Board of Directors

The Organization of Virginia Homeschoolers is governed by an all volunteer Board of Directors. Members of the Board of Directors are elected annually by the VaHomeschoolers membership and serve a term of two years.

2014 Board of Directors

Silvia Barrett, Charlottesville – President Silvia was elected to her third term on the Board of Directors in 2014 and has previously served two consecutive terms as Treasurer in addition to being VaHomeschoolers regional coordinator for Charlottesville. Silvia created the Albemarle Homeschoolers group in July of 2003, a group that has now expanded to over 600 members. She has always homeschooled her two teens and has been an unschooler from the start.

Karen Skelton, Annandale – Vice President Karen was elected to her first term on the Board of Directors in 2014 after serving as one of the VaHomeschoolers Helpline volunteers. Karen has been homeschooling for over 10 years and has a sincere desire to support and encourage others. She has two nearly grown children.

DeeDee Sauter, Manassas – Secretary DeeDee was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2014 after serving as the VaHomeschoolers Blog Editor. She is deeply committed to the inclusive mission of VaHomeschoolers and has been homeschooling her two children for 3 years.

Connie Duncan, New Market – Treasurer After volunteering as assistant to the Treasurer in 2012, Connie was elected to the Board in 2013 and began serving as Treasurer. She homeschooled her son for 13 years, and he now attends community college. Previously, she worked in finance and volunteered with various local organizations.

Ann Clay, Manassas Ann joined the Board of Directors in 2011 and is currently also serving as the VaHomeschoolers Social Media Director. She has served in a variety of volunteer positions for VaHomeschoolers including Volunteer Coordinator. She began homeschooling her two boys in 2002, in Manassas.

Stephanie Elms, Annandale In addition to her role on the Board of Directors, Stephanie manages the organization’s website. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2006 and is a past conference key leader and speaker. She has been homeschooling her two sons in Northern Virginia since 2002 and coordinates a number of homeschool groups, nationally, statewide and locally.

Pamela Schmidt, Bluemont Pamela Schmidt joined the Board in 2013. She has homeschooled her three children since the beginning, and believes that all Virginians should have easy access to the knowledge they need to homeschool with confidence. A counselor and trainer, her service on other boards has included writing for newsletters, leadership, and serving as conference moderator.

Leslie Nathaniel, Springfield Leslie was elected to the Board of Directors in 2009 and has previously served as Vice President in addition to being on the Government Affairs team. She has been “happily homeschooling” her two daughters in Springfield since 2002. Leslie has volunteered in a variety of roles including Publicity key leader for two VaHomeschoolers’ conferences and serving as the VaHomeschoolers’ Seminar Coordinator.

Florence Fisackerly Brooks, Rockville In addition to serving as a Board Member Florence also serves as the VaHomeschoolers Volunteer Coordinator. She and her husband, Burt, have 5 children – ages 4 to 17 – that they have been homeschooling since the beginning. She enjoys meeting and helping other homeschool families connect.

2014 Executive Director

Parrish Mort, Cartersville – Executive Director Parrish is currently serving as Executive Director, publisher of VaHomeschoolers Voice and acting Government Affairs Chair and has previously served as President of the Board of Directors. She has served in a variety of volunteer positions with the organization since 1998. She began homeschooling in 1997.

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