2020 MHMC Speakers

We are thrilled about the Speaker lineup for this year’s Multi-Ethnic Homeschool Moms Conference!

A homeschooling mom and leader, LaNissir James has a passion to serve the home-educating community. She provides social, spiritual, academic, and supervisory support for families in local groups and encourages and equips homeschool graduates to transition into colleges, careers, and vocational schools.
As an HSLDA High School Consultant, LaNissir loves speaking to parents to encourage and support their homeschooling with empathetic, engaging, and practical wisdom. She says, “The joy of helping a family feel confident that they can homeschool is priceless.”

She earned her BS in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park, is Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® certified, and is pursuing a master’s degree in biblical studies.
LaNissir James is wife to Lorenzo, who also serves the homeschooling community through sports programs, photography services, and photography classes. She is the mother of seven beautiful homeschooled children (five girls and two boys) with ages ranging from toddler to young adult. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, photography, and kayaking.

LaNissir’s sessions: Homeschooling Through High School – Let’s Keep It Simple; Understanding Personality Types & Your Teen; Working & Winning While Homeschooling; Fostering Safe Discussion on Race & Culture (with Heather Frommack)

Encourager, Educator, and Empowerer. Crissi Allen has been a mompreneur for 29 years and within those years, homeschooled her children for 20 years while building businesses to help her family and community to thrive. Currently, she is honored to work part-time as Founder & Executive Director of a 16-year Christ-Centered Co-op called HEART Academy, connecting homeschooling families with passionate mentors in the Silicon Valley of California. Within this community, Crissi finds it a great joy to be working with talented students and directors to produce 3 musical drama productions per year.

After a stint of helping her daughter heal from migraine headaches, she entered into the world of natural health. Through this very personal experience, she understood that God wants us to heal in three areas – the body, soul (mind, will, emotions) and Spirit and that if we submit to the Holy Spirit, the body and soul would follow. Because of this, Crissi felt the Lord’s leading to become a Holistic Health Coach and started another part-time business. Crissi feels so privileged to be a conduit of light and love giving all the glory to the Lord in the many businesses He has brought her. Connect with Crissi through email crissiallen@comcast.net and her website, www.crissiallen.com

Crissi’s sessions: The Balanced Homeschool Entrepreneur

The Allen’s (Jere & Crissi) Jere Allen is an Inspirer, Teacher, & Family Pastor. Jere’s 30 years of teaching experience include working with youth of all ages and he is lovingly dubbed the Inspirer by his wife and resident Math Guru by his students. Truly, he loves teaching all types of math from Elementary to Calculus, but his list of accomplishments also include teaching engineers, entrepreneurship, high school science, technology, and PE. For a stint of his career, he focused on training adults in various software applications including 3D CAD and internet collaboration.

Moreover, he deeply desires to partner with families in helping their marriages and educating their children. He and his wife are the Founders and Directors of educational services at HEART Academy in San Jose, California. Jere graduated from San Jose Christian College majoring in Theology. They home-educated both their children through high school for a total of 20 years. Currently, he is the Principal of Calvary Christian Academy in San Jose, California.

The Allen’s Session: How to Stay in Love While Homeschooling

LM Preston is a homeschooling and working mother who’s been married for twenty-seven years. She and her husband have worked outside the home and graduated three of their four children from college before the age of seventeen. She is a mentor and coach in career re-imagination, homeschooling for working parents and an inspirational speaker. In addition, she is an engineer, college professor, fiction and non-fiction author, and business owner. You can visit her website www.empoweredsteps.com for a free course on homeschooling and working, and her blog (http://homeschoolandwork.blogspot.com/) for tips and advice.

Lanita’s Session: Flexible Homeschooling for the Working Parent

Vicki Bentley is the mother of eight daughters, foster mom of fifty, and grandma to 23 wonderful grandbabies and five great-grandbabies (so far). Vicki has homeschooled 17 children since 1988, alongside her husband Jim, and has been a support group leader since 1991. She has served on the executive board and convention committee of the Home Educators Association of Virginia and has addressed state and national conventions, university teacher organizations, and many mothers’ groups.

