CHEC’s leadership and staff are from families like yours, learning to love and serve God in the midst of everyday life.
Get to know us a little here, and please say hello when you see us at CHEC events!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bill Roach | Board President
Bill Roach has been on the board for over 20 years and has served as President for a majority of those years. He and his wife Shalyn have been blessed to be able to disciple all five of their children and homeschooled them all since the beginning. Bill and his family work in various family businesses and enjoy the blessing and challenge of working with each other. Even as the older ones get married, the Roaches have been blessed to continue to minister and work together. The Roaches have served in various positions within CHEC including Conference Coordinators. Their heart’s cry is to continue to see more families draw closer together and closer to their church community as they grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Roaches recently moved to Franktown and have seen the fruition of a vision of having parents living with them and also two of their children’s families living close by. To God be the glory, great things He has done!
Brenda Kelly | Board Member
Brenda Kelly joined the CHEC team in 1994 as a board member. With a focus on knowing, loving and following God, Brenda and her husband Les have been discipling their six children since birth. Formal homeschooling began in 1989 and they have graduated all six. Since 2008, the Kelly family has welcomed three daughters-in-law and one son-in-law, and is enjoying life with grandchildren. While church remains a main focus of ministry, Brenda has been involved with CHEC since 1994: writing for the CHEC Guidebook, working on the conference team, working in the office and serving as a board member.
Chad Roach | Board Member
Chad was homeschooled in Colorado his entire life and feels overwhelmingly blessed by the strong foundation his parents and mentors gave him early in life. He is passionate about encouraging and supporting families in discipling their children in the Christian faith. Graduating at age 16, Chad went on to pursue legal education and started several businesses. At the age of 30, he now owns over 5 companies in the investment, financial, and real estate industries. Chad is married to his beautiful wife Becky – another homeschool graduate – and together they have 3 children.
George Sechrist | Board Member
George and Tammy Sechrist homeschooled their four children, and they are now blessed with two grandchildren. They live in South Jeffco, where George owns an Allstate Insurance agency. George also serves as a deacon in his church. Passionate about liberty and godly government, George and Tammy create the Future Statesman program and serve on the Homeschool Day at the Capitol Committee each year. As a family they enjoy camping, hiking and canoeing. George considers himself blessed to have served on the CHEC board since 2000. He is excited to see the next generation building God’s kingdom by home discipling their children and serving as leaders of CHEC.
Ian Serff | Board Member
Ian Serff has been part of CHEC leadership since 2004, working in and overseeing the creative department for many years. He continues to oversee publications for the Rocky Mountain Homeschool Conference in addition to serving on the Board. He is the founder, president, and creative director of the design firm Serff Creative Group, Inc., where he creates company branding and advertising needs for a wide variety of clientele across the nation. Ian works from home as he and wife, Stephanie, share the vision of keeping Christ at the center in their homeschooling, raising their seven children, and running businesses. With several adopted children, they’ve enjoyed the blessing of being home together within a supportive and loving environment.
Steven Vaughan | Board Member
Steven has been married to his wife Jennifer for over 30 years. They have six children ranging in age from 24 to 10. He has owned and operated a nursing business for the past 18 years. Steven helped plant a church he co-pastors with two other elders, coaches a speech and debate club, and is on the national policy debate committee. He is a musician, coffee roaster, wine maker, and is on the Board of CHEC. Over their years of homeschooling, the Lord has seen Steven and his family through many trials, great and small, teaching them to trust in Him only.
Steve Craig | Executive Director
Steve and his wife Tara were both homeschooled for all of their primary and secondary school years. Steve’s father, Neil Craig, is the Executive Director of Christian Heritage Home Educators of Washington, making Steve both a second-generation homeschooler and homeschool leader. One of Steve’s primary life goals has been to raise a godly family for the glory of Christ and he has a strong belief in the significance of home discipleship toward accomplishing that end. Prior to moving to Colorado in September of 2014 to take on the leadership of CHEC, Steve lived with his family in Washington State where he worked as the corporate controller for a hotel management company. Steve & Tara live in Parker with their four children, Carson, Christiana, Angelina, and Jewel.
Sarah Bryant | Creative Assistant
Sarah (second from left), the oldest daughter of Tom and Dana Bryant, and her family live in Kansas on a farm. Along with her five siblings, she is extremely grateful for the privilege she had of being home educated, and the opportunities this has given them to prepare for life within an active family environment and economy. Sarah has published The King’s Blooming Rose magazine since 2005 and written several books for young ladies. In addition to helping in her family’s business, Sarah also does photography, web development, and graphic design work from home. As a homeschool graduate, Sarah is passionate about seeing a vision of Biblical home discipleship passed on to the next generation.
