Convention Speakers

Keynote and Featured Speakers for 2015

Travis Zimmerman

Travis Zimmerman of Speak My Word Ministries loves Jesus Christ with all of his heart. Over the past 26 years his speaking style has been described as electric, inspiring, down-to-earth, and heart-felt. Travis has committed the past 13 years to memorizing God’s Word, relating Scripture to unique analogies and life events which others have enjoyed hearing him recite at national conferences, national and state homeschool conventions, retreats, camps, churches, and colleges. His theme for every message centers on relationships, beginning with Jesus, and his short video devotionals on The Daily Pulse have logged 100,000+ views.


Travis earned an Aerospace Engineering B.S. degree and an MBA. He also served as a United States Air Force officer before God called him to devote his life to ministry. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at Liberty University and is pursuing ordination through the Evangelical Free Church of America.  Additionally, he is currently writing his third book and serves as an elder at his home church, GracePoint. With God’s help, Travis has overcome unemployment three times, conquered a 16 year addiction, and taken care of his bride, Suzanne, after a horrible accident.  Because Travis has known hard times, he is able to relate to many and point others to the One True Mediator, Jesus. He and his wife live in Hershey, PA where they homeschool their five school-age children: an oldest daughter and four sons. See for more information.


Faith Berens

Faith Berens holds a master’s degree in reading from Shenandoah University. She has 13 years of teaching experience in both public and private Christian schools, serving as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery® teacher, reading specialist, and educational therapist. Her areas of expertise are early childhood literacy, reading assessment, and the identification and remediation of reading difficulties. Faith joined the HSLDA team of Special Needs Coordinators in 2008 and homeschools her own children, as well as works as a private educational consultant, evaluator, and tutor. Some of her passions include reading for pleasure, singing, traveling, nature/science, leading Bible studies, and teaching reading to primary age children. Faith lives in Stephens City with her husband, Matthew, daughter, Hailey, and son Hayden.

Nathan Cooper

Nathan Cooper received his Master of Worship Studies degree from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2008, with his undergraduate Diploma in Theology from the University of London, England.  Originally going to school to study Creative and Professional Writing, Nathan has tutored students for over a decade while pursuing his own education.  As a homeschooler, Nathan earned recognition as a National Merit Finalist in the 2000 National Merit Competition, confirming that with ACT and SAT scores that brought multiple offers for full scholarships. He studied Chess under National Master Mark Ishee, winning multiple tournaments and First Place in 12th Grade in the State of Kentucky in 2000 before going on to instruct in College and then teach Chess both locally and online for The Potter's School. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Worship Studies from IWS, applying his skills as a writer at the Graduate level.


Cady and Benjamin Crosby

Cady and Benjamin Crosby are a brother-sister team who have been inspired and energized by stories of heroic virtue from the past, and who are committed to honoring that virtue by sharing these stories with others.

The Cast of SMASH

The Southern Maine Association of Shakespearean Homeschoolers (SMASH) is a theater group in its 25th year, and is comprised of homeschool families who come together from the far reaches of central Maine. SMASH students grow intellectually, socially and spiritually while learning about William Shakespeare from a Christian perspective. With the help of director, Pastor Samuel Richards, they learn all the aspects of putting a play on the stage. Through their work, students discover Shakespeare, but they also find interests and talents, and hone abilities and skills they never knew they had! 

Zach Mazone

Dr. Zach Mazone, D.O., is a family medicine physician, who has a passion for preventing disease before it starts by encouraging individuals and families to make healthy life changing choices,  and by providing support as they implement these changes.  Zach has been involved with several Lifestyle Programs, here in the U.S. and overseas, as well as, mentoring with some of the best doctors around the country who are specializing in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine.  He is currently providing health outreach lectures focusing on "Lifestyle Health" & "Natural Ways of Overcoming Depression".  Before God called Zach to medicine, he had careers as a U.S. Naval Aviator  and as Airline Pilot for American Airlines.  Zach and his wife, Kim, enjoy sharing the blessings and challenges of homeschooling their two wonderful children. 


Kim Mazone

Kim is a former Professional Teacher who has many passions in the area of health, family, and wellness.  After teaching school for several years here in New England, Kim moved to Florida with her husband, Zach, and became the coordinator of "The Safe and Drug Free Schools Program" for Escambia County public schools, providing consultation for teachers & guidance counselors in 37 schools.  Kim also gave family workshops on "Health"  for the low-income, high-risk neighborhoods that her grant targeted.  She also has experience as a fitness trainer/wellness educator for the YMCA organization, & has worked for six years as a doula and natural childbirth educator.  Currently she is training to become a Master Herbalist.  When Kim is not teaching her children or others, she loves gardening, cooking, and outdoor sports. 

Sheryl S. McWilliams

Sheryl S. McWilliams, MPH, RN is the Director of Wellness at Parkview Adventist Medical Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health focusing on health promotion and education and is a Registered Nurse. Sheryl has lectured throughout the United States, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Her primary professional interest is in disease prevention and treatment through the rational application of lifestyle interventions such as nutrition and physical activity. She is the recipient of national and international awards for her work in health care leadership and has been involved in cancer research, lifestyle management research, international health and government relations. Sheryl and her husband, Dan, homeschool their two daughters. 


Carolyn Simonds

Carolyn Simonds has been actively involved in HOME's ministry for many years.  She is a homeschool mom of six children.  Carolyn serves as a Regional Representative and Board Member for Homeschoolers of Maine.


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