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 almost 20 years and has served as president for well over half 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 have lived in Castle Rock since 2009.
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 five. Since 2008, the Kelly family has welcomed three daughters-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.
Kevin Lundberg | Board Member
Kevin and his wife Sandy live on a farm near Berthoud with their youngest daughter, Christy. The middle “child,” Laura, has married a man named Stephen, and their son, Scott, married a wonderful lady, also named Laura! Laura and Stephen live in Milliken and Scott and Laura live in Seattle. Scott is working on a doctorate in computer science. Laura and Laura work for a research firm in Fort Collins. (Confused yet? Laura commutes from Milliken and Laura telecommutes from Seattle.) Christy has started her college studies in Fort Collins. Kevin has owned and operated Lundberg Productions, a media and video production service, for most of his adult life. He served on the Board of Trustees for Colorado Christian University from 1986-2002, helped found CHEC in 1990, is active with Galilee Church in Loveland, and has been in the Colorado Legislature since 2003. Sandy teaches piano with about 20 students.
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.
Todd Strawser | Board Member
Todd and Jessie Strawser share a deep conviction to see the gospel of Christ advance and for the Christian church and family to thrive. The Strawsers have served with CHEC in various capacities since 2009 after moving back to Colorado following a career in the military. In addition to raising and home educating their seven children, the Strawsers lead Christian Family Eldercare, a national eldercare ministry. Todd serves as an elder at his local church and works in the IT Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Property Management fields. Both Todd and Jessie were raised in Colorado Springs and now live in Monument.
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.
Mark & Amber Baughman | Homeschool Leadership Directors
Mark and Amber Baughman live in Castle Rock where they have raised their 6 children, and they have recently been promoted to grandparents! They have homeschooled for over 2 decades. Mark works in the medical field and co-owns a business doing continuing education. He currently serves as a deacon in his church and loves sports and activities with his family. Amber started the Castle Rock Christian Homeschool Group 18 years ago and ran it for the first 3 years. Amber enjoys teaching how to integrate Christ in all subjects of life. Together they have taught their children how to take their passions and turn them into businesses. They have served CHEC for many years in various individual roles; now they seek to combine their efforts to positively affect homeschool leaders across the state.
Heidi Botkin | Advertising Manager
Heidi Botkin resides in middle Tennessee with her husband Isaac, and son James. She and her husband were both home educated, and are blessed to be able to continue serving the homeschool community by working remotely for CHEC. Heidi also loves to serve her church and local community through hospitality, event coordination, and building Christ-honoring friendships. She also helps her husband in their many business ventures and writing on the blog that they run together, IsaacBotkin.com.
Lida Bringe | Marketing & Social Media Assistant
Lida & Neal Bringe moved to Colorado in 2010 and have enjoyed participating in CHEC. Having homeschooled for over 15 years, they have launched 3 children into adult life and continue to homeschool 2 more, including one with special needs. Lida loves interacting with others that are on this homeschool journey and encouraging them in the adventure. Lida also enjoys playing fiddle, sewing, cooking, pottery, and historic reenactment.
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 (back right) feels very blessed to have been homeschooled and discipled by godly parents, Rick and Patti Dotten. Her family has been involved in CHEC in a variety of ways including serving on the conference committee last year. She desires to see a new generation take hold of the same vision of Christ-centered education that CHEC helped plant in her family’s life. Julianna has edited for Generations with Vision for the past several years and is currently studying communications at Chambers College in Greeley while still actively involved in family life.
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 | The Homeschool Update Editor
Shari Howard McMinn is mother to 11 and lives on a remote farm in eastern Colorado, benefitting from an agrarian lifestyle. Shari was widowed unexpectedly in June of 2013, with 5 minor children still at home and a farm to manage. Their family economy includes Blessed Creek Farm and Expanding Horizons Media. Shari is the author of Stretched Yet Unbroken and soon-to-be-released Adoption: You can do it! Shari is the editor of the CHEC Homeschool Update magazine and also volunteers frequently for CHEC, speaking at homeschool introductory seminars, contributing blog posts, and speaking at the annual conference.
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 (far 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 joined the Kansas City conference committee. She currently works for her local homeschool organization as publications editor in addition to her position with CHEC. 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.