Andrea Cubelo-McKay, President and PR Coordinator, joined the Board in September 2020. She is an advocate for young people and their right to non-compulsory education. She founded the Embark Center for Self-Directed Education, a part of the Liberated Learners Network, in 2017 after years of searching for an effective way of helping families experience holistic education. Having been a therapist and a Montessori teacher, it was her work as a mom that led her to find a way to help young people create meaningful lives for themselves as she searched for alternatives for her own children.
Andrea lives in Hamilton, VA with her husband, children, dog, cats, and chickens. She enjoys gardening, knitting, and reading.
Kathleen Draego, Help Line Coordinator, joined the Board in September 2020.
Kat is a personal trainer, certified teacher, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed homeschooling her 4 children, and is now part of a brand-new homeschool choice for her granddaughters. Kat is devoted to maintaining a viable and accessible homeschooling option for families, and is thrilled to be part of that effort with VaHomeschoolers.
Lois Curling, Membership Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator, rejoined the Board in September, 2020, after having previously served as Treasurer from 2008 to 2012. She is honored to be part of the Legacy Circle.
Lois and her husband homeschooled their child from second grade through high school. Her best ideas come when walking their mixed breed pointer, Spike.
Heidi Rugg, Secretary and Virtual Programming Coordinator, joined the board in September 2020. Heidi has nonprofit experience and has served on the boards for local, regional, and national organizations. She is a professional puppetry artist and runs a touring puppet theatre as well as teaching puppetry for all ages – from young children to master classes for professionals. Heidi loves that, through homeschooling, the arts can be centered and explored more deeply. In the past, she and her husband, Sam, have served VaHomeschoolers by running the talent show at the annual conference.
Heidi lives in Richmond and has homeschooled two daughters for the past 14+ years. She and her husband are thankful for all that have learned from other parents through Virginia Homeschoolers over the years. Heidi has been self-employed throughout the journey and enjoys connecting with other parents who are working on finding a home/life/work balance.
Cindy Young, Government Affairs Liaison, joined the board in September 2020. Cindy has been immersing herself in everything homeschooling since 2009. She is the administrator and president of the Community Homeschool Enrichment Center (CHEC), a Charlottesville non-profit offering a wide variety of enrichment and academic classes for homeschoolers. She has degrees in chemical engineering and law; runs two blogs, The Nature of Homeschooling and One Part Sunshine; and manages her husband’s large psychology practice.
She lives on a backyard homestead in Charlottesville, VA, with her 2 children, 1 husband, 3 cats, 2 bunnies, 5 chickens, 1 leopard gecko, and 2 arachnids. She enjoys hiking, nature, gardening, reading and crafting.
Elizabeth Caraway joined the board in July 2021. Liz brings seven years of Ohio homeschooling experience to the organization. In Ohio, she served as the homeschool outreach program founder and director for a local nursing home for four years and helped facilitate another local group of 500+ homeschoolers. She has also taught homeschool group French classes and participated in homeschool cooperatives. Liz is a former US Air Force Academy Dept of English Instructor.
An Air Force veteran, Liz enjoys acrylic painting, time in nature, and travel. She lives in Sterling with her two daughters and computer nerd husband.
Karen Shumway, who joined the board in July 2021, has a master’s degree in biochemistry, but minored in Latin during college just to escape the science building every so often. She taught biology, chemistry, and science fair classes for a science magnet high school in Texas before moving to West Virginia and finding herself an accidental homeschooler to a 4 year old.
Fourteen years later, she is just sending her oldest child to college in the fall and is still educating her 14 and 9 year old children at home. Additionally, Karen teaches nearly all K-12 science disciplines as homeschool and after school enrichment classes and runs the youth robotics program for Nova Labs.