2018 Speakers


Paula Hovater

Paula is a native of Russellville, Alabama. She began dating her high school sweetheart, Rod, on February 14, 1963. She married “him whom my soul loves ” while they were in college.  After corporate moves to other states of South Carolina, Maryland, Tennessee, Hawaii, they settled in Georgia. Completing 51 years of marriage and rearing two sons, she has found the ultimate job of spoiling seven grandchildren. Paula is a Public Relations consultant who has worked in Atlanta for over 35 years. This experience has been joyfully used as a committee member for Atlanta Women’s Weekend since its inception.  One of her greatest blessings is a teaching role in the Embry Hills Bible classes where she is super-charged by fourth graders.


Erin Miller

L. Erin Miller is a graduate of Auburn University in Elementary Education and taught school for six years before choosing to become a stay-at-home mom.  She is the author of Fighting For Kate: The Inspirational Story of a Family’s Battle and Victory over Cancer, a member of the Family Advisory Council for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and is the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Fighting For Kate.  Erin resides in Madison, Alabama with her husband and three children.  


Colleen O'Steen

Colleen O’Steen is an Ohio native and has lived in the Huntsville, Alabama area since 1987. She is a professional writer having worked in game, animated film, and virtual reality development in the defense industry, in promotion and marketing in the software industry, as a narrator, and as a television news anchor and reporter.

Colleen recently published From Will to Power, a book on spiritual self-discipline, and also performed the audiobook version. She is a Bible class teacher/coordinator and has designed teaching materials, including the board game, Apostles in Action, and multimedia presentations for the classroom covering the New Testament. Her current project is a book on rearing children with spiritual grit, written with her three grown daughters, Haley, Rosalind, and Claire.

Colleen received a graduate certificate in instructional design from George Washington University, a Master’s degree in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication/Broadcast News from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She and her husband, Wally, have been married since 1987

Colleen is also one of our 2018 Workshop Leaders

2018 Workshop Leaders


Janet Hicks was born in Bessemer, Alabama to Joe and Carolyn Phillips. She has spent most of her life a resident of Georgia.  She married Grant Hicks in 1987 and they have been married for 31 years. They have three beautiful daughters, Blake, Reed and Amanda, as well as two sons-in-love, Daniel and York.  The Lord has allowed Janet to work in His service as she has been a homemaker for 27 years. As an empty-nester, she chooses to remain in the home continuing in the writing of various materials, teaching bible classes, participating in VBS, and serving the saints, young and old, daily. For the past 8 years, she has had the pleasure of serving on the Atlanta Women’s Weekend committee with various wonderful women. It is one of Janet’s greatest joys. Art is her favorite secular pleasure and she is pleased to have several art pieces that hang on the walls of friends and family.


Susan Caudill is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where she currently resides. She and her husband, Anthony will celebrate their 27-year wedding anniversary this November. She has been blessed with three children: sons–Brandon and Harrison, and daughter– Mackenzie.  Susan taught elementary school for twelve years before retiring to become a stay-at-home mom.  She is currently a member of the Embry Hills church and has a passion for teaching children’s Bible classes as well as classes for teenage girls. Susan enjoys spending time with her family and being involved in a weekly Bible study.


Sherridon Dobbs and her childhood sweetheart, Glenn, have been married for 34 years and are blessed to be parents to three sons and one daughter.  She has spoken to ladies’ groups on various occasions, taught Bible classes for decades, served as a counselor at Georgia FC camp for fourteen years, and helped organize Atlanta Women’s Weekend for eight years.  One of her greatest joys is to encourage and strengthen others.


Bonny Cable was born a Carolina Tarheel and then turned into a Florida Flamingo when her family moved to Tampa, Florida in her middle school years. From the first day of school, Bonny knew she HAD to be a teacher. From her first Florida College friends concert, she knew she HAD to go to Florida college and from her first date with Joe Cable she knew she HAD to marry him. Thankfully, God saw fit to say “Yes” to all three of these dreams!

Bonny completed her Elementary Education degree from HER happiest place on earth- Florida college-and went on to teach in the public school system for 6 years. She also has been an adjunct professor at Florida College for a few years after completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

Taking a break from teaching in the classroom to turn her focus to her new role of boy mom to Jack and Jett, Bonny fills her time with the love of baking, enjoying the teachable moments of daily motherhood, entertaining in their home, and looks forward to taking over the world as PTA President in the years to come. She is tickled pink to share with you some insights into being a better Bible student to become the ultimate teacher’s pet to the Ultimate Teacher.


Flora Hartsell Tant was born in 1937 in a small town in northwest Louisiana.  She was the eighth child in a large family of 10 children and was raised by loving parents who taught her to know and love God. Flora has been blessed to be married to Jefferson David Tant, who is a third generation gospel preacher for the last 59 plus years.  Their home has been blessed with five children: one son and four daughters, and now the blessing of 17 grandchildren as well as 2 great-grandchildren!  David and Flora helped in arranging the adoption of about 80 babies. Besides the Tants' local work, they began going overseas doing mission work for the last 30 years. They have made many trips to Jamaica and Asia as well as to Europe, South Africa, and American Samoa in the South Pacific.