Speaker Bios

 

Speakers at Our 2012 Conference


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Mrs. Laura M. Berquist, a home schooling mother of six, is founder and director of Mother of Divine Grace School, a home study program currently serving 3800 students. Mrs. Berquist is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, CA. She home schooled her six children for 23 years. All of them graduated from Thomas Aquinas College as well. Four are married and currently three of them are in graduate school, two in philosophy.  Mrs. Berquist is the author of Designing Your Own Classical Curriculum and editor of The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum. Based on the philosophy of the classical Trivium—grammar, logic, and rhetoric—she has developed a modern classical home school curriculum for grades K-12 that strengthens character and intellect, and reinforces virtue.



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Michele Quigley is a homeschooling mother of 10 children, co-author of the Mater Amabilis Catholic Charlotte Mason style curriculum and founder of Family-Centered™.com. publisher of the Catholic Daily Planner. Michele and her husband Tim live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they homeschool their six children still at home and publish planners, all while attempting to grow their own food and keep chickens on their small suburban homestead. With a heart for evangelization and catechesis, Michele and her husband have directed the RCIA program at their parish for the past six years, and Michele currently works with young women at the local college's Newman House.



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Elizabeth Yank received a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. A mother of seven children, ages 29 to 11, she has been homeschooling for over twenty four years. She has homeschooled them all the way from kindergarten through high school, with five graduating from high school.  One of her daughters is a member of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.

Mrs. Yank has been published in Lay Witness, Faith and Family, National Catholic Register, St. Anthony Messenger, Canticle, mater et magistra and other Catholic publications.


In 1991, she founded the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Home Educators. The group continues to grow, with over 150 member families this year.  Mrs. Yank and her husband Raymond currently reside in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin and they are the proud grandparents of Genevieve Elisabeth, who was born at 1 lb. 14 oz, and is their most adorable granddaughter. and homeschool publications. She blogs at Cool Stuff 4 Catholics.


Robert GotcherDr. Robert Gotcher is a husband and the father of seven home schooled children. He and his wife, Kathy, have been actively involved in home schooling for eighteen years. They have tried to implement a classical, liberal arts curriculum, especially in high school. He has taught high schooled home schoolers religion and literature, as well as teaching his own children Latin, German, Physics, Astronomy, history, and composition. The Gotchers have been members of GMCHE since 1995.Dr.Gotcher has taught about Catholic social teachings at the seminary level and for diaconate candidates. He has given presentation at scholarly conferences and parishes, for the Knights of Columbus and Theology on Tap, and on the Drew Mariani Show. He has written several scholarly and popular articles and reviews on the place of the pro-life movement in Catholic social thought, beginning with an an editorial in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune during the 1992 Presidential campaign.

Dr. Gotcher has his Ph.D. in theology from Marquette University. He wrote his dissertation on "Gaudium et Spes", the Vatican II document on social teachings. He has taught theology to seminarians, adult lay people, deacon candidates, and undergraduates.
 
 
CorinnaRamsey.jpgCorinna Ramsey is a home schooling mother of 5 children ranging in ages from 13 years to 9 months. She and her husband Bryan live in Milwaukee, where they are very active in their parish.  She graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Biblical Studies.  With her love for education she feels as though she has been home schooling her children since the day they were born. She has been a member of GMCHE since 2004 and has gleaned so much wonderful information and advice from the other families in this fabulous home school group.  She is always trying to learn more information about home schooling to keep it interesting and rewarding for her children. She feels a strong calling to home school her children and share what she has learned with others who feel the calling too.


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is a Chicago native.  After working in central Illinois as an assistant state's attorney, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Peoria in 1991. After serving in various parishes and teaching in high schools, he was released to pursue studies at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, Ohio.  In 2009 he successfully defended his dissertation on The Historical Development & Theological Foundations of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Relation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  In 2007 he and Fr. Ben Reese, S.T.D. (Cand.) founded a new society for diocesan priests, The Apostles of Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim. In the summer of 2011 Archbishop Jerome Listecki invited them to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, and they are currently serving at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Kenosha.