Convention Speakers

Keynote and Featured Speakers for 2016 (so far!)

Christopher Lowell as Benjamin Franklin


A native New Yorker, Chris has spent over 50 years as both teacher and actor.


Since 2004, he has presented Benjamin Franklin’s life and values on a full-time basis, coast-to-coast and abroad. Because Ben himself was so multi-talented, and his contributions to his community and nation so impressive, Chris has been invited to speak to an unusually wide variety of organizations, from professional associations and non-profits to law firms and school groups; from governmental agencies to libraries and health-care organizations. As Ben, Chris has given Convocation addresses, keynoted fund-raisers for state Humanities organizations, and presented Ben in French at diplomatic dinners in Paris for the French government. Of more immediate interest, he recently presented a key address as Franklin to the Southeast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC.


Chris’s presentations as Ben have been endorsed and praised by many, including today’s three most important Franklin biographer-historians, Walter Isaacson, Mark Skousen, and Pulitzer-Prize winner Gordon S. Wood. 


Hal and Melanie Young


Fresh from a state tax audit to prove that yes, they’re all ours, Hal and Melanie Young, authors of the Christian Small Publishers Association 2011 Book of the Year, Raising Real Men, are parents of six real boys and two real girls. They have homeschooled through eight high-risk pregnancies, three re-locations, two decades, and 181 degrees of longitude.


Hal and Melanie have served on the Board of Directors of North Carolinians for Home Education for over 14 years, including three terms as President for Hal. They have published articles with The Foundation for Economic Education, Homeschooling Today, the John Locke Foundation, Homeschool Digest, TEACH Magazine, Homeschool Enrichment, the N.C. Family Policy Council, the Heartland Institute and more.


Hal and Melanie have made more than 50 media appearances in venues as wide ranging as The Jesse Lee Peterson Show and the Bob Dutko Show to Mancow’s Morning Madhouse and CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. They are sought after conference speakers who routinely draw standing room only crowds with their mix of uniquely entertaining cross-banter and practical, powerful Scriptural principles. Their dramatized audiobooks, such as Hero Tales from American History by Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge, are gaining a following across the country, as well.


Hal & Melanie have glorified the Lord through some extreme challenges recently, though, with Hal successfully fighting stage IV cancer and their youngest dealing with a life-threatening heart condition. Despite it all, the Youngs live in noisy familial bliss in North Carolina. 


Yvonne Blake 


Yvonne Blake, author and educator, lives in Searsport, Maine. After raising her family and teaching school, she developed her writing skills by completing the Journeyman Course of the Christian Writers Guild and participating in the Faithwriters Organization. She continues to teach children how to write with tutored lessons on her Polliwog Pages and also writing workshops at schools and libraries. Yvonne has published a variety of books, including a missionary biography, God Talks in Tenek Too, and two middle-grade historical novels, A Home for Phoebe and Going Home with Phoebe. 

John Sommo

 John Sommo has been teaching bicycle safety for almost 20 years.  He has completed several bike adventures including a cross country trip.  John leads bicycle and kayak trips for LL Bean.  He is a nationally certified instructor through the League of American Bicyclists, as well as a registered Maine Guide.


Paul Veit

Paul Veit is a graduate of Nyack College and Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary.  He is pursing on-going paleontological training at the Mt. Blanc Fossil Museum.  Hie is ordained in the Christian Ministry Alliance and is licensed as an evangelist.  He is the Founder and Director of Declaring God's Wonders, Inc., an evangelistic ministry, and The Dinosaur Encounter, a Creation Learning Center located in Bridgeton, Maine.  Paul is married and has four children.


Blaikie Hines

Author & Civil War Reenactor.


Cassandra Beaulieu

Zach & Kim Mazone  

The Mazone family believes that healthy lifestyle choices prevent and reverse many life-style related diseases experienced by Americans. Zach is a Family Medicine Physician at Central Maine Medical Center and Kim is a health educator and fitness trainer.  Sienna is a teen chef who was the 2014, Maine state winner of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Recipe Contest and has appeared on Love Maine Radio, Good Day Maine with news anchor Jeff Peterson, and in many newspapers. Lucca and Sienna teach "Kids2Kids", healthy cooking classes for young people in Lewiston. The Mazones are a homeschooling family and part of the Homeschoolers of Maine Leadership team. 

Carolyn Simonds


Carolyn Simonds has been actively involved in HOME's ministry for many years.  She is a veteran homeschool mom of six children.  Carolyn serves as a teacher and mentor to other HOME leaders, as well as a Board Member for Homeschoolers of Maine.


Kathi Kearney

Kathi has served on the HOME Board for many years. She has worked with homeschooling families in Maine for more than 30 years, and helped to author Maine’s homeschool law. Kathi teaches gifted & talented students in Maine, is a Professional Associate with the Gifted Development Center in Denver, and teaches online courses for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Raylene Hunt 


Raylene is from Camden, Maine. She has been homeschooling since 2001, when she withdrew her oldest child (who graduated homeschool in 2010) from public school. Raylene continues to homeschool her teenage son. She has been serving with HOME since 2005 in a variety of capacities.  She is currently a local homeschool group leader, and serves HOME as a Virtual Office Assistant helping to coordinate many projects.  Raylene is also the founder and lead educational facilitator of Creation Exploration Ministry.

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