Find Out How to Attend for FREE Below!



YOU! You lead the way for your children, family, in your support group, church and in your community!  


Join us to be uplifted and encouraged on your journey! Come learn from those who have gone before you. Find out how you can serve your family and homeschoolers in your community in small ways and in big ways. 


Are you already serving your homeschool community in one of the ways listed below? Are you serving in another way? If the answer is yes, then join us for LeaderConnect! 

  • Support Group Leaders 
  • Mom's Night Out Coordinators
  • Co-op Leaders
  • Field Trip and Activity Coordinators
  • Facebook Group Leaders
  • Bloggers
  • Maine Legislators 
  • Teachers and Tutors Working with Homeschoolers
  • Librarians Working with Homeschoolers
  • Church Leaders Working with Homeschoolers
  • Leaders from Neighboring States
  • All Others Interested in Growing, Leading and Serving!
  • Spouses!

Join fellow homeschool leaders, potential leaders and community influencers in Newcastle for a very special, summertime LeaderConnect! 


We want ALL those who serve (or wish to serve) homeschoolers to benefit from this unique opportunity to sharpen the skills needed to grow and strengthen our homeschool community! 


We'll come together to prepare for the new school year, share ideas and resources, encourage one another, and hear from inspiring speakers about the importance of working with love, care and humility within our families and communities. And we'll learn to lean into humility as a leader, especially, for some amazing benefits!




Special Guest Speaker



Dr. Christine Bacon, The Relationship Doctor! 

Communication and relationship expert Christine M. Bacon, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, trainer, longtime university professor and the host of radio talk-show, "Breakfast with Bacon." Whether on the stage or on the air; whether in a book, seminar or corporate training room, Dr. Bacon specializes in teaching others the skills necessary to navigate all relationships — both personal and professional.


LeaderConnect Details

Date: Saturday, August 10th, 2024

Time: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Cheverus Hall (adjacent to St. Patrick's Church), 380 Academy Hill, Newcastle, ME

Cost: $5 per person or FREE to past LeaderConnect participants, HOME Supporters and HOME Leaders! Includes lunch and refreshments. Pre-registration required. Please pre-register below. 

Following the Event: "Field Trip" to Pemaquid Point Lighthouse


DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR EVENT? Are you wondering if you should attend? 

Please reach out!


Event Schedule

8:00am - WelcomeOpening Panel Session and Refreshments (Panelists: Sarah Buchwalder, Patricia Hutchins and Lucy Martin)


Humility: The Unsung Trait of Great Leaders 

“Humility? Really?” Humility isn’t the most common trait associated with great leaders. But humility and effective leadership are deeply linked. Find out why and how this quality may sometimes feel so difficult to achieve in your role as a leader and how HOME leaders are working to overcome!  


9:00 - 11:00am - (Dr. Christine Bacon)


Making Humility Habitual: Cultivating Selflessness in a Selfie Dominated World

In a world where self-esteem, self-help, self-worth and Selfies dominate the mindset and actions of the majority of its inhabitants, learning to cultivate their antidote (selflessness and humility) is the surest means to success both personally and professionally. In this session, participants will learn tangible strategies to cultivate a virtuous disposition of mind, word and action. 


11:00am - 12:00pm - Lunch Session (Michelle Collomy)


Protecting Homeschool Freedom: Who's Doing What, and Why Everyone is Needed

What difference can I make in helping the homeschool community to thrive? How can I possibly be involved locally, on a state and national level and keep up with homeschooling, work, and other commitments? Are my efforts really needed? Do they really matter? And how might they benefit me and my family? If you are a homeschooler, are working with homeschoolers or would like to be a support to homeschoolers, this presentation is for you!


12:00 - 1:30pm (Dr. Christine Bacon)


May I Wash Your Feet? If Humility is “a low view of my importance,” then how can I lead with confidence?

Leadership and humility are often seen as paradoxical to one another, yet they are more integral than most realize. How do I become confident without becoming arrogant? Hint: It has little to do with the self. In this session, participants will learn the true definition of confidence and how to apply it to any role from parent to president and beyond.


