Angela was homeschooled from kindergarten through freshman year of high school. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in biology and was a quality improvement intern at UF Health neuro-medicine hospital. Research being the cornerstone of her academic career, she was also the study coordinator for a phase III clinical trial in the cardiovascular department. She earned her Master of Science as a physician assistant at Nova Southeastern University and is a representative that advocates for legislative change in her profession in Florida.
Although being incredibly fortunate to attend college, Angela recognized that the trajectory of her homeschooled peers varied. Concerned with the risk for negative outcomes, she was inspired to take action and discovered CRHE. She is passionate about utilizing her unique experience and connection to home education to move the organization’s work and vision forward.
Jessica Dulaney was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. She began volunteering for the Coalition for Responsible Home Education in 2018 out of concern for children whose parents exploit minimal homeschool laws to neglect or abuse them. Jessica has developed and executed digital and communications strategies for award-winning authors, SXSW speakers, political candidates, nonprofits, and B corporations in the U.S. and Canada. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Mississippi State University.
Acacia grew up in Massachusetts and was homeschooled until ninth grade, when she started public school. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a minor in psychology and a creative writing certificate. She currently works in the field of digital marketing with a focus on social media marketing.
While her education experience was mostly positive, Acacia became passionate about advocating for other homeschoolers after she joined an online community for homeschool alumni and realized how easy it was for abuse in homeschooling to go unnoticed. Acacia still lives in Massachusetts with her spouse and their cat.
Samantha Field was homeschooled for ten years, and grew up in an authoritarian, fundamentalist church that belonged to the Quiverfull and Stay-at-Home-Daughter movements. She graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a BS in Secondary Education before attending Liberty University to pursue an MA in English; most recently she graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities with an MA in Religious Leadership in 2019. In 2013, she began writing and speaking about her experiences and has been published at Relevant, Rewire, the Establishment, Sojourners, interviewed for the Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, and Cosmopolitan, spoken at conferences, and featured on a number of radio programs, including BBC4’s Things Unseen and Beyond Belief as well as NPR’s 1A program. She has been involved in various activism efforts, direct actions, and managed communications for various nonprofits and social media campaigns. Samantha lives in Maryland.
Jonah was homeschooled kindergarten through eighth grade. Jonah is an education researcher dedicated to advocating for child-centered policies and practices that make homeschooling not only educationally sufficient, but fulfilling. Jonah’s work lies at the intersection of advocacy, data analysis, and critical pedagogy. They hold a BA in Classical Languages from Duke University and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Oxford in the Department of Education, where they were funded by a Rhodes Scholarship.
Tiffany Chand works in Product Operations for a wellness tech platform. She has focused much of her career on various aspects of data management and application, including architecture, integrations, and analysis.
Tiffany was homeschooled from 8th grade until age 15, when she graduated early after taking the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused on cultural anthropological applications in infrastructure, technology, and public policy.
Tiffany is passionate about advocating for evidence-based policy to ensure homeschooled children receive comprehensive and quality education, are safe in environments free of abuse or neglect, and have their holistic needs met.She lives in Northern California with her two wonderful cats.
Meg Brosneck is a current student at the Ohio State University. They were homeschooled from kindergarten through 8th grade and are currently employed as a K-12 tutor. Within CRHE they help research and write various content across the organization
Joe LeBlanc was homeschooled from kindergarten through 12th grade in Pennsylvania. He received a quality education and an accredited homeschool diploma. He then earned a B.S. in management information systems from Oral Roberts University.
As Joe met people from other states, he learned that many other homeschooled students were victims of educational neglect. Joe’s concern over this neglect prompted him to volunteer with CRHE. He wants to ensure all homeschooled students receive a quality education and have the freedom to be themselves.
Joe lives with his husband and precocious lab-pit in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Dr. Chelsea McCracken grew up in Maryland, where she attended high-quality public schools K-12. Chelsea studied French and math at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and went on to earn her Ph.D. in linguistics from Rice University in 2012. Her first book, a reference grammar of an indigenous language of New Caledonia, was published by De Gruyter in 2019. Chelsea became involved in the homeschool reform movement as a result of the abuse and educational neglect experienced by her homeschooled family members. Her two peer-reviewed articles on academic achievement in Alaska correspondence schools were published in 2020 in the journal Other Education. Chelsea previously worked as a tenure-track faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences department at Dixie State University, where she instructed students in research methods and guided them in designing their own educational programs and assembling portfolios of their work. Chelsea currently works for a linguistics research firm in the private sector. She lives in Maryland with her spouse and their fur babies.
Kieryn Darkwater has spent most of their life as an activist, bridging the gap between grassroots organizing and technology. Homeschooled through high-school and graduated at age 15, they taught themselves how to code, write, and organize. They studied Labor and Community organizing at Laney College, ran a grassroots organization dedicated to making housing and cities accessible in the East Bay, and briefly served as a delegate to the CA Democratic Party.
As an educationally deprived homeschooled student who spent more time raising their 7 siblings than studying, they are passionate about the need for accountability in home education, and increasing awareness about the pitfalls as well as the advantages of homeschooling.
Kieryn co-founded CRHE in 2013, and served as a dedicated leader and staff member— building the website and communications infrastructure, developing volunteer protocols, serving as Tech Director, Director of Outreach, interim Executive Director, and Director of Operations; participating in strategic planning, and shaping CRHE’s work and vision from the start.