She is the author of My Homeschool Planner, Everyday Cooking, The Everyday Family Chore System, Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers, High School 101: Blueprint for Success, and other homeschool and homemaking helps, and offers online how-to courses at Everyday with Vicki. She currently serves as a Toddlers to Tweens consultant and the Group Services director for HSLDA. Vicki has a heart for parents, with practical wisdom and encouraging words.

Vicki’s Session: Fostering & Homeschooling


Shenek Alston, a native of South Carolina, is a Christian, wife, and mother and lives in North Carolina. The Alstons have four children. Shenek believes that one of the most important things she will ever do is to homeschool her children. Her desire for them is that they would love God with all of their hearts! Shenek has a PhD in Statistics and a BS in Math, and blogs at www.bridgingfundamentals.com about math and STEM activities for kids. She hopes to encourage kids to use STEM to help others. She is the author of three books: 20 Possible Holes in Your Child’s Math Education, Anna Kid Engineer, and Andre Kid Aviator. Anna Kid Engineer and Andre Kid Aviator are books in a fictional STEM series for kids.

During her talk, Shenek will go over 10 Possible Holes in Your Child’s Math Education. If your child isn’t quite able to master math but you’re not sure why, maybe he has some holes in his foundation. Do you realize there are some holes in your child’s math education, but you aren’t 100% sure what the holes are? Shenek will be highlighting some areas that you want to make sure your child understands. You can reach Shenek by emailing her at mathletics101@gmail.com.

Shenek’s Session: First Things First

Felicia Malloy is a mother of four who absolutely loves traveling both domestically and internationally, being a Mom and learning. She’s been homeschooling, road schooling and world schooling her children for over a decade and traveling for more than three both with and without her children. She is the owner of Safari Na Sisi Academy, Suga Buga Baby, LLC, Sew With Felicia, I Am Feliciaa, and the Co-CEO of JET Sweets, my children’s vegan baking company. The journey hasn’t always been easy but it’s been worth it for sure. I invite you to follow us on our journey of building generational wealth and success through life’s challenges and our entrepreneurial advances.

Connect with Felicia on Facebook and Instagram.

Felicia’s Session: Roadschooling – The Underground Railroad to My Sanity

Heather’s bio

Journei Bimwala is an Herbalist/Nutrition Consultant/Educator. She is a mother of 3 children, who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the birth of her last child. Journei has used nutrition to address both her illness and her children autoimmune condition successfully. With all the never ending health trends, viruses and food sources being questionable, knowing what to do, pick or follow can be overwhelming, since your family health is in your hands. Journei Bimwala equips families with tools, techniques and knowledge that will empower & prepare them to prevent, address any illnesses and maintain family health through plant medicine and nutrition. You can connect with Journei Bimwala on Facebook and Instagram.

Journei’s Session: Family Nutrition – Their Health is in Your Hands

Sharea is a devoted wife, mother of seven (all under the age of 10) and homeschooler. She is also a teacher author, freelance graphic designer, owner D4C Graphics and the developer of Creative Kinders.  Sharea has been in the education field for over fourteen years. She has worked in daycares, learning centers and public schools where she has gained a wealth of knowledge on how to effectively capture kids attention and educate them. 

Eleven years as a wife and mother provides PLENTY of LIFE LESSONS. Sharea is really passionate about sharing what she has learned through personal failures and triumphs; various methods on raising and managing a large family. Feel free to contact Sharea at thecreativekinders@gmail.com or follow her on Instagram.

Sharea’s Session: A FULL and Functional Family

Terri Hedrick is an author, sought-after speaker, and homeschool life coach.She’s married to Bob, the man she waited a long time for, and they homeschool their two teenaged daughters.Terri has a master’s degree in Education, is the administrator of Life Learning Academy Umbrella School and she creates online courses for homeschoolers with Life Learning Academy.  Terri has helped hundreds of homeschooling families and she’d love to work with you, too! Follow Terri at Your Homeschool Coach, Homeschool in FL & Beyond, and Facebook.