1:30 - 2:00pm - Closing Session and Good-byes (Lennie and Robin Charboneau)


Pemaquid Point Lighthouse 


Pre-register Today!

Don't miss this life-changing opportunity to grow and thrive as a leader! 


* Homeschool leaders from neighboring states are welcome and encouraged to attend. This event will not be Maine specific.


* Consider inviting your fellow leaders, potential leaders and team members.


* Be sure to bring your spouse and make it a date! 


Please help us plan ahead for your presence. Pre-register below, no later than August 1.


Thank You, LeaderConnect Sponsors, Partners and Friends!

Become a LeaderConnect Sponsor!

* Please contact Katie Beaudoin at or 207.610.9309` for more information if you would like to be sponsor for this event!


* To partner with HOME to help make this event possible, simply use the gold MAKE A DONATION button in the right sidebar of this page and note LeaderConnect. Any amount would be greatly appreciated!


* Or mail your donation to:

HOME, P.O. Box, 159, Camden, ME 04843


Thank you, and God bless you for your generosity. 


More about Our Speakers

Dr. Christine M. Bacon 

As owner and president of CMB Communication, Inc., and the wife of a retired Navy officer, Dr. Bacon brings more than two decades of experience as a trainer and life-skills education facilitator with the U.S. Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Center and has delivered more than 1,000 seminars to civilians, military personnel and families on such vital topics as healthy relationships, corporate leadership, improving communication skills and respect in the workplace.  


Her acclaimed book, The Super Couple: A Formula for Extreme Happiness in Marriage, released Valentine's Day 2016, was inspired by a personal mission to help God save one million marriages during her lifetime on Earth. Surpassing its primary purpose, "The Super Couple" is helping millions worldwide to improve their understanding and contributions within relationships of all types and enhancing their relational experiences within the mind, heart, family, workplace, community and beyond. 


Whether they be with a colleague, boss, spouse or the grocery store cashier, Dr. Bacon teaches how relationships, vulnerability and trust are crucial in all aspects of life and business, and she does so directly, yet humorously, by speaking and writing the truth in love.  


Dr. Bacon holds three degrees in communication. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in interpersonal communication from Regent University and B.A. in communication from Old Dominion University. Her doctoral dissertation merged marital humor with her own experience and her desire to teach individuals and couples how to build and nurture what Bacon calls "Super" marriages. 


She and her husband, Dan, reside in Virginia and enjoy time with their daughters and six perfect grandchildren.  


Robin and Lennie Charbonneau


Robin and Lennie Charbonneau are HOME board members and veteran homeschoolers who have graduated five of their children, so far. They are still very much “in the trenches” of homeschooling with six children still to go! They have recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and are looking forward to whatever future adventures the Lord has for them and their family.  

Michelle Collomy


Michelle is a veteran homeschool mom of twelve children. She and her husband are HOME Regional Representatives who have been homeschooling their children for 25 years. Their children currently range in age from 30 down to 12. They are active in their church, their hometown of Hiram and in the homeschool community. Michelle's greatest joy is spending time with her eleven grandchildren!        


Lucy Martin


Lucy Martin is a licensed therapist who was afraid she was headed for a second divorce when she found simple, Biblical principles that changed everything. She became a Certified Relationship Coach and now coaches other women to have victorious marriages, even under challenging circumstances. She is a homeschooling mom of five and loves getting outside and singing on the worship team at The Anchor Church in Rockport. She has a podcast, Facebook group and website called Easy Biblical Marriage.

Trish Hutchins


Trish is a veteran homeschooling mom from the Belfast area. She is a Homeschoolers of Maine Regional Representative for Waldo, Knox, and Lincoln counties. She has also just joined the HOME Board of Directors. Trish has homeschooled her sons from kindergarten through high school, and both boys are currently in college. 

Sarah Buchwalder


Sarah is a mother of three and a New York expat, homeschooling on the Midcoast.  Her degree is in philosophy and she wears multiple hats at HOME (and home).  She sort of classically educates her kids and likes being by the ocean, growing food, and having meaningful conversations with friends.  She is a pet mom to an especially handsome bearded dragon, three chatty guinea pigs, and a fluctuating flock of hapless Ancona ducks.