Kate Corbett Pollack, who identifies as Culturally Deaf and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), attended public schools and an experimental private Quaker High School for 9th grade. She attended both well-funded east coast public schools with outstanding disability services, and, after moving to Oregon, underfunded, overcrowded city schools with limited disability services, giving her insight into different educational experiences.
Kate attended an excellent public high school after 9th grade with a Deaf program and excelled in art and writing. Kate earned her B.A. in History from Hunter College in New York, New York, and a M.S. in Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University’s School of Education, in Syracuse, New York. Kate also received a Certificate of Advanced Study in Disability Studies from Syracuse.
Kate began studying disability and crime in her graduate program, and her focus turned to homeschool when her research revealed the high number of disability homeschool homicide cases. Kate currently is the Coordinator of the Disability Cultural Center at Syracuse University and founded the Committee for Disability Access Syracuse (CDAS).
Her research focuses on disability and inclusion in higher education; disability law and policy; institutions and asylums; and disability, crime and abuse.
Carmen Longoria-Green grew up in Missouri, where she was homeschooled from first through twelfth grade. Growing up, Carmen learned first-hand the problems that students face in states with little homeschool oversight or student-focused protections, an experience that has made her passionate about improving the lives of all homeschooled students. Carmen was formerly the litigation counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, where she litigated religious-freedom cases at both the trial and appellate levels. Currently, Carmen is an associate in Mayer Brown’s Washington, DC office, where she is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Carmen earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College.
Cameron Etchart is an attorney in Arlington, Virginia. Growing up, Cameron received an excellent 1st-12th grade homeschool education from his parents in Reno, Nevada. But once in college, Cameron was exposed to the harm that homeschooling caused others, enabled by states failing to reasonably regulate homeschooling and protect children from abuse and neglect. Cameron seeks to ensure that homeschooled children are protected from harm and have access to the same opportunities that he received. Cameron previously clerked for a federal appellate judge, and he earned his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Patrick Henry College.
Jeremy C. Young is the Freedom to Learn program director at PEN America. In this role, he leads PEN America’s efforts to fight government censorship in educational institutions, with a particular focus on the higher education sector. Before coming to PEN America, he served as the communications and marketing manager at the American Historical Association. Previously, he was an assistant professor of history and director of the Institute of Politics and Public Affairs at Utah Tech University. He is the author of The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2017). He was a 2021 New Leaders Council Fellow and a recipient of the Roger D. Bridges Service Award from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He earned his PhD in US History from Indiana University.
Maddie Doucet was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was homeschooled throughout her school years in a fundamentalist evangelical family and community. Maddie reaped many benefits of homeschooling—like self-directed study and involvement in state and local politics throughout high school—but she also experienced the harms of homeschooling, including abuse, neglect, isolation, and purity culture. She is committed to raising awareness of issues like these that homeschooled children may face. Maddie earned her B.A. in Political Communications from Bryan College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she published a paper in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law on the effects of conservative Christian homeschooling on the sexual health of women and girls. Maddie formerly served as a judicial law clerk for a federal district judge in San Antonio, Texas. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. where she practices employment law with Paul Hastings LLP.
Eve Ettinger is a writer, editor, and educator in Alexandria, Virginia. They co-host a podcast about Christian fundamentalism and current events called Kitchen Table Cult. They hold an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University.
Eve is also a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Kyrgyzstan 2015-17). After being homeschooled K-12 in both CA and VA in a Quiverfull family, they received their bachelors in English from Grove City College, and worked in communications and strategy for NGOs focused on issues relating to the ACA, community development, economic policy, and the ERA. They are passionate about advocating for children, disability, mental health, queer, and working class concerns and rights.
Eve’s writing has been published in The Washington Post, Longreads, Vice, Teen Vogue, Allure, The Rumpus, Autostraddle, The Establishment, Glamour UK, and more. They have been interviewed by NPR’s All Things Considered, Cosmopolitan, and Cracked.com. They volunteered as a senior features editor at The Rumpus until 2023.
Benjamin was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school. He received a B.S.B.A in Accounting from Union University in 2012, and worked as a CPA at a public accounting firm in North Carolina for seven years, specializing in nonprofit audits and tax compliance. In 2018, Ben received a M.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech, and is currently working as a financial software engineer.
Ben’s experience in homeschooling was uniformly positive, and he wants to ensure all homeschooled children have access to the same opportunities that he enjoyed.
Alisa Harris was homeschooled from kindergarten through twelfth grade. As a homeschooled graduate who had a positive experience, she is passionate about working to ensure that all homeschooled children have access to a quality education. She has worked on a wide range of causes as a communications professional and a volunteer: economic and social rights, addiction treatment, mental health, early childhood education, child abuse prevention, higher education, and women’s rights. Alisa has a B.A. in English from Hillsdale College and an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business. Alisa served as CRHE’s board chair from 2014-2022.
Jane Wettach is a recently retired Clinical Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law. At Duke Law, she founded and directed the Children’s Law Clinic, a community law office in which supervised law students provide free legal advice and representation to low-income families in cases involving special education and school discipline. Professor Wettach also taught Education Law, focusing on the law and policy of K-12 education in the U.S. Through teaching and research, Prof. Wettach became interested in homeschooling, and concerned about the lack of protections for homeschooled children. In June 2020, she released a report, Protecting Homeschoolers: A Proposal to Protect Homeschooled Children in North Carolina from Educational Neglect. She is also the author of A Parents’ Guide to Special Education in North Carolina and a contributing author of Special Education Advocacy and Guide to Student Advocacy in North Carolina.
Prof. Wettach joined the Duke Law School faculty in 1994, after practicing law as a legal aid attorney. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a law degree, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.