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Steve Demme

Steve Demme and his wife Sandra have been married for over 27 years. They have been blessed with four boys: Isaac, 26; Ethan, 24; Joseph, 22; and Johnny, 19. With God’s help, they have have all been home educated.

Steve addresses a variety of topics at homeschool conferences to encourage parents in their God-given responsibilities of raising and training their children for His glory. He and Sandra have created the Math·U·See Foundation, a nonprofit corporation to assist and encourage parents and families with cassettes, booklets, and other helpful resources. As a former math teacher who has taught at all levels of math in public, private, and Christian schools, Steve is also the author and founder of Math·U·See. He served in full or part time pastoral ministry for many years after graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. website -- http://www.mathusee.com/index.html (picture there too) (another picture at http://www.musf.org/demmefamily.php )

Janice Price

Now “retired” from her eighteen-year homeschooling career, Janice Price is Scott’s wife and mother to Rachel, Anna, and David (all home school graduates and now college graduates and/or students). As with many homeschooling moms, Janice has worn various related hats. Most recently, she was an educational consultant for Westbridge Academy, an umbrella school for home educated, academically advanced students, as well as the administrator of Peoria Co-operative Academy which is both a history-based unit study co-op and a type of support school offering science labs, choirs, and classes on a variety of subjects. For many years, Janice served as the exhibit hall coordinator for the local home school convention. Janice has a B.A. from Phillips University and a M.Ed. from Idaho State University. website -- http://www.rainbowresource.com/consultants.php?sid=1168986899-1507147 

Scott & Kris Wightman
Scott and Kris have been regular speakers on the topic of college alternatives. The Wightman children include Katie, Steve, Joe, Amy, Michael, Matthew, Andrew and Emily. The Wightman family were the original owners of the Homeschool Sampler bookstore here in St. Louis, and Scott and Kris have been regular speakers at homeschool conferences both locally and nationally. Scott holds a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary and was a founding elder in their local church. He also continues a career in business. Kris has homeschooled their eight children from the start, going back to 1989.

College Without Compromise: Making Good Decisions About College.
Has your homeschooling family been wondering what to do about college? Will you be able to afford it? Is there hope your child might avoid today unprotected, and often impure, higher education environment? Come hear how homeschoolers can truly now earn a college degree, if that is within the vision for your family, without high school transcripts, without admissions or placement tests, without college dorms, without liberal professors, and without compromise!

College Without Compromise: Credits Without the Classroom

After understanding the vision, the next step involves learning how to accumulate Credit By Examination. Taking tests such as CLEP, DANTES, TECEP, ECE and AP, your student can begin their college career in high school, or even middle school, easily earning enough credits to be a junior by the time his or her peers are traditional college age. Come find out how this approach fits so beautifully into the home education
lifestyle you desire to protect!

College Without Compromise: Completing Your Degree
Using Credit By Examination almost exclusively
There are three independent study colleges that will bestow a fully accredited degree on your student without ever having to set foot on a brick-and-mortar campus. And everything for the entire degree can cost less than $6,000! This independent study approach can also be utilized early in a college career, even when the plan is to later transfer to a traditional college. With either course, the student can still start early and finish early.

Aimee Folmer

Aimee Folmer says, "As well as being a wife and full time mother of two, I am involved in women's and children's ministry at Metro Community Church in Edwardsville, IL. I have a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and taught for seven years before becoming a full time home maker. After having questions about Creation and Evolution stemming from some of the things I was teaching as a public school teacher I became interested in this topic. After reading about and researching the topic for almost six years I have more faith than ever that the Bible is true and can be totally trusted. I have a deep desire to share this life changing information with others! Ultimately this is not just about information, but about transformation. As individuals find answers, this will strengthen their faith as well as help skeptics and unbelievers see that the the Word of God, not the word of man can be trusted!" website -- http://www.operation315.com

 Todd Akin

Todd is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he earned a B.S. in Management Engineering. After graduation, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army with the Army Combat Engineers at Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia. He received an honorable discharge from the Army Reserves in 1980. Upon completing his active duty in the Army, Todd spent four years with IBM, where he met his wife Lulli. He later moved into corporate management at Laclede Steel.

An avid student of the U.S. Constitution, Todd was appointed by Governor Ashcroft to the Bicentennial Commission of the U.S. Constitution in 1987. In 1988, Todd ran and won a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives. He served twelve years as a Republican State Representative and the ranking Republican on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. While serving in the Missouri House, Todd drafted legislation on Roth IRAs and a tax limitation amendment currently in the Missouri Constitution. He also took a leading role in opposing gambling, resulting in more rigorous enforcement of gambling laws and regulations.

On November 7, 2000, Todd was elected to the United States House of Representatives to serve the Second District of Missouri. His election to Congress marks a continuation of his service to the Nation and the St. Louis area. As a U.S. Congressman, Todd serves on three committees: Armed Services, Science, and Small Business. As a Member of Congress, he is committed to promoting the principles of our Founders, the free enterprise system and the traditional values of the American family. Todd has also taken a leading role in issues related to national security and international affairs.

