Dr. Kathy Koch

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Dr. Kathy Koch (pronounced “Cook”), the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. Her practical, relevant, results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic reviews from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to make appropriate changes, establish healthy relationships, and increase success in family, life, and school.

She is a regular presenter for Great Homeschool Conventions, Hearts at Home, Care Net, many pregnancy resource centers, and churches. She is also a popular guest on Focus on the Family radio and other radio talk-shows. She has authored six books including four published by Moody. Her newest two are Eight Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Child’s Intelligences and Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World.

Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She was a tenured associate professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, a teacher of second graders, a middle school coach, and a school board member prior to becoming a full-time conference and keynote speaker in 1991. She has loved Jesus for years and her faith and desire to serve and glorify God is the foundation of her ministry.

Dr. Jay Wile

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Dr. Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were not long enough (no kidding!). As he was finishing up his high school years, he became extremely interested in the theater and began to pursue a career in acting. Partly because he learned the science behind some of the special effects of the plays in which he performed, he eventually went back to his first love: chemistry.

He went to the University of Rochester in upstate New York to study chemistry, and while he was there, he began working on nuclear chemistry experiments. He became so fascinated with nuclear chemistry that he stayed at the University of Rochester and got a Ph.D. in that field. For several years, he did research in the field under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. This research led to several grants and many publications. While doing research, Dr. Wile was also an assistant professor of chemistry.

Dr. Wile’s love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has published 30 articles on these subjects in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals, and has 9 books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning “Exploring Creation with” series of junior-high and high-school science courses.

Dr. Jeff Myers

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Bio: Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

Sue Heimer

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Bio: Sue Heimer is an author, counselor, Bible teacher and international speaker. Sue is the
president and founder of Leaving Your Legacy Ministries, a ministry to encourage and
support women in every stage of life.

She is a sought after conference and retreat speaker inspiring thousands of women
each year with her messages of hope. As a veteran home school mom she loves speaking
at home school conferences and to moms in the trenches.

Sue recently authored When You Feel Like Screaming:Practical Helpfor Frustrated Moms
which is available on Amazon, is the contributor to multiple books including What I Wish
I Had Known, and is a regularly featured writer for Focus on the Family and Fithlife publications.
Her greatest passion is to encourage women to love and lean on God in every
aspect of their lives.

Sue is a certified Biblical Counselor and a member of the American Association of
Christian Counselors. As a member of the prestigious AWSA (Advanced Writers and
Speakers Association) she is honored to be recognized as one of the top National Christian

Her greatest blessing and joy is that of being a wife to Curt, for over 30 years, and mom
to four adult sons who, along with their spouses, continue to add grandchildren to their
lives. Sue and Curt recently wrapped up their work at The Gatehouse in Grapevine, TX, a
supportive living community where women in crisis receive safe refuge and practical
resources. They now reside back in their home state of Illinois.


Nicholeen Peck

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When it comes to parenting, Nicholeen Peck is a worldwide phenomenon and leader—and for good reason! Her proven system based on four simple skills transforms even the most out-of-control teenagers and homes from chaos to calm within days. Though she’s an international speaker, author, mentor, former foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens, and even President of the Worldwide Organization for Women (an approved consultant for the United Nations), Nicholeen spends most of her time at home with her husband and four children, whom she knows will be her greatest impact and legacy. The fact that she has such an international influence while still being a stay-at-home mom is evidence of the effectiveness of her teachings. Learn more about her mission and methods at www.teachingselfgovernment.com.

Nicholeen Peck is the mother of four and previous foster parent of many difficult and troubled teens. The Peck family’s success with these difficult children was based upon calmness, the principles of self-government, and good communication. She has been teaching people around the world the principles of Self-Government since 1999.  In 2009, Nicholeen and her family were featured in a one-hour BBC documentary about parenting. She has appeared on various news shows and radio programs to discuss effective parenting. She is a popular public speaker, author of the international book Parenting a House United and many other books including Londyn LaRae Says Okay, Porter Earns A Quarter, Big Win For Quin, Paije Takes the StageRoles, Popular Parenting Methods, and more. She has also written many magazine articles and articles for this website.

Nicholeen’s books have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese, and she has taught audiences throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is Nicholeen’s mission to heal families around the world from emotional bondage by teaching them the principles of self-government that have set her and her family free.

Candi Cushman

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Candi Cushman is a leading national expert on education issues affecting public and private education, including school choice and home school initiatives, sexual agendas in public schools, parental rights issues, censorship of Christian students and academic freedoms.

Candi’s interest in equipping parents and students has inspired her to launch and lead several initiatives and create web resources that empower families in the education sphere.

She’s the founder and facilitator for Focus on the Family’s annual student-led Bring Your Bible to School Day, which empowers kids to bring their faith to school in a respectful way. In four years, the event went from 8,000 participants to more than 650,000.

Cushman also facilitates Day of Dialogue, a free speech-initiative that creates a safe space for public school students to exercise their religious freedoms and share their faith-based viewpoints with peers about sexuality and marriage in a loving way.

She created True Tolerance, an online tool that empowers parents to talk with their children about God’s design for sexuality. This resource also gives moms and dads insights on education law and policy so they can effectively engage local school officials on the messages and situations their children encounter in the classroom.

Cushman has been featured in several national media outlets and radio shows, including CNN’s “Anderson Cooper,” HLN’s “Dr. Drew,” FoxNews.com, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Denver Post, ABC News, “Janet Parshall’s America,” “The Janet Mefferd Show” and the Focus on the Family broadcast.

Cushman served for several years as an editor for Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. Prior to joining Focus, she was an investigative reporter for WORLD, a weekly national news magazine. Cushman also served six years at a Texas state organization associated with Focus on the Family as the media liaison and program director for the 700-member physicians’ grassroots coalition.

She graduated cum laude from Baylor University. She currently lives in Colorado Springs, Colo.