Terri’s Session: How to Gracefully Balance Work Life & Homeschool Life without Falling Off the Beam


Justina Ford is an army veteran spouse of 15 years and a homeschooling mother to her 3 children ages 10, 11, and 15. She is an Amazon #1 International Best-Selling Author and owner of Soulfully Aligned Business Coaching. Justina is a Mindset and Strategy Coach who helps momprenuers to overcome mental blocks and align their soul-filled desires and talents into a cohesive brand that represents their authentic self in order to create thriving spirit-led, purposeful and profitable businesses.

Justina’s Session: Heart & Soul Brand Strategy

Shaun is a 3X Amazon Best-Selling author of the book African American Homeschooling Mompreneurs. She is a homeschool consultant, and owns a logistics business, and catering business.

Shaun and her husband were nudged by the Holy Spirit to begin homeschooling their children several years ago. After much prayer and a leap of faith, they decided to pull their children from public school and begin the journey. Seeing the immediate change in their children and their family-life confirmed that they had made the right decision and were walking on the correct path.

Although she is based in Texas, technology allows her to connect with clients around the globe. She continues to inspire parents and help them find ways to adapt homeschooling to their desired family-life.

Her goal is to guide families forward in their homeschool journey using her knowledge, experience, wisdom, and vision. She fully understands that homeschooling doesn’t look the same for everyone, and is passionate about helping each family find their own tailored fit.

Shaun’s Sessions: How to Transition to Homeschooling; How to Create Your Own COOP; How to Work & Homeschool Successfully

Demetria is a homeschooling mompreneur who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two daughters, and a Shih-Tzu. She is the founder of Christian Homeschool Moms Podcast (and blog) and is the face behind her MomZest Youtube channel. In her spare time, Demetria is a songwriter/singer and spends lots of time at coffee shops, planning out her next life goals to help mamas with homeschooling and entrepreneurship. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood. To listen to her podcast, watch her videos or enroll in her course “The Homeschool Boss Mama Goal Planner”, visit Demetria at http://www.christianhomeschoolmoms.com.

Demetria’s Session: Creating Your Unique Mompreneur Lifestyle & Routine

Karla Marie Williams is an international speaker, writer, and global child advocate. She is an author who has inspired women across the world. As the founder of iSpeak4KidsGlobal, her work in child-welfare has touched families throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the US. She is also a homeschool conference speaker and mentor on social media – “Karla and The Sensational Six”. Karla is a wife of 22 years and a homeschool mom of six inspired kids. She and her family reside in Grand Rapids, MI.

Karla’s Sessions: Interest-Led Learning for the Entire Family – Encouraging One Another to Pursue Your Dreams’ Benefits of Interest-Led Learning for Special Needs Families

Cescelie is a loving wife and mother of two teenagers.  She is married to her high school sweetheart of 36 years.  She is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s degree in Education.  Cescelie homeschools her children with an emphasis on African American studies and STEM education.  Cescelie has recently launched a nonprofit organization called “Blessed to be a Blessing.” The purpose of the nonprofit is to uplift the lives of women and underprivileged youth.  Cescelie’s vision for her life is to be a highly sought after author and motivational speaker who travels around the world motivating the masses. She contributed to an anthology entitled, “Lessons From My Grandmother’s Lap” and has recently released her first book, “Reclaiming My Time,” which is available in Kindle ebook and paperback on Amazon.  Cescelie can be contacted on Facebook via messenger, Instagram, or via email at cesjelks@gmail.com.  Cescelie recently started a blog at http://www.reclaiming-my-time.com

Cescelie’s Session: College Prep & Winning Scholarships

Serious childhood adversity has caused Marnesha Augustine to live with intentionality
and purpose through Christ. Statistically speaking, she should not be where she is
today. At 29, Marnesha has been married for over a decade with four beautiful children
and blessed to nurture their young minds through home education. Marnesha has also
graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in family studies. She
brings a multi-faceted level of expertise and is excited to pour out her passion for families by biblical design with all who will listen.

Marnesha’s Session: Mindful Parenting Practices – Marriage Enrichment Through Nurturing & Intentionality


NaConda N. Frank is a wife, homeschooling mom of five, budding entrepreneur, and conqueror of mental illness. She is a five-time Amazon best-selling author of African American Homeschooling Mompreneurs and Confessions of a Depressed Homeschool Mom, 2nd edition. NaConda is also a motivational speaker and a home education consultant. Newly known as The Homeschool Whisperer, NaConda offers spiritual inspirational & hope for homeschooling families. NaConda can be followed on her social media platforms via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, her YouTube channel, and her website www.nacondafrank.com.

