Todd Wilson is a dad, granddad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down-to-earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions, retreats, and churches across the country. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important in life. He does so by encouraging parents through a weekly email for dads, seminars, books and other products. Todd and his wife, Debbie, currently homeschool four of their eight children (four have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America in the Familyman Mobile.
Durenda Wilson has been homeschooling for over 24 years and is a mom of eight (born 1991-2004). She has graduated six so far, with two still at home. She’s been married to Darryl for 30 years, and they have six grandkids. Durenda is convinced that home educating is an incredible blessing, but only if we don’t let it hold us hostage to unnecessary expectations and notions of what it “should” look like. The heart of her message is to encourage families to have the courage to think outside the box and take time to enjoy this amazing journey. She firmly believes that children are naturally curious, and if parents keep things simple and unhurried, their kids will become lifelong learners. Durenda has written The Unhurried Homeschooler - a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling - and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart - 31 days in God’s Word. She is the owner/host on her podcast, Durenda Wilson (iTunes, Overcast, Spotify), and owner/writer for durendawilson.com.
Lisa Nehring has been married for 35 years, has five children (four homeschool graduates, one to go), two graduate degrees, and a black belt in homeschooling. She is passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.
Lisa and her husband have homeschooled since 1991, after she researched and wrote her master’s thesis: Why Parents Homeschool, which included a history of education in America. Currently, Lisa owns and operates True North Homeschool Academy, offering live on-line and self-paced classes for K-12, as well as academic advising, testing, a unique special needs program – and more! Lisa hosts a weekly podcast, Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age. You can connect with her on Facebook at "True North Homeschool Academy" or "Raising LIFE 101 PROS, Life Skills for Homeschool Teens" as well as on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
After years of being a homeschool skeptic, Nancy began homeschooling her children in 1992. Now, after 20-plus years teaching her four children, she has become known as the Homeschool Mom Whisperer for many and a champion of the cause. She is a certified teacher and has spoken at homeschool conferences in more than 10 states, where she is known for her enthusiasm, energy, and encouragement. Having graduated all of her children, Nancy finds it exciting to have graduated herself to being a mentor for other homeschool families. Though she stays busy as a bookstore owner, mentor, and speaker, her favorite times are spent with her growing family (grandkids - yeah!). She and her husband own Heppner's Legacy, a homeschool store in Elk River, MN, where they delight in ministering to the unique needs of families year round, and where parents say, “Come for the books. Stay for the therapy.™”
Scott Woodruff, Esq.
Scott Woodruff, a follower of Christ since his conversion in 1971, earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia in 1980. After working for John Ashcroft, and subsequently a major regional insurance company, Scott came to work for HSLDA in 1998. He is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and is licensed in Virginia and Missouri. He has assisted thousands of home-educating families in dealings with social workers, police officers, truant officers, principals, superintendents, and prosecuting attorneys. He has represented HSLDA members in court, and he has appeared before many state legislatures to fight against repressive homeschool legislation. Scott also is a speaker across the country. He currently handles legal issues for HSLDA members in Virginia, Maryland, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Idaho, Maine, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, South Dakota, and Kansas. He also has extensive experience dealing with members’ legal issues in Oklahoma, Indiana, Colorado, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Massachusetts, and Michigan. Scott and his wife, Jane, homeschooled all three of their children.