Meet our Board

Founding Members

Cheryl Westra
Cheryl has been homeschooling for 25 years and has been a member of LEARN since its inception in 1995. She and her partner, Matthew, have 4 children, 3 of whom have graduated with LEARN and the youngest is set to graduate in May 2019. Whenever possible she loves to go on roadtrips and fostering kittens, although not at the same time. Homeschooling with LEARN has been a great ride and has provided life long friendships for her family.

Jessica Mattingly
Jessica found LEARN when she moved to the Kansas City area in 1998 and joined the leadership team in 2001. She was part of the revitalization efforts that occurred in 2007 and took over the coordination of SCENE in 2012. Jessica has 3 LEARN graduates and 3 still actively home/unschooling, in addition to being employed part-time. LEARN has been a foundational part of her community for over 20 years and she expects to be part of it for many more.

Dionna Ford
Dionna joined CIRCLE in 2008, before her oldest turned a year old, and she began helping manage the co-op shortly thereafter. She joined the LEARN Board when CIRCLE merged with LEARN in 2014, and is proud to serve our community as a founding member of the Board. Dionna homeschools her two children and works full-time from home.

Heather Wetzel
Heather has been a member of Learn since 2012, when she started homeschooling. Currently, Heather home schools her 3 girls. She considers her approach to homeschooling to be eclectic, driven by the desire to explore widely from nature to geometry to Harry Potter. Heather has served on the LEARN board since 2016 and is a co-founder of SCENE West beginning in the fall of 2017. She is looking forward to many years of flourishing while homeschooling with the LEARN community.

Term Members

Erin Liner
Erin has been homeschooling her children for over 18 years. Over that length of time she has explored Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Montessori and Calvert as well as other educational approaches for her children, helping them to find their perfect fit. She likes science and art and exploring the world and all it has to offer.

Alisha Shipley
Alisha began her homeschooling adventure with their four children in 2015 and joined LEARN shortly thereafter in 2016. Her decision to pursue her pedagogical passion began years prior, though, when she endeavored to and succeeded in becoming an educator in the public school domain as a high school science teacher.  For Alisha, homeschooling is the culmination of her love of family and teaching. She is new to the board and is excited to be involved. In her “free time”, she enjoys staying physically active and when weather is nice, she prefers to do so outdoors. Her passion is running, but she is also part of a competitive cycling team.

Tina Tasoulas
Enthusiastic explorer and eclectic homeschooler of one rambunctious, friendly boy. She works from home for a local company, but loves to get out and adventure daily. She has a passion for crochet, reading, raising caterpillars/butterflies, bicycling with her son, simply staying curious and, of course, lots of coffee. She looks forward to being in the LEARN community for many years, and watching her son grow in the warmth of an amazing community.

The LEARN Board will have seven Board members . Four of the seven members will serve for three-year terms. Three of the members will be “founding members,” who will have perpetual Board membership. This model was chosen so that LEARN will both have institutional memory, as well as opportunities for new Board members to lend their talents and ideas.

Three-year Board positions begin September 1st of the first year to August 31st of the 3rd year. Open seats will be announced in May and LEARN members in good standing are invited to apply to be on the Board. The current Board votes on new members from the applications received.

Any seat vacated early will remain empty until the end of the term unless the Board determines a need to immediately fill the position. In that case the Board will announce that applications are being accepted and will vote, from the applications received, for a member to complete the term.

Except for Founding Board Members, Board Members serve three years and then must be off the Board for a year before reapplying.

When a spot is open, LEARN members in good standing are invited to apply. For more information on these roles, see the LEARN Board Member Job Description.