NaConda’s Sessions: There is No Left Behind in Homeschool; We All We Got!; Burning the Midnight Oil

Penny Rogers has been wife to Michael for 25 years as well as mom to Logan who has autism, and Madison. Based on her own very personal and often difficult experiences living in Autismland, she hopes to educate families of children with autism on how to navigate their world from pre diagnosis to adulthood with hope, encouragement, and frugality.

Penny’s Sessions: Do You Know How to Tell the Developmental Age of Your Child with Autism?; You can Teach Social Skills to Your Child with Autism & Homeschool!; How to do Therapy at Home to Help Your Child with Autism

Pauline Amara is a woman of passion, a homeschooling mother of 3 wonderful children. Amara is a Certified Deep Coach working with people to go deeper into uncovering all that you are. She is a teacher, life coach, trainer, Inspiration speaker and student of life. She is iconoclastic and is always helping people grow and expand. Her mission statement is ‘Reconnecting You to Your True Essence. Amara has worked with organizations, institutions and individuals. She is the founder of Go-Deep Within Center of Coaching. She has worked with a US Independent presidential candidate as her personal coach & adviser, pre-teens & teens in a coaching program BeYoutiFull. Her passion is helping individuals become familiar with the unfamiliar and be comfortable being uncomfortable because that’s where all you seek lies.

Connect with Pauline on her website, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube

Pauline’s Session: Conscious Parenting

Yolanda Newton is an educational consultant, course creator, author, portfolio evaluator. She’s also the homeschool educator of two wonderful boys. Over that last 15 years, she has been able to work with children and teenagers, as well as students with various needs, challenges, and goals. Yolanda also has worked to understand the rainbow of educational approaches families use to find success. As a home educator herself, she knows keeping organized and on track can be stressful. Yolanda works to ensure that home educators have helpful tools they can realistically use in their lives. She works to help educators and students have a homeschool journey that is stressless and successful. You can stay in contact with Yolanda on Facebook
@educationrevolt, on Twitter @EdRevolt or Educationrevolt.org

Yolanda’s Session: The Stress-Free Portfolio Evaluation

Shania-Naje Omega is a sophomore at Indiana University. She is studying Computer Science with a minor in Health Informatics. Shania is passionate about social justice and creating inclusive spaces. Currently, Shania is working as a CommUnity Educator for Indiana University’s Residential Programs & Services department. This position has allowed her to facilitate productive dialogue designed for the growth of those living in the residence hall. 

Racism in healthcare, the Cycle of Socialization, and imposter syndrome within STEM are a few of the topics she has organized, promoted, and facilitated workshops on. In addition, Shania currently occupies a paid internship position in the Healthcare Journeys Lab. Within this lab she has recently launched a new research project focusing on how teen pregnancy is affected by social media. Regardless of the role she occupies or the opportunities she is able to take advantage of Shania considers herself to be an agent of change.

Shania’s Session: From Homeschool to College – Preparing for the Future & Recognizing Your Potential


Ruth Agbolosoo, MFT is a mother of five. She has been homeschooling for over 15 years. During her homeschooling journey, Ruth has faced several challenges including being a single mom, unemployed and underemployed. She often had to use ingenuity to make ends meet and continue to homeschool and take advantage of the many opportunities that her children have enjoyed. Her experience and training as a Marriage and Family Therapist have equipped her with the skills needed to address mental health issues within her family and assist friends.

When friends are challenged and believe they can’t homeschool or struggle through their journey, Ruth encourages them on their journey by illustrating how homeschooling and parenting go hand in hand. Ruth is currently on hiatus from her therapy career to free up time for homeschooling and take advantage of other opportunities. She is also working on her first published work and building her financial mentorship brand. To connect with Ruth, follow her on twitter at Women’s Financial Empowerment Group@women_financial, Women’s Financial Empowerment Group (WFEG) on Facebook, and on YouTube at Women’s Financial Empowerment Group.

