and relationship with Jesus and full and active participation in His Church, and also because of the people in her life- including her sister who has multiple disabilities, nephews who have Autism, and ADHD, several family members who struggle with mental illness, as well as myriad amazing people she has met along the way!

Friday Talk: Teaching Faith and Diverse Learners: Resources and Strategies

Ken Ogorek

Ken currently serves as a pastoral staff member for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis and has been acknowledged by his peers who elected him to a term as President of the NCCL (National Conference for Catechetical Leadership). He has been blessed to learn from several bishops and additional mentors during his 20+ years of Church-related work in Pennsylvania and Indiana. In addition to being catechetical director in Indianapolis and assistant director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Ken has worked in development as well as sales—bringing all that experience to the table as a consultant and speaker who can help enhance your efforts.

Saturday Talk: The Importance of Discipleship in Homeschooling

Loni Garrigus

Loni Garrigus holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from IUPUI. She has homeschooled her five children since 2000. In 2011, she returned to school and now works full-time as a cardiac nurse. She continues to homeschool with the enormous support of her husband, Cory. Loni strongly believes in empowering homeschool parents to be emboldened to take charge of their children’s education.

Saturday Talks: New to Homeschooling and Where to Start: What Does a Homeschooling Day Look Like

Patty Ellenberger

Patty graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Accounting. She and her husband, Jeff, are members of St. Michael parish in Greenfield and have been home schooling their five children for the past 20+ years. Having graduated four of the five, Patty will share what she has learned about preparing records for college admittance. Though the task seems intimidating, it can be done – without bribery or scandal.

Friday Talk: Transcripts: It’s Not as Scary as it Sounds

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