Mike Cheney | AME Program Director
Mike and his wife Roxie are blessed with 2 children, Annie and Corey, who they have home educated since birth. The family is engaged in several ventures involving real estate investment, brokerage, property management, media production and internet retailing. They also sell fresh products from their small family farm. They served as the CHEC conference coordinators from 2001-2012.
Julianna Dotten | Marketing Assistant
Julianna (second to the left) feels very blessed to have been homeschooled and discipled by godly parents, Rick and Patti Dotten. She desires to see a new generation take hold of the same vision of Christ-centered education that CHEC helped instill in her family’s life, and is privileged to serve CHEC in the marketing arena. Julianna is currently studying Communications and History at Colorado Christian University and has a passion for encouraging others through writing.
Josh Erber | Events Coordinator
Both Josh and his wife Abbey were homeschooled by their parents, and are now raising their 5 kids in Elizabeth, CO. After graduating high school, Josh started a small Audio/Visual company which he still operates today. As a second generation homeschooler Josh is excited to help and encourage other homeschoolers as CHEC’s Event Coordinator.
Chris Galanek | IT Manager
Chris and Jenny and four of their five children live in rural Elbert County, Colorado. When not working for CHEC as IT Manager, Chris works as a technical architect in the financial services industry. Jenny works daily with their four kids at home shepherding them, focusing on Christ as the center of their education, and working to build character and a strong love for their Lord. They have graduated their eldest, who is now married and pursuing the furthering of Christ’s Kingdom in her own home. Chris and Jenny have been serving CHEC in multiple different roles since 2008, including as Conference Coordinators.
Brenda Kelly | Accounting & Office Administration
See bio above under Board.
Carolyn Martin | Homeschool Legislative Liaison
Carolyn, wife to Todd and mother to Grace, Hope and Jesse, lives in Colorado Springs. She homeschooled her children in New York for several years before moving to Colorado in 2004. Carolyn’s interest and involvement in legislative issues has grown as her children grew. Her passion and aim is to help keep our homeschooling freedoms intact in Colorado. Carolyn will also be keeping the watch on attacks to parental rights and religious freedom. Prayer is essential, so please, join us in praying for the Lord’s protection and grace!
Shari McMinn | Advertising Manager and Homeschool Update Editor
Shari Howard McMinn is a widowed, 24-year homeschool mom to 11. Her youngest three, all teens, live at home and also an adult son who manages their livestock farm in remote eastern Colorado. She is the author of Stretched Yet Unbroken and Adoption: Encouragement and Advice for a Hopeful Journey. She blogs on her website, sharimcminn.com. Shari is the editor of the CHEC Homeschool Update magazine, serves as CHEC’s Advertising Manager, and volunteers for CHEC by teaching at homeschool introductory seminars, contributing blog posts, and speaking at the annual conference.
Amy Pentimone | Event Marketing Assistant
Amy (fourth from the right) is the oldest daughter of Dan and Heather Pentimone. She has an older brother, a younger brother, and four younger sisters. Growing up in a pastor’s family and homeschooled all the way, God graciously changed her life through Jesus Christ. She is grateful for parents who patiently taught the Gospel to their family day by day. Amy is currently pursuing a certification in Biblical counseling. She loves building relationships and interacting with people and is excited to be able to use that passion to serve as a marketing assistant for the CHEC events!
Kevin Swanson | Generations Director
Homeschooled himself in the 1960’s and 70’s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Kevin has 43 years of experience in the homeschooling movement; he served as executive director for CHEC for 10 years before becoming the director of Generations (an affiliate of CHEC) – a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world. Kevin hosts a daily radio program – Generations Radio – available at GenerationsRadio.com. He has also authored several popular books including Freedom, Apostate, Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child, and others. Kevin Swanson also serves as a teaching elder at Reformation Church of Elizabeth.
Ashley Vaughan | Independent School Registrar
Ashley (5th from left) is the oldest daughter of Steven and Jennifer Vaughan and has five siblings. She was homeschooled beginning in kindergarten and is very grateful for the solid biblical foundation her parents gave her from schooling and discipling her at home. In the years since graduating, she has been the assistant coach for her family’s speech and debate club, volunteered for CHEC in various ways, and is currently pursuing a BA in music through Lumerit Education (formerly CollegePlus). She is passionate about teaching and helping people to apply biblical principles in every area of their lives, and is excited about the opportunity as the Independent School Registrar to help facilitate families in doing just that.
Katie Ward | Marketing Manager
Katie (third from left), daughter of Bill and Karen and older sister to Amy, Billy, Esther, and Andy, lives just south of Kansas City, Missouri. Homeschooled all the way, she volunteered through her middle and high school years on the CHEC conference committee with her family. After moving to Missouri, Katie worked for several non-profit organizations before joining the CHEC staff team. Katie is passionate about encouraging families in a multi-generational vision for loving God and others, and loves working on ministry projects with her family, her local church, and the homeschool community.