Ruth’s Sessions: Tips & Tricks for Homeschooling Like You’re Rich with a Limited Income; Homeschooling IS Parenting; Homeschooling & Mental Health

LaTressa is a former public school teacher turned homeschool mom. She is an Advocate for fun learning, as well as a Theme Based Learning Specialist. Her goal is to make learning fun through theme based education. LaTressa is the Creator of Adventures In Funschooling, a theme based learning blog that helps parents and educators create fun and engaging learning experiences using immersive environments, hands on activities, interactive games, and real life scenarios. You can find more info about theme based learning on her blog at www.adventuresinfunschooling.com. You can also connect with her on instagramfacebook, and pinterest. LaTressa loves books, traveling, board games, and of course themes. When she isn’t teaching her own kids, she is teaching ESL to kids in China.

LaTressa’s Session: How to Get Your Kid to Love Learning

Kimberly Nicole Steenbergen, M.S.is a wife, homeschool mom of 3, blogger, coach, speaker, and online course creator. She was born and bred in sunny Southern California but now enjoys true Southern living in the country of East Tennessee. With a background in special education and ABA therapy for children with Autism, Kimberly gave up her career and pursued the calling God has for her in the home according to Titus 2. She is passionate about equipping homeschool moms with Biblical truths and tips on balancing marriage, faith, homeschooling, homemaking, and building an online business. Learn more about Kimberly on her blog Homegrown Motherhood and on Facebook.

Kimberly’s Sessions: Equipped & Called to Homeschool; 3 Legit Ways to Make Money from Home

Anita Gibson is an author, speaker and educational strategist. She develops academic success strategies for students and organizations including educational programs, training sessions and administrative support. Anita’s book, STAR Finder, teaches parents how to find their student’s Strengths, Talents, Abilities and Resources because every child is a star.

She is the president of Creative Strategy Consulting, an educational consulting firm that creates & develops non-traditional educational programs for students and organizations. She is also the co-founder of Project Excel Academy, an academic learning center for homeschool students in Bowie, Maryland. Anita Gibson resides in Maryland with her amazing husband, Glen. They are the parents of three adult children whom they homeschooled from K-12 th grade. Anita’s homeschool journey started off very rocky and she uses her experiences to let others know that despite where they
are right now their homeschool journey can be successful too. Her motto is Help and Hope are Here!

Contact information: anita@anitagibson.com , anitagibson.com, Facebook Group: Homeschool Mom’s Motivation Lab.

Anita’s Sessions: Finding Freedom from Frustration; Creative Ways to Work & Homeschool with Grace

Rhonda Patterson has a Bachelors degree in Accounting, Masters in Business Management and Strategy. She is a Tax Professional and Savings Expert.
Her mission is to help families create generational wealth by creating long term savings plans using life insurance products. Stop the wealth gap and leave a legacy for your loved ones. You can follow Rhonda at https://www.facebook.com/sopowerfulinvestments/

Rhonda’s Session: Saving & Budgeting

Tina Ramsay is the inspiring Mom behind Homeschooling and Oils.  She is an active Social Media vlogger, a female wellness advocate at HealTheHoneypot.com, a certified female life and empowerment coach, entrepreneur, curriculum developer, Community Volunteer, and Author – just to name a few of her talents.

On her Homeschooling Journey Tina faced the Emotional Challenges that come along with Homeschooling, that no one talks about. She soon realized that Education and Emotions go hand and hand. In order for her to be truly successful in educating her children, she knew that she had to gain control over their emotions as a Family.

Tina’ provides the solution to your Homeschooling, Wellness, and Emotion Challenges through her Virtual Consulting. She creates customized homeschooling plans, curriculum ideas with the resources that you currently have on a budget, and an emotional plan for you and your family at your request, during your consultation. Tina absolutely loves helping Homeschooling families find their way on their unique homeschooling journey and wellness path.

