Dr. Patrick Schwarz (Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, and leader in the field of education, including Special Education and Educational Leadership.  He is a professor in the Diversity in Learning and Teaching Department at National Louis University in Chicago and has an independent consulting company, Creative Culture Consulting.  Dr. Schwarz has written several books, including From Disability to Possibility and co-authored You’re Welcome, Just Give Him the Whale, and Pedros’s Whale with with well-known inclusive education expert, Paula Kluth.  Dr. Schwarz’s most recent book is From Possibility to Success.  He is committed to promoting education and human services that advance the status of people of all ages with diverse support needs to enable individuals to find meaning and be respected members of their learning, working, and living communities.

Dr. Schwarz will deliver the Keynote address and present a workshop on Saturday, April 16.


Jon Sheptock (Guest Artist)

Jon Sheptock was born with no arms and a short right leg.  The situation was too much for his birth parents to handle, and they immediately turned him over to the state.  After 6 months in foster care, he was adopted by Joanne and Rudy Sheptock, who created a home where unwanted and disabled children would feel loved and safe.  The boy who was completely alone suddenly had 33 siblings.  Jon started singing in church at the age of 3, and he’s never stopped.  In addition to singing in churches, schools, foster/adoption events, and mens conferences, Jon has become very active visiting and performing at prisons, and he and his band, One Percenters, are extremely proud of their growing prison ministry.

Jon is married to Staci, and they live in Houston, Texas with their 3 daughters.  He lives life according to his motto of Making Life’s Challenges God’s Victories.  Jon will kick off the Summit  on Friday evening, April 15, and present a workshop on Saturday.