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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kim Cunningham, Web Admin, joined the Board in February 2020. She has volunteered with VaHomeschoolers since November 2015, starting as the Homeschool Groups Liaison, and then moving into the Web Admin position in January 2018.
Kim homeschooled her son K-12. She lives in Hampton Roads with her family.