Todd and Lulli have six children: Wynn, Perry, Micah, Ezra, Hannah, and Abigail. They have homeschooled for 22 years and were founding members of the West County Christian Home Educators Association. Their second oldest son graduated from the United States Naval Academy and is currently serving in the Marines. Two other sons are currently attending the Naval Academy, and their two daughters are still at home. Today, Todd continues to write and lecture on the principles of America's Founding and Heritage. He is active in the Boy Scouts for America, a leader in his church, a former board member of Missouri Right to Life, and sits on the board of the Mission Gate Prison Ministry. Todd commutes from St. Louis to Washington every week to be with his family and to meet with constituents, business leaders and other elected officials throughout the greater St. Louis community.

Donna Krahn

With over 20 years in education, Donna Krahn comes with experience straight from the classroom. She has been married to Gary Krahn for 25 years and is the mom of Steve and Suzy. During her time in the classroom, she has taught at a variety of levels, from preschool to high school. Over the years she has volunteered in many capacities for 4-H, the Boy Scouts, and school functions. Donna has been a junior high and high school youth sponsor in her church, and she has tutored students who need a little extra help. She has organized science fairs and workshops, and has also judged spelling bees and speech contests for ACSI. Donna has a bachelor’s degree in Christian education and a second bachelor’s degree with a concentration in early childhood education, both from Lincoln Christian College.

website: http://www.rainbowresource.com/consultants.php?sid=1168986899-1507147

 Brian Rigsby

Brian Rigsby is a homeschooling father and President and Chief Executive Officer ConTECH Solutions, Inc., which is the parent company of Edu Track, homeschool software that is quick and easy, customizable, and will take the chore out of your homeschool record keeping and lesson planning. Brian founded CSI in 1991 and led the company through its eventual incorporation in March of 1999. During his tenure at CSI, he has been involved in virtually all of the company's different operations and has a deep understanding of his customers, markets and the inner workings of the company. And with that broad background, he is leading CSI into the future. Brian has over fifteen years experience working in information systems and technology. Prior to incorporating CSI, Brian has held several positions in the information technology industry. website -- http://www.contechsolutions.net/index.htm

Rhonda Barfield

Rhonda Barfield is a professional homemaker, wife to Michael, and mother and/or homeschool teacher of Eric (20), Christian (18), Lisa (17) and Mary (15). She is best-known as the author of Feed Your Family for $12 a Day and Real-Life Homeschooling: The Stories of 21 Families Who Teach Their Children at Home.

Rhonda's books have been acclaimed in dozens of national magazines and newspapers, including Family Circle, Redbook, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Woman's Day, Chicago Sun-Times, and The Kansas City Star, among many others. She has been a guest on The 700 Club, The Mike & Maty Show (ABC TV), CNN-FN, and Home Life television show (FamilyNet) as well as dozens of local and national radio shows.

She has also had about 100 articles published in a number of magazines and newsletters, including Family Fun, Homeschooling Today, Practical Homeschooling, Home Education Magazine, The Old Schoolhouse, Larry Burkett’s Money Matters newsletter, Single Parent Family (Focus on the Family), Christian Parenting Today, etc.

In addition to writing, Rhonda teaches Keyboard Class and accompanies Choir 4 at Providence Fine Arts Center, a fine arts program for homeschoolers, and teaches private piano lessons at her studio in St. Charles.

 Brad and Deana Haines


Brad and Deana Haines have been married for over thirty years, have four children and one grand child, (with two more on the way). They have served on the FHE Board of Directors since 1993, having served as Region 3 Directors for eight years and Executive Director for the past eleven years. During this time, they have attended HSLDA lobbying summits in Washington, DC, as well as several National Leadership conferences hosted by the National Center for Home Education. The Haines have hosted conventions, spoken at numerous conferences and workshops, and assisted countless individual home school families in the state of Missouri. Brad has acted as a liaison between home educators and the Division of Social Services, as well as the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. In 1992, they founded the South Kansas City Home Educators support group and coordinated many activities and events with that group before taking the position of Executive Director. They successfully home educated their four children, who are now grown. Three children are now married, and the youngest is still in college. Their own children intend to provide home educate their grandchildren. At the present time, Deana is home schooling two boys, unrelated to the Haines. They are 8 and 15 years old. The Haines continue to serve in order to preserve the rights of their children and other families to make the best educational choices for their children. When not serving Missouri's home educators, Brad is a Senior Designer for a Kansas City engineering firm, and Deana teaches piano. They are both active in their home church, First Baptist of Grandview.

 Dr. Curtis McClain

 Dr. Curtis McClain is a professor of Bible at Missouri Baptist University and director of Christian Studies, a program which offers a certificate, an associate degree, three majors toward a baccalaureate degree, and an M.A. in Christian Ministry. He serves on the Financial Aid Committee and the Dean’s Council and sponsors both Ministerial Alliance and Alpha Chi. He holds a B.A. from Howard Payne University, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Languages from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. McClain comes from a rich heritage of ministry in Southern Baptist life. During college and seminary days, he worked in two youth ministries, participated in mission trips to Mexico and Wyoming, pastored two churches, and taught in a school for children with learning difficulties. He came to MBU near the end of seminary training. While serving MBU, he has been the interim pastor of nine churches, participated in mission trips to Latvia and Zambia, and taught as an adjunct for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the steering committee chair for the Southern Baptist Founders Conference Midwest. He was awarded Who’s Who in American Colleges and Schools, Outstanding Young Men of America, Parkway Distinguished Professor, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, International Who’s Who, and Lexington Who’s Who Registry.

website -- http://www.mobap.edu/academics/divisions/humanities/fac_mclain.asp