Tina’s Session: Stop Overthinking Plannings – It’s Already Laid Out Before You


Cheryl R. Carter is a busy homeschooling mother (of five), author, speaker and a college professor with a passion to help others. Besides teaching, she has written broadly on spiritual growth, education, and special needs She is the author of several books including Organize Your Life, Chasing God and the Kids Too, Essential Writing Skills for the College Bound Student, Inspire the Writer in Your Child and Organize Your AD/HD Child.  In addition to writing fiction and poetry in her spare time, she blogs regularly on issues of clarity in written communication, college admissions and the Christian family. 

She has a BA in English, a MFA in Writing and has done graduate study in Special Education and College Admission. Active in her local homeschool group, she has taught college-prep coop classes for several years. She has also written numerous literary guides and won academic awards for her writing. Her books have been translated into Japanese, Hebrew, German, Czech and Polish. Carter’s curriculum and writing classes focus on equipping students with the vital skills for lifetime communication success. Her curriculum and classes are marked by a sense of depth, yet simplicity that nurture a love of writing in students. She is also a member of the HSLDA Compassion Board.

Cheryl’s Sessions: Preparing Your College Success; Inspiring the Writer in Your Child; Organize Your Time

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a homeschooling mother who has been homeschooling her teenaged daughter off and on since her daughter was 4 years-old. Her now 16 years-old daughter is a dual-enrolled homeschooled student who is pursuing an Associate’s degree in Creative Writing. Her daughter plans to transfer to a university next year after completing her homeschool studies and community college degree.Khadijah credibility as a speaker on homeschool issues is built from her personal experience as a homeschooling mom and work as a researcher. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education/Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University. 

Her research focuses on dual-enrollment and early access with her dissertation focusing on homeschooling and community college preparedness.  She has also engaged in research and practitioner work focused on arts-integration and high impact learning practices. She is a 2019 Fulbright-Hays scholar and the 2020 Scholar-in-Residence at the Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center. She is founding director of the multi-disciplinary arts company Liberated Muse Arts Group which she has led since 2008 and manages the youth development blog So Our Youth Aspire which includes info on homeschooling and general education topics. Currently, she teaches Communication Studies at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.

Khadijah’s Sessions: Is Dual-Enrollment a Good Idea?; What is a Homeschool COOP and is it For Me?; Do I Have the Capacity to Curate My Child’s Educational Experience?

Blogger, Vlogger, and Podcaster: Katherine Thorpe is a Home Educating, Mom-preneuter of three boys, and innovator in the fields of parenting, organization and budgeting on very low income. 

Katherine Thorpe is very passionate about Classical education and how to provide such without all the extra bells and whistles, but still making her curriculum fun and engaging for her children. 

Katherine Thorpe’s broadcasts and articles can be found at B3etciam.com discussing her techniques for educating her sons as a single mother, and life experiences from her spiritual and political points of view. 

Search #b3etciam and you can find her on the internet.

Katherine’s Sessions: How to Homeschool with Very Little Money; How to Use Google Classroom and TES for middle School Students & Beyond

Adirah Aishet-Tsalmiel has been an educator for learners of all ages for over 20 years. From preschoolers to university students, she is intentional about creating environments where learning is enjoyable and thought-stimulating. Her love for teaching has been showered first on her own three sons she has homeschooled since birth and has spread to students in Maryland, Washington, DC and presently in Kenya.

Adirah’s commitment to empowerment through education is evident through her involvement with programs such as Holistic Educators in Africa and the Diaspora (HEAD), Chaim Time Enterprises, Kids and Culture Camp (KCC) and Little Genius Science and Math Program. Adirah has earned a BS in Nutrition and Food Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Along with this formal training, her experiences as a vegan, world-schooling, single mom have given her a wealth of knowledge she is excited to share with you! You can reach Adirah at: 3xamomma@gmail.com or +254 727 515 185 (WhatsApp).

Adirah’s Session: Creating Classrooms that Consecrate Our Culture

Michelle Huddleston is a wife, homeschooling and work-from-home mom. Her focus is on educating, encouraging, and empowering families to homeschool their way. Michelle does this through many avenues, including: her Blog, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Follow Michelle for practical resources, tools, and support for your homeschool journey – and beyond!

Michelle’s Session: Mind Over Matter – Deschooling for the Homeschooling Mom; Ideas for Creating Lesson Plans to Accommodate Homeschooling Multiple Ages/Grades