Board of Directors

CHEA is a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who also serve as volunteer corporate officers, all elected annually. Officers are indicated below.

Rebecca Kocsis

Rebecca Kocsis

Secretary

Once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler? “We homeschool our kids,” the pastor declared. He then posed the question, “Does anybody else?” Rebecca was quick to raise her hand. Then she realized that she hadn’t actually homeschooled in a number of years. She and her husband Ed had graduated of their youngest child in 2006, thus completing 22 years of home education, graduating all five of their children from their homeschool.

She first began serving CHEA while it was still a fledgling organization in 1986 by opening mail and filling requests for information and materials. As her family grew, both in size and number, she could no longer cover the mail and materials requests, though the whole family remained involved as Annual Convention staff running the Used Curriculum Exchange.

Rebecca served for 15 years as a private school satellite program (PSP) administrator and several years on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, she currently serves as Support Network Director overseeing CHEA’s statewide network of homeschool groups, writing a bi-monthly newsletter for leaders, and organizing leadership conferences that are held in conjunction with our Conventions. Rebecca is also the author of “Let Not Your Feathers Be Ruffled” a devotional for homeschoolers. She counts it a privilege to still be serving the homeschool community after all of these years. Yes, once a homeschooler, always a homeschooler.

John McGowan, Esq.

John McGowan, Esq.

Vice President

John is an attorney with his own litigation practice in Los Angeles and is also an allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, a leading national legal organization advocating for the right of people to freely live out their faith. He and his wife, Juleene, have 2 boys, ages 11 and 12, who have been schooled in the home since birth. Juleene, likewise, was homeschooled from a young age and became a Registered Nurse after graduating from Biola University. John is especially passionate about CHEA’s mission to protect the God-given right of parents to direct the education and training of their children.
Steven Murphy

Steven Murphy

Chairman of the Board

Steve has had the pleasure of being associated with CHEA for 29 years, serving on the board of directors for the last seven. Before becoming a board member, he and his wife Susan served on CHEA’s Regional Advisory Board. They believe that CHEA plays a crucial role in training and encouraging parents as they seek to provide a Christian home education for their children.

Steve and Susan have two children, both of whom were homeschooled from birth and are now married. Their daughter is a practicing attorney. In addition to her Juris Doctorate, she holds two bachelor degrees, one in pre-medicine/cell biology and the other in English with a minor in Bible. Their son has his bachelors in business and masters in business administration; he works in finance for an aerospace company.

Steve is employed as a director of program management for a local aerospace company and has educational experience in chemistry, physics and business.

Steve and Susan serve on the board of directors of a Christian private school for home educators they founded in the late 1980’s in their hometown of Thousand Oaks.

Helping with homeschooling with their two grandchildren is fun and fulfilling; it is a life style that they all cherish: “raising children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”

Charity Silvers

Charity Silvers

Treasurer

Charity was raised by Christian parents and prayed to receive Christ as her Savior as a young child. She met her future husband, Steve, when she was still in high school and they married in 1980.

Charity studied business and accounting at what is now The Master’s University. After graduation, she began her career in public accounting and went on to become licensed as a CPA in California and Florida. Over the years she has also used her accounting skills in industry, non-profit organizations, teaching for a vocational college, and currently serving small business clients.

Charity has been involved in the homeschooling community in various capacities since 1990 when they began formally educating their five children: finances; Board member; used curriculum sales; prayer chains; and more. After 25 years their youngest child graduated and Charity now serves as administrator of the private school satellite program (PSP), Cornerstone Christian School, in which their children were enrolled.

Charity began volunteering at the CHEA convention in 2016 working at the Support Network booth in the Exhibit Hall. In 2019 she transitioned over to the area of finances, desiring to use her giftedness to help CHEA make an impact on the lives of those who choose to privately home educate their children.

Charity enjoys spending time with family, working on jigsaw and Sudoku puzzles, and reading.

Andrew Vandever

Andrew Vandever

President

Andrew is a computer systems engineer working at a social media company. His wife Jenny is the director of SELAH Christian Homeschool Support Group, a member of the CHEA Support Network in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both Andrew and Jenny were homeschooled, and are now homeschooling their two daughters, ages seven and eight.