Speakers at Our 2012 Conference
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.
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.
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.
Father Dwight Campbell, S.